Upcoming Retreats

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)

Morning Retreat (by Zoom), facilitated by Cheryl Lyon

For Everything There is a Season:
The Gifts and Invitations of Autumn

October 17, 2020, 9am-noon (not on Zoom the entire time, see FAQs below)

Reflecting the nature of life itself, the season of autumn contains a paradox: glorious color and abundant harvest co-exist with falling leaves, loss, and letting go.  Autumn is also the time when bulbs are planted for bloom in the spring.  Given all that is happening in the world, the themes of autumn seem especially relevant this year.

 

We’ll reflect on these themes and on our own relationship with abundance, harvest, change and fragility.  We’ll also explore what “true colors” might be starting to shine through us in this season. 

In the human world, autumn also aligns with the 4th quarter of the year.  It’s often a busy season, as we remember things we wanted to accomplish this year but haven’t yet taken action on and look forward to the often busy holiday season.  We’ll contemplate our true priorities and who we want to “be” as we go about the “doings” of this season.

Suggested donation*:  $30 (or what you can afford)

Contact Cheryl by October 8, 2020 to register.  The Zoom link and retreat materials will be e-mailed to you a few days in advance of the retreat.  Limit of 12 so register soon!

*Donations may be made online or by check – see http://www.thesophiacenterforspirituality.org/donate.html

Not sure whether a “virtual” retreat will be right for you?  Check out these FAQs re Zoom retreats

Morning Retreat (by Zoom), facilitated by Cheryl Lyon

The Gifts and Invitations of Autumn (Fall 2020)

Reflecting the nature of life itself, the season of autumn contains a paradox: glorious color and abundant harvest, and falling leaves, loss, and letting go. What is your relationship to abundance?  What is your relationship to change and fragility? What “true colors” are shining through in you this season?

Given all that is happening in the world, the themes of autumn seem especially relevant this year.

Autumn also aligns with the “human” season we call the 4th quarter of the year.  Heading toward the end of the year can remind us of things we wanted to accomplish but haven’t yet taken action on.  We’ll look at “should goals” vs “gift goals” and who we want to “be” as we go about the “doings” of this often busy time of year.

Contact Cheryl if you’d like to be notified when details of this retreat have been finalized.

Book Group (by Zoom) - Starts 9/16/20

facilitated by Cheryl Lyon, CPC and Lois Barton, CSJ

Buddhism Without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor

While written by a former Buddhist monk, this book considers some of the teachings of the Buddha not as a belief system or religion, but as practices we might engage in regardless of our background or beliefs.    While we will be viewing the book largely as it relates to the Christian Wisdom tradition, you are welcome whatever your belief system (including no belief).  We will consider the author’s precepts as they may enrich our own experience, practice and beliefs.

Book:  Buddhism Without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor (available on Amazon.com and BN.com; if possible, please get the book and read through the end of the second chapter before the first meeting).

Dates:  September 16th and 30th, October 14th and 28th, November 11, 2020

Time:  Noon-1:30pm OR 6:30-8:00pm (choose one)

Facilitators:  Sister Lois Barton, CSJ and Cheryl Lyon, CPC

Suggested Donation*:  $50 for the series (or what you can afford)

Place:  Virtual meeting via Zoom  (Zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Register by September 9th:  Call or text Cheryl Lyon at (607) 316-8382 or e-mail cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com      Limit of 12 so register soon!

* Donations may be made online or by check – see http://www.thesophiacenterforspirituality.org/donate.html

Contact Cheryl to register.

Note:  The facilitators are not practicing Buddhists, and this book is not an introduction to Buddhism. You may wish to connect with a Buddhist practice group if you are considering Buddhism as a spiritual path.

Book Group (by Zoom),

facilitated by Cheryl Lyon

Buddhism Without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor

While written by a former Buddhist monk, this book considers some of the teachings of the Buddha not as a belief system or religion, but as practices we might engage in regardless of our background or beliefs.    While we will be viewing the book largely as it relates to the Christian Wisdom tradition, you are welcome whatever your belief system (including no belief).  We will consider the author’s precepts as they may enrich our own experience, practice and beliefs.

Book:  Buddhism Without Beliefs, by Stephen Batchelor (available on Amazon.com and BN.com; if possible, please get the book and read through the end of the second chapter before the first meeting).

Dates:  September 16th and 30th, October 14th and 28th, November 11, 2020

Time:  Noon-1:30pm OR 6:30-8:00pm (choose one)

Facilitators:  Sister Lois Barton, CSJ and Cheryl Lyon, CPC

Suggested Donation*:  $50 for the series (or what you can afford)

Place:  Virtual meeting via Zoom  (Zoom link will be provided upon registration)

Register by September 9th:  Call or text Cheryl Lyon at (607) 316-8382 or e-mail cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com      Limit of 12 so register soon!

* Donations may be made online or by check – see http://www.thesophiacenterforspirituality.org/donate.html

Contact Cheryl to register.

Note:  The facilitators are not practicing Buddhists, and this book is not an introduction to Buddhism. You may wish to connect with a Buddhist practice group if you are considering Buddhism as a spiritual path.

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 or spiritual organizations; 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, and 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.