South Church announces Hopeful Living workshop

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Buddhist teacher Pema Chodrin writes, “Things come together, things fall apart.” Many of us discover that our effort is to maintain a sense of self as we move through the “coming togethers” and the “falling aparts” of our lives. What part does hope play in this quest? This workshop presents “hope” as a process of fostering a centered sense of self, within the “coming togethers” and the “falling aparts” of life. 

Hopeful Living is a collaborative workshop with four movements:

Hope and imagination: lifting the veil of appearance to see what is truly real and possible.

Hope, grounded in human experience and Ancient Wisdom: engaging teaching and practice from Jewish, Christian and Buddhist texts.

The neuroscience of Hope: learning to work with fear and anxiety in the here and now. 

Active hope: the practice of hopeful living in the personal daily round and in community action. 

This workshop will be held at the Parish House of South Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street, on Friday, January 24 from 6—9 and Saturday, January 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A fee will be charged, assistance provided if needed. Call: 860-653-7289 for more details. 

Facilitators are:

Dr. David Hawkinson: IFS Therapist and founder of City Gates, an interfaith teaching institute in Minneapolis, MN.

Ms. Ingrid Helander: M.M.F.T. and approved AAMFT supervisor who has earned the 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and has received 52 hr. of Rhythm of Regulation Polyvagal Training. 

Rev. Dennis Moon: minister at South Church, storyteller, songwriter, counselor; IFS level 1 Training, graduate of Bristol Family Institute, Worcester Pastoral Counseling Center.