Soulful Living

Soulful Living is for those seeking a deeper relationship with, and experience of, the Sacred, fueling individual and collective journeys to uncover, reclaim, and celebrate our wholeness and authenticity. We offer skillful guidance and time-honored practices from diverse wisdom traditions, as well as to celebrate the fellowship and experiences these practices may foster, ultimately bringing meaning and purpose to people’s lives.

Our Mission: Fueling individual and collective journeys to uncover, reclaim, and celebrate our wholeness and authenticity.

Read more about our offerings below!

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Contemplative Prayer – An Introduction

Led by Mark Hartsuyker

Four sessions of instruction & practice, meeting weekly at 7:00 PM, October 3 through October 27, on consecutive Tuesdays

“The root of prayer is interior silence.”

Fr. Thomas Keating

Are you longing for a more direct experience of the Divine?  Some people are surprised to learn that within the mystic Christian tradition there is a meditation practice which allows us to still the busy, everyday mind.  Through participation in a deep and profound practice, we open ourselves to a presence which has been spoken of by the luminaries of Christianity from its beginnings. However, one need not be or even desire to be a practitioner of any particular religious tradition to learn and benefit from this practice.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

Our Soulful Living facilitator, Mark Hartsuyker, will begin with a brief introduction, an exploration of your interests in developing this area of your lives, guidance for practicing Contemplative (also known as Centering) Prayer, and a brief period of meditation.  Following meditation, there will be a chance to share questions and experiences.  Instruction will be concise with the emphasis on practice.  In the three sessions which follow, we will go into greater depth concerning the nature of Contemplative Prayer.  The facilitator will offer short readings from those who have been instrumental in the renewal of Contemplative Prayer over the last few decades.

A word about dedication: our hope is that you will commit to an on-going practice of Contemplative Prayer on a regular basis, as well as a willingness to share your journey – its trials and tribulations – with others.  This commitment will surely enrich the experience for all of us!

(NOTE: This workshop is fully subscribed and registration is now closed. If you are interested in joining a workshop in the future, please send an email to soulful.living.center@gmail.com to be contacted when another class is scheduled)

Cultivating Resilience

Led by Greg Eells
Thursday, October 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

An evening conversation with Greg Eells, TED Talk Presenter and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University. Greg holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York with a gift for weaving of skills and reflection. He has worked in higher education mental health for over 20 years. Greg also publishes articles in scholarly journals and presents frequently. His areas of interest include leadership, staff morale, mental health delivery systems, and resilience.

Step in from your busy day, serve up a bowl of soup, and join us in this supper conversation.

Happiness, success, health – we all strive toward a life full of meaning. But when we face obstacles, what do we do?  And how on earth do we move forward?

Having a conversation with Dr. Greg Eells is a balm for the soul – encouraging, uplifting and exciting! Greg’s favorite topic is what it means to build resilience in our lives – and he guides the conversation with passion and experience.

To register for this offering, complete the Google Form here.

Setting a Soulful Path through the Holidays

Led by Natalie Scholl
Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Natalie Scholl is a spiritual life coach, leadership consultant and founder of Soul Ways Coaching.  Drawing upon decades of experience in educational, health-related and faith-based communities, she offers transformational resources for individuals and teams who want to accomplish great things on behalf of the world without sacrificing authentic, joyful lives of their own.

How could your holidays be different this year?

November brings preparations for a season of holidays in our culture, that wonderfully busy, stressfully beautiful time of year that seems to take on a life of its own! In the midst of festive events, celebrations and gifting, it’s easy to lose touch with the truly soulful, heartfelt connections that nourish our deeper senses of joy, peace and meaning.

This may be the perfect time to take a breath and step back for an evening, to set a fresh course through this holiday season and beyond.  How do we hold the paradox of outer celebration while honoring our inner yearnings in spirited and life-giving ways?

Answers are yours to discover through a spacious blend of spiritual centering, creative exploration, silent reflection and guided sharing at your own level of comfort.  We’ll explore ways to reconnect your inner wisdom and with the nourishing rhythms of the natural world.  You’ll be invited to create a fresh vision for the season ahead, engaging simple tools to support a healthy balance of doing and being.

We hope that you’ll give yourself the gift of time apart and join us!

To register for this offering, complete the Google Form here.

What is Ayurveda?

Led by Rachel Bush
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Rachel came to the practices of yoga and Ayurveda with the desire to heal.  She is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, licensed massage therapist, herbalist and dancer.  She has been teaching Anusara for over 10 years and was certified in 2015.  She enjoys teaching with humor and a light heart and weaving storytelling with technical instruction to demystify the complexities of mind and body.

Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing aligned with the practices of yoga. It teaches us how to be in harmony with cycles of nature and the seasons through choices about our diet and lifestyle. Each person has a unique dosha, or combination of the elements. Not everyone has the same needs when it comes to their health and so Ayurveda teaches us to honor ourselves as unique and sacred.

How do we hold the paradox of outer celebration while honoring our inner yearnings in spirited and life-giving ways?  This may be the perfect time to take a breath and step back for an evening, to set a fresh course through this fall and winter seasons and beyond.  

In this engaging two hour class, Rachel Bush will guide us through the five elements, the three doshas, what it means to be in and out of balance and how to restore balance when it is lost. We will explore how to know your dosha and how to make unique choices about your own health and well-being.

To register for this offering, complete the Google Form here.

For more information or questions, please email soulful.living.center@gmail.com.

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