Thursdays, Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 13, 2020
Exploring ways we can build the tools that help us renew, enrich and create calmness and strength in our daily lives.
Restore 2 Series Recommended Reading List
Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
Hearing Wisdom’s Call: Spirituality and Creation
In this era of heightened anxiety, it can be hard to know where to find both peace and meaningful engagement with the world. Yet we are part of God’s Creation and God has always used the basic elements of creation—wind, water, earth, fire—to communicate with us and form us into a hopeful people of faith. In this evening of reflection, conversation and spiritual practice, we will explore how to discover healing, joy and peace as we relate directly to the created world. Learning to listen for Wisdom’s call in our lives, we discern how the Spirit works with us, helps us on our journey and leads us into service.
Daniel Wolpert, a healer and student of the spiritual life, worked as a research scientist, psychologist, spiritual director, farmer and teacher, before earning his Masters of Divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). He is co-founder and executive director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing (MICAH). A writer and spiritual director, he has also played key roles in helping to build and restore monasteries, theological schools and retreat centers across North America. When not on the road, he lives in Minnesota.
Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7p.m.
YogaFaith is an exploration of yoga postures combined with a Christian devotional practice. Participants will learn methods that seek unity of thought, breath and movement. This class will include a devotional practice and prayer, which, when combined with movement, help us to be more present and feel more connected to our bodies, hearts, mind and spirit. Appropriate for all levels—especially beginners! Amanda Berger is a certified YogaFaith trainer.
Centering on movement that restores calm, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises. This class will be taught by an experienced Tai Chi instructor from The Marsh, a Center for Balance and Fitness, which offers a comprehensive fitness, health and spa facility in Minnetonka.
Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
Deep Rest in Quiet with God
Explore how our deepest self thrives and calms in direct, one-to-one, quiet encounter with God. Discover a new relationship with yourself and God in an ancient form of prayer that taps the foundational Christian insight that each person is the home of the Holy Spirit. Often called “the prayer of consent,” in this practice we consent to be loved by God’s active, renewing presence within. Key benefits? Fortified wellbeing through rest and release, a gentle loosening of the effects of past traumas, and an embrace of ourselves as deeply loved.
Joel Warne is a spiritual director and co-founder of WellSpring Life Resources, which offers a wide range of retreats, workshops, counseling and events that help participants live more fully out of their identity in Christ. Visit wellrefreshed.com.