Groups and Workshops

At various times in the year we offer groups and workshops on centering prayer, healing, creativity, the environment, parenting, poetry and spirituality for everyday living.  See Upcoming Offerings for all Bethany events.

Join us for Contemplative Offerings this Fall:

Evening Contemplative Practice
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30 pm. Resumes September 11. Upcoming evenings: Oct 23, Nov 13 & 27
St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton Street, Arlington
A bi-weekly gathering to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion facilitated by Bethany Colleagues Christina Leano and Christi Humphrey. We welcome people of all experiences looking for silence in community and support in bringing mindfulness and compassion into their Christian path. The guided meditations and teachings will draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices. This Fall 2018 we will be exploring themes from James Finley’s book Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.  See here for more details.
In addition, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, someone will be available for questions and conversation on meditation and contemplative practice from 6:30-6:55 pm (Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 13).
Free-will offering: Donations appreciated to support our ministries.
Registration: Not required but helpful, please register by email. Newcomers welcome every session.

Awaken to Mystery: Contemplative Prayer & Reflection
Thursday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am in St. Anne’s Chapel. (Will not meet on Thanksgiving Day.)
Is some part of us still like Samuel being wakened in the night? Perhaps to listen anew and more deeply to what is known and not yet known.  What is changing perhaps becoming less important and what is now more essential? What is abundant life for you? This group will begin in contemplative prayer with readings and silence to accompany us in deeper listening and presence with one another and the holy in our lives.  Facilitated shared reflections will follow.  A circle of encouragement for the practice of contemplative prayer.  Newcomers are always welcome.
Each Gathering is led by Bethany House of Prayer Retreat Associates.

Bethany Poets Workshop Fall 2018
Poem-Making for Witness, Summons, and Surprise
In this four-part poem-making series, we will make poems from new prompts, and share what we make—the poems and the gifts of their witness, summons, and surprise—to celebrate the blessings of our circle as well as the life of creativity within us and beyond us in the wider community. Pre-registration required.  Two poetry circles, beginning in September (see dates below). $120.00 for the fall series.
Groups meet once a month, September through December:
Friday Circle (last year’s morning group) meets 1pm to 3pm: Sept. 7, October 12, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7
Wednesday Circle (last year’s afternoon group) meets 2pm to 4pm: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 19
Note that there is a Waiting List for these circles. Please call or email Bethany House to add your name to the list in case openings become available.