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With New Eyes: Developing the Inner Observer

TopicThe spiritual path requires that we become conscious, that we “wake up” and see with new eyes. This waking up involves developing an Inner Observer, or Silent Witness, which helps us notice when we are getting off center and reacting rather than responding. In this workshop you will learn three of the most important things to observe about your behavior – what the Enneagram calls: the Passions, The Focus of Attention, and The Defense Mechanism. Increasing our self- observation in these areas can lead to a path of transformation. 

Rev. Martie McMane

PRESENTER BIO:   Rev. Martie McMane holds advanced certification in teaching the Enneagram and has introduced over 1,000 people to Enneagram at workshops, seminars, and retreats throughout the country. In Colorado she teaches the Enneagram for the Benet Hill Spiritual Direction program and has also offered workshops through the Contemplative Beehive. As the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church, Boulder, she is most interested in how the Enneagram can help deepen our consciousness and awaken us to spiritual transformation.



Spiritual Discovery: A Method for Group Discernment
June 10, 2015 |  11:00am-1:30pm
St John's Cathedral |  Denver, CO

Are you part of a community experiencing a growing interest in spiritual decision­ making?
Are you in a group engaged in tasks calling for a spiritual dimension? This workshop introduces a method for spiritual discernment that can be used by a wide variety of groups. The method can also be used for group spiritual direction and peer group supervision.
Based on a Prayer Model designed by Jane Vennard, the presenters’ Spiritual Discovery Method draws on both the spirit and the intellect while also encouraging significant growth and change in the communities and individuals touched by such groups.

PresentersPresenters Catherine Tran and Sandy Boyd are the authors of a just-published book on the topic of today’s workshop. They are seasoned spiritual directors and have served a number of congregations for over twenty years. Their extensive experience in leading spiritual discernment groups has led to the writing of their new book. You are invited to check the book’s website( and attend the book’s formal launch following the workshop.

Catherine received her Master of Divinity in 1994 and MA in Theology in 1995. In 1998, she earned a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Shalem Institute. Catherine is co-pastor at Grace Church in Buena Vista, CO. She is an accomplished pianist, and enjoys gardening, sewing, furniture finishing, baking, providing hospitality, and making a comfortable home in the mountains west of Denver. She met her husband in high school and they have been married since 1979. They have two children.

Sandy grew up in Iowa and lived in many places before settling in Colorado 25 years ago. Her varied occupations have ranged from professional librarian to Episcopal Priest to seminary/university teacher. A recent project has been her work with Catherine training congregational groups in discerning ministries and it is out of that work that their book came into being. She is pleased to be able to offer their Method in the SDCO Workshop format.

  • Place: St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Denver at 1350 Washington St, Park in the cathedral lot between Washington and Clarkson north of 14th Avenue or on the street nearby. (Clarkson is northbound, Washington is southbound.GET MAP.
  • Cost: $15 to $35, as you are able. Those who can give more support SDCO scholarships.
  • Information720-290-4771 or
  • Registration: Please register online and pay using your credit or debit card.

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June 10, 2015 11:00 AM • Saint John's Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver, CO
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