Programs

Victoria Fall Programs

Cooperating with Convergence: Teilhard’s ‘Grand Option’ and the Future with Margaret Walters 

We will begin by unpacking Teilhard de Chardin’s evolutionary vision of convergence toward communion and the choice he lays before humanity to cooperate with this energy of coalescence or not. Next we will explore how mysticism could lead to the personal transformation necessary to cooperate with convergence. This leads into a discussion on the rise of consciousness and the metamorphosis of humanity. Finally, we will look at global transformation and the possibility of overcoming the resistance we are currently experiencing to a one world communion of life.

 Date:  4 Tuesday Sept 11 – Oct 2, 2018
Cost:   $75 or$20 drop in
Location:  Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St. Victoria

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Courage Earth: where personal and political meet, with Lisa Gordon, trained by the Center for Courage & Renewal

Using practices designed by the Center for Courage and Renewal, this six-part series will explore what encourages and discourages your commitment to support local and global, social and ecological justice. The final two evenings invite you to engage in a Clearness Committee, a 300-year old Quaker tradition for hearing what your inner wisdom has to say about your most troubling questions. By the end of the series, you will be more fluent with your courage and more clear on where your courage is needed. Our sessions will help you find, replenish and draw from your personal well of courage to engage in political arenas.

Date:  6 Wednesday, Sept 19 – Oct 24, 7 – 9 pm, 2018
Cost:$75 for the group of four sessions and $20 for each of the Clearness Committees (optional). $20 drop in is available for the Sept 19 session if you want to sample the program before committing.  Attendance at the first session is required for attendance at subsequent sessions.
Location:Society of Friends House, 1829 Fern St., Victoria

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Cooperating with Convergence: Mysticism and the New Story a Retreat Day with Margaret Walters 

Continuing to walk with Teilhard de Chardin, this day provides an opportunity to look deeper into mysticism as a means of cooperating with the unifying power of love, allowing us to become conduits of transformation in our evolving world. There will be short presentations, group meditation and time to be in nature. Those taking the weekly program “Cooperating with Convergence: Teilhard’s ‘Grand Option’ and the Future ” may find this day helpful, but everyone is welcome.

 Date:  Saturday Sept 29, 2018
Time:  10 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $65, please bring your lunch, refreshments are provided
Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria(Do you need a ride or can you offer a ride, please let us know)

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A Contemplative Exploration of our Embeddedness and Identity with the Unfolding Universe, with Gertie Jocksch SC 

We will explore our place in the universe through a contemplative process.  Our journey will be seeded with a series inspiring conversations on the Journey of the Universe facilitated by Mary Evelyn Tucker as part of an expansive, multidisciplinary conversations to help us to develop a sense of embeddedness and identity within the unfolding universe. This deep sense of belonging and participation can, in turn, not only help us to come to a more meaningful understanding of our own place and role in the story of the universe, but it can also empower us to participate in the story in a way that is mutually enhancing for the human and for the larger Earth community in which we reside.

Date:  4 Tuesday, 10 am to 12 pm, Oct 9 – 30.
Cost:   75.00 or $20 drop in
Location:  Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St. Victoria

Greeting from Dawn and Barry: New friends and old, greetings to you all from within the heart of this 2018 “Wild Canadian Year” with all its beauty and terror. 

 The Enneagram has been a wonderful guide and companion through the inner and outer landscapes of our own personal lives, and our work and even our play. We are delighted to share and explore this powerful symbol together with you.  

We are hoping that however you come, new to the symbol or delving deeper into it, you will feel the soulfulness of the many and various connections that exist within, between and among us.  Somehow in the crossing of our paths we trust that something is at work that has all of our deepest wellbeing’s at heart and is for the benefit of the all in all.

Date:  Saturday Oct 13, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday Oct 14, 9 am to 5 pm
Cost:   $185, Please bring lunch, refreshments are served.
Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria(Do you need a ride or can you offer a ride, please let us know)

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Enjoy a Nourishing Day in Nature at Beautiful Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary a Retreat day with Gertie Jocksch SC 

Take some time for yourself in Mary Lake’s beautiful nature sanctuary.  During this day we will gather together at the beginning and end of the day with a simple reflection.  The rest of the time is free to walk, to be, to write, to paint or whatever you desire for this time in nature.

Date:  Thursday Oct 18, 2018
Time:  10 am – 5 pm
Cost: $65.00, Please bring your lunch, refreshments are served
Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria(Do you need a ride or can you offer a ride, please let us know)

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Communion with the Divine through the Earth A Retreat Day with Margaret Walters 

A day of reflection with Teilhard de Chardin in the beauty of nature. There will be some input on Teilhard’s mysticism, and a liturgical celebration of The Mass on the World, but above all, time for quiet personal time in the numinous presence of the natural world.

 Date:  Saturday Nov 3, 2018
Time:  10 am – 5 pm. Please bring lunch, refreshments are served
Cost: $65.00, Please bring your lunch, refreshments are served
Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria(Do you need a ride or can you offer a ride, please let us know)

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Re-engage & Reconnect to Life, A transformative process for difficult timeswith facilitators, Jackie Larkin, Maggie Ziegler and Maxine Matilpi | .

Gathering in community we explore ideas and activities that enable us to bring our unique gifts more fully into the service of life.  Together we engage heart, mind and spirit in the task of renewing our connections to ourselves, our human community and all life on earth. Through experiencing our full range of feelings about our planetary crisis and deepening our understanding of our interconnection to all life, we  find courage and resilience to support us through challenging times.  The weekend workshop is rooted in The Work That Reconnects, a pioneering form of group work developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. The workshop also integrates a diverse range of ideas and experiential processes including nature connecting activities.

Date:  Saturday Nov 24, 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday Nov 25, 9 am to 5 pm
Cost:   $185.00, please bring lunch, refreshments are served.
Location:  Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, 1772 Millstream Rd. Victoria(Do you need a ride or can you offer a ride, please let us know)

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Vancouver Program

Cooperating with Convergence: Teilhard’s ‘Grand Option’ and the Future with Margaret Walters 

We will begin by unpacking Teilhard de Chardin’s evolutionary vision of convergence toward communion and the choice he lays before humanity to cooperate with this energy of coalescence or not. Next we will explore how mysticism could lead to the personal transformation necessary to cooperate with convergence. This leads into a discussion on the rise of consciousness and the metamorphosis of humanity. Finally, we will look at global transformation and the possibility of overcoming the resistance we are currently experiencing to a one world communion of life.

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church

 Date:  Saturday Oct 20, 2018
Time:  9:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost:  $75.00
Location:  Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W.15th Ave. & Burrard St. Vancouver

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Nanaimo Program

Where Spirituality Meets Community Cultures in a Climate Changing World with Mike Bell

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing local communities around the world.  The most difficult part of this challenge is to help people change their consciousness of climate change and imbed it into   community cultures for future generations.  In this workshop Mike draws upon two primary sources: the New Cosmology insights of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, and the land based cultures and spiritualties of Indigenous peoples. In his earlier years Mike and Thomas Berry were members of the same monastic community—the Passionists.  Later in life Thomas Berry became Mike’s close friend and mentor. Mike’s challenge in recent years has been to help develop a bridge between the insights of Berry/Swimme and indigenous elders across the climate change wilderness into the life and cultures of local communities.

Date:  Friday Nov 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Saturday Nov 10, 9:30 – 3:30 pm
Cost:  $165 includes snacks and lunch(Please let us know by Oct 26 if you have any dietary restrictions)
Location:  Bethlehem Centre2371 Arbot Rd Nanaimo BC

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Please do not let cost deter you. Ask us about our scholarship fund.

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