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)
mountain with sun, conveying presence

Coming Home to Presence:
Poetry and Practice (by Zoom)

(sponsored by The Sophia Center for Spirituality)

Starts February 23, 2022

We know Presence, in ourselves and others, when we see it or experience it.  One definition of Presence is a sense of grounded connectedness where we are both wholly ourselves and yet aware that we are connected to something larger.  Sometimes that greater Presence (which you may name God) breaks through without warning, and always Presence arrives by grace.  But we can cultivate our openness to Presence and our ability to stay in that grounded and centered and connected place more often.

In this series we will explore the idea of Presence using poetry and a metaphor of Home, and we will practice opening to and returning to our home in Presence using wisdom practices of three centered knowing (mind, body, heart), as articulated by Cynthia Bourgeault and others.  We will explore the possibility of feeling at home more of the time:  at home within ourselves and at home in our place within the larger milieu (which you may name God, the Universe, or simply All-That-Is).

Dates:  February 23, March 9 & 23, April 6
Time:  Noon-1:30 p.m. ET OR 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET (choose one)
Facilitator:  Cheryl Lyon, CPC
Suggested Donation*:  $40 for the series (or what you can afford)
Place:  Virtually, via Zoom
Register by February 16th:  Contact Cheryl to register and get the Zoom link.

*Donations may be made by check, credit card or PayPal at http://www.thesophiacenterforspirituality.org/donate.html

Save the Date: Wild Spirit Spring Retreat (in person)
(April 9, 2022, 10am-4pm, Windsor, NY)

Come experience the Spirit of Spring! Together, nature guide Rich Hanlon, spiritual director Cheryl Lyon, and Church in the Wild leader Corey Turnpenny will guide us on an exploration of Spring’s offerings for our bodies, minds, and spirits. Discover the gifts in the forest of Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Windsor, NY. We’ll learn about and interact with the local wildlife, try out the practice of forest bathing, and explore as the Spirit leads! We’ll share a hot meal in the beautiful Founders’ Lodge but otherwise spend most of our time in the wild! Ages 16 and up are welcome to join us for just $35/attendee. Come cultivate the balance and peace only nature can provide.

Contact Cheryl if you’d like to be notified when registration opens. 

Co-Working with Spirit

Feb 8, Mar 8 and/or Apr 5, 2022
10am-noon ET

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 for the Zoom link.

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.