Winter/Spring 2017 catalog arriving in mailboxes soon!

Events with Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye Returns to Wisdom Ways!
March 26 - March 31

The Poetic Conversation of Being Human: A Week with Naomi Shihab Nye

Kabeya Media

Wisdom Ways brings Palestinian-American Poet Naomi Shihab Nye back for a week in residence, opening a rich and daily conversation between the particular and universal, between the world that we live in and the world we want to create.

She will lead five public programs you can attend individually or as a series in a weeklong self-guided writing retreat with ample time for your own work on the page. Attend one or all of these programs. Discover the poetry of your own life waiting to be spoken to and waiting to reply.

Learn more about these events & register today!

Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: A Multipart Series

Tuesday, January 17*
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Session Five
Hildegard and Music

This session will include a presentation on Hildegard’s music by Dr. Patricia Cahalan Connors, chair of the music department at St. Catherine University.

Tuesdays, 1/3 - 6/6
7:00 - 7:40 pm

Men's Centering Prayer
1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/31, & 6/28
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Walking in Harmony
Fridays, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, & 6/9
9:30 - 11:30 am

Transforming Soul and Society

Learn more about our Spiritual Development Program
Transforming Soul & Society

Our next session of Transforming Soul and Society will be held September 2017 - May 2019.

Want to learn more? Attend an information session!

Saturday, 1/28/17:
9:30 - 11:00 am

Tuesday, 3/21/17:
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, 4/27/17:
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to RSVP for any of these sessions.

Program Brochure
Program Application

Art Exhibit

Nine Gates: Bob Schmitt
January 9 - February 3

As the new year begins, consider entering a visio divina practice with The Nine Gates of spiritual passage that resonate most with artist Bob Schmitt’s experience:  longing, abandonment, rage, emptiness, compassion, unbridled joy, oneness and delusion.

Unbridled Joy: Bob Schmitt

Sound familiar? Let this beautiful blend of calligraphy and digital technology invite you into interior landscapes.

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Winter/Spring 2017

Join in important Conversations!

The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

Tuesdays, January 31, February 14 & 21, March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Emily Jarrett Hughes will facilitate these sessions on The Divine Dance by Fr. Richard Rohr (with Mike Morrell).  The Divine Dance suggests seven spiritual practices for bringing an understanding of the Trinity into our hearts. Each week we will enter into The Divine Dance through dance, the spiritual practice of the week, and book discussion–each part enriching our understanding of the other.

January 31 Session: Seeing in the Dark
We prepare ourselves to let go of what we think we know about God so that we can create a new relationship with God. Through contemplative reading we will prepare our hearts to release the idea that God is a substance and begin to see a God of relationship.

More info & registration

Winter/Spring Hedgerow Initiative

Women and Christianity:
Resilient Women, Emergent Church

Mondays, February 6 - April 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

In every generation women find their voices, claim authority, act creatively, confront heedless power, and participate in the upheavals of their times. What do we inherit from these foremothers?  What do their lives inspire in those of us who seek God today?  To what is God summoning us from the future? Join creative and resilient women in wrestling with the gospel message today, pondering what the Reformation asks of us in its 500th anniversary year, seeking the holy in a world many label secular, reimagining women’s leadership in our churches.

Built around Mary T. Malone’s history Women & Christianity, the seminar will delve into historical persons and controversial topics

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Exploring Dreams: Three Conversations with the Psyche

Wednesdays, February 8, 15, and 22
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Dreams come to us for healing and wholeness—our psyche’s gift to us, along with unfiltered wisdom about who we are.  These three evenings are designed to give space, time, and a focused process into a conversation between ourselves and our dreams. Carol Burling, MA, DMin, and Dennis Galvin, FSC, will lead an exploration of three doorways of conversation, one each evening: focusing, touchdrawing, and sandtray.   We’ll have time to center, time to share our dreams with each other, and time to let the dream speak to us.  

What? and Why?—often the first questions we ask of the dream—will be set aside as we ask Who? of our dream and of ourselves.

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Writing the Sacred Journey: Upcoming Opportunities

Monthly Writing Sessions with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Second Fridays: 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, and 6/9
1:30 - 3:30 pm

February Session: Cultivating Love
“What goes on in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love,” Rilke told the young poet.  Writing memories can be an expression of this love.  We’ll grapple lovingly with our past, practice writing as a loving act, and open ourselves to receiving love through the creative process.

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Introductory Workshop
Thursday, February 2
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an introduction to the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir.  What is memoir, and how is it different from autobiography?  What makes memoir spiritual?  How can memoir writing, whether for an audience or no audience, support spiritual growth?

 More info & registration


"Seed Writing" Sessions
Third Fridays: 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, & 6/16
1:30 - 3:00 pm

January Session:
Light and Darkness
Develop your writing as a spiritual practice with these drop-in sessions. We will write spiritual memoir “seeds” from prompts based on a monthly theme, which participants can then develop if they choose.

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Looking Ahead

Ash Wednesday Meditation Ritual
Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Bio-Spiritual Focusing: A Practical Tool for Men
Wednesdays, March 15 and 29, 7:30 - 9:00 am

Paradox and Songs: A Springtime Circle of Trust Retreat
Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19

Event Location:

Unless otherwise noted, events are held at:
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet