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in Aston, PA

Franciscan Spiritual Center

2512 SE Monroe St - Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Phone: 503-794-8542      Email: info@francisspctr.com

OPEN Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

PROGRAMS

for finding peace of mind, body & spirit.

Contemplative Yoga

If you are longing to take a step away from the frenetic pace of life or if you are at a cross-road in your life and don’t know which way to turn, this one day retreat is for you.  We will embrace the riches of Sabbath as we discover the wisdom of our bodies as a source for spiritual discernment. We will use yoga, meditation, breath work, deep listening, and journaling to help us discover our deep joy, wisdom and creativity.

 

This program is for folks who are curious about yoga as well as those who have a regular practice. The practices will be gentle for beginners and deepening for yoginis.

Date: Wednesday October 30th

Time: 9:30am- 3:30pm

Leader: Beth Estock

Cost: $55-85 sliding scale

 

Cultivating Health Through Mindfulness

Is your lifestyle energizing? As a professional, what will support your taking leadership over your health? Life and work are full of challenging decisions. As professionals, we hold responsibility for ourselves and our clients. Given stressors, sometimes we need new tools to resetting our nervous systems. Join me for this one-day workshop, that will provide proven mindfulness and lifestyle practices for sustaining healthy power.

Date: Wednesday November 6th

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Leader: Teddy Gardner

Cost: $55-85 sliding scale

 

Iconography Workshop

This workshop will provide a hands-on experience of writing and praying with icons. The presentation gives an overview of the development of icons, their meaning and discussion of how they are used for prayer.  Participants will be guided through a simple experience of writing an icon by doing a value study or black and white drawing of a holy image.

Dates: November 13 & 14th

Times: 9:30am- 3:30pm each day

Leaders: Kathleen McDonnell, Sue Graves, Anne Sekul, Michelle Crislip

Cost: $120 – 150 for two day retreat (includes materials)

Creating a Personal Shrine

There was a time when people perceived the sacred in every place.  As our lives have become more hectic and purpose-driven, we’ve lost touch with that sense.  A personal shrine is one way to not only evoke the sacred in the daily-ness of our lives, a personal shrine can express our personal spirituality and become a creative exploration of the sacred in the mundane.  A shrine can be a memorial to a person or event, it can refocus our understandings of the divine.  Using paper, sparkly things, objects from nature, and personal memorabilia, we will create a shrine as deeply personal as our own vision of the sacred.

Date: Saturday November 16th

Time: 9am-3pm

Leader: Eileen Parfrey

Cost: $55-85 sliding scale

 

Engaged Mysticism

Group members will meet monthly to discuss writings by, and about mystics and mysticism and share how the readings have impacted them and moved them to engage in the world. Readings will be short so that members have time to delve into the spirit of writings and let the writings sink into their hearts. The first book will be “Meister Eckhart; A Mystic Warrior for Our Times,” by Matthew Fox

Dates: November 19th

Time: 1-3pm

Leader: Mark Lesniewski

Cost: $60-80 sliding scale for series

 

Dark Night and the Resurrection of the Soul

Everyone experiences hardships, and painful times that can be referred to as “dark nights,” but what constitutes a “dark night of the soul?” In this program we will explore the elements that make up a true dark night of the soul and how we can soulfully cooperate with this divine movement that has historically led people of all backgrounds to awaken to greater inner vision and spiritual courage. (This is a follow-up to previous Dark Night presentations.)

Date: Wednesday November 20th

Time: 10am-3:30pm

Leader: Mark Lesniewski

Cost: $55-85 sliding scale

 

Labyrinth Walk for Healthcare Professionals

The labyrinth is a sacred design that has been present in many cultures across continents for several millennia. Walking a labyrinth can be a powerful form of prayer, meditation, clearing of the mind, and finding one’s center. This mini-retreat will provide busy healthcare professionals a chance to slow down, journey to their core, and revisit the call they received to become healers. Tom, a physician, spiritual director, and Veriditas®-trained labyrinth facilitator, will present a brief introduction to the labyrinth followed by time for walking the 7-circuit indoor canvas Medieval Labyrinth.

Date: Thursday November 21st

Time: 6:30-9pm

Leader: Tom Welch

Cost: $25-55 sliding scale

 

Advent Taizé

Join us this Advent season for a contemplative experience of Taizé prayer where musical phrases are repeated over and over to quiet the mind and heart in order that the song may become prayer.  The ebb and flow of chanting and silence is enhanced by a scripture reading and prayer around the cross.

 Dates: Friday December 6th                                               

Time: 7-8:30pm

Leader: Sr. Mary Jo Chaves & Sr. Celeste Clavel    

Cost: Donation

 

Journey to the Creche  - 2019

A Franciscan Advent Series of Retreats

Drawing on the theme and using Larry Peacock’s book entitled, The Living Nativity, we will gather for three Wednesday retreat mornings during Advent. During each retreat (attend singly or the whole series) we will spend time around a theme from the book, spend time in quiet prayer & reflection, then use a different form of no-fail creative expression to close our mornings. Sharing lunch together on December 18th.

 

Dec 4   9:30- noon

Francis and the Christmas Creche

Creative Expression: Soul Collage ® Cards

 

Dec 10  9:30 – noon

Making Room at the Creche

Creative Expression: Manger or clay figures

 

Dec 18  9:30 – 1:00

Sharing the Nativity with Others

Creative Expression: Cards & letters

 

Pricing includes copy of The Living Nativity ($13)

Single retreat $40-55 (includes book) $35-50 without book

Series – all three and book = $100- 145

Leaders: Val Hornburg and Larry Peacock

 

Engaged Mysticism

Group members will meet monthly to discuss writings by, and about mystics and mysticism and share how the readings have impacted them and moved them to engage in the world. Readings will be short so that members have time to delve into the spirit of writings and let the writings sink into their hearts. The first book will be “Meister Eckhart; A Mystic Warrior for Our Times,” by Matthew Fox

Dates: December 17th

Time: 1-3pm

Leader: Mark Lesniewski

Cost: $60-80 sliding scale for series

 

St. Francis Goes to Hollywood

A St. Francis musical starring James Twyman, gives us new insight & joy as we meet the joyous troubadour of Assisi of the 13th Century.  This night is the launch of the musical which will be performed across the US on the way to New York City.

Date: January 4th, 2020

Time: 2-4pm

Leader: James Twyman

Cost: $20-40 sliding scale