Upcoming Retreats and Events
Conversations from the Heart
Starts July 12, 2023 - 4 sessions
Two groups: in person or Zoom
Sponsored by The Sophia Center for Spirituality
There is so much mystery in life. We often don’t see our own selves that clearly, much less the mysterious connections we have with each other and with the Great Mystery.
Let’s explore together this summer. Just four sessions, with no preparation required. We’ll begin each session with a conversation starter, perhaps a reading or poem, an image, a piece of music, or a provocative question. Conversation will proceed from there based on the responses of the group. We will focus on own reflections and experiences, welcoming and honoring the reflections and experience of others. There will be an option to leave the session with an intention for the following two week period.
Dates: July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, 2023
Time: Noon-1:30pm (in person) OR 6:30-8:00pm (by Zoom)
Facilitator: Cheryl Lyon, CPC
Suggested Donation*: $40 for the series (or what you can afford)
Noon group: In person at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main Street, Binghamton, NY.
Evening group: Virtual meetings via Zoom (Zoom link will be provided upon registration)
Register by July 5th: Call or text Cheryl Lyon at (607) 316-8382 or e-mail cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com Minimum of 5, maximum of 12 in each session. Register soon!
*Donations may be made by cash or check payable to The Sophia Center for Spirituality. If you prefer to donate by credit card or PayPal: see http://www.thesophiacenterforspirituality.org/donate.html
Sabbath Life Retreats
Many of us find it hard to disconnect from our work and ministries and take a true day of rest, even once a month. And, for some of us, the idea of Sabbath just sounds like more work. But what if Sabbath could be a day to rest, restore, reconnect with yourself and delight in Creation?
Sabbath Life is a series of monthly one-day retreats designed to help you do just that.
Sabbath Life was developed in 2014 by Rev. Grace Hackney and wellness advocate Kelli Sittser using a one-year grant from the Duke Endowment. The focus is on learning and developing a Sabbath practice, connecting with God in Creation, and connecting with others. Retreats will be held the second or third Monday of each month from March through November at Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Windsor, NY (30 minutes from Binghamton, NY off Route 17E/86E). Retreats run from 10am to 4pm and include lunch and a CSA of fresh local produce. These retreats are offered by Church in the Wild and facilitated by Rev. Corey Turnpenny and spiritual director Cheryl Lyon.
You are invited to give yourself this gift of rest and restoration. Or, if it will help, think of it as a spiritual discipline. But I prefer to think of it as time to reconnect with Creation, the Creator, and your inner self. Click here for details and to register.
Tending the Soul
Two Year Program in
Spiritual Direction and
(starts February 2023)
Tending the Soul is a program designed to train individuals in Missional Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation. The program will offer training in both one-on-one spiritual direction and group/congregational direction and formation as well as provide skills for leadership within their local congregations, Districts and Conference, and other settings.
The program may be appropriate for you if you feel called to listen more deeply to discern God’s invitations in your life and/or companion others as they seek to hear God’s invitations, whether in a church setting or in the grocery line.
The program is led by Dr. Heidi Miller and is offered via a series of six in-person retreats at Casowasko Camp and Retreat Center in Moravia, NY (south of Auburn, NY). Cheryl will be a small group leader in the program. While the brochure indicates an application deadline of December 2, 2022, applications will continue to be accepted through February 2023. For more information and to apply, click here.
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.