'First Sunday' Mini-Retreats
Re-discover yourself…. During these two hour workshops you’ll learn exercises and techniques that that will leave you refreshed and renewed. Weather permitting; all workshops will take place outside.
Dec 2, 2012 Caring for Yourself - Re-energize and re-connect
Designed for family caregivers to receive a much needed break from their daily responsibilities. Caregivers are those who provide in-home care to a family member or a loved-one who is living with a life-threatening illness. It is a 24/7 job and can be both physically and emotionally draining. You will learn new techniques for managing the day-to-day challenges of providing direct care including compassion and stress management.
Jan 6, 2013 Exploring the Mandala - Color for contemplation
The word mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and loosely means “circle” or “center.” It’s a simple geometric shape that has no beginning or end. Circles are a powerful symbol found in every culture. We see them in halos, prayer wheels, and other religious symbols, architecture, and nature.
Mandalas are sacred circles that have been long been used to facilitate meditation. Within its circular shape, the mandala has the power to promote relaxation, balance the body’s energies, enhance your creativity, and support healing. Coloring a mandala using pencil crayons, crayons, paint, or pastels combines the benefits of meditation and art therapy.
Feb 3, 2013 Living in the Moment- Awareness of the Present
Living in the moment—also called mindfulness—is a state of active, open, intentional attention on the present. When you become mindful, you realize that you are not your thoughts; you become an observer of your thoughts from moment to moment without judging them. Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, neither grasping at them nor pushing them away. Instead of letting your life go by without living it, you awaken to experience.
Mindful people are happier, more exuberant, more empathetic, and more secure. Cultivating a nonjudgmental awareness of the present bestows a host of benefits. Mindfulness reduces stress, boosts immune functioning, reduces chronic pain, lowers blood pressure, and helps patients cope with cancer. By alleviating stress, spending a few minutes a day actively focusing on living in the moment reduces the risk of heart disease.
Mar 3, 2013 Breathing to Relax - Stress release for body and mind
There is a strong correlation between reactions to life events and our breathing. The average person’s breathing mechanism is functioning at a fraction of its full potential. Too many people regularly take insufficient shallow breaths that only partially fill the lungs or, even worse, some people will forget to breathe when stressed or overwhelmed by emotional or physical pain.
When you breathe deeply it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Breathing techniques can help you reduce muscle tension and manage the effects of the fight-or-flight response. The benefits of consciously directing your breathing are reduced stress, improved sleep, clearer sinuses, relief from headaches, lower blood pressure, relief from menstrual cramps, and emotional calmness.
Apr 7, 2013 Listening to Silence - Quite time, no agenda
When we sit in silence together, we open ourselves and reach for the divine center of our being, a place of peace, love, and balance, where we are at one with the universe and with each other.
Revelation is continuing and a divine power is at work in the world today, healing, guiding, gathering, and transforming. This power is known by many names: God, Supreme Being, YWYH, the Light, Christ, Holy Spirit, Creator, Supreme Being, to name a few. By whatever name it is known, its nature is love. It draws us toward a life of integrity, simplicity, equality, community, and peace.
May 5, 2013 Walking in Nature - Mental vacation in nature
Each step of our journey becomes the destination. Walking Meditation, a practice found in many traditions, is a wonderful way of transforming something that we do every day into a deeply healing, deeply nourishing and enjoyable tool. It enhances physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It is especially effective for those who find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time.
When your body is in motion, it is generally easier to be aware of it compared to when you are sitting still. When we’re sitting still in meditation the sensations that arise in the body are much more subtle and harder to pay attention to than those that arise while we’re walking, You can experience your body very intensely, and you can also find enjoyment from this practice.
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $55 per session (scholarships are available, please inquire)
Victoria & Guy Hutchins, owners/caretakers