Soul Deepening

Is this you?

  • Seeking to deepen your life through spiritual practice rooted in Christian Wisdom?
  • Yearning for invitations to solitude and silence, to see beauty all around, and to explore meaning and mystery?
  • Willing to go beyond the ordinary, open to new learning, and being impacted by your own discoveries?
  • Able to give attention to your journey by creating retreat space at your own time and in your own home?
  • Like feeling connected to a diverse online community, or perhaps you want to gather a small group and need a resource that invites deep conversation and offers group spiritual practices?

The Prayer Bench offers creative resources for your soul deepening.

EMAIL RETREATS
Delivered to your inbox, Email Retreats bring a retreat to you, and you make space to retreat when you are able. During Creation-time, Advent and Lent, you receive a weekly retreat. Each one offers suggestions for creating space, a written reflection, journal (evocative) questions, ideas for spiritual practice, an image for Visio Divina (sacred seeing) and a blessing.

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SMALL GROUP STUDIES

Developed throughout the year, Small Group Studies are available to you when you register. You receive access to a private webpage and password. There you will find easily downloadable audio files with teaching or reflections, a Leader page with everything you need for a one hour session, Participant page and Additional Resources (including an script of the audio recording). Small Group Studies are valued for their ability to evoke deep conversation and always offer group spiritual practices. They are sometimes based on Lectionary Readings or explore a theme. 

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STROLL FOR YOUR SOUL

Are you a fair weather person needing encouragement to get back in your walking shoes? Are you a runner seeking mindfulness on your daily run? Are you a biker, a hiker, a skate boarder wanting inspiration with your exercise? Stroll (or Roll) for Your Soul invites mindful attention and offers 21 Emails delivering incentive, focus and inspiration to your inbox. Sign up as an Individual, or register a a group of friends or a congregation for $50.   Next series in May 2018. Learn more about Stroll for Your Soul: Individual or Congregation/Group

RETREAT & WORKSHOP LEADERSHIP

A retreat or workshop offers time away for reflection and opens the possibility of an encounter with the Holy in the depth of our being. Is your group looking for leadership for a day away or for a retreat; or perhaps facilitation for a workshop? I’d love to talk with you about possibilities! Email me and we’ll talk.

Live further away? Gather a group and Skype me in to offer brief times of reflection. You also receive a Retreat Guide with suggestions for worship/gatherings and suggested spiritual practices. Or consider one of the Individual Spiritual Studies and make your own retreat or Continuing Education. Email me for more information.

SUMMER SOUL PACKAGE 

Unplugged at the cottage and have space and time for reflection? Spending time with children or grandchildren and looking for ideas that nurture children’s spirituality? Need ideas to lead a service in your local congregation? Want to explore nature as a spiritual guide? Print and download the Summer Soul Package and find an array of resources to enrich your summer soul.  Coming Summer 2017. Sign up now for a reminder so you don’t miss it! 

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Retreats & Studies in the Prayer Bench Shop

Prayer Bench Reading Group

Prayer Bench Reading Group
5 members

Giving attention to the spiritual life through reading and reflecting. Our present subject is "spiritual memoir."

Books we plan to read

Memoir of Old Elizabeth, a Coloured Woman and Other Testimonies of Women Slaves
Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation
The Boston Girl
The Snow Leopard



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The Prayer Bench

Is your life busy? Longing for a soul pause? Are you seeking the sacred in the ordinary? Perhaps hoping to find soul deepening resources? Do you want to journey in your own time and at your pace yet in company with an internet community? Welcome! Have a look around.

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