Our Ongoing Programs for Spiritual Development
A ministry and an art, spiritual direction is an ancient practice in the Christian tradition and is central to life at Stillpoint. The Spiritual Director is one who, with a deep personal faith life, relevant education and training, experiences a call to companion others on their soul journey. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is the true guide, the Spiritual Director does not direct, but acts as a listening, supportive companion. The purpose of spiritual direction is to recognize and respond to the presence and action of God in one’s daily life.
Individual spiritual direction is available by appointment only.
Spiritual Directors Professional Group Meetings
Part of the mission of Stillpoint is to provide opportunities for networking and support for people engaged in the ancient ministry of Spiritual Direction. Frequent meeting as peers is a central ethical practice for professionals who work in therapeutic practices, both secular and spiritual. To honor this practice, Spiritual Directors, who are individuals who have been through a formal training or formation program as a Spiritual Director, meet monthly as peers at Stillpoint. If you have been through such a program, and would benefit from this professional group meeting, please contact Stillpoint for further information.
Spiritual Direction Training Program
Stillpoint will again be offering a 2 year training program for people experiencing a call to be a Spiritual Director. TheInstitute for Spiritual Direction at Stillpoint (ISDS) will begin again in 2015. This program is modeled on the internationally respected program at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. The program is presented as a unique adult education model based on the belief that it is in and through one’s personal inner journey that one is prepared for service in the art of Spiritual Direction. Nine weekends per year. Click here for more information on this training program.
Singing Bowls Meditation
Different sounds can assist us in gaining access to deep places of inner quiet. One type of sound is that which is produced by the Crystal Singing Bowls. This ancient art of meditation uses rhythm and sound to open the body’s energies, create balance, de-stress the system and encourage a healthy spirit, mind and body.
Prayer at Stillpoint
Formation of Prayer Groups and nurturing small faith communities play an integral part of life at Stillpoint. Existing groups meet every other week for Lectio Divina and weekly for Centering Prayer. Introductory programs for new members are offered several times during the year.
Developed by Trappist Fr. Thomas Keating, Centering Prayer is a method of prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence in Contemplative Prayer. Beyond thoughts, words and emotions, Centering prayer leads to a resting in God. Praying in a group setting creates an atmosphere where the monkey mind is quieted more easily, a sacred community is formed, and practitioners experience a new depth that bears fruit in spirit, body and mind. Centering Prayer is every other Tuesday of each month.
Facilitator: Janet Frischmon
Dreams are a rich opportunity to discern the flow of the sacred energy in the universe that dwells within each of us. This is a dream work group where we will learn and practice the skills of uncovering the deep wisdom in our dreams. We will also discover various means of bringing this transforming awareness into our daily lives. We will participate in each others dream work in a way that respects their process and allows us to learn from their dreams.
Participants are asked to commit to regular attendance at the sessions in order to build trust and community. There will be an afternoon and an evening group meeting every other Wednesday. Each group will be limited to 7 participants.
Cost: $20 per session
Afternoon group meets from 1:30 – 4:00. Evening group meets from 6:30 – 9:00. Sessions will honor this timeframe.
Janet Frischmon is an experienced dream group and retreat facilitator. She is a spiritual director and facilitates adult spirituality groups. She has a M.A. in Pastoral Studies and World History. She is a coordinator of spiritual ministry to residents in nursing facilities in Boulder City, where she resides with her husband.