Enter the Chaos *Commuter Option

July 8 @ 2:00 pm - July 11 @ 11:00 am

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Join us for…

Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

A Four Day Program that Draws on:

• the transformative power of contemplation

• conscious intent of the values we want to embody

• capacity to exercise contemplative power

• understanding our role in the evolutionary process

• willingness to welcome our own ongoing personal transformation

• communal contemplative practice

• contextualization of our work sourced from a contemplative heart

• understanding the evolutionary development of consciousness

• learning the specifics of the integral theory of spiral dynamics

• learning the skillful means to engage in transformative change

• applying what we learn to real situations which are characterized by tension among different stages of consciousness and seemingly opposing value systems

This workshop will be presented by Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD). ICCD believes many people are ready to approach this time of chaos from a deeper place but who may not be as familiar with contemplation. They will share the importance of participants knowing of others—their colleagues at work, in organizations or in positions of influence who would resonate with the goals of the program and are open to the contemplative dimension in their life–to invite them to participate. Since its beginning in 2002, the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue has had extensive experience inviting people to engage the impasse in their lives through processes of communal contemplation and dialogue.

Why Four Days?

This program is designed to deepen one’s interior life through contemplative processes and from this contemplative perspective to integrate the skills learned. The time is needed to achieve the outcome: to learn to engage persons with different worldviews including, family, friends, and colleagues in hopes of healing the negative effects of the polarization we experience.

The Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue seeks to draw on the power of God’s call from the future to summon the strength needed to engage in this transformative process in the service of the whole. To learn more, please visit their website at http://www.iccdinstitute.org/

This is a commuter option only and will not include lodging or breakfast. The program will begin at 2pm on Thursday. Evening sessions will occur each day, so please keep this in mind when selecting this commuter option. The program will conclude with an optional Mass on Sunday. 

About the Presenters:  

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Nancy served in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; as Vice President of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI; 15 years on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, 10 years as National Coordinator; and board member to numerous organizations. She is an author and a known speaker nationally and internationally.

Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, has been part of the ICCD staff since 2011. In addition, she offers spiritual direction/accompaniment to both individuals and groups; designs and facilitates workshops and retreats focused around spirituality for the 21st century with an emphasis on ecological theology. While Margaret served in elected leadership, she was also the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order. Margaret is a known speaker and author. Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks in the Red Wood forest on the Lost Coast of Northern California.

Dr. Vernice Solimar was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology M.A. program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University, (JFKU). With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. Vernice is a Founding Member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute and collaborated with Don Beck in teaching Spiral Dynamics at JFKU. She has taught courses in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, and visited Liberation Theology communities, and environmental groups. She also facilitated programs in Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and Uganda among others.

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Event Details

Start: July 8 @ 2:00 pm
End: July 11 @ 11:00 am
Cost: $285
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