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A Spiritual Spa: Cultivating hope in our bodies by connecting with the Divine

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This Month's Book Hub

During Advent, everyday activities can be laden with extra pressure, grief, or the weight of tradition in our homes or in the church.  The December Book Hub is a chance to nurture hope and center your own spiritual well-being in the midst of all the extra expectations of this season. In this time of renewal, we will place our attention on the connection with our bodies, the natural world, and our spiritual ancestors. You are welcome here. Watch the recorded episode:

Thursday, December 8
FREE Admission

Featured Books

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Slouching Toward Radiance

Slouching Toward Radiance is a collection of nature poetry, meditations, gentle advice, and nudges toward reflection. It’s the sort of poetry that anyone can read, even people who don’t like poetry— a book that can be picked up and paged through to whatever sections fit for the day or season of life. Heidi Barr's words are worthy companions on the way toward living a life steeped in integrity and compassion for one’s fellow beings—from the human down the street to a deer in the forest. It’s a walk through a metaphorical day, from dawn to dusk, noticing the holy ordinary even through storms, by way of solitude and community. It’s an invitation to start where you are, to find beauty and healing in the everyday stuff of life, and to make the choices that lead to fully living in the ways that work best. Part invitation, part musing, part blessing, Slouching Toward Radiance is a call to show up to life in the way that works best for you. You get to decide what to do with the words on the pages that follow. Wherever the words land, and however you decide to respond to them, you may just find it’s possible to find renewal in the ordinary dance of living.

What You'll Learn

  • A peaceful space to cultivate hope in a stressful season
  • Simple, accessible body and breath practices to implement into your days for increased grounding and calm
  • Tools to inhabit your body and explore your body’s story with curiosity and compassion
  • Awareness of nature’s healing influence and how you can invite it into life, regardless of location
  • Some simple poems to turn to as reminders to pause and be mindful
  • Ideas for how to engage with embodiment practices in your communities

Cultivate Community

It’s good to remember, as Alexus Rhone tells us, that the stories we tell will tell on us. As we shift into the Advent season, it’s easy to be pulled into stories we’d rather avoid. Stress, consumerism, loneliness, and feelings of disconnect can creep in before we know it.  This is a chance to slow down, expand your imagination for what’s possible, and connect to ourselves in ways that ground us. We hope you’ll join us.

Meet the authors

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Heidi Barr

Heidi Barr is a writer and wellness coach whose work is founded on a commitment to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities, and the planet. She is the author of two works of creative nonfiction: Woodland Manitou and What Comes Next; two poetry collections: Slouching Toward Radiance and Cold Spring Hallelujah; and one cookbook: Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside. She is also the co-author of 12 Tiny Things and is the editor of "The Mindful Kitchen," a wellness column in The Wayfarer Magazine. A graduate of Luther Seminary, she lives with her family in Minnesota, where they tend to a large vegetable garden, explore nature, and do their best to live simply. Her next book, Collisions of Earth and Sky, comes out in January 2023.

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