From Guild Associates…
Requiem of Stones by Rick Wile
Northeast Guild Associate Rick Wile’s novel, Requiem in Stones, has recently been published by Maine Authors Publishing Cooperative. Requiem in Stones details the effects of the death of Tom Jacobs’s daughter Annie on Tom, his new wife, his stepson, and his god. Lee Hope, editor of Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices calls the novel, “a profound archetypal Christian journey of suffering, bottoming out, and redemption.” It is available on Amazon, in local bookstores, and through Rick’s website link: http://richardwile.com.
A New Beginning: Introducing the EcoPsychology Initiative — via Dennis Kiley
The EcoPsychology Initiative (EPI) offers workshops, consultations, and training based on the principles and experiences of nature. We work with the leaders of communities, organizations, businesses and people simply seeking to enrich their life. We offer a path towards doing good and doing well. In a world filled with historic opportunities, challenges, and uncertainty, our programming offers a much-needed model for how to cultivate thriving on all levels of society: people, prosperity, and the planet.
- Public and private programming
- Online & In-person
- Speaking engagements
Integrating nature’s principles catalyzes positive growth, leadership and healing. Our systemic and psychological maps cultivate awareness of where you are and what brought you here, and innovate solutions for where you want to be and how to get there. Using the natural environment as a guide, we help you better organize, engage and impact your world.
The Alcyon Center: A Spiritual Life Retreat Center on Mount Desert Island, Maine
The Alcyon Center is a place of contemplation and peace, offering a variety of programs including quiet days, a gathering of women to discuss various topics through poetry, personal experiences (Soul Friends), a monthly quiet day and a weekly study of the Gospel for the coming Sunday.
The center is located in Seal Cove on Mount Desert Island. For directions please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.244.1060.
The Alcyon Center is an experience of being welcomed body, soul and spirit into the life of a small, practicing contemplative community. The vision for the Center is rooted in a desire for bold and practical ways to meet the spiritual hunger of our times. We welcome your visit or inquiry.
— Joan Jordan Grant and Kathryn Booth, directors
Inward Grace, Contemplative Spiritual Guidance
Patricia Edith Kaplan, LCSW, CADC
15 Cedar RoadBelmont, Maine 04952617 633-9627 Mobile207 342-2187 Home
In Contemplative Spiritual Guidance we seek spiritual understanding. We learn once again to trust this inner wisdom to lead us back to the path of Love. Our intuitive awareness can be resurrected. In our time together, we will seek to uncover any false beliefs we may have about ourselves and reunite with an Inward Grace within.
The basic premise of Contemplative Spiritual Guidance rests on the notion of “brilliant sanity” and as such, we will know our basic spiritual nature is characterized by clarity, openness, and compassion much like when we were children. As we allow ourselves to be guided together, within an empathic setting, we find the Source of Unconditional Love waits patiently within.
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself ~ Galileo Galilei“The word ‘spiritual’ does not refer to religious matters. All activity which drives the human being towards some form of development-physical, emotional, mental, intuitional, social–if it is in advance of her/his present state, is essentially spiritual in nature and is indicative of the livingness of an inner divine entity.”
In 2011, upon completion of the Contemplative Clinical Practice Certification Program at Smith College, I considered contemplative spiritual guidance as foundational to my clinical practice and slowly I envisioned a deeper offering apart from the community mental health system in which I then worked. In 2015, I opened a small private offering, Inward Grace, a contemplative spiritual guidance. Interestingly, those who request my guidance have begun to consider Something Greater than themselves, even if in a hidden way. This past year, 2019, I returned to contemplative spiritual studies and completed the Contemplative Spiritual Director Program at the Alcyon Center in Seal Cove, Maine, November of 2019. The program is an amazing and deeply human offering to those seeking a deeper connection with the Divine and its many disguises. Of course the path continues to reveal the Divine Source woven throughout this universe and beyond. And Love was the answer all along.