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Event Series Event Series: Summer Book Reflection

Summer Book Reflection

June 22, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - July 21, 2023 @ 8:00 pm CDT

Eremos Summer Book Reflection

Recipes for a Sacred Life:
True Stories and a Few Miracles

By Rivvy Neshama

“Life is sacred—for everyone, not just monks and mystics. But to feel it and see it, there are things you can do, things that bring out the wonder and connectedness of everything in life. It begins with your intention, looking in. And it’s furthered by your attention, looking out.” –Rivvy Neshama

Journey with us for four weeks in June as we explore Rivvy Neshama’s recipes (short essays divided into ten sections or themes) for a sacred life. As we read and discuss them, inspiration and clarity about our personal recipes are sure to arise. 

In Rivvy’s words: “…what I hope is this: that you find a few [recipes] that will add to the wonder, love, and sacredness of your life. Those are the ones to follow. Those are the ones to keep.” Hearing from each other in the group about which recipes call to us can, in turn, help us better clarify what our own recipes are. Beautiful inspiration to take with us into the rest of the summer and the second half of the year. Please join us!

Book Reflection Details

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning June (dates vary by facilitator). 

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing. (dates vary by the facilitator)


$50 + book.

Partial Scholarships available


See chart below for a complete list of facilitators and the dates/times their groups meet.

“You can change in an instant—and so can your life—moment by moment by moment.” –Rivvy Neshama

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

You’re invited to purchase a copy of the book through this link to Amazon.com. Please note that if you click through and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

We also encourage you to support your local bookseller like IVP Books, Hearts & Minds Books, or Your Local Bookstore

(90 Minute Sessions)
Dianna AmordeWednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pmJune 7th, 14th, 21st, 28thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Dianna AmordeThursdays from 6:30pm – 8:00pmJune 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22ndIn Person
Home in Southwest Austin, 78749 Zip Code (William Cannon exit off of Mopac)
Regina MoserMondays from 7:00pm – 8:30pmJune 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Joyce PalevitzTuesdays from 1:30pm to 3:00pmJune 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Going Deeper…

Discovering Your Recipes for a Sacred Life

June 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

The idea of recipes for creating a sacred life captured our imagination, so in addition to the 4-week book reflection of Rivvy Neshama’s book, we invited local author, speaker, and facilitator, Jeanne Baker Guy, to lead a workshop on Discovering Your Recipes for a Sacred Life on June 24th.

Sign up for both events and receive a $20 discount!

All Times are Central


Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer. Her stories have appeared in Ms., Glamour, Spiritualty & Health, Story magazine, and the New York Times. She has also authored a children’s book: Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt. Rivvy lives with her husband, John, in Boulder, Colorado.


FACILITATOR: Dianna Amorde
Dianna is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.

FACILITATOR: Joyce Palevitz
Joyce Palevitz is an executive coach and leadership consultant. She is a native Texan, although she lived most of her adult life in New York City. She is an Associate of Holy Cross Monastery, and is committed to a Benedictine way of living. As a result of living in Israel/Palestine for a brief period of time, she has made it her mission to bring others into conversation with the Holy Land and its peoples. Joyce moved to Austin in 2017 having realized that her Hill Country roots were calling her home. Her son and his family live nearby, as do her sisters and their families.

FACILITATOR: Regina Moser is an educator, spiritual director and avid reader who has facilitated book groups for over 15 years. Regina loves sharing the joys of reading, pondering and exploring in reflective groups.  Trusting that listening is Holy, Regina appreciates weaving contemplate practices, journaling and thoughtful questions to delve into the power of sharing stories.   


June 22, 2023 @ 6:30 pm CDT
July 21, 2023 @ 8:00 pm CDT
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