The Sabbath of Rest: Practices to Renew and Inspire Our Souls
Wed, Sept 22, 4-5:30pm (MST)
Online with Vickie MacArthur
“Sabbath is about rest, about laying down our burdens, about unhooking from the compulsions of our to-do list.” Mirabai Starr
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an invitation to slow down, take stock, then move into creative solutions for ourselves and our world. Sadly, not all of us have taken the time to listen before leaping back into the busy activity of our lives. In this experiential session, you’ll learn simple practices of integrating “the sabbath of rest” into your daily life, to renew your body, calm your mind, and inspire the creative urge of your soul.
Another Creating Connections Event to Inspire Your Life
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Spiritual Life Story Writing
How To Dismiss Your Inner Critic
With Lana Cullis &
Wednesday, July 21, 5 – 6:30pm MST (Online)
You have a story that’s personal and powerful.
– Reflect on your life
– Discover hidden truths and patterns
– Get to know yourself
– Connect to other writing friends
Nurture your writing practice in a welcoming online community, with simple, yet effective writing exercises.
Awakening the Heart:
Practices to Heal Yourself and Our World
Wed, June 23
“The heart of the mystic has become a place of divine presence.”
What does it mean to “Awaken the Heart”? or simply “Live from the Heart”?
Join Vickie as she guides you through an experiential understanding of the “Heart Centre” , and all its nuanced layers. Tune in to your physical heart, your emotional heart, and the great Universal Heart of Love that holds us all. Learn about the meaning and the transformative power of the Heart Centre from different spiritual traditions: the “Anahata” in Hinduism, the Sacred Heart in Christian mysticism, the Sir (or secret) in Sufi mysticism, and the Lotus Heart in Buddhism. Practice the Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi mysticism, and awaken your heart to the Love beyond the boundaries of religion or culture.
Nurture Your Roots: Rooted, Connected, Growing
Full Day Virtual Retreat with Vickie and Trees
Saturday, May 29, 9am-4pm (POSTPONED)
“Come back to the forest, where time slows down and breath is mellow.” Janice Tann
A day of meditation, poetry, gentle embodied movement and music centered around trees, both online and outside.
Using the metaphor of trees as inspiration, join Vickie as she guides you in practices to stay rooted during difficult times, while connected and growing in community.
Spend time with trees to learn what they can teach us about life.
9:00 Welcome: Entering the Forest
9:30 Meditation: The Secret Life of Trees
10:00 Gentle Yoga: Root to the Earth, Stretch to the Sky
11:30 Walking Meditation with Treesc
12:00 Eating Meditation: Nourished By Trees
1:30 Tree Poetry and Inspiration
2:00 Tree Bathing: Breathing and Being With Trees
3:00 Break-out Groups: The Wisdom of the Forest
3:30 The Music of Trees, and Closing Meditation
Peace in Ourselves, Peace in Our World:
Plum Village Mini-Retreat (Online)
Wed, May 19, 4-5:30pm (MST)
Come and receive the gifts of mindful breathing and awareness. Join Vickie as she invites you to experience what it’s like to attend a meditation retreat with Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village in France. After a spiritual awakening with this gentle Buddhist monk in 2011, Vickie has attended many meditation retreats across North America and his monastery in France.
Vickie will show pictures from Plum Village, and read passages from her upcoming book “Love Letters To My Teacher” How A Buddhist Monk Ignited the Love In My Heart.”
Rest, Renew and Rise: Practices for Living A Resilient Life
Online Retreat: Feb 26-28th
Join me and my good friends from Creating Connection BC for a week-end of practices for living a resilient life. Connect and share in a supportive online community.
– 5 Rhthyms movement meditation with Kat Goheen
– Journaling with Jeri Mortimer
– Wonder and Mental Healthy with Lana Cullis
– Listening For the Soul with Shannon McAdam
– Yoga Nidra with Vickie
– Satsang: Singing Into Silence with Doug & Vickie, and special guest Mary-Jean Belrose for a drumming meditation.
Cost: Just a $20 investment in yourself!
More Info and REGISTER HERE
Living Buddha, Living Christ (Online):
8 Week Spiritual Practice and Discussion Group
Thurs, Feb 18 – April 8, 7 – 8:30pm
“Compassion is where the rivers of Christianity and Buddhism meet.
In the Christian tradition, we learn to live in the presence of God. The Buddhist equivalent is the practice of cultivating mindfulness, living deeply every moment with the energy of the Holy Spirit. If we change our daily lives; the way we think, speak and act, we begin to change the world.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Using Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s classic book “Living Buddha, Living Christ” as a guide, join Vickie to explore the connections between Christianity and Buddhism through both contemplative practices and lived belief and experience.
Cost: $65.00 (please purchase your own copy of Living Buddha, Living Christ, by Thich Nhat Hanh)
Register through The Martha Retreat Centre
Online Tour of Plum Village and Mini Retreat
Thursday, January 28,
Cancelled, Will be rescheduled to later date.
Join Vickie as she shares Plum Village pictures, practices, and memories of Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery in southern France.
How To Breathe During A Pandemic (Online)
Wednesday, January 13, 4 – 5:30pm
“Learn to breathe well and you will live a long life.”
Breathe….Connect….Move with Awareness
Learn breathing practices to expand your lung capacity, soothe your nervous system, and boot your immune system, integrated with yoga postures to stretch and strengthen your respiratory muscles.