Jan
3
Thu
practicing the presence of place @ Carondelet Center
Jan 3 – Apr 30 all-day

A selection of landscapes from the brush of Bob Schmitt

 

Minnesota brush painter Bob Schmitt brings landscape paintings capturing iconic Minnesota scenes interpreted through his training in and practice of Chinese brush painting.

Included in this exhibit is his monumental 5-panel depiction of Minnehaha Falls in winter.

 

The Frozen Sound by Bob Schmitt

 

Conversations with the Artist

Exhibit opening and conversation with the artist:
Friday, January 25, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Exhibit closing and conversation with the artist:
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Learn more and RSVP

 

Words from the Artist:

painting the presence of place 

“I have left off all devotions and prayers which are not required for me, and I occupy myself solely with keeping myself in God’s holy presence. I do this simply by keeping my attention on God and by being generally and lovingly aware of him. This could be called practicing the presence of God moment by moment, or to put it better, a silent, secret and nearly unbroken conversation of the soul with God.

“Sometimes this conversation gives me great contentment and inner joy. But it also often gives me outward joy that is so great, that in order to restrain it and keep from revealing it, I am forced into childish actions that appear more like madness than devotion.”

The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence

There are so many words and frameworks one can use to explain spiritual experience. For me being outside in almost any setting is a sacred experience. As an artist and a writer, I find myself pondering how is the spirit present here today.  What can I feel of the divine in this particular place and time?  I try to listen deeply not only with my ears, but also with my eyes and my heart.  And attempt to etch that onto my soul.  My art is the tangible evidence of that experience.

— Bob Schmitt

the artist’s process

I am often asked if I create these paintings on site,
sitting by the falls or the lakes.
I do not.
They are not created on site.
They are paintings from my memory of these places.

They are not photographic in the sense
that you could actually go and find these exact locations
as I present them.

My goal is to capture the essence of place as it lives in my memory
and hopefully to touch that place where it lives in your memory.

If I am successful, they may evoke a sensation that feels more real
than if they were photographic representations.

— Bob Schmitt

 

Artist:

Brush painter Bob Schmitt is a Quaker and a student and teacher of Chinese calligraphy and painting who lives and paints a stone’s throw from Minnehaha Falls. He began brush painting as a 12-year-old watching public television and has studied weekly with a Chinese painting master for over 20 years.

 

 

Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Carondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. See below for specific hours.

Building Hours April 21 – April 28
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Sunday, April 21: Building Closed

Monday, April 22: Close at 8:30 pm

Tuesday, April 23: Close at 7:45 pm

Wednesday, April 24: Close at 9:00 pm

Thursday, April 25: Close at 4:30 pm

Friday, April 26: Close at 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, April 28: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

Apr
23
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Apr
24
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Exploring the Spirit of Community Together @ Carondelet Center
Apr 24 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Men’s Spirituality: Exploring the Spirit of Community Together @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come together among a group of curious men for a three-part book study and spiritual sharing around Mark Nepo’s latest book, More Together than Alone.

A part of a men’s group for many years, Nepo explores the power of community and practical ways to find common connection—a poignant and timely corrective to the discord and fear directing much of our current public discourse.

Reading the book together, we will reflect on, personalize and seek to expand men’s relationship within their communities. Our three facilitators each bring a special background and appreciation for exploring how community-building begins among a committed group gathering to explore and discuss vibrant ideas.

Facilitated by Steve Robach, Chris Gordon, and Terry Shaughnessy.

Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Apr
25
Thu
An Evening with Mark Nepo: More Together Than Alone @ Jeanne D’ Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Evening with Mark Nepo: More Together Than Alone @ Jeanne D’ Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

This program has reached capacity and registration is no longer open.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Wisdom Ways office at 651-696-2788. 

What brings us together? What throws us apart? How do we inhabit what we have in common as well as what makes us unique, in ways that deepen our daily practice of service and compassion?

Beloved poet, teacher, and storyteller Mark Nepo attempts to answer these questions in his new book, More Together than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World. A consummate storyteller who has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” Mark will share stories and lessons of community gathered from across cultures and history, with the aim of affirming that, despite the hardships always present, we are more together than alone.

We’ll learn how human beings find each other, work together, and create moments of community that can last an hour, a week, or across generations—and whose impact can be timeless for what they teach us about caring for one another.

Mark will also be at Wisdom Ways on Friday, April 26, for More Together Than Alone: Service and Compassion.
Learn more.

Apr
26
Fri
More Together Than Alone: Service and Compassion @ Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine at Saint Catherine University
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
More Together Than Alone: Service and Compassion @ Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine at Saint Catherine University | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join Mark Nepo for a deeper conversation and reflection around recognizing and encouraging community. Explore the power of community, how the life of connection can add more meaning to our lives, and how to develop care-based communities.

“Why tend to all this?” asks Nepo. “ Because somewhere another child is being born who will ask us things we don’t yet know, and we must have some sense of how to account for our time on Earth. It is both comforting and challenging to realize that no one person can wrestle from the Earth the song of how we can survive together and no one voice can sing that chorus…we need each other more than ever.”

 

 

Apr
29
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

Apr
30
Tue
Faith, Hope and Love: A Collective Movement Experience @ Carondelet Center
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Faith, Hope and Love: A Collective Movement Experience @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come cultivate your ability to feel faithful, hopeful, and loving by engaging your body in a collective movement experience. Together, we will learn the slow, repeating symmetrical pattern of the Faith, Hope and Love dance created by Armenian dancer Shakeh Tchilingirian and explore its many healing properties. The circle form, the pulsing step, the way we join hands all awaken our hearts and connections to each other.

This class is facilitated by Emily Jarrett Hughes.

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

May
2
Thu
More Together than Alone: Exploring, Experiencing, and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
More Together than Alone: Exploring, Experiencing, and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This three-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it.

Informed by readings from Mark Nepo’s book, More Together than Alone, and other authors including Robin Wall Kimmerer, adrienne maree brown, Thomas King and Rebecca Solnit, we will together remember and imagine our way into a story of community in which we all belong.

For community leaders who seek new insights in their role of nurturing community and belonging as well as all who seek their own belonging. Consider joining the program with a partner, friend, colleague or neighbor to share the experience with you.

These sessions are facilitated by Karen Hering and Antoinette S. Williams.

If you are registering online for this series, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $45.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $45.00 – $95.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount.  Thank you for your support of community!

May
3
Fri
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

May
4
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

May
5
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and broaden your sense of contribution to community. Together with a spiritually supportive community you will:

  • Engage with a learning community and experience the Divine Presence in the evolutionary Cosmic Story as it flows through you and the wisdom of diverse spiritual traditions.

  • Develop leadership skills involving spacious listening and clear questioning, expand and deepen your practices in meditation, reflection, ritual and celebration.

  • Enter a sacred circle where you share in story, ritual and creativity with others from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions who share a mutual desire to meet life’s challenges and joys with renewed hope and compassion.

  • Learn to integrate the energies of the Cosmic Story, Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine to bring healing and wholeness to yourself, to others and to the planet.

  • Cultivate a sacred activism for Earth and one another in times of suffering, struggle and change.

  • Participate in sand play.

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program and/or the 2019-2021 session.

 

 

May
6
Mon
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke’s Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus’ Mission @ Carondelet Center
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hedgerow Initiative: Living Luke's Gospel Today: Continuing Jesus' Mission @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Interpretation matters. The insights readers find in the scriptures depend on the questions we bring to the text. The bible can seem hopelessly dated, silencing women, accepting slavery, using male images of God, but as women have become theologians and scripture scholars their new methods actively engage today’s readers in critical and creative dialog with scripture.

What really happened is a historical question. Which version of a parable is oldest is a redaction question about how the scriptures were woven together. Which son is lost, the prodigal or the elder brother, is a literary question about characters in a parable. A feminist theologian sees God’s intent for all women in Jesus straightening up the bent over woman. A liberation theologian laughs with Luke at the Rich Fool’s full granaries and embraces Jesus’ mission to raise up the poor.

Nine sessions explore the gospel stories and teachings unique to Luke. Two sessions explore its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, especially house churches and early Christian women such as Tabitha, Lydia, Phoebe, and Priscilla. We’ll also explore ministries today that continue Jesus’ mission to the poor, the imprisoned, the indebted, and oppressed in our midst. The April 29 session will feature Christine Schenk, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph from Cleveland, Ohio, and author of Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity. Her research on early Christian women explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women in the first four centuries and their authority and influence.

*No class on Monday, March 18

May
7
Tue
An Introduction to the Enneagram: Nine Ways to Move from Trance to Dance @ Carondelet Center
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Introduction to the Enneagram: Nine Ways to Move from Trance to Dance @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We often get lulled into thinking that things will get easier if only our outer circumstances change. The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a different lens. Each type falls into a trance that is unique to it. And, each type has a unique pathway to freedom. Weaving together ancient wisdom, contemporary psychology, and contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram is a tool that transforms lives.

Session One: The Human Challenge: Awakening to the Trance

Session Two: Exploring the Nine Types: Nine Pathways to Freedom

Session Three: The Spirituality of the Enneagram: Joining the Liberating Dance

This class is facilitated by Scott McRae.

This series has reached capacity and registration is no longer open.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Wisdom Ways office at 651-696-2788. 

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

May
8
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
May 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

May
9
Thu
More Together than Alone: Exploring, Experiencing, and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
More Together than Alone: Exploring, Experiencing, and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This three-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it.

Informed by readings from Mark Nepo’s book, More Together than Alone, and other authors including Robin Wall Kimmerer, adrienne maree brown, Thomas King and Rebecca Solnit, we will together remember and imagine our way into a story of community in which we all belong.

For community leaders who seek new insights in their role of nurturing community and belonging as well as all who seek their own belonging. Consider joining the program with a partner, friend, colleague or neighbor to share the experience with you.

These sessions are facilitated by Karen Hering and Antoinette S. Williams.

If you are registering online for this series, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $45.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $45.00 – $95.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount.  Thank you for your support of community!

May
10
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
May 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

We invite you to walk the labyrinth indoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief reflection, we welcome you to walk as often as you wish.  There will be space for writing and artist play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
May 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

May
14
Tue
An Introduction to the Enneagram: Nine Ways to Move from Trance to Dance @ Carondelet Center
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Introduction to the Enneagram: Nine Ways to Move from Trance to Dance @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We often get lulled into thinking that things will get easier if only our outer circumstances change. The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a different lens. Each type falls into a trance that is unique to it. And, each type has a unique pathway to freedom. Weaving together ancient wisdom, contemporary psychology, and contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram is a tool that transforms lives.

Session One: The Human Challenge: Awakening to the Trance

Session Two: Exploring the Nine Types: Nine Pathways to Freedom

Session Three: The Spirituality of the Enneagram: Joining the Liberating Dance

This class is facilitated by Scott McRae.

This series has reached capacity and registration is no longer open.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Wisdom Ways office at 651-696-2788. 

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

May
16
Thu
More Together than Alone: Exploring, Experiencing, and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
More Together than Alone: Exploring, Experiencing, and Expanding Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We know how important community is in bringing our whole selves to flower. And still it can be hard to find or create communities that will welcome us just as we are. This three-part series of guided writing, conversation, embodied practices and other creative activities invites you to discover a deeper understanding of community and what is needed to build it and find belonging in it.

Informed by readings from Mark Nepo’s book, More Together than Alone, and other authors including Robin Wall Kimmerer, adrienne maree brown, Thomas King and Rebecca Solnit, we will together remember and imagine our way into a story of community in which we all belong.

For community leaders who seek new insights in their role of nurturing community and belonging as well as all who seek their own belonging. Consider joining the program with a partner, friend, colleague or neighbor to share the experience with you.

These sessions are facilitated by Karen Hering and Antoinette S. Williams.

If you are registering online for this series, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $45.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $45.00 – $95.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount.  Thank you for your support of community!

Women of Wisdom: Women in Community @ Carondelet Center
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women of Wisdom: Women in Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come and explore stories of women in the Christian tradition whose lives demonstrate the unity and diversity of community. What unites their challenging and seemingly disparate stories is how these women support each other in life and in death. Each session will include readings, input, conversation, and ritual.

May 16 – MARY AND ELIZABETH

May 23 – THE BURNING TIMES

May 30 – JOAN OF ARC

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

May
21
Tue
An Introduction to the Enneagram: Nine Ways to Move from Trance to Dance @ Carondelet Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An Introduction to the Enneagram: Nine Ways to Move from Trance to Dance @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

We often get lulled into thinking that things will get easier if only our outer circumstances change. The Enneagram is a map for shifting our inner lives so that we flourish more in our outer lives. It is a system for self-development that uses a nine-pointed figure to portray nine basic personality styles. Each type views life through a different lens. Each type falls into a trance that is unique to it. And, each type has a unique pathway to freedom. Weaving together ancient wisdom, contemporary psychology, and contemplative spirituality, the Enneagram is a tool that transforms lives.

Session One: The Human Challenge: Awakening to the Trance

Session Two: Exploring the Nine Types: Nine Pathways to Freedom

Session Three: The Spirituality of the Enneagram: Joining the Liberating Dance

This class is facilitated by Scott McRae.

This series has reached capacity and registration is no longer open.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Wisdom Ways office at 651-696-2788. 

Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

May
22
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

May
23
Thu
Women of Wisdom: Women in Community @ Carondelet Center
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women of Wisdom: Women in Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come and explore stories of women in the Christian tradition whose lives demonstrate the unity and diversity of community. What unites their challenging and seemingly disparate stories is how these women support each other in life and in death. Each session will include readings, input, conversation, and ritual.

May 16 – MARY AND ELIZABETH

May 23 – THE BURNING TIMES

May 30 – JOAN OF ARC

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

May
28
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

May
30
Thu
Women of Wisdom: Women in Community @ Carondelet Center
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women of Wisdom: Women in Community @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Come and explore stories of women in the Christian tradition whose lives demonstrate the unity and diversity of community. What unites their challenging and seemingly disparate stories is how these women support each other in life and in death. Each session will include readings, input, conversation, and ritual.

May 16 – MARY AND ELIZABETH

May 23 – THE BURNING TIMES

May 30 – JOAN OF ARC

This class is facilitated by Mary Kaye Medinger.

Jun
4
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Jun
5
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Sacred Site Tour for Men: Building Community @ St. Peter's Church
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Sacred Site Tour for Men: Building Community @ St. Peter's Church | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

As part of Healing Minnesota Stories’ effort to create dialogue, understanding and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, we gather as a group of men to experience a Sacred Site Tour of the Twin Cities area. Our tour and time together aim to create greater awareness and understanding of the Dakota people, the original people of this area, who too often are invisible in their homeland.

Led by Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota), we’ll immerse ourselves in Minnesota history from a Native perspective as we experience Dakota history, culture and sacred sites through storytelling and are present to one another through silence/meditation/reflection.

Participants will meet at St. Peter’s Church, 1405 Highway 13, Mendota, MN 55150.

Jun
11
Tue
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm
Meditation: Tuesday Evening Meditation @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

During these times of prayer, we will sit in silent meditation with others. Meditating together is a way of deepening and supporting our personal practice. The weekly sessions include a short reading and one 25-minute meditation. Following meditation, there will an optional short introduction to Christian Meditation for those new to this form of prayer.

Come as often as you are able.

Jun
12
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Jun
14
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Jun 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

We invite you to walk the labyrinth indoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief reflection, we welcome you to walk as often as you wish.  There will be space for writing and artist play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center
Jun 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.

Jun
26
Wed
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center
Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Men’s Spirituality: Centering Prayer Circle @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

To foster community among participants, the Wisdom Ways Men’s Spirituality Series holds a twice monthly contemplative prayer circle.  Each meeting begins with 20 minutes of contemplative prayer practice using the method of Centering Prayer.  Opportunity for group sharing is included, as well as occasional video teachings by Centering Prayer teacher and Trappist monk Thomas Keating.  This ancient practice of Christian meditation is related to the classic tradition of contemplation and is easily accessible.

Jul
12
Fri
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center
Jul 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Walking in Harmony: A Labyrinth Journey @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

 

We invite you to walk the labyrinth indoors at Carondelet Center, whether this is your first walk or you are developing a spiritual practice.

After a brief reflection, we welcome you to walk as often as you wish.  There will be space for writing and artist play as well as time for quiet prayer and meditation.

Sep
7
Sat
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.

 

Sep
8
Sun
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Transforming Soul and Society @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

A transformative two-year journey that will deepen your spirituality and offer new insights into your life journey, broaden your sense of contribution to community and prepare you to deeply listen as a spiritual guide. If desired, receive training as a professional spiritual guide and companion.

Our work together is focused on three areas:

  • Origin and the new cosmic story: Awakening consciousness and developing new language. What is the unfolding universe?

  • Soul/Inner Life: Exploring, discovering and engaging with the sacred within. What is unfolding within me?

  • Community: What are my gifts and how am I being called to contribute to my community’s healing and unfolding story?

Areas of Study

  • Sacred Stories throughout time

  • Spirituality, Psychology and Social Issues

  • Ritual and Meaning Making

  • The Art of Discernment

  • Symbol and Myth

  • The Sacred Art of Listening

  • Loss and Grief

  • Vulnerability, Shame, Courage and Resilience

  • Dreamwork

  • Expressive Arts

  • Individual and group spiritual guidance

Contact Wisdom Ways at 651.696.2788 to learn more about the Transforming Soul and Society program.