Cheri leads workshops, retreats, and small groups based on the Soul Sculpting projects and other topics. Upcoming events are listed below.
Five to Thrive – 6 Hour Retreat/Workshop
I am grateful to be alive. But the older I get the more I am saying to myself, “I do not want to just survive, I want to thrive.”
We will play five games to Thrive. These games (or if you prefer, exercises/practices) blend Christian practices with current research findings in psychology.
By the end of the day you will have experienced 5 games you can play any time that will increase your well-being and the well-being of everyone in your life.
Game 1 Body- Mind Team
Christian practice: St. Dominic (1170- 1221) Prayer postures
Science: Harnessing the connection between our mind and body
to increase our well-being.
Game 2 Flash Prayers
Christian Practice: Frank Laubach’s quick prayers of intercession
Science: Compassion for others increases our physical and emotional health.
Game 3 Three Bites of Pleasure It’s not just what we eat that matters, it’s also how we eat.
Christian Practice: Attention – taking our thoughts captive 2 Corinthians 10:5
Science: Digestion begins in the brain. When we eat with attention, pleasure,
and low stress our bodies receive increased nutrition from of our food.
Game 4 Lectio Divina with the Book of Nature
Christian practice: Reading God’s Book of Nature with
the ancient method of Lectio Divina.
Science: Time in nature increases our mental, emotional and physical health.
Game 5 Talking Back
Christian Practice: Talk back to unhelpful thoughts with Evagrius of Pontus (AD 345-399)
Science: Developing cognitive therapy skills.
The Two Book Tradition 6-8 hour Retreat
The invisible aspects of God can be clearly seen by looking at the things He has made.
Sacred writings are bound in two volumes: that of creation and that of the Holy Scripture.
(Thomas Aquinas, 1245-1274)
This retreat takes place in a location with access to nature.
We explore the Book of Nature in 5 sessions.
- Paying Attention: Developing our skills of paying attention.
- Our Natural History Stories: Connecting with others by sharing our stories
- Lectio Divina with The Book of Nature Reading God’s Book of Nature using the ancient method of Lectio Divina.
- Nature and the Arts: Combining creativity and nature.
- Liturgy in Nature Closing Service
Sessions include: Stories from historical and current Christians, psychology research on our relationship with nature, discussion, hands on activities and exercises.
Stepping over a Threshold 6-8 hour Workshop
Let us step over the threshold and“let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus. . .” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a)
This workshop provides information from the field of psychology and the tools to begin stepping into a new future.
Session 1: Stepping into Growth: Fixed and Growth mindsets We’ll examine and then develop skills to improve our mindsets.
Session 2: Our Stories of Risk Exploring the value of wise risks.
Session 3: Choosing a Step: Goal setting theory and implementation.
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