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2019 Asilomar Spiritual Living Retreat Schedule

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Sunday, August 4


4:00 pm

Registration Open

Fred Farr Forum

6:00 pm

Dinner

Crocker Dining Room

7:30 pm

Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill, “Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys of the Spirit”

Fred Farr Forum

 

 Monday, August 5


7:00 am

Yoga with Tony DiStefano

Fred Farr Forum

7:30 am

Breakfast

Crocker Dining Room

9:00 am

Registration Open

Fred  Farr Fourm

9:30 am

Rev. Sheila Johnson “The Connection Practice”

Fred Farr Forum

12:00 pm

Lunch

Crocker Dining Room

1:30 pm

Jami Lula “A Prayer Sung is Twice Prayed

Fred Far Forum

4:00 pm

Sharron Clark, R.Sc.P. Emeritus T’ai Chi Chih

Fred Farr Forum Patio

 

Beverley Brezden, R.Sc.P.  “One Voice”

Afterglow Living Room

5:00 pm

Rene Cornwell, R.Sc.P.  Gong Meditation

Fred Farr Fourm

 

Peggy Huber, “Meditative Coloring”

Afterglow Living Room

6:00 pm

Dinner

Crocker Dining Room

7:30 pm

Rev. Nancy Berggren “Unstoppable Me”

Fred Farr Forum

9:00 pm

Community Fir Pit S’Mores & Sing Along

Surf and Sand Firepit


Tuesday, August 6

7:00 am

Yoga with Tony DiStefano

Fred Farr Forum

7:30 am

Breakfast

Crocker Dining Room

9:00 am

Registration Open

Fred  Farr Fourm

9:30 am

Rev. Dr. Greg Dorst “Building a Consciousness of Peace”

Fred Farr Forum

12:00 pm

Lunch

Crocker Dining Room

1:30 pm

Rev. Steven Van Meter “Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell”

Fred Far Forum

4:00 pm

Sharron Clark, R.Sc.P. Emeritus T’ai Chi Chih

Fred Farr Forum Patio

 

Beverley Brezden, R.Sc.P.  “One Voice”

Afterglow Living Room

5:00 pm

Rene Cornwell, R.Sc.P.  Gong Meditation

Fred Farr Fourm

 

Cindy Jaime, “Let Your Light Shine”

Afterglow Living Room

6:00 pm

Dinner

Crocker Dining Room

7:30 pm

Rev. Dr. James Mellon  “You Are More Than You Know!”

Fred Farr Forum

 

 Wednesday, August 7


7:00 am

Yoga with Tony DiStefano

Fred Farr Forum

7:30 am

Breakfast

Crocker Dining Room

9:30 am

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins, Anton Mizerak, Laura Berryhill  “Faces of God” Meditation

Fred Farr Forum

12:00 pm

Lunch

Crocker Dining Room

1:30 pm

Explore Monterey Penninsula!

 

4:00 pm

Sharron Clark, R.Sc.P. Emeritus T’ai Chi Chih

Fred Farr Forum Patio

 

Beverley Brezden, R.Sc.P.  “One Voice”

Afterglow Living Room

5:00 pm

Rene Cornwell, R.Sc.P.  Gong Meditation

Fred Farr Fourm

 

Rev. Rhonda Tretsve “Setting Your Intention in Stone”

Afterglow Living Room

6:00 pm

Dinner

Crocker Dining Room

7:00 pm

2020 Registration Assistance

Fred Farr Forum

7:30 pm

Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill Reception and Concert

Fred Farr Forum

9:30 pm

Presented by Rev. Dr. Kris presents “Backs Against the Wall” Movie Night

Fred Farr Forum

 

Thursday, August 8


7:00 am

Yoga with Tony DiStefano

Fred Farr Forum

7:30 am

Breakfast

Crocker Dining Room

9:30 am

Rev. Dr. Carol Bliss “The Power of This Thing Called Life”

Fred Farr Forum

12:00 pm

Lunch

Crocker Dining Room

1:00 pm

2020 Registration Assistance

Fred Farr Forum

1:30 pm

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins  “Head and Heart: The Mystical Howard Thurman”

Fred Far Forum

4:00 pm

Sharron Clark, R.Sc.P. Emeritus T’ai Chi Chih

Fred Farr Forum Patio

 

Beverley Brezden, R.Sc.P.  “One Voice”

Afterglow Living Room

5:00 pm

Rene Cornwell, R.Sc.P.  Gong Meditation

Fred Farr Fourm

 

Joan Anderson, R.Sc.P. “Prayer Sticks”

Afterglow Living Room

6:00 pm

Dinner

Crocker Dining Room

7:00 pm

2020 Registration Assistance

Fred Farr Forum

 

 

 

7:30 pm

Rev. Dr. Bill Salisbury “Gifts from the Past: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

Fred Farr Forum


Friday, August 9


7:00 am

Yoga with Tony DiStefano

Fred Farr Forum

7:30 am

Breakfast

Crocker Dining Room

9:00 am

2020 Registration Assistance

Fred Farr Forum

9:30 am

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins “The Song of Love” Closing Session

Fred Farr Forum

12:00 pm

Lunch

Crocker Dining Room

Pick up Bag lunches to go in Fred Farr Forum

 

Workshops and Activities

Ministry of Prayer

Prayer Box on Altar in Fred Farr Forum

Jeanne Kataoka, Ordained Animal Chaplain, R.Sc.P.

You are invited to submit a prayer request at anytime. Simply pick up an envelope by the prayer box on the Ministry of Prayer Altar on the left side of the fireplace in Fred Farr Forum. After you write out your request, place it in the box on the Altar. Jeanne will be sending your prayer out to the 20 Ministers and Practitioners who have signed up to pray daily for your requests. 


Yoga mornings at 7 a.m. in Afterglow Living Room

Tony DiStefano

Daily - Monday through Friday

Join Tony DiStefano for a gentle morning yoga practice of postures and breath work to begin the day centered and strong. 


T’ai Chi Chih at 4 p.m. on the Fred Farr Forum patio 

Sharron Clark, R.Sc.P. Emeritus 

Monday through Thursday

Practitioner and Certified T’ai Chi Chih Instructor, Sharron Clark will lead T’ai Chi Chih at 4 p.m. for a refreshing and easy movement exercise to loosen up the body after workshops and before dinner.


One Voice at 4 p.m. in Afterglow Living Room

Beverley Brezden, R.Sc.P.

Monday through Thursday

A shared circle of songs and chants. One Mind-One Heart-One Voice. Join Practitioner, Bev Brezden as we honor this day with gratitude and create a deeper connection with each other by singing spiritual songs and chants that bring to each one comfort, joy and expanded awareness. 


Gong Meditation at 5 p.m. in Fred Farr Forum

Rene Cornwell, R.Sc.P.

Monday through Thursday

Practitioner, Rene Cornwell will present his Gong Meditation daily at 5 p.m. The Gong Meditation, which is a long time favorite at our retreats, is unique and expansive. The vibrations and tones have a balancing effect on the energy field and centers, and a calming effect on the mind. Rene shares, “It is my good pleasure to share this rare opportunity with your all.” 


Creativity Hour at 5 p.m. in Afterglow Living Room

Monday - Meditative Coloring - Peggy Huber

Spend an hour letting your mind move through colors and hues while drifting away with comforting music. Everything you need is provided - sketches and colored pencils. Technique instruction available, if desired. Create a peaceful keepsake of your week by the seashore.

Tuesday - Let Your Light Shine - Cindy Jaime

We will create a unique and beautiful design on a glass candleholder.  These can be for you to display in your own space or to give to someone as a reminder of the unique light we all are in the world. 

Wednesday - Setting Your Intention in Stone - Rev. Rhonda Tretsven

Join Rev. Rhonda in creating your own Intention Mandala. The word “mandala” in Sanskrit means “circle”. As we know a circle symbolizes no beginning and no end, it is infinite. It is a perfect representation of God and wholeness, the universe, the world, and YOU. In this one hour creative time you will be invited to set an intention for an area in your life, you feel needs a little lifting up. We will spend the first part of our time together in meditation. As you bring your vision to the rock you have pre-selected, using colors of acrylic paint, you will be guided in the use of “dotting” tools to create your Mandala! No artistic talent required. Just bring an open mind and an open heart and get ready to set your intention...in stone.

Thursday - Prayer Sticks - Joan Anderson, R.Sc.P. 

As you walk the grounds during the week, be on the lookout for the twig or stick that calls your attention along the way. Then join Joan Anderson to create the prayer, decorate your prayer stick (individualizing it to match you), then take it home to be on your altar to remind you of who and what you are, and of this sacred, creative time that is our Spiritual Living Retreat at Asilomar.



Workshop Schedule in Fred Farr Forum


Pilgrimage: Sacred Journeys of the Spirit

Sunday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill

Pilgrimage is universal to all cultures. Like the vision quest, it has its own set of rules to delineate sacred time and sacred space from the time and space of ordinary life. Can we experience our time at Asilomar as a pilgrimage? How? We will engage in some "conscious liminality" to start our journey, and step out ready to expect the unexpected.


The Connection Practice

Monday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Sheila Johnson

In this workshop, people are guided step-by-step into experiencing the power of the Connection Practice.  This scientifically-based practice is elegant in its simplicity and awesome in its application. There are people who teach empathy, there are people who teach insight, but no one combines these strengths like those who use the award-winning Connection Practice.

The Connection Practice Yields Extraordinary Results.

  • You have the joy of feeling heard and seen: Empathy is rare in today’s world. It’s a powerful and life-altering feeling that stays with you for days.
  • You use words that open another’s heart: You feel warm satisfaction from being of service.
  • You get clear answers to your thorniest challenges: The fog lifts, and answers become obvious.
  • Your answers bring you peace: You know it’s the right answer because you feel relieved. You’re no longer bedeviled by whatever was bothering you.
  • You no longer feel stuck: Once you get clear answers, the actions become obvious, and the next step can be taken with confidence.

A Prayer Sung is Twice Prayed

Monday, August 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Jami Lula

When we sing we become the resonating instrument similar to a guitar or piano. When we sing our intention, our feeling, our truth we become that higher vibration. We reverberate with the feeling tone of our prayer at a much higher level.

Ernest Holmes said, “A treatment should be given in a calm expectant manner and with a deep inner conviction of it’s reality.” There’s nothing like song: melody, harmony, and rhythm combined with powerful words of Truth to create the inner conviction of answered prayer.

In this workshop we will sing, move, and allow ourselves to be moved by the vibration of the prayer. You absolutely DO NOT need to be a singer to be transformed by this powerful and joyful workshop! Dress comfortably. Bring water. Come with your intention in mind. Bring a pen and a journal.

You will become the feeling tone of your prayers through song, you will become the vibration of your own answered prayer.


Unstoppable Me

Monday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Nancy Berggren

Have you ever wondered: “Who am I really?” “Where am I going?” “What is Consciousness?” “What is the vision of God for my life?” Join Rev. Nancy Berggren for an exciting vision quest to expand your horizons and possibilities beyond what you currently know! Remember the Truth of your being is “I am unlimited, I am magnificent, and I am unstoppable!” 


Community Bonfire

Monday, August 5 at 9 p.m.

Sing along

Surf and Sand Firepit

Join in the fun, meet new friends, sing campfire songs and roast marshmallows for s’mores and hot chocolate! We have regular and vegetarian marshmallows and regular and gluten-free graham crackers! Plus of course Hershey’s chocolate! 


Building a Consciousness of Peace

Tuesday, August 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Greg Dorst

In this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of personal peace and construct group strategies for a coherent community peace project. 


Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell

Tuesday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Rev. Steven Van Meter

“Stairway To Heaven or Highway To Hell!?" is a Metaphysical Look into Music Lyrics and Meaning. Come delve into the metaphysical interpretation and meaning of some of your favorite songs. In this workshop, we will have an open discussion into what the meaning and story is behind songs that have shaped our lives and possibly introduce you to some new music that might allow you to see music and your relationship to it, differently!


You Are More Than You Know!

Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Dr. James Mellon

This interactive workshop uses Mark Nepo’s book, “More Together Than Alone!” as the backdrop for remembering who we are. Dr. Mellon proposes within the workshop that the greatest challenge we face as a spiritual community is one of unexplored identity crises. Until we can begin to see ourselves as the Divine Beings we are, we will continue to come up against financial problems, medical challenges, relationship breakdowns, creativity blocks, and a myriad of issues that have us identifying with the relative world instead of the Absolute Divine Human Beings we truly are. Join Dr. Mellon for a hands on approach to understanding just how powerful you really are.  


Faces of God Meditation

Wednesday, August 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins, Anton Mizerak, Laura Berryhill

An Asilomar tradition since the days of Ernest Holmes, this morning meditation on the sacred words from all spiritual traditions with the music and song to support them is the spiritual center of our retreat together. Come for a few minutes or the entire meditation as your intuition guides you to what is right for you.

We ask that you enter and leave in silence to honor the space created by the deep intention of this time. For over 14 years Kris, Anton and Laura have created this time and sacred space together. 


Reception and Concert

Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill

Wednesday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m.

We start this musical evening with a reception. Then a concert by our Co-Music Directors, Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill. They have created a special evening for us, filled with many different types of musical instruments and songs. We will take a love offering tonight to thank our Co-Music Directors for all they have gifted us with this week. 


Movie Night “Backs Against the Wall”

Wednesday, August 7 at 9:30 p.m. 

Presented by Rev. Dr. Kris

This Emmy winning documentary on the life of Howard Thurman and the Civil Rights movement lead by Martin Luther King, Jr. will be presented after our concert. Howard Thurman became a “spiritual foundation” for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr, Jesse Jackson, and Congressman John Lewis. Thurman authored more than 20 books and is celebrated as one of the great preachers of his era. It is a one hour documentary with tributes and memories shared by many of the Civil Rights Leaders. 


The Power of This Thing Called Life

Thursday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Carol Bliss

Join Rev. Dr. Bliss for a powerful workshop that will remind you of all of the love that is constantly surrounding you.

Taken from Ernest Holmes’ live radio shows, The Power of This Thing Called Life will remind us how a slight shift in the way we see the world can change everything in our lives.

  We will have a live radio theater-like atmosphere and discover how these powerful principles have already applied to our lives. And how we can use them to become even more fulfilled, happier and more aware of our own Divinity


Head and Heart: The Mystical Howard Thurman

Thursday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” -Howard Thurman

This workshop introduces you to the writings of Howard Thurman and teaches his method of contemplation which opens you to your own intuitive voice. We will use meditation, discussion and exploration to find the Mystic inside ourselves. 

Learn about his fascinating life. Did you know that Thurman was the first African-American to meet Gandhi? Did you know that he founded the first inter-racial church in the United States (Church of the Fellowship of All Peoples also called “Fellowship Church” in San Francisco) during the years of segregation? Did you know that he was considered the Spiritual Center of the Non-violent Civil Rights movement lead by Martin Luther King, Jr? Did you know that he came to Asilomar when he was part of the Board of Directors of the YWCA/YMCA? Come learn and expand.


Gifts from the Past: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Bill Salisbury   

Our tag-line “Spiritual but not religious” is coming to be seen as carrying judgment and other baggage. The term, "spiritually independent" seems better suited to carry our message.  This brings to mind political independents, people who find good ideas and policies in different political parties but choose not to go “all in” on one party in particular. They are less interested in where ideas come from than in how they contribute to creating the world they want to see.  In this workshop we describe the spiritually independent as "people who share the same existential questions as almost every other human being but do not confine their search for answers to any one religion." We identify five core questions which can serve as a starting point for these "seekers without borders" to explore the wisdom of the ages:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Where did I come from?
  3. Where am I going?
  4. How shall I live?
  5. Why?

And we use the wisdom of many faith traditions and philosophies to direct us to our own individual answers, free from the trappings that often confine and constrain us.

This dynamic workshop is based on the teachings of Rami Shapiro and is interactive, experiential, satisfying, and fun!  Come join us…


The Song of Love

Friday, August 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins

Our closing session is an opportunity for our practice of gratitude as well as preparing ourselves to take what we have learned into our worlds. We are transformed! 

 



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