Fall 2017

First Fridays in the Quiet Garden
Join us any first Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Beverages are provided; please bring a bag lunch or something to share. Suggested donation: $20.

Healing Ground is part of an international Quiet Garden movement ( Join us at the beginning of the month as we take time to slow the pace and enjoy a quiet place to pause and let our bodies and minds rest and our hearts awaken.

Convened by Pat Bailey, Dee Irwin and Healing Ground volunteers.

Wisdom Circles: The Other
Wednesdays, September 13 to November 15, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
OR Thursdays, September 14 to November 16 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Suggested donation: $125.

We live at a time when civility has come unraveled, prejudice and hate have been given open license, and bullying is glorified by talk radio hosts. One of the many lessons we are learning in these challenging times, is that we need a better understanding of “The Other.” Whether we grew up in families that defined who was Other in our communities or were on the receiving end of Other, we all are caught in its tangled web. Join us as we explore through short stories, essays and personal experiences who the Other is in our own lives and how we deal with the growing social complexity of who gets labeled as Other in our country.

Facilitated by Dee Irwin who loves to meet people at the intersection of their lives and their questions.

Zentangle™ Classes: Creative Meditation for Your Inner Artist
Anyone who can hold a pen can create a Zentangle. It is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful designs with repetitive patterns. The bonus is that it is also a great stress reducer that increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction.
Three separate offerings. Introduction to Zentangle is needed if this is new to you.
Suggested donation: $40/class

“Introduction to Zentangle”
Monday, September 18, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

This two and a half hour workshop is a basic introduction to the Zentangle drawing method. Class will cover the history, the applications, and the steps of creating an original Zentangle tile. This class invites all levels and requires no artistic experience. This is a great start class that is bound to leave you thirsty for more.

“The Space Between”
Monday, October 2, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

It is easy to fill a tile with pattern, but there is also a dramatic advantage to leaving some white space on the tile, paying attention to the space between patterns (sort of like enjoying the unexpected pauses in our lives, the breathing space). We’ll explore together several strings that invite leaving empty spaces and also play with what happens when we change the tile color (white, black or Renaissance) or add color to the tile.

Monday, November 6, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

We become so accustomed to working with black micron pens or stepping out in color that we forget the subtle strength of letting sepia be our only addition to the color palette. We’ll play using brown or sepia pens, or markers, or adding a wash of brown watercolor, or brown paper. If you just beginning to play with color, adding just one color—brown or sepia, is a great way to begin. If you are an old hand at color, stepping back and letting just the addition of one color is a good challenge.

Facilitated by Dee Irwin, Certified Zentangle Teacher and intrepid explorer of different mediums of expression.

Book Study: The Seven Acts of Courage by Dusty Staub
Seven Monday evenings, October 2 to November 13 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Suggested offering is $135 or $250/couple.

Dusty’s book represents the culmination of his life’s excellent work. In the words of a reviewer: “Every once in a while, a book comes along that touches your soul, moves you, and helps you grow … (This book) will help you open your heart to exercise greater courage, to view your life’s potential, and to fulfill the purpose of your soul.” Since I totally agree with this reader’s comments and have been likewise touched, I would like to lead you in the reading, meditating and discussing the issues in this book and how they touch you.

Led by Kevin Haggerty, M.S.

Putting Mindfulness at the Center of Health and Healing
Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bring your lunch and we will provide beverages. Suggested donation: $55.

Are you looking to make improvements in your life? Do you want to lose weight or quit smoking? Exercise more? Make career changes? Be a better parent? Minimize stress and anxiety? Pray more? These are only a few of the issues you may face and wish to change.

Using the Duke Integrative Health model for creating change we will explore our current situations and create a vision for a healthier future.

Led by Jacqueline Messick a, Duke-trained Integrative Health Coach. She holds a Master of Pastoral Studies. She is a childbirth doula as well.

Turn to Love: A New Year’s Poetry Retreat
and Candlelight Dinner

Saturday, December 30, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (dinner at 6:00 pm).

Join Jacinta V. White for this annual ritual of poetry and community. We will look at the musical poetry of Rumi, have time and space to write and share, and enjoy a community-style dinner by candlelight as we celebrate the close of one year and prepare for the new one.

Registration deadline is December 11. Space is limited.

Led by Jacinta White, a local poet and author who is Director of The Word Project. (