Workshop 2: Solitude and Connection – The Stuff of Life

Workshop 2: Solitude and Connection – The Stuff of Life
Workshop 2: Solitude and Connection – The Stuff of Life

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  • In this workshop, participants will bring thoughts and journaling from their home reflections. Home journaling, done in solitude, allows...
  • Activity Minutes Lunch 20 Opening 5 Activity 1: Stretching 10 Activity 2: My Most Influential Person 15 Activity 3: Spiritual Journaling 10...
  • Coffee, tea, and water service items Tissues (for participant use) Newsprint, markers, and tape Chalice, candle, and lighter, or LED...
  • Arrange for coffee, tea, and water at the workshop. Arrange for furniture setup: For large group: Place tables in a horseshoe arrangement (...
  • Welcome participants as they arrive and ask them to put on their name tags. Encourage them to chat over lunch. If anyone is new to the...
  • Light the chalice and offer these words: Come into this circle of caring. We light this chalice as a beacon of hope, a sign of our...
  • Introduce the activity using these or similar words: In 1954, a young research physician, Denham Harman, developed the “free radical theory...
  • Remind participants of the home journaling assignment from last week: Consider the most influential people in your life. Divide pages into...
  • Post the journaling questions you have written on newsprint and read them aloud. Invite participants to write their responses to the...
  • Introduce the activity, saying: Following our middle-age years, the next life stage deserves a respectful label, like elderhood instead of...
  • Introduce the activity, saying: When we review our succession of life experiences, we see that observed together they develop a lived...
  • Distribute Handout 1, Five Minute Practice of Presence , and Handout 2, Looking Ahead to Workshop 3 . Respond to any questions. Invite...
  • Post the closing words so all can see them. Shuffle and set out Blessing Cards, text side down, and invite each participant to take one...
  • "Five Minute Practice of Presence" from Listen: A Seeker's Resource for Spiritual Direction , a publication of Spiritual Directors...
  • The part of living that is opposite of connecting with others is solitude. It isn’t the same thing as loneliness. Instead it is the...

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