You won’t want to miss the inaugural Contemplation Conference— Contemplation: Healing our World Through Contemplative Practice being held October 15 to 18 in Winnipeg.This conference is a collaboration between Prairie Jubilee, and leaders in the local and provincial spiritual health care community. This conference is for people who are interested in spiritual growth and want to learn key practices for increasing awareness and cultivating change. It will also provide practical benefits to those working in the health-care field. During this event we will equip you with powerful tools and practices you can immediately implement that will positively impact all those whose lives you touch.
THIS YEARS CONFERENCE THEMES:
CREATING HEALING SANCTUARIES
Sanctuaries are sacred places. They don’t have to be big, they don’t even have to be physical spaces; they may be interior or exterior. Hospitality is an aspect of the contemplative life. We will explore ways of creating environments where fear takes a back seat, and where we feel safe enough to dare to be ourselves.
SOUL AND THE CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRIT
During this conference we will ask the questions, ‘How does anxiety narrow our life? How does soul grow?’ A contemplative spirit ponders these questions deeply and at length, considering how to awaken soul and move through the world with an easy gait and a healing presence.
MEDICINE: BEAUTY, ART, NATURE AND SILENCE
We were created to be creators, and in creating our lives as contemplatives we fall into rhythm with our deepest passions and urgencies. Beauty exists in the natural rhythms of nature, in the restoration of balance, in the days and nights and in the seasons and the years. All these innate healing movements foster stability and well-being. Silence heals a depleted life. Art awakens us to new ways of being in the world.
We will explore practices that will imprint new ways of framing our lives. These will include meditation, centering prayer, working with the breath, journaling and music.
The conference kicks off a three-year series on the practice of conscious contemplation. In 2016, Pacific Jubilee hosts the second conference, Contemplation in Action, and the following year Ontario Jubilee brings the learnings full circle with, Contemplation and Going Home.
Carol Ann has a background in education and Religious Studies. She is involved in pastoral team work and is a staff member of Prairie Jubilee, a program for training spiritual directors. She holds a Masters in Spirituality from the University of California, Berkeley.
Judith Burch is a spiritual director, religious education curriculum writer, and has been employed, since 2013, as Manitoba’s Provincial Spiritual Health Care Coordinator. A graduate of the Prairie Jubilee Program, Judith’s journey has included degrees in sociology, religion and law. Judith felt called at mid-life, while living in beautiful North Vancouver, to live more contemplatively and to help people find more peace and meaning in their everyday lives.
(Rev.) Adel Compton, BScN, MDiv, Prairie Jubilee Associate, STM. Adel is a lifelong learner and mentor with nursing and ministry experience from rural, remote and urban prairie intercultural contexts. Her passion to empower all ages and all peoples to strengthen spiritual health is currently expressed in her role as Regional Director Spiritual Health Services for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Dawn is a Spiritual Director and inner process facilitator and counsellor with extensive experience in university chaplaincy, counseling, Enneagram work and the Gurdjieff Sacred Movements; teacher of yoga, movement and meditation practice.
Dale Bially has been studying the enneagram under the guidance of mentors Carol Ann Gotch and David Walsh since 1993. He completed the Enntrain: Inspirited and Embodied Enneagram training program in 2012 and works as a workshop facilitator for Inscapes. Dale’s business experience and understanding of human relations was refined over the last 25 years while leading a medium Canadian retail company. Dale is currently an intern in the Prairie Jubilee Program for spiritual directors.
Kurt has been in the field of spiritual care within healthcare for over 20 years. His specialties are in mental health and addictions. He has taught several courses related to spiritual diversity and the contemplative arts at the Health Sciences Center for over 8 years. He is a certified member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and has a Masters of Divinity from the University of Toronto.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
October 16 &17
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
CONFERENCE LOCATIONSt. Benedicts Conference Centre 225 Masters Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
There are 2 ways to register for this conference
Register as a Commuter $475
Register Online as a Resident $665
3 nights private accommodations
*Additional nights stay and meals may be purchases as well.