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 a new contemplative evening offering:
Evening Contemplative Practice
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30, through June 26. Upcoming gatherings: May 8 & 22, June 12 & 26
Description: This is a bi-weekly gathering to explore and engage in contemplative practices through hospitality and community, education, and meditation. 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.
Place:  St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton Street, Arlington
Facilitators: Bethany Colleagues Christi Humphrey and Christina Leano, with support from other Bethany Colleagues
Fee: Free-will offering. Donations appreciated to support our ministries.
Registration: Not required but helpful (in case of snow and parking bans). To stay informed, please register by email. Newcomers welcome every session.

On-Going September-Early June:
Awaken to Mystery
: Contemplative Prayer & Reflection

Thursday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am in St. Anne’s Chapel. Last meeting this spring will be June 7.
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.

2017-2018 Bethany Poets Groups — Now Full
Whether you’ve never written a poem or you have a well-established practice of writing, you will find in this monthly circle of ‘practicing poets’ enough quiet, support, and camaraderie to explore poem-making as an act of reverence for the world.  Led by Bethany Colleague Kimberly Cloutier-Green. Registration for 2018-2019 groups will open this summer.