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.

New group beginning this January-June:
Bethany Contemplative Writing Group
This is a new group that will meet monthly to immerse in the art of contemplative writing. This is for writers who already have a practice and desire sustained community, as well as for those seeking to explore writing with a contemplative approach. Each month we will be guided by practices that draw our voices, wisdom and stories from stirrings into fully realized form, as reflections, narratives, and poems.  Writers will share freshly generated workshop material, as well as bring finished pieces for response and care.   Examples and short craft talks will augment what is essentially a time of listening to the still small voice within, and giving it life on the page.
Monthly Meeting Times: Friday mornings 10:00-12:00, on occasion to be followed with a bag lunch time for further conversation.
Dates are: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 26, May 17, and June 14.
Led by Bethany Colleague: Kathleen Hirsch, M.F.A., who had a long career in narrative journalism before authoring three books of creative nonfiction, including A Sabbath Life: One Woman’s Search for Wholeness. In addition to being a spiritual director and writer, Kathleen also teaches at Boston College addressing social justice and contemplative work. Her spiritual reflections, offer recent examples of work relevant to those considering this contemplative writing group.  Registration is for all sessions; fee is $180 for all six sessions.  This group is now full; to be added to the waiting list or to learn about additional upcoming writing opportunities at Bethany, please contact us  online or by email or phone.

Join us for Ongoing Contemplative Offerings:
Evening Contemplative Practice
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30 pm. Upcoming evenings: Dec 11, Jan 8 & 22
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 Dec. 27 or Jan 3.)
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.