Wellness

Living Compass Certification Workshop FREE to matriculated GTS students & faculty/staff

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Living Compass Coaching Certification Workshop.   The Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry is a new ministry that is helping Episcopal Churches across the country do the following:

  • strengthen the wellness and wholeness of individual members
  • create deeper, authentic community between members
  • provide programs that are easily accessible nonmembers in the community
  • provide programs that can be easily offered off-site in other settings in the community

Living Compass is flexible and adaptable to each local context.  It provides resources to run small groups, adult and youth formation classes, and parenting wellness groups/classes, in addition to resources for teen and youth programs.  Living Compass is also an effective tool for one-to-one pastoral care and spiritual direction.

Participants in this workshop will receive the training and certification necessary to offer all Living Compass programs.

The format of this day will be highly collaborative and participatory.

WHEN: Friday, April 5, 2013.  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Seabury Auditorium

Bio:

The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, D. Min, LMFT

Scott is the creator of the Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry.  Living Compass is a comprehensive, parish-based, “train the trainer” faith and wellness ministry for the Episcopal Church.  Scott serves as the founding director of The Samaritan Foundation for Church and Family Wellness, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Scott has thirty years experience as an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, rector, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director.

Yoga Workshops for the GTS Community, Easter 2013

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YOGA at GTS: SCHEDULE, Easter 2013

YOGA FOR EVERY-BODY. No experience needed. The GTS Community is invited to come, enjoy, relax, and renew. Each yoga class is a particularly focused session (see above) yet also a complete class. Relaxation will always be offered at the end of each class. As well, you will learn a simple and easy “take-home” exercise each week (no more than 3 minutes long) to use at home if so desired.

FEBRUARY:

2/28, Thursday 6:15-7:45pm (starts after Evening Prayers) MECHANICS OF BREATH/PRANAYAM

MARCH:

3/8, Friday 9:30-11am: MEDITATION/FOCUS

3/23, Saturday 9-10:30am:  CORE STRENGTH

APRIL:

4/12, Friday 9:30-11am: BALANCE/ALIGNMENT

4/20, Saturday 9-10:00am: VINYASA/SUN SALUTATION

4/25, Thursday 6:15-7:45pm: RESTORATIVE

All classes are taught by GTS student and long-time yoga teacher Kat Killian, and take place in the sacred environment of the Oratory.

All About Depression: A Wellness Workshop Feb. 21

Whether depression hits you, a child or spouse, a friend or colleague, it affects the entire web of relationships.  The truly depressed person cannot be “cheered up” and may, without wishing to, drag others down into the doldrums. In this informative seminar, participants will learn the difference between the “blues” and serious depression, a bio-chemical as well as emotional condition.  Interweave Founder and Executive Director Robert Corin Morris will speak from his own experience dealing with depression.

There will be survival tips for both the depressed and those who love them, lessons drawn from behavioral and cognitive psychology, and suggestions for exercise, diet and helpful meditations.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sherred 1B

No RSVP Required.

Wellness Groups Up and Running: Walking, Yoga, Centering Prayer/Meditation

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Dear Community Members, Our Wellness Groups are up and running!  Come sit in meditation, take a balanced and healing yoga class, learn different approaches to spiritual walking, and reach a state of openness and communion through hand drumming... all together with your GTS friends and colleagues!

These wellness groups are open to ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS EVERY TIME: students, spartners, faculty, administration, and  staff.  There is NO COST to invest in yourself through our wellness groups!  You may come as a beginner to any group at any point in the term, and do not have to be taking the course "Wellness and Holistic Spirituality" to take part... so to repeat: All are welcome!

Please see individual course descriptions below.  I hope many of you will avail yourselves of these opportunities.

Peace,

James+

 Centering Prayer/Meditation

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 5:20 pm

Meet in Oratory (top of Sherred Hall)

We will meet each Wednesday afternoon and sit in silence with God until the Angelus Bells bid us to Chapel at 5:20 pm.  We then may have just a few minutes of brief conversation before heading off to Chapel.  We do not plan any organized discussion or reading that often is associated with Centering Prayer groups because most of us have enough other study to do and time at this hour is limited.  This will simply be an opportunity to sit in silence with God and let God enfold you for a few minutes. If you are not familiar with Centering Prayer, please come a few minutes early and we can discuss it briefly.  Basically, Centering Prayer is simply sitting in silence with God, while trying to empty your busy mind of any thoughts that distract you.  It is amazing how refreshing and spiritually renewing this can be.  And everyone succeeds the first time!! Those who would like to join us and want to practice another form of silent meditation are welcome as well.

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Healing Yoga

Saturdays, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

First session: Saturday, October 13

Meet in the Oratory

(Yoga mats and props provided… or feel free to bring your own)

All are welcome to Healing Yoga, facilitated by Kathleen “Kat” Killian, BA Dance, and RYT Interdisciplinary Yoga. Having taken her first yoga class at age 16, and becoming a professional modern dancer in NYC, Kathleen has studied, practiced, and taught movement of all kinds for many years. She previously owned her own yoga studio and healing center, and developed a unique system of yoga. Classes are a blend of hatha and kundalini yoga, and designed to open the heart, calm the mind, and balance the body through simple postures, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and prayerful meditation. Instruction and modifications are offered throughout class, each person working to their own level and pace. Come as you are, in comfortable clothes!

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Spiritual Walking

Tuesdays, 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Weather Permitting)

First Walk is October 9 (For Those Here During Fall Break)

Meet Briefly in the Chapel for Spiritual Preparation

This Wellness group will take spiritual walks in the Chelsea neighborhood. Each week you will learn a different approach to spiritual walking. Examples include contemplative approaches such as paying attention to the breath, noticing a color, repeating a mantra or scriptural text, dropping pebbles in prayer, and being mindful of the body. Others involve human interaction and relationship, such as practicing loving-kindness, embodying a scriptural scene (Ignatian spirituality), walking in pilgrimage to a sacred place, and, come Advent, Stations of Christ's Nativity. Some walks will be slow and meditative, others brisk, but never so strenuous as to require a shower afterwards. Guiding the walks will be the Rev. K. Jeanne Person, Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality, and Michael Foley, one of our senior M.Div. students. To sign up for the individual walks, click here.

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Drumming Circle

Still to come... more info on the way!!!

Centering Prayer / Meditation

A small cadre of students has committed to meeting for Centering Prayer as a group each Wednesday at 5:00 pm in the Oratory in Sherred Hall.  All members of the community – spartners, students, faculty, staff) are invited to participate as often or as little as you choose. PLEASE NOTE:  We have moved our venue from the Dehon basement to the Oratory as a more "sacred" space.

We will meet each Wednesday afternoon and sit in silence with God until the Angelus Bells bid us to Chapel at 5:20 pm.  We then may have just a few minutes of brief conversation before heading off to Chapel.

We do not plan any organized discussion or reading that often is associated with Centering Prayer groups because most of us have enough other study to do and time at this hour is limited.  This will simply be an opportunity to sit in silence with God and let God enfold you for a few minutes.

If you are not familiar with Centering Prayer, please come a few minutes early and we can discuss it briefly.  Basically, Centering Prayer is simply sitting in silence with God, while trying to empty your busy mind of any thoughs that distract you.  It is amazing how refreshing and spiritually renewing this can be.  And everyone succeeds the first time!!

Those who would like to join us and want to practice another form of silent meditation are welcome as well.

Please join us.

Reiki Master Liz Grohowski to offer therapeutic work at GTS

Dear Community Members, Liz Grohowski, spartner of student Rebecca Barnes, will begin offering Reiki healing work at GTS.  Liz is an advanced Reiki Master with much experience, and is offering the healing, balancing, and grounding work of reiki for the same low rate for community members as our cranio-sacral and reflexology work: $20/session.

Please click here  to sign up for a session!  Liz will be on campus weekly, on various days, so please find a slot that works for you!  Reiki can be a wonderful part of one's wellness and self-care.  Sessions will be held in the new Spirituality and Wellness Room on the lower level of Moore.  Please sign up for no more than three sessions in one semester so as to leave room for others; thanks!

Wellness Workshop: Chanting and Song as Spiritual Practice

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Please join us on Thursday, September 20, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Seabury Auditorium for our second Episcopal Wellness Program workshop!  This workshop will feature acclaimed song/chant leader Ana Hernandez, who will help us deepen our understanding of voice, song, and chant as communal and personal spiritual practice.  Ana leads workshops around the world, and her "Music Makes Community" workshops are always popular and powerful. For more information on Ana, check out www.anahermusic.com.

Don't Miss This Wellness Seminar

This is the "capstone" Wellness Seminar of our Easter Term.  Be sure you don't miss it. Matthew Ellis, Executive Director of National Episcopal Health Ministries, will be at GTS on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Seabury Auditorium to present on the work and ministry of the NEHM.  We are very excited about welcoming Matt to our campus, and please do your best to support him (and make a good show for GTS!) by coming to this good event, the “capstone” for the 2011-2012 Wellness Program.  Matt will help you understand how to incorporate wellness ministries and programs into your parish, your community, and your life!

Events Next Week

Sunday, April 22* No special events scheduled

Monday, April 23 * Inter-Seminary Dialogue, Academy of Jewish Religion, Riverdale - 7-9:00pm

Tuesday, April 24 * Community Solemn Holy Eucharist, Chapel, 6:00pm * "Breakfast for Dinner" in 20th and 21st St. Rooms in Seabury, 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 25 * No special events scheduled

Thursday, April 26 * New Jersey Nat'l Guard Chaplain Lunch, Tutu Ctr. Rm 4, 12:30pm

Friday, April 27 * National Episcopal Health Ministries Wellness Seminar, Seabury Auditorium, 9-11:00am * Taboo Yardies, film screening and reception - GLBT event, Seabury Auditorium, 7:00pm

Saturday, April 28 * No special events scheduled

National Episcopal Health Ministries to present at GTS Friday, April 27

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Matthew Ellis, Executive Director of National Episcopal Health Ministries, will be at GTS on Friday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in Seabury Auditorium to present on the work and ministry of the NEHM.  We are very excited about welcoming Matt to our campus, and please do your best to support him (and make a good show for GTS!) by coming to this good event, the "capstone" for the 2011-2012 Wellness Program.  Matt will help you understand how to incorporate wellness ministries and programs into your parish, your community, and your life! Even if you've missed everything else Wellness has had to offer... don't miss this! For more information on National Episcopal Health Ministries, please visit http://www.episcopalhealthministries.org/.