Deep Listening: Listening to Ourselves, Others and Nature

Thu Aug 26, 2021 - Sun Aug 29, 2021
4:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Meditation, retreat, spirituality

In a culture where listening often feels as if it is in short supply we offer “Deep Listening”, as a way of paying attention to ourselves, to others, and the natural world. Listening with compassion and without judgment opens up our hearts and clarifies our thoughts. By living richly in the present moment, we can learn how to be more skillfully present and discover what lies underneath the cacophony of ordinary life. The practice of listening to the elements of life makes living an ongoing wonder.

Join us,  starting at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 26  until 12:30 pm on Sunday, August 29 for a weekend of practicing deep listening in the presence of our own hearts, one another, and the sacred in nature. Creating safe and open space we will use gentle practices designed to enliven us – heart, soul, mind, and body.

Nan GoodshipNan Goodship: Nan is an artist, spiritual director, retreat leader, and thorough Vancouver Islander. She is interested in the adaptations and evolutions we make in our lives to find joy, understand suffering, and ponder our own hearts and minds. She considers herself a  contemplative and finds a daily connection to the natural world both a significant source of inspiration for art-making and a spiritual home. As far as academic training goes she holds a BA in Japanese and Asian studies from UBC, Waldorf teacher training, certification from the Pacific Jubilee Program for spiritual direction, and a Masters in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. Nan also considers her time as an at-home mom and in marriage as a kind of life training par excellence. It is an unfettered delight to guide others in spiritual and creative practices that have been so personally enriching.

Murray Groom: The Reverend Doctor Murray Groom is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. He has been educated as a mathematician (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg), a theologian (St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon; St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton), and as a spiritual director/soul companion (The Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction, Vancouver). His vocation in ministry evolved over 33 years in parish life and he continues to work as a spiritual director, retreat leader, and church consultant. His current interests include singing, playing the piano, hiking, gardening, and conversations with meaning. A husband and father, he lives in Shawnigan Lake and continues to adjust his culinary practice to reflect a more post-modern diet.

In-person event Open to everyone.

The event opens at 4:00 PM before your dinner on Thursday, August 26, and closes after lunch at 12:30 PM on Sunday, August 29.

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