Courageous Living in Troubled Times

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Monday, August 21, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 22, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

In these challenging times, we are often called upon to speak up, show up and live our values more boldly. But it can be difficult to muster the courage to do this. The Chinese character for courage represents a person with arms spread wide open, a brave one who endures hardship not by hiding behind armor but by opening up and harmonizing with their surroundings. What might we learn from the ancient teachings and practices that inspire this understanding, helping us to live more courageously, with greater vulnerability and strength today?

Guided by Taoism and other wisdom teachings, by movement, poetry and stories, we will each consider how to more courageously be ourselves – to bring our gifts, vulnerabilities and identities more fully into the world. Author Karen Hering and Qigong teacher Lisa Schlingerman will lead participants in guided writing, small group conversation, Qigong, Chinese calligraphy (no experience needed!) and other activities both playful and contemplative to help us access the wisdom and courage found in our own lives and bodies. The retreat will include a pause mid-day Monday to view the solar eclipse (solar-safe glasses included with your registration!) and to reflect on this light shifting occurrence and its invitation to set our fears aside.

Retreat Schedule:

Sunday, August 20
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Monday, August 21
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 22
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Karen Hering, author and longtime Wisdom Ways teaching artist, serves as consulting literary minister, rooted at Unity Church-Unitarian in St Paul. She leads programs near and far, engaging writing as a spiritual practice and a tool for social action and healing; and her book, Writing to Wake the Soul offers a guide to writing as a spiritual practice as well as a treasury of reflections on faithful living in the 21st century.



Tai Ji/Xi gong teacher Lisa Schlingerman facilitates art and Tai Ji experiences for people of all ages and abilities.  Her background is in Montessori education, art therapy, Reiki and Tai Ji and Qigong.  Lisa is a graduate of the Transforming Soul and Society Spiritual Guidance Program at Wisdom Ways.



WHEN: Sunday, August 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm;
Monday, August 21, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm;
Tuesday, August 22, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Wisdom Ways, 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 55105

COST: $335.00
Registration cost includes lunch on Monday and Tuesday and all program and art supplies.
To make a lodging reservation, please contact 651.696.2788

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