a center of contemplative life
Greek word meaning solitary place, quiet place, desert place
We seek to provide contemplative opportunities for people of all faith traditions and all walks of life to step back from the hectic pace of life and reconnect to their Source.
Welcome to Eremos, a contemplative community without walls
We help people from all walks of life step back from daily distractions to reconnect with God or the Divine (however they define Source) through a wide variety of programs, spiritual direction, and reflections. We invite you to explore this website thoroughly to get a sense of who we are and all we have to offer.
If you’re not sure if a program is right for you, please call us at 512-276-2649 or fill out this contact form on the website. Someone will get back to you promptly to help you discern the ideal entry point into Eremos.
Our Featured Programs
Beyond the Basics of Mindfulness Meditation with Alice Lottes, PhD
Using the model of the “Spectrum of Awareness” developed by Diana Winston, PhD., we will go beyond the basics to explore and practice four types of awareness and how they manifest in meditation. The four types of awareness that will be taught and practiced are focused awareness, investigative awareness, choiceless awareness, and natural awareness.
Living on the Edge of the Unknown: Returning to the Present Moment with Elota Patton
Many spiritual paths focus on bringing the meditator/prayer back to the breath, back to the now, back to Source, back to the present moment. Elota Patton, Licensed Professional Counselor, offers an introductory exploration of the deeply meditative process developed by Connirae Andreas, author of The Wholeness Process.
Time’s Sacred Flow with Cathey Capers
Spend this day in a poetic retreat savoring each Hour and the way it displays itself in your personal environment. Learn from both perennial and personal wisdom the gifts, challenges, and creative responses each Hour offers. Let this guide you to a more harmonious alignment with Time and transform your daily routine into a more nurturing, appreciative, and invigorating passage. Remember how to participate in the sacred unfolding.
Fall Book Reflection
Ladder to the Light
An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage
Step back from the negative news of these days to immerse yourself in the hope and wisdom of Steven Charleston. Over four weekly sessions, we’ll come together to reflect upon the series of meditations Charleston shares on his wildly popular Facebook page.
Led by trusted facilitators, each group will create a powerful circle for experiencing and reflecting upon Charleston’s meditations in a deeper way than reading them on your own. We hope you’ll join us!
Being with the Divine Series
Being with the Divine: Lasting Connections Across Cultures
Join us for this enlightening conversation with Michelle Ami Reyes as we move into the holiday season – a time filled with opportunities to welcome and open to the cultural traditions of those with different perspectives on the Thanksgiving holiday as well as different “season of light” celebrations. Leave inspired to adapt to the cultures you have the privilege of encountering.
Fall Women’s Retreat with Barbara Schutz
Time’s Sacred Flow: Savoring the Unfolding Day with Cathey Capers
Deepen Your Spiritual Life, As You Open Your Heart to Presence Spaciousness, Presence, Natural Awareness are just some of the names for the space where your being and spirit […]
Returning to the Present Moment with Elota Patton "Many live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts adventure into life. ... The unexpected around the […]
Please join Eremos for a special Gala Thursday evening, November 4th from 7pm to 8pm via Zoom. Featuring a special guest appearance by Mary Earle, author of The Desert Mothers […]
Come create, reflect, respond. The creative process offers a path where, just beneath the surface of artistic endeavor, the rhythm of prayer unfolds: senses awaken, mind focuses, heart opens & soul […]
Savoring the Unfolding Day "To make friends with the hours is to come to know all the hidden correspondences inside our own bodies that match the richness and movement of […]
The Being with the Divine Series with Dr. Michelle Ami Reyes As an Indian American Christian woman, Michelle Ami Reyes is no stranger to adapting herself to fit in with […]
…great poetry speaks truth in a universal language that crosses cultural boundaries and speaks directly to the human heart with a precision and force that prose can rarely aspire to. […]
25 Acts of Contemplation
Together we can infuse the world with contemplative awareness, opening us all to more peace, love, and joy.
New to Contemplation?
In the spaciousness created within the Eremos community, you are gently invited to behold the Mystery of God. As you rest in moments of silence in community, burdens are lightened, clarity comes, and compassion for yourself and others is reawakened.
Whether you choose to accept our invitation via spiritual direction, a workshop, retreat or monthly on-going small group, you are welcome here.
Coming Out of the Pandemic
Eremos board members and Executive Director continue to monitor CDC and Austin/Travis County guidance while balancing the desire of those to come together with the need for safety. At this time (late August), we have one program (Women’s Retreat in late September) scheduled to be in person with fully vaccinated attendees only and wearing masks in community space. All other programs remain on Zoom until we and/or the facilitator hosting an ongoing group feel we can offer a safe, quality experience for facilitators and attendees.
Please join us in offering hope and healing to all hearts, minds, and souls through this extended time of challenge and change in the world. Thank you for being part of our contemplative community without walls.
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“I truly don’t know where I’d be today without Eremos where I can find a few moments of silence and sanity in this hectic world.”