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Christian Spirituality and Contemplative Yoga for Women

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

- Maya Angelou

Christian mystics share the desire to “yoke” themselves to God, to move toward union with God.  Likewise, the root meaning of the word yoga is “to yoke,” to integrate oneself spiritually.

By “yoking” Christian spirituality and gentle, modern yoga postures, these retreats invite participants to engage in conversation and spiritual practices to help integrate one’s mind, body, and spirit and deepen one’s relationship with God.

The structure of the day includes a short morning contemplative practice, a morning talk and group discussion, time for silent reflection, and an afternoon contemplative yoga session. While the primary focus will be on Christian spirituality, women of any tradition are welcome!

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat (or a beach towel).  Contemplative yoga can also be done in a chair.  Participants may want to bring a journal for individual reflection.

Saturday, March 2, 2019: “Feminism and Spirituality:  Beyond the Stereotypes”
This day explores how the wisdom and contributions of trailblazing Christian feminist theologians can inspire us today.

Saturday, May 25, 2019:  “Holistic Spirituality in the Wake of #MeToo”
This day explores the intersection of women’s experiences and cultivating holistic spiritual practices during this time of social change.

Both days begin at 9:00am and conclude at 3:00pm.
Cost of $45 for each day (or $85 for both days) includes $10 non-refundable deposit and the noon meal.

Gretchen Baumgardt, MDiv (University of Notre Dame), PhD (Marquette University), is a Catholic lay woman with a holistic approach to spirituality and a passion for feminist theologies and spiritualities from around the world.  She has served as a theological educator, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director for parishes, high schools, and universities.  She also is a certified yoga teacher in Integrative Yoga Therapy, which approaches yoga as a “healing art,” and Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy.

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Christian Spirituality & Contemplative Yoga-March 2

$10.00 deposit required
$45.00

Christian Spirituality & Contemplative Yoga

$10.00 deposit required
$45.00

Christian Spirituality & Contemplative Yoga- both sessions

$20.00 deposit required
$85.00
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