2018 Fall Seminar (October 26 (7:00 p.m.start) to noon on October 28, 2018)

Title: Revisioning the Sacred: Discovering Our Treasures from the Jewish Mystical Tradition

In this seminar, we will examine and contemplate what is sacred and holy in our lives and how we recognize it as such.  We will explore the sensory aspects of this act of naming the sacred in terms of how we see, hear, taste and feel its presence, as well as how we can move toward honoring it in our individual and collective existence.  With this goal of considering a living of one’s life as a form of pilgrimage, we will work with exercises in identifying the qualities as well as the boundaries of the sacred, the language we use to revere, to hold in reverence the downward earthly movement as well as the raising up.

Place: The Easy Yoke Ranch in Beulah, Colorado.

Leaders: John Lee and Barb Cashman

Fee (includes light dinner Friday evening and meals through lunch on Sunday): $180

Registration: Email our registrar, Shirley Sullivan, at svcsullivan@gmail.com


June Five Day Seminar

Title: “Living Each Moment as Possibility: Toward a Spirituality of Invitation and Imagination”

Dates: Wednesday June 27th: Arrival after Noon, circle begins at 3:00 through Sunday July 1: Concludes following Lunch Place: Easy Yoke Ranch in Beulah, CO Read More

May Seminar

Title: Journeying to Ithaka

Constantine Cavafy’s provocative poem, “Ithaka“,  is the starting point for exploring how our own journeying grows more alive as we allow the “Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Heaven” passages to become more powerful touchstones for the “here and nowness”. Ithaka begins: “When you start on your journey, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of  knowledge”. The question becomes, What might Jesus’ teachings regarding this kingdom, have to add to this long journey ? And, how might one live more fully into this adventure ? Check your Records books for “KIngdom” teachings and consider how these images might influence the “journey”.  A note from John Powell, S.J, it’s much easier to discuss truths than to live them. If possible, not required: Bring extra magazines for cut outs of images and pictures, as material for a Collage Project Blessings on beginning this journeying.
Leader: Liz Pray
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Place: Susan Dechert’s home: 6290 Otis, Arvada, CO 80003 (call her at 720-244-9832 if you need directions)
Price: $30.00
Registration: Email our registrar, Shirley Sullivan, at svcsullivan@gmail.com
Note: Bring some writing materials along with your Records book if you have one.  Please bring something to share for snacks & also for a potluck lunch. We will be doing some art, so please bring some magazines if you can.

Spiritual Lessons from the Plant Realm: Teachings of the “Green Monks”

Date and Time: Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: The home of Barb Cashman, in Littleton, CO
Cost: $40
“Materials” – please bring a small houseplant with you (preferably one with whom you have already established a relationship. If you don’t have one, there will be plants available.
This wintertime seminar will combine an observance of a seasonal Jewish holiday – Tu B’Shevat  (also known as the New Year of the Trees), with questions, exercises and contemplations from the world of plant wisdom. We will examine and perhaps re-examine our thinkings and our feelings and perhaps also our sense-ings about the plants with whom we share the world.  We will engage in some playful reverence for this seminar.  The workings of Leela (“God at play”) comes to mind in a statement by Ramakrishna to Vivekananda regarding freedom and our cultural preferences.  Here’s what he said:
I am so tired of these people coming to me wanting release.  Mother doesn’t like people who want release.  Mother likes people who play.  She loves the game, she’s keeping the game going, she loves those who are willing to risk everything in the game.
Please bring your sense of adventure, a warm jacket and please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Most of our time will be indoors, but we will venture outside – weather permitting.  Plan to bring a couple snacks with you.  Barb will provide a vegetarian lunch for all participants.  If you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to mention those when you register! PLEASE CONTACT our registrar Shirley Sullivan at svcsullivan@gmail.com, to sign up – space is limited!

Fall 2017 Seminar: The Sensing Heart

The Guild for Sacred Studies will hold our annual fall retreat beginning Friday, October 27th at 5:00 p.m. and concluding at 12 noon on Sunday, October 29thThe Sensing Heart seminar will explore themes presented in book form and related activities to express our creative side as we begin to interact with the text.  Once again, we will make our seminar at the lovely and peaceful Easy Yoke Ranch, in Beulah, Colorado.  The selected book for the seminar is Dark Wood to White Rose: Journey and Transformation in Dante’s Divine Comedy, by Helen Luke.  The book is full of rich and potent symbols for us to explore as we ask the questions which are often found on the threshold of transformation. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri, is about the hero’s journey in search of union with the divine, or as Joseph Campbell termed it – the “universal monomyth.”  It is an archetypal journeying on the hero’s path.  Campbell describes it in The Hero With a Thousand Faces as the venturing forth “from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder.”  Helen Luke brings her Jungian training to this depth psychology perspective of Dante’s work of the journey and its transformative power and includes many beautiful illustrations. If you would like to join us in this adventure, be sure to purchase the edition published by Apple Farm Community, which Luke founded.  Here is the link to purchase the book.  If you can’t join us the October seminar, you can still participate in the meetings which follow it in our book discussion group. We’ll have more information about the seminar soon!

“Horizons of Hope”

The Denver Guild’s five-day summer seminar is now slated to begin at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 28  until 1:30 p.m. Sunday July 2.  Please note this date and location change! This seminar will be hosted at a new location! The Easy Yoke Ranch, a retreat house located not far west of Pueblo,  at 4800 Northcreek Rd., Beulah, Colorado 81023.  Click on this link for more details. ***************************************************************************************** Please consider joining us for “Reverencing Our Lives” – A One Day Seminar Facilitated by Liz Pray, D.Min. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the home of Susan Dechert, 6290 Otis Street, Arvada, CO 80003 This seminar will give the space for a time to pause and to consider

A reverential attitude toward the life we have been given is more

important than living life  correctly, successfully or helpfully.

                                       Thomas Moore A time to pause and consider when . . . is my heart constricted or open? is my soul old or young? is my mind confused or clear? is my body weak or strong? Sources used include: Sharman, The Records of the Life of Jesus; Moore, the Re-enchantment of Everyday Life; and Zukav, The Seat of the Soul. PLEASE CONTACT our registrar Shirley Sullivan at svcsullivan@gmail.com, to sign up. PLEASE NOTE there is a $40 fee for the seminar.
February 13, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
EXERCISES FOR THE SOUL at Cameron United Methodist Church, corner of East Iowa Avenue and South Pearl Street, Denver, Colorado. This is our regular gathering on the SECOND MONDAY of each month. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
March 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Records Potpourri at the home of Jolain Graf, 864 S. Hoyt St., Lakewood CO. (303-246-8375) For several months some participants in the Guild have been in a leadership training program. This study is to prepare them to lead Records passages for Guild studies. RECORDS POTPOURRI is their first public event. They will be choosing their own favorite passages to share with us. It will be a day of variety, depth, initiation, and fun & serious study sharing. Come and support your friends while enriching your own spiritual journey. Bring a dish to share and your own table setting. This event is Free! To register, call John Lee (303-263-6068) or email thinkjohnlee@gmail.com.
2016/2017 Book Study
“Eternal Echoes” by John O’Donohue The next few dates for this gathering are February 15, March 9 and March 15 at 7:00 pm at Nancy Arko’s house. Contact the Guild for directions should you wish to attend. This is a readable, deeply spiritual book that has been enjoyed by several Guild members over the years. It is filled with Celtic wisdom and has contributed to the soul of many Guild seminars and other spiritual work. Quotes from the book: “God is wild and must also have a subtle sense of irony” p.214 “Often, the most wonderful gifts arrive in shabby clothing” p.159 “It is a lovely practice at night to spend a little while revisiting the invisible sanctuaries of your lived day. Each day is a secret story woven around the radiant heart of wonder. We let our days fall away like empty shells and miss all the treasure,” p.77 “Presence is something you sense and know, but cannot grasp. It engages us, but we can never capture its core; it remains somehow elusive. All the great art forms strive to create living icons of presence.” P.54