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    • September 01, 2015
    • May 31, 2016
    • Center for Contemplative Living

    Contemplative Living Experience

    Beginning in September 2015, Center for Contemplative Living, 3650 Yates St., Denver

    The Contemplative Living Experience program is built on an established practice of Centering Prayer and provides the guidance and formation to move participants from having a contemplative practice to living a contemplative life. Participants meet one weekend a month for nine months (September through May) on a Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Center. Community support and spiritual enrichment help participants integrate into daily life contemplative practices such as Lectio Divina, the Welcoming Prayer, Discernment, Forgiveness, and Contemplative Service. A Centering Prayer practice and a commitment to attend all sessions are the only requirements to participate. Applications are now being accepted for the sessions beginning September.  The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program is July 1. Information: Julie Saad, 303-619-4426.

    More info and website

    • September 12, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Benet Hill Monastery 3190 Benet Lane Colorado Springs, CO 80921

    Centering Prayer is a method of prayer within the Christian contemplative prayer tradition. This introductory workshop offers participants the beasics of the centering prayer practice. The day includes experiences of centering prayer and presentations on the for fundamental guidelines for beginning a daily practice of centering prayer. 


    Community gathering begins at 8:30am

    Fee: $40

    Presenters: Mike and Linda Smith

    Online registration

    • September 18, 2015
    • September 27, 2015
    • Belgium

    • September 21, 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • September 23, 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, 4801 North Highway 67, Sedalia, CO 80135-0185


    Using “inner garden” as a deep metaphor for our souls, we will use this retreat time to explore the ground, particularly our images and experiences of the divine, that hold our soul; the soul plants, especially those deep soul gifts, thriving or perhaps struggling in our soul garden along with whatever weeds that may be interfering with our soul plants.  We will explore those practices that nourish or diminish our souls, and finally look at what it might mean to take the energy and wisdom of our soul work into the world.  This retreat is designed to allow participants to do their own deep soul work with teaching times and group sharing as guides.  

    Margaret F. Arms, MSW, PhD

    Retreat leader

    Dr. Arms is a spiritual director in Colorado who has taught in the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program, and is a graduate of that program.  She also supervises spiritual directors.  She has led retreats in Colorado, Alaska, and New Mexico.  She holds a joint PhD from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology in religious and theological studies.  Prior to spiritual direction, Dr. Arms practiced psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker.


    Cost of the retreat is $225. Please register online for the full amount or by submitting a deposit of $125 with a Balance of $100 due by sept, 16. If you do not want to use your credit card online, please register and then mail a check to the registrar: Sandy Grundy, 9345 Carr, St. Westminster, Co. 80021. Please make the check to: Diocese of Colorado. Call Sandy at 303-902-4664, cell, for questions. PLEASE INDICATE if you are asking for a first floor room. 


    This fall retreat has been a tradition for Spiritual Direction Colorado for many years. Spiritual Direction Colorado is a Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and an ecumenical group of spiritual director’s. Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House has provided a beautiful setting for the three retreat days. Located in Sedalia, Co. it provides easy access from the Denver Metro area, yet in a tranquil and rural setting. Please check the center’s website for photos:


    Cost to register is $225. You are invited to register online by either paying the full amount, or by submitting a deposit of $125.00 with a balance of $100.00 due by Sept. 10. If you do not want to use your credit card online, please register and then send a check to: SDCO Retreat, C/O Evans, 1551 S. Trenton Court, Denver 80231. Please make the check to: Diocese of Colorado.

    SDCO encourages spiritual directors and those involved in ministry to take advantage of this opportunity for rest, and relaxation. Scholarships are available and please contact the registrar.


    Sept. 21: 2pm registration begins, 4:30pm welcome reception, 5:30pm dinner, 7:00pm session.

    Sept. 22: all day retreat and individual quiet time.
    Sept. 23: Retreat closes after lunch at noon.
    Sacred Heart is a quiet facility: with quiet meals and in public places. We will talk in our retreat room.
    For any additional questions, please contact the registrar at 303-902-4664, NOT the retreat center. Scholarships are available

    Each person will have a private room, but bathroom facilities are shared. Three balanced meals are served daily by the kitchen staff and a full salad bar is provided for lunch and dinner. If you have special needs, (need for a first floor room) please let the registrar know.

    Please bring your Bible, journal and dress for changeable weather. Sacred Heart has a small book store on site.

    • September 23, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • St. Brigit Episcopal Church, 110 Johnson St., Frederick, CO
    Ait Caol – Gaelic for A Thin Place.  Please plan to join us for our twelfth A’it Caol service as we celebrate the Autumnal Equinox.   If you never have attended an A’it Caol service, come find out what you’ve been missing.  If you are a regular attendee, this event promises to be especially memorable!  Join us for a special evening of prayer, live Celtic music, and meditation in sacred spaces uniquely created for this event. Feel free to come early to walk our outdoor labyrinth before the service begins. 

    More info:

    • September 24, 2015
    • September 27, 2015
    • Abbey of St. Walburga, Virginia Dale, CO

     Total Cost - $245

     A deposit of $80 is due with registration.

     Deposit is refundable until Sept. 4, 2015.

     Sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas  Contemplative Spirituality


    Our weekend will be spent in Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Silence


    Please note: This retreat is open to those who have already practiced Centering Prayer in their daily lives for at least 6 months.

    This retreat is offered by the Boulder Centering Prayer group.  For information or registration contact Vivian Cecil 303-499-1819 or

    • October 08, 2015
    • October 22, 2015
    • Institute for Life & Care 7935 E Prentice Ave., Suite 111 Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    THRIVING FROM WITHIN® Foundations Program

    This program combines teaching, group process, experiential activities and personal reflection to familiarize participants with the THRIVING FROM WITHIN® curriculum. This process helps integrate all dimensions of self (Body, Mind, Heart and Soul) in carrying for self and others and is useful for both personal and professional growth.


    Please register for the following:

    Thursdays, Oct 8, 15, & 22, 2015

    $190 (lunch and supplies included)*

    NASW or NBCC Credit as needed (19) add $15

    To register for all programs please visit  or

    contact Shani Jones at 720-506-4215 

    with questions.

    • October 09, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Creative Life Center at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO


    Travel with Tessa Bielecki through the seasons that unfold in life: Wonder, Bravado, Disillusionment, Shattering and Glory.  16th-century Spanish Christian mystic, Teresa of Avila, will join you as a prime example of these five seasons.  Tessa’s accessible, contemporary and universal language appeals to a wide variety of people from all walks of life and different spiritual orientations.

    You will emerge from the evening with new light on your sometimes bewildering journey through life, and with inspiration, encouragement, and classical wisdom from a tried and true “spirituality for the long haul,” especially for painful seasons of suffering.

    A reception with Tessa Bielecki and Father David Denny follows.


    Tessa Bielecki's unique perspective from her background in international relations, monastic life, and peace and reconciliation among Jews, Christians, and Muslims brings richness to her sharing of contemplative life.  Tessa now lives as a hermit in the wilderness outside Crestone, Colorado, “chopping wood, carrying water,” and immersing herself in the full four seasons of the year: summer, fall, winter, and spring. She loves not only her silence and solitude, but colors and flowers, big earrings, good food and drink, cooking and celebrating with friends, and serving wherever she is needed, especially leading retreats and workshops, singing at the bedsides of the sick and dying, and cutting juniper boughs for open-air cremations.


    Free to those registered for Wisdom of the Seasons, Saints, and Mystics with Tessa Bielecki and Fr. David Denny (Saturday, October 10)  Click here for information

    There is no pre-registration for this program.  Admission is paid at the door.

    General Admission: $20  Student Admission: $10

    Information: or www.CreativeLifeCenter/programs

    • October 10, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Creative Life Center at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO


    An experience in contemplative living with Tessa Bielecki and Father David Denny.  Explore the sacred in the ordinary, the role of poetry, and the diverse weather you encounter throughout the mystical seasons of your life.

    You will emerge from this experience with:
    • Reflections about the seasons of spiritual growth from saints, mystics, and poets
    • Practical suggestions on living each day contemplatively – living a natural, balanced, and whole life
    • Ways to inspire your contemplative life with poetry and literature


    Tessa Bielecki and Fr. David Denny have worked together for over forty years. They began as Carmelite monks in the Spiritual Life Institute where they co-edited Desert Call and gave retreats and workshops. At Colorado College they taught a history of Christian Mysticism and Desert Spirituality: from the Middle East to the American Southwest. They left monastic life in 2005 and created the Desert Foundation and now live in neighboring hermitages near Crestone, Colorado.


    Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn with Tessa Bielecki and Father David Denny, inspiring, international leaders, teachers, and livers of contemplative Christian life. Register today!

    Early registration fee, before September 26th: $90 ($60 for students)

    Starting September 26th: $110 ($70 for students)

    Click here for Saturday details and registration
    Registration includes free admission to Tessa's presentation on Friday night, October 9th.  Click here for Friday night information

    Information: or www.CreativeLifeCenter/programs
    • November 05, 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    • St John's Cathedral, 1350 Washington St, Denver, CO 80203
    SDCO Presents:
    Kyle Turner
    Creating Space for Pause and Sanctuary: An Introduction to the work and thought of Terry Hershey.
    Terry Hershey will be the featured speaker at the SDCO Annual Conference in January 2016


    Kyle S. Turner, MA, STM, is a pastoral minister, liturgist, and spiritual director with 15+ years of experience working in parish and campus ministry. Kyle has experience as a Director of Worship and Liturgy, with a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, and a Master’s Degree of Sacred Theology in Christian Social Ethics from Boston College, and a Post-Masters Certificate in the Practice of Spirituality from Boston College. Kyle is the Founding Director offering spiritual direction, retreats, and consultation to church communities in liturgy, spirituality, and faith formation. Kyle lives with his wife Kristin and daughters Abigail Hope and Siena Grace in Lakewood, CO.

    • Cost: $15 to $35, as you are able. Those who can give more support SDCO scholarships.
    • Information: 720-290-4771 or
    • Registration: Please register online and pay using your credit or debit card.
    • November 14, 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Benet Hill Monastery 3190 Benet Lane Colorado Springs, CO 80921

    Lectio Divina or "divine reading" is an ancient monastic practice is of praying with sacred scripture that dates back before the 6th century. This retreat is an introduction to the practice of Lectio Divina along with some history of the practice. 

    Registration does not include lunch.

    Gathering at 8:30 am          Fee:$40

    More information and online registration

    • January 08, 2016
    • January 10, 2016
    • Arvada Center for the Arts

    Find Your Sanctuary: Create places of Rest, Renewal and Refuge with Terry Hershey 

    Everyone has a sanctuary. If only in our mind. Even if we can’t name it, we know of its power. It is a place where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you.  We are wired to need grounding and renewal and less hurry.  And yet, we make choices—with our time and with our days—that are detrimental to our emotional and spiritual well-being. In sanctuary, we let thislife in. Every bit. In sanctuary we can be wholehearted; whether grief or gladness or sadness or joy. We make space to see and to be seen. We make space to welcome, to offer comfort and hope.

    Terry Hershey is an author, humorist, inspirational speaker, dad, ordained minister, golf addict, and smitten by French wine. He divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens and sharing his practice of “pausing” and “sanctuary,” to help us do less and live more. Terry’s book, Sanctuary: Creating Places for Grace in Your Life, offers the permission to slow down and to be gentle with ourselves, in a world that demands More-Bigger-Faster. Most days, you can find Terry out in his garden–on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound—because he believes that there is something fundamentally spiritual about dirt under your fingernails.


    Visit for his weekly email newsletter, MP3 downloads, YouTube videos and resources that help us “Do Less and Live More.”

    Stay tuned for more details and registration later in the year. 

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