Remote Workshop Opportunities

Out of Control in the Time of Pandemic

Life feels out of control for many of us right now.

The world’s landscape has changed and we don’t know how the future is going to unfold. Practicing Centering Prayer is one way to help us to better navigate this uncertain time. Join Susan Packard to learn about and practice Centering Prayer in three one-hour sessions this summer. Packard is a co-founder of HGTV who left a career building businesses to build a life around teaching, writing, and 12-Step Recovery. She is a regular Centering Prayer workshop teacher. During each workshop, she will provide instruction about the topic, then lead a silent, 15-minute Centering Prayer meditation, leaving time for questions and answers.

The next meeting will be at 11 am (Eastern)/10 am (Central) on Saturday, July 11; the final meeting will be on Saturday, August 8. Registration is NOT required for this free event (donations are always welcome). To learn more or to get the Zoom link, please click here.

Tuesday Centering Prayer Support Group

Please join us for a Zoom-based Centering Prayer support group on Tuesdays, at 3:30 pm (Central Time). This is an opportunity for new and experienced practitioners to share time together, both in quiet conversation and in silence. We gather online, offer brief introductions/check-ins, listen to a Psalm, and then have a thirty-minute sit. For log-in information and other details, please email admin@stmaryssewanee.org.

One River Wisdom Meditation & Contemplative Practice

Join Gordon Peerman at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays for a time of meditation and teaching. Everyone is welcome: Buddhist Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana; Christian, Jewish, other spiritual practices, or none. Peerman’s talks are also available on-demand audio files here. To participate in the Wednesday meeting, please contact Peerman through this form to get the log-in information.

Other Online Options for Contemplative Practices

Contemplative Outreach has created an online Meditation Chapel where you can join with others in centering prayer at different times of each day. There are more than 35 groups available through this Chapel. To learn more, go to Contemplative Outreach’s Meditation Chapel and follow the directions to register for a group.


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“In a world of noise, confusion and conflict, it is necessary that there be places of inner silence and peace, not just the peace of mere relaxation but the peace of inner clarity and love.”
– Thomas Merton

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