Carol deLaski, women, day retreat
Sep 22, 2022

Discover Your Strengths ~ Your Unique Gifts from God You are a unique, strong, resilient woman who has been given special talents from your Creator. Yet, you are human, which means you (and the rest of us) experience doubt, stress, and fear. On the surface, being strong may look like ‘having it all together’. But that’s not the case; it means being connected to an inner source of strength that guides us. Managing stress and doubt begins ... Continue reading...

Sep 16, 2022

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
May 10, 2022

Held in person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-2pm and on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm. For these in-person sessions, registration is required and preferred in advance. If you have not registered in advance, please arrive early so that you can register at our Welcome Center. (Virtual Zoom sessions will be the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month from 1-2pm. Register by emailing facilitator Amy Kulesa at Amy_Kulesa@bshsi.org.) Centering Prayer is a form ... Continue reading...

being present
Dec 1, 2021

Today's post comes from retreat presenter, Mary DeTurris Poust. It's a great reminder, especially as we begin the season of Advent. Will you take some time to pause during this special time of anticipation and hope? Becoming a participant in your own life by Mary DeTurris Poust on November 3, 2021 It’s amazing how we can convince ourselves that we simply don’t have the time to do even the little things that might make our lives demonstrably better. ... Continue reading...

blog, Christian blog
Aug 27, 2021

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events here at the Center. Jen is so grateful to be able to work with really amazing retreat presenters, many of whom she can now call friends. Let's read about a lesson gained from a gift that she received from one of these special friends. One of our cherished retreat spiritual directors, Sr. Ann Belmonte, recently gave me a wonderful book called "The Book of Awakening" ... Continue reading...

Sep 27, 2020

Our annual Women's Wellness retreat was held last weekend and although it was different with our face masks and social distancing, everyone really enjoyed their time together at the Center! Andrea Springer gave insightful and humorous presentations about the importance of being present and she shared how we can incorporate daily practices into our lives each day. Do you use meditation, purpose statements or prayerful practices like mandalas to remind you to be grateful for ... Continue reading...

May 20, 2020

Dr. Heather Alexander is a local physician and is also trained in mindfulness practices. She has been offering retreats about mindfulness at our Center over the last few years. Heather has a passion for encouraging people to live well through being more present to the moments of their lives and living with more compassion. She sees this as her way of offering peace to our world that is so in need of healing. Heather will ... Continue reading...

contemplative, pray, prayer
Mar 28, 2020

Some of our guests may remember presenter Monica Jordan from her wonderful Mindfulness workshop during last summer's Women's Wellness retreat. She has extensive training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and she has a passion for sharing how these techniques can help all of use during this difficult time in our lives. In addition to sharing this practical guide from her blog below, Monica is also hosting free mindfulness sessions each week and she invites you to ... Continue reading...