Priory Spirituality Center Upcoming Programs

Lenten Retreat: Desert Beginnings
March 7-9
Friday 7:15PM-Sunday Noon
Follow Jesus into the wilderness for greater solitude, taking time to deepen your spiritual journey in the silence of Lent. The opening session will involve prayer, relaxation and preparation for the retreat with some materials for possible use during the retreat. The retreat will close with group prayer and sharing.
Register by prior Friday: without spiritual direction $140
– with spiritual direction $175
Therese Gonneville, OSB

Body-Praying the Gospel Story
March 8
Saturday 9:00AM-3:00PM
With Yoga and Tai-Chi like movements adaptable to all, we will trace Jesus’ story from Nativity to Resurrection. Experience Jesus’ life in your body, heart, and soul. And perhaps we will be inspired to be Christ’s feet, hands, eyes, ears, and heart to the world. No experience necessary.
Register by prior Friday $50. Bring a sack lunch, yoga/exercise mat, journal.
Roy DeLeon is an Oblate of St. Benedict and author of Praying with the Body. A certified spiritual director, and yoga instructor, he presented at the L.A. Religious Education Congress in 2012 and 2013.

Listening as Personal Pilgrimage
March 15
Saturday 9:00AM-3:00PM
“Listening is merely the eyehole to the kaleidoscope; the shell we hold to our ear that reveals the music of the ocean.” (Mark Nepo). Using Mark’s Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, we will embark on a gentle pilgrimage of quiet writing in response to Mark’s rich reflection prompts and rest in the shared words of our fellow travelers.
Register by prior Friday $50. Bring a sack lunch, journal, and pen.
Melissa Layer is an interfaith Spiritual Director with an MA in Transpersonal Psychology. Her work as a hospice bereavement coordinator and chaplain has taught her to listen deeply with the ear of her heart. A writer and artist living in Port Townsend, she incorporates expressive arts into her work.

Tools for Teaching with Spirit
March 15
Saturday 9:00AM-3:00PM
Sunday school success depends on the teacher’s own spirit. Volunteer staff or parents who teach Sunday school will cultivate joy and strength as we explore the best practices for using story, song/music, prayer and poetry and arts and crafts to promote spiritual development in all age groups.
Register by prior Friday $65. Bring a sack lunch, journal, favorite prayers, favorite songs, favorite stories.
Julie Shannon is a Jewish Sunday School teacher, mother, and writer who is actively involved in Inter-faith education. She has been writing and creating art for more than 40 years. Julie holds an Ed. M. from Rutgers School of Education and is a certified English and Art teacher.

Silent Centering Prayer Retreat
March 21-23
Friday 7:15PM-Sunday 1:30PM
Take your relationship with God and your Centering Prayer practice deeper on this weekend silent retreat. Retreat includes periods of Centering Prayer and time for solitude within the intentional silence observed throughout the entire retreat. Intended for those with at least 6 months of daily Centering Prayer practice.
Register by prior Friday $180
Kay Kukowski and Mary Solberg are certified by Father Thomas Keating’s Contemplative Outreach LTD to teach Centering Prayer.

Visio Divina with St. John’s Illuminated Bible
March 22
Saturday 9:00AM-3:00PM
Using a few of St. John’s Illuminated Bible images, we will begin with understanding the illumination and reading the scripture pertaining to it. We will do visio divina by gazing, reflecting, responding and intentionally being present with the holy in each illumination.
Register by prior Friday $50. Bring a sack lunch.
Lucy Wynkoop OSB

Tai Chi for Energy
March 29
Saturday 9:00AM-3:00PM
This 16-movement flowing choreography combines two different tai chi styles, Chen and Sun. The combination brings a synergy, helping us achieve better health and wellness, mindfulness, more internal energy, and an improved ability to manage stress.
Register by prior Friday $50. Bring a sack lunch and wear flat-soled shoes.
Steve Reiland is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM) and a Spiritual Director. He teaches tai chi in a Senior Retirement Community and a YMCA, both in Silverdale, WA.

The Priory Spirituality Center
500 College Street NE
Lacey, WA 98516
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