“BE THE GARDEN”…
Sept 30, Oct 28, Dec 2 2011
…and Feb 10, April 13, June 15, 2012
a series of Friday afternoon Circle Conversations.
June 15 : 1.00-3.30pm
“Early Summer Garden Rest”
Come and experience the peace and rest of the summer garden landscape.
Discover the corners of your soul that are calling for relief from the constant demands of work.
We have become an urbanized consumer culture that lives increasingly hooked and dependent upon technology and mechanization. The quiet wisdom that comes from rural life and religious or indigenous practice that plants us in the soil of the earth and her peoples, is often run over in the frenetic pace of our lives. Stonehaven is a suburban property in Main Line Philadelphia dedicated to thoughtful contemplative dialogue. It is a place where the landscaped garden, the quiet stream, and the untamable forest offers you space to slow down and listen to your own life speak.
This coming season, we will be offering tea, silence in the garden and a conversational circle for two and a half hours. The session will start promptly at 1.00pm and end at 3.30pm. Cost is by donation only, but please register to reserve your place in the circle. Telephone 610 304 0547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org During these afternoons we will be taking time to consider some of these questions together:
- How do we live as humans in this world … Being the Garden?
- How do we recognize and honor those natural values that come from the earth, through respect for all her creatures and creation?
- What can we learn from a closer attention to our own place on this planet, from listening and observing the rhythms of the seasons and the many uncontrollable elements of our lives?
- How do we actively “garden” our relational lives – as communities of practice in our professional work and in our personal lives – in our families and neighborhoods?
- What “habits of the heart” can we nurture in order to care for our personal soul growth and become better citizens of this planet?
- How do we employ the tools of silence and conversation in a circle of diversity, and still maintain our own integrity as individuals?
- What does it mean to tend our “inner” garden?