Fall-Winter 2018

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.

Quiet Second Fridays in the Garden
Join folks from Christ United Methodist Church from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm. Bring your bag lunch and beverage. Coffee and tea provided.
Suggested donation: Free will offering.

We welcome anyone who is in need of a quiet time for rest, prayer, meditation and/or reflection.

Convened by Jace Ralls who may be contacted at 336-706-3548 with questions or concerns. Registration is not required.

On the Path of Creativity: Expressive Arts in Nature
Six-class series (1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month) from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
September 6 and 20, October 4 and 18, November 1 and 15
Suggested offering: $120

In these classes we use multi senses to explore the inner and outer world through the process of making art in different modalities and forms. Connecting to nature and combining meditation practice with the arts, we create in the sacred space of silence, followed by sharing our experiences of the process as the group listens as a witness in a safe and supportive environment. Participant from past workshop said: “Working this way in community with the arts opened me to my creative soul.”

Facilitated by: Betsy Bevans who is a gifted artisan in multiple mediums and a natural teacher who allows the process to unfold in an easy rhythm that allows you to connect with others through art and meditation.

Living from the Heart in Sacredness
A Wisdom-Sharing of Indigenous Medicine

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Workshop fee:$225
To register and get more information, email
Register now to reserve your spot. Reservation Deposit: $100

Like many of the ancient ones that have walked before us on this earth, the indigenous wisdom-keepers of Peru practiced a way of life lived in sacred relationship with all things. They deeply understood that it is through the heart that we are interconnected to all things in the web of life through “munay,” universal love, and that we are as One Heart.

In these present times the world we live in and our beloved planet so needs its people to live once again in sacred relationship, and to awaken our inherent interconnectedness – with each other, and to all living things. It is through opening our perceptions and our hearts to the natural world that we begin to restore and heal our own nature.

Join Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner Pat Cockrell in this weekend immersion as she shares knowledge – learned from Peruvian master healers and wisdom-keepers – of their ancient medicine practices, rituals, and ceremonies that can transform your life and enrich it with deep meaningful connection, as you learn how to awaken and practice the sacred in your life daily.

This workshop will focus on sacred practices and ritual ceremony that relate to each of the four elements of nature – earth, air, water, fire – and their elemental medicine in helping us achieve balance and transformation in our lives.

In this weekend immersion you will learn:

  • Rituals to connect to the life-giving energies of the earth, air, water, and fire, to restore and reset our life-force.
  • Practices that teach us to live in the balance of reciprocity and in sacred relationship with all things in our world.
  • Ways of opening our spiritual perceptions and our hearts to communicate with the natural world around us.
  • Practices of energetic cleansing using each of the elements to clear old self-limiting patterns, and bring transformational healing and balance to body, mind and spirit.

Workshop led by Pat Cockrell who has traveled and studied extensively in Peru, where she has been initiated by the native Q’ero paqos and shamans and has journeyed with them to the ancient sacred sites throughout Peru participating in healing ceremonies and rituals, including the feminine Nusta Karpay goddess rites. Using ancient shamanic techniques, Pat has a private practice in North Carolina, where she works with her clients to energetically clear the self-limiting patterns of old trauma and core wounds, to bring about healing, balance, and help in restoring their ability to step into their fullest potential. Pat also mentors, teaches workshops, including the Munay-Ki rites and the Feminine Nusta Karpay rites. Pat also received her training in Shamanic Energy Medicine from Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s Healing The Light Body School of the Four Winds Society, and has completed their Masters of Healing program. As owner of Sacred Quests LLC, Pat takes groups on sacred journeys to Peru.

SoulCollage® is a creative process that taps into the transformative power of images, intuition, imagination, and synchronicity. Using found images, we create cards that help us connect with our innate wisdom. This process becomes a source of comfort and guidance as we deepen our practice of this unique image-making method.

Four Saturday sessions will each have a different theme:

Introduction to Soul Collage®: Finding My Soul’s Voice
September 15 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Suggested donation: $60 (includes a kit of workshop materials to continue the collage practice and use in future workshops)

For those new to the practice of Soul Collage: we learn to recognize the many facets of the self. The making of visual images for these different inner voices becomes a source of insight for our life path.

The Community Suit: Gathering My Village
October 13 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Suggested donation: $45

We will focus on cards to recognize and honor those in our lives who inform and support our journey. This recognition of our nurturing relationships becomes a source of gratitude.

The Council Suit: Hearing the Universal Call
November 10 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Suggested donation: $45

Archetypes are metaphorical images and symbols commonly encountered across cultures and time. Therefore these metaphors also touch common ground in our collective consciousness. This workshop will explore archetypal images through the Soul Collage process.

Gratitude and Reflection: Contemplating the One and the Many through the Transpersonal Cards
December 1 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Suggested donation: $45

Advent provides a time to reflect on the mystery of the Divine through images. We will create the three cards that help connect us to this mystery: the Source that allows our Soul Essence to have expression in the world. We will also give image to the Witness aspect of Spirit that brings awareness of our true nature.

Led by Vicki Longhofer Copeland, an artist and educator who loves to facilitate contemplative art practices as a mode of self-discovery. She has explored the intersection of creativity and spirituality through group work with mandalas and labyrinths over the past eighteen years. Vicki has completed SoulCollage® Facilitator training and is a certified Veriditas Labyrinth facilitator.

Wisdom Circles: Responding to Change
Wednesdays, September 12 through November 14 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon or
Thursdays, September 13 through November 15 from 1:00 pm to3:30 pm
Suggested donation: $45

We have plenty to ponder and discuss as we explore how our lives are shifting in the midst of the difficult times we are all experiencing and what it means for being in relationship with ourselves, our community, our world, the cosmos. The group will use Pema Chodran’s When Things Fall Apart and Parker Palmer’s On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old as primary sources. Other readings will evolve from the group’s discussion. Class will start with a guided meditation and check-in followed by a discussion and close with a check-out.

Rotating leadership will come from the group as Dee Irwin is on sabbatical this year.

The Four Agreements
Thursday, October 25 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Friday, October 26 from 9:30 am to 5 pm; and Saturday, October 27 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Suggested offering is $125 or $200 a couple.

A workshop based on Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; always do your best. While they seem clear enough as practices, the human ego has very devious ways of complicating the issues. In an interactive way, this workshop will explore the complications to enable further simplification in our own lives.

Facilitated by: Kevin Haggerty, M.S. in counseling psychology, has been leading human potential workshops for more than 30 years. Kevin’s life goal is to help people understand that their purpose in life is to live in joy through self-awareness and to share that happiness with their families, friends, and community. For further information, call Kevin at 336 509-5777.

Two One-Day Workshops with a Peruvian Shaman
Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost per workshop $150 for one, or $275 for both

Come join us for this special opportunity to learn from Alberto Fernandez Santa Cruz, a visiting Peruvian Sham-Paqo, as he shares sacred wisdom and ancient practices from the spiritual traditions of the Andes. Don Alberto believes we must all live in greater balance and connection our Mother Earth, the “Pachamama”, and he holds a powerful connection to the world of Spirit.

For more information and to register for these particular workshops, please contact Pat Cockerel at Individual healing sessions with Don Alberto are also available.

New Year’s Eve Poetry Retreat
“Praise the Rain” Poems by Joy Harjo

Monday, December 31, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (potluck at noon). Please bring a dish to share for lunch following the session. Beverages provided. Love offering gratefully accepted.

Please join Jacinta White at Healing Ground for our annual celebration for closing the year and welcoming the new with a poetry gathering. The theme this year is “Praise the Rain” poems by Joy Harjo. After our morning of poetry we will gather around a shared table for food and conversation.

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


Men’s Retreat: Creating a spiritual action plan to get us across the goal line!
Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Suggested donation: $75 and includes dinner

It will be a day filled with practices to engage our minds, bodies and spirits. Jacqueline will introduce the Duke Integrative Model for setting goals and creating change and then let the men explore issues of men’s spirituality with Keith. The retreat will end with a meal and a bonfire.

Co-facilitated by Jacqueline Messick and Keith Larkin. Jacqueline Messick is a Duke-trained Integrative Health Coach who holds a master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. (She will leave the men to their work after her session.) Keith Larkin created gardens for over 30 years and is now focusing on bringing people together and looking at what we have in common. He enjoys the stories of finding God’s messages in everyday events and the challenges and joys of raising three teenage children.