Each day of this year’s conference offers a unique experience. In order to offer more flexibility to people looking to learn about contemplation and how we can use it to heal our world, we are offering each conference day as a separate workshop.
If you are not able to attend the entire 3 day conference, you may sign up for select days.
Saturday, October 17th Workshop
Participants will spend the day exploring one of the greatest powers most people don’t realize they have!
Contemplation is not about sitting quietly to ponder an issue. Conference participants will hear from spiritual teachers and health-care professionals about the true power of contemplative consciousness, including:
• how recent studies in neuroscience link contemplation to courage
• how contemplation helps relieve anxiety
• how simple movements can unlock the power of contemplation
One of Saturday’s leaders is Judith Burch, a Winnipeg spiritual director and Provincial Spiritual Health Care Coordinator, whose teachings will focus on contemplative practice as a way to reconnect with our soul and restore our spirit, which can become depleted as a result of life’s ups and downs.
“This has been called the age of anxiety, and many blame the technology and the pace and pressure of modern living.” But it is also important, she says, to consider how our underlying fears concerning suffering, sickness, and death might be impacting us at a deep level. “At the same time, there are aspects of life that are inherently life affirming, such as beauty and the natural world” says Burch. “When we take the time to intentionally and mindfully focus on these life affirming aspects of everyday life, which are easily accessible to us, they can act as a kind of antidote to the underlying anxiety that is an inevitable aspect of the human condition.”
While much of the teachings around contemplation will be helpful to those seeking to grow spiritually, Burch believes this practice — and the conference in particular — will be very relevant for everyone, including those working in spiritual health care in busy health care settings. Contemplative practice helps to create and maintain an ability to be a compassionate presence for others.
Burch studied sociology, religion, and law while in university and began her path as a spiritual seeker in her late 20s. After developing a meditation practice, she noticed a transformative shift in the way she viewed herself, others and the world around her. “I developed a deeper sense of the sacred. Yet, at the same time, I became aware that the more I was drawn to the contemplative perspective on life, the more challenged I sometimes felt by the values of the material world. It helped to work with a spiritual director and to know that this had been the experience of many spiritual teachers who have gone before us. Somewhere along the way, I felt I wanted to become a support for other seekers who may be feeling the same way.”
“My biggest message in all of this is that contemplative practice is accessible to all of us, and the latest research in neuroscience is now validating the positive impact these ancient contemplative practices can have on us, body, mind and spirit,” says Burch.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 will be a full day and unfold as follows:
9:00 am – 10:45 am Dawn Kilarski Movements & Morning Contemplative Prayer
11:00 am – noon Judith Burch Contemplative consciousness Neuro-science and the Courage to Be in an age of Anixety
noon – 1:00 pm Lunch Lunch will be served at St. Benedict’s Conference Centre
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Integration Time Explore the beautiful natural spaces of St. Benedict’s grounds
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Dawn Kilarksi Gurdjieff Movements
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Teaching & Exercises Contemplation as a healing practice
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Supper Supper will be served at St. Benedict’s Conference Centre
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Contemplative Fun Just Wait!
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