Vigil for the Earth
4:02pm 4:02pm

Vigil for the Earth

The Autumnal Equinox is 4:02 p.m. on September 22nd and you are invited to pray for the earth and all of us. 

In the Forest

On the soft carpet of the forest
to go on velvet footsteps
to sit at your feet
in the dappled sunlight, in silence
Far from the sounds of humans
To listen to the rustling of your leaves…
And to caress alternatively
With my hand and my look…
In a soft voice I call you
Using your magical names:
White-oak,. Forest-aspen.
Maple. Hornbeam.
Black-alder. Willow. White Birch.
My thousand mute friends.
Anjela Duval (16) From the Celtic Reader


As the light of dawn awakens earth’s creatures
and stirs into song the birds of the morning
so may I be brought to life this day. 
Rising to see the light
to hear the wind
to smell the fragrance of what grows from the ground
to taste its fruit
and touch its textures
so may my inner sense be awakened to you
so may may senses be awakened to you, O God. - John Philip Newell Celtic Benediction

TED TALK - There is a Ted Talk called "A dance to honor Mother Earth" by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, you may enjoy watching. 

For the month of September you can convenient to buy local or organic food. 

You can write a letter to your local or state government about the need for sustainable ecological practices.  

Here Are Pope Francis' Two Prayers on Climate Change
Ryan Teague Beckwith
Jun 18, 2015
Pope Francis released an encyclical Thursday which calls for action to curb climate change, which he says is caused by human activities.
In the papal letter, named Laudato Si’ or “Praise Be to You,” the pope includes two prayers on the issue—one for believers of all kinds and one specifically for Christians.
Here are the text of those prayers:
At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love. Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love and accompany creation as it groans in travail. You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!


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7:30am 7:30am

The New Spiritual Exercises

The New Spiritual Exercises will begin on October 2nd.  This is a 30 week commitment. Each week we will have some readings material, time for prayer, reflection and journaling.  In the introduction Savary says that a change in focus will help us see the world in a new way. “We humans are not separate from this planet nor from anyone or anything else on it or in it; and we need to uplift everyone and everything on it or in it.” At the School for Celtic Conscious, lead by John Philipe Newell, we had a days lecture on Teilhard, his work was so forward thinking and revolutionary for his time, but it fits so well with theearth care and compassionwe need today.  If you choose to participate you’ll need the book,(The New Spiritual Exercises In the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin by Louis M. Savary published by Paulist Press in 2010)  and to covenant to a daily time to reading, reflecting and journaling.  You will be invited to participate in weekly one on one session with Naomi via email, FaceTime or phone and monthly meetings with the group.  


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1:00pm 1:00pm

Nature Journaling - The Next Page

Last September was our first venture into nature journaling. We drew, observed and practiced silence and presence. We learned that journaling was another excuse to be outside, to be in nature because we find our place in creation.

You are invited into the experience again this year, to write what is on the next page of your heart. On Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.. at The Barn, in Woodgate. Pre-register by contacting Naomi. A wholesome snack will be provided.

Suggested donation $10-15 as you are able 

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Second Sunday Sacred Walk
1:00pm 1:00pm

Second Sunday Sacred Walk

This month our Sacred Walk will be to Cascade Lake. If you can't be present for the walk, walk in a place near you.

The reading for the month is a blessing by Jan L. Richardson from her book The Sanctuary of Women

"That you will learn to look

and not to look.

That you will focus your attention

and let your focus fade.

That you will give everything to see,

then give it up

finally to be surprised

by the treasure at your feet."


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Sacred Walks
1:00pm 1:00pm

Sacred Walks

Beginning Sunday,August  27 at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to a sacred walk up Maple Ridge. We will meet on the TOBIE Trail behind the school and walk up the hill rain or shine. Dress for the weather and the bugs.

What is a Sacred Walk?

It is a gathering of friends who meet and walk in silence.

You will be given a short verse to ponder as you walk.

At the top we will have time for reflection.

Then, descend back to our homes in silence. 

Each Sunday we will have an opportunity for other sacred walks around the area. Watch for details to come.

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Essential Oils Class
6:00pm 6:00pm

Essential Oils Class

You are invited to learn more about the uses and versatility of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils on Thursday, August 24th at 6:00 p.m. at 182 Garmon Ave. Sue Castilla, Certified Holistic Health Coach, and doTERRA representative, will lead this class, and answer your questions. Please Contact Naomi Kelly  if you’d like to attend.  

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Making Kokodama Balls

Making Kokodama Balls

"Kokodama" is a Jananese variant of Bonsai, in which creative gardeners transform houseplants into dangling sculptural objects. We will be creating our own having plants with moss and herbs. Star Livingstone will provide the herbs.

A wholesome lunch will be provided.

Donations appreciated

Register by contacting 

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Which plants are weeds and which are good to eat? In early spring, many plants start and we just pluck them out as weeds because we don't know what they are. Come and learn about the edible plants all around us as we forage for lunch.

Register by contacting 

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Journaling as Prayer

Journaling as Prayer

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Whether you keep a daily journal, only journal now and then or never pick up a pen, you'll find that holy conversation through journaling can be an illuminating experience. Through guided exercises, dialogue, and quite time we will listen to that still small voice. This class will  be led by Star Livingstone, author, poet and farmer. 

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The Mystic Heart Facebook and On line discussion
to Mar 23

The Mystic Heart Facebook and On line discussion

The Mystic Heart by Brother Wayne Teasdale will be led by Rev. Dr. John Wilde (see

presents a book study of The Mystic Heart by Wayne Teasdale, beginning on Thursday, February 16 until Thursday April 6th. You can join this discussion by joining our Facebook group, or by email. Please contact Naomi to register. 

“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” -- Brother Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Heart

Rev. Dr. John Wilde will lead this discussion on themes of spirituality, interspirituality, mysticism and more. ”Many spiritual seekers, both exalted and unknown, have crossed over to other traditions while remaining firmly within their own." —The Mystic Heart, p 31

More quotes by Wayne Teasdale:
    •    "To be spiritual means essentially to take responsibility for our inner journey."
    •    "We are created for the spiritual journey."
    •    "Every one of us is a mystic."
    •    "The more interdependent we are, the more we will safeguard the system of the universal society."
    •    " ... most Christian churches barely mention the mystical life, keeping the focus of prayer on the level of worship and devotion.”

Join us on the journey. 

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Book Discussion Group.
8:00am 8:00am

Book Discussion Group.

You are invited to be a part of discussing John  Philip Newell's book "The Rebirthing of God - Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings."   On Thursday, February 9 at Walt's Diner in Old Forge. 

“The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing in many parts of the West that collapse can only described as seismic…There are three main responses or reactions to this collapse. The first is to deny that it is happening. The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations for the old thing. The third, which I invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity?” - From the Introduction 


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