New Year’s Eve 2018 and Winter-Spring 2019

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

Monday, December 31, 2018, 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. (

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 (2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month) from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Winter Term: January 10 and 24, February 14 and 28, March 14 and 28
Spring Term: April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, June 13 and 27
Suggested offering: $120 each term

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.

Wisdom Circles: Watch Your Tongue
Wednesdays, January 16 – March 20 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon or
Thursdays, January 17 – March 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Suggested donation: $90

Our words put energy into motion, and that may not always be in alignment with our intentions, or may even be operating at an unconscious level, learned in our early years as we were conditioned by our culture, community, and family. The more diverse we become as a nation and a global community, the more important it becomes to watch our words. This term we will explore the spoken words and silent self-talk and unvoiced judgments and replies from the perspective of a variety of isms—racism, sexism, ageism, classism and a myriad of others.

Dee will provide a collection of readings for us to share, and also welcomes contributions of other readings from the group. She will meet with us every other week, alternating between the Wednesday and Thursday Wisdom Circles.

Facilitated by Dee Irwin with rotating leadership from within the groups.

The Pleiades Initiation: Connect to the Energy Above
Weekend of February 2 and 3 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm both days
Suggested Offering: $275 if registered by January 5 (Deposit of $100 to reserve your spot is strongly encouraged.) $325 if registered after January 5.

The sacred teachings and light initiations of the Pleiades were brought to us by the Q’ero people of the high Andes in Peru. Like many others indigenous cultures across the world, the Q’ero believe that our human consciousness originates from the stars, and will return to the stars after we die. The Pleiades are seen as our Star Ancestors and continue to help us navigate our journey through this Earth life.

This is a transformative and highly restorative weekend as you connect with your inner self and awaken to your highest truth and potential.

Facilitated by: Pat Cockrell and Petra LcBeau who are both highly trained in the art of energy healing and graduates of the Four Winds Society’s Healing the Light Body School and work closely with the indigenous medicine men and women of the Q’ero lineage in Peru.

Energy Medicine: An Integrative Path for Healing
Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch included.
Suggested donation: $50

xxCome explore the exciting field of energy medicine and discover how it can serve to support and enhance your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. We will discuss the Chakras and the Auric Field, and you will be guided in experiencing your own energy. You will also learn some simple techniques you can use on your own.

Facilitated by Marilyn Wolf, M.Ed. Through her practice, Space for Conscious Living, Marilyn offers individual spiritual guidance, Enneagram coaching, and energetic work. She also facilitates study groups, workshops and retreats. You can learn more about her at

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.

Introduction to Soul Collage®: Finding My Soul’s Voice
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.
Saturday, February 23 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)

Shamanic Journeying with Trees: The Spiritual Sentinels Who Stand Amongst Us
Weekend of March 30 and 31, time to be determined
Suggested donation: $250 by February 5. $295 after February 5

The power of trees to teach us and bring healing to our world, is one of the greatest gifts Nature provides us. As we deeply connect and tap into their great benevolence, wisdom, and peace, we are irrevocably changed on all levels; physically, energetically and spiritually. Trees represent to us the joining the Heaven and Earth, yin and yang, and the connection to the three worlds of the shaman; the underworld, the middle world, and the upper world. Please join Pat and Petra as they guide us in ways that trees can take us into new spiritual realms for healing and enrichment.

Facilitated by Pat Cockrell and Petra LeBeau who are both highly trained in the art of energy healing and graduates of the Four Winds Society’s Healing the Light Body School and work closely with the indigenous medicine men and women of the Q’ero lineage in Peru.

Soul-Food Mini Retreat
Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Suggested offering: $40

Practicing a regular rhythm of soul-care is vital to our well-being. Part of developing that rhythm includes pausing to consider “what feeds my soul?” This mini retreat offers time for you to pause, reflect, create and practice. We’ll utilize expressive arts and contemplative practices as we each develop a tangible list of soul-food. The retreat will end with a healing rhythms drum circle — an ancient way to nourish the spirit.

Led by Monica Hix, a minister, musician, artist, retreat leader, and spiritual companion, who currently serves as Pastoral Musician at First Friends Quaker Meeting in Greensboro, NC. She is the Founding Director of Inner Ground, Inc.

The Four Agreements Workshop
Thursday, March 28 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday, March 29 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Suggested offering: $90 or $150 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.

Graduates of this workshop and of the October 2018 workshop by the same name will be invited to a special workshop in the fall of 2019.

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.

Men’s Retreat: Creating a spiritual action plan to get us across the goal line!
Saturday, May 4 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.