Event Recordings

We’re thrilled to be able to offer access to some of our favorite events. Never out of date, these programs offer inspiration and wisdom from outstanding speakers. Enjoy!

Note on payment: Recordings of recent events remain at their registration price. After 60 days past the event date, payment is made on a sliding scale, with a suggested donation of $20. You’ll have access to view the recording for at least 30 days.

(90 minutes)

Attending to You with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Spend 90 minutes immersed in the poetry, wisdom, and gentle spirit of Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, as she guides us to focus on three primary elements for creating great poetry and deeper connections and conversations with people and the world around us. With rave reviews, this is a not-to-be-missed heart opening experience!

For poetry-lovers and anyone interested in deepening connections with those around them. Access to the recording gives you 30 days to be with Rosemerry and her wisdom as often as you like.

(90 minutes)

Sheltering Together withFlint Sparks

Using the wisdom of a tree as his guide, Flint Sparks shared poems, photography, and stories about the power of trees to point us toward community, healing, and wisdom. Including dramatic images of the large banyan tree in Lahaina pre and post the devastating fires, Flint’s presentation will inspire you to not only survive and find comfort and hope, but ultimately thrive.

A Zen teacher and former psychologist dedicated to assisting people in the unending path of growing up and waking up, Flint Sparks is an experienced therapist and a master teacher who assists people in the skillful removal of blocks to love, both inside and outside. He is a clear and caring resource on the path of freedom from unnecessary suffering.

(90 minutes)

Inciting Joy: Why Joy Is a Practice of Survivals with Ross Gay

Bestselling author Ross Gay makes a strong case for recognizing, honoring, and expanding our capacity for joy—not for the joy of joy—but for joy’s ability to connect us to one another. Sitting in on a conversation between Ross and Executive Director, Dianna Amorde, you’ll hear Ross share stories, read poetry and excerpts from his book, and offer inspiration for seeking more joy in life.

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022, and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights was released in September of 2023.

(60 minutes)

Introduction to the Enneagram with Nancy McCranie

This one-hour session is a great way to learn or refresh your memory about the nine personality types of the Enneagram. With personal examples and stories, Nancy brings the nine personality types to life in this engaging presentation.

Nancy Chester McCranie, M.Div. Since 2009 she has served as the Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services for Hospice Austin. Also, an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Nancy holds a M.Div. degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Since 2008, Nancy has been studying the enneagram and began teaching it to coworkers and others in 2016. Nancy is married to Bill, an organic/bio-dynamic farmer and rancher who raises blueberries and beef. They have two adult sons, three dogs, two cats, a small herd of Irish Dexter cattle and a donkey named Jennifer.

(Day Workshop, +4 hours)

Lost & Found with Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell

After the devastating loss of three loved ones in less than a month, Angela Gorrell was reeling and completely disconnected from the academic research on joy she was doing for Yale University. Sharing her journey out of the fog of grief in her book, The Gravity of Joy, Angela came to realize “Joy doesn’t obliterate grief…Instead, joy has a mysterious capacity to be felt alongside sorrow and even—sometimes most especially—in the midst of suffering.”

(90 minutes)

Finding Joy After the Sorrow with Mary Earle

Rev. Mary Earle shares her wisdom on how she and others have found joy again after—and sometimes amidst—the sorrow experienced from illness, devastating loss, and unexpected change. This recorded conversation with Mary can help you:

  •       Gently open to joy amidst any sorrow you are experiencing now.
  •       Let go of guilt about finding joy after your own suffering or the suffering of others.
  •       Feel compassion for yourself and others when returning to joy takes longer than you’d like.

Mary Earle is a retired Episcopal Priest, Author, Poet, Retreat Leader and Spiritual Director. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored ten books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness (Broken Body, Healing Spirit), rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Her latest is a book of her poetry.

(90 minutes)

The Five Questions with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

At the heart of almost every spiritual quest across faith traditions, Rabbi Rami suggests there are five questions:

  •       Who am I?
  •       Where did I come from?
  •       Where am I going?
  •       How shall I live?
  •       Why?

Drawing upon his popular book, Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent, Rabbi Rami invites us to clarify and explore these questions.By accessing sacred texts from a wide variety of faith traditions, we can sense the universal wisdom common to all. From this open-hearted place, you can “weave your own tapestry of truth out of these culturally diverse threads of universal wisdom.”

 About Rabbi Rami Shapiro: A Jewish practitioner of Perennial Wisdom, Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award–winning author of over thirty-six books on religion and spirituality. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a PH.D. in religion from Union Graduate School.

(90 minutes)

The Restoration of Joy with Flint Sparks

Journey with Flint Sparks on a delightful and insightful excursion into the realm of joy’s unfolding. He explores aspects of what Zen Master Dogen calls the three states of wakeful awareness: Grandmotherly Mind, Joyful Mind, and Boundless Mind. The secret up front — they are all Joy. This is joy independent of ordinary happiness and it is our birthright, the necessary balm for healing battered souls.

 A Zen teacher and former psychologist dedicated to assisting people in the unending path of growing up and waking up, Flint Sparks is an experienced therapist and a master teacher who assists people in the skillful removal of blocks to love, both inside and outside. He is a clear and caring resource on the path of freedom from unnecessary suffering.

(90 minutes)

Light of Day with Jan Richardson

Drawing upon her latest book, Sparrow, in which she so tenderly walks with grief after the loss of her husband, singer/songwriter Garrison Doles, Jan Richardson speaks to how we can find the light of day amidst the heartbreak in the world in conversation with Rev. Dr. Mona West. Let Jan Richardson’s wisdom support you in being present to your grief and in finding the light calling you forward to hope and possibilities.

About Jan Richardson: Jan Richardson is an artist, writer, and United Methodist minister who serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC. Her work has attracted an international audience drawn to the spaces of welcome, imagination, and solace that she creates in both word and image. Jan’s books include The Cure for Sorrow, In the Sanctuary of Women, and Sparrow: A Book of Life and Death and Life. She is especially known as a crafter of blessings that enter deeply into our human experience. Jan makes her home in Florida. She often collaborated with her husband, the singer/songwriter Garrison Doles, until his sudden death in December 2013.

(90 minutes)

Dreaming Of Shalom with Fr. Daniel Renaud

Fr. Daniel Renaud explores the power of dreams to support your spiritual practice and journey towards peace or Shalom. In the words of Fr. Renaud, “Dreams are our first language. In evolutionary terms, our hominid ancestors dreamt before they could speak. Dream appreciation means befriending an ancient innate ability in all of us. It is not about learning a new language. It is about reclaiming a forgotten one.”

In his conversation with us, Fr. Renaud shared:

  • Why your dreams matter.
  • How fearing the experience and meaning of your dreams is natural and how to move beyond the fear.
  • The benefits to your spiritual life and quest for peace that can come from exploring the language of your soul.
  • How to begin the conversation with your dreams.

About Fr. Daniel Renaud: Fr. Daniel Renaud, OMI is a priest, religious and itinerant preacher with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of the US province. Fr. Renaud ministers from the campus of the Oblate School of Theology (OST) in San Antonio, Texas. Fr. Renaud has degrees and training in drama education, theology, pastoral ministry, and psychodrama. He is a Certified Spiritual Director from Creighton University and a Spiritual Directors International member, and in current training for certification in dreamwork with The Haden Institute in North Carolina. Fr. Renaud is adjunct faculty at OST and is a regular blog contributor. His areas of interest are resilience and trauma recovery, dreamwork and spiritual growth, and contemplative practices and mysticism.

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