Upcoming Retreats and Events

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
~ Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Summer Book Group (in person or by Zoom)

The Soul's Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices Seeking the Sacred

Starts June 29, 2022

(Sponsored by The Sophia Center for Spirituality)

Each chapter of this nourishing book explores one theme of Celtic spirituality (for example, the importance of thresholds, the wisdom of the seasons, landscape as a manifestation of God, soul friendship, and the practice of blessing each moment). The author expands on each theme with stories from her own life and the lives of Irish saints, reflections on scriptures related to the themes, and invitations to Celtic-inspired practices such as walking the rounds, contemplative photography (you can use your cell phone) and writing reflections.  While you are encouraged to experiment with each practice, the practices are entirely optional.  There will be space to share your experiences, but no forced sharing. 

The group will move at a leisurely summer pace, with two weeks between sessions to allow time for reading (about 30 pages every two weeks) and in-life practice. Because each chapter is complete in itself, you will be able to participate fully even if you have to miss a session. 

Book:  The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred, by Christine Valters Paintner (available on Amazon.com and BN.com; if possible, please get the book and read through the end of the Chapter One before the first meeting).

Dates:  June 29th, July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th, September 7th, 2022

Time:  Noon-1:30pm (in person) OR 6:30-8:00pm (by Zoom)

Facilitator:  Cheryl Lyon, CPC

Suggested Donation*:  $60 for the series (or what you can afford)


Noon group:  In person at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main Street, Binghamton, NY. You must be fully vaccinated to attend in person.  Masks will not be required when we are distanced in the meeting room, but are required when moving around within the church.

Evening group:  Virtual meetings via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Register by June 24th:  Contact Cheryl to register.   Minimum of 5, maximum of 12 in each session.  Register soon!


Upcoming Retreats

image of space to create looking out at lake

Space to Create Retreat

Give yourself some Space to Create!

Whatever you’re working on, you could probably use a weekend to focus on it! Whether you have a hobby project or work project, whatever medium or subject, maybe you’re working on yourself.  Come to some beautiful surroundings with delicious food in a setting where you can relax and create!

Book some time and space to create
Friday, September 9 thru Sunday, September 11
Sky Lake Retreat Center, Windsor NY
ages 16+
Accommodations starting at $200
Space is limited, register by Friday, Sept 1st

Treat yourself to a restorative and creative weekend in the woods. Imagine a whole weekend devoted to your art or craft, exploring nature, and spending time in solitude and/or meeting others looking for connection. Imagine having a table or space where you can leave your supplies out and return to your work-in-progress whenever you want.

Your meals will be prepared, and some select activities will be offered that are completely optional. Lodging, linens, six meals, snacks, and activities are included. Please bring your own art or craft supplies and tools. Standard rooms are spacious for 2-3 guests sharing a room with 5 beds and a full bathroom. For $40 more you may reserve a single room.

Cheryl is co-leading this retreat with Corey Turnpenny and Lilace Mellin Guignard. All activities are optional – if you wish, you can use the entire time to create or just relax in the beautiful surroundings of Sky Lake.

Space is limited. Register here

Co-Working with Spirit

(on hiatus Summer 2022)

Do you have important (or necessary) projects that you never seem to get to, or are dreading having to work on?  Or do you find that self-care or creative expression never make it off your to do list and into real life? 

Make a date to join Cheryl (and often, a few others) for two hours of focused attention on that thing, personal or professional, that you want to get moving.  We will gather together and share a brief centering practice, then work individually on our own projects, with a quick check-in half-way through to keep up our energy.  No charge.  Contact Cheryl if you’d like to be notified when co-working days resume.

Co-working Signs: To Do Doing Done

Lunch with the Psalms

 (Sponsored by The Sophia Center for Spirituality)

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 12:15-1:00pm

Lectio divina style reflection on a Psalm, facilitated by Cheryl.  This is a drop in group, no need to register in advance or commit to every session.  No charge. 

Contact Cheryl to be put on the list to receive reminders and the Zoom link.


Engage Cheryl for your Group

1/2 hour to whole day talks, workshops, worship services and retreats can be tailored to your group.  Events may be in person or by Zoom.  These may include presentations for business and womens groups; Quiet Day Retreats for churches, spiritual organizations or individuals; and Clergy or Lay Retreats.  I especially love to lead contemplative and quiet day retreats for groups of 5-25. 

Popular topics include Discernment, Mindfulness, Spiritual Practices/Ways of Praying,  God’s Timing/Perfect Timing and Tending the Garden of the Soul.  See the listing of past events for additional sample topics. 

I am located in Central New York near Binghamton, but happy to travel for your group. 

Contact Me to discuss your needs.  References are available on request.