Eremos Summer Interlude Series 2023
Join us for our seven free 60-minute programs. Noon – 1:00pm Central, Via Zoom
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” –E.B. White
In a year Eremos is focusing on Facets of Joy, we invite you to explore with us this summer how wonder is a vital component or facet of joy. From opening to more wonder and awe to using your gift of curiosity to wonder about this world we live in, developing our sense of wonder can sharpen our awareness of the joy all around us.
Join us for as many of the free 1-hour sessions you can this summer, as each facilitator explores a different way to connect with wonder which in turn connects us to more joy.
RSVP for ALL 7 Summer Interludes!
Wednesday, July 26th
Annie Spade on How Children Lead the Way.
Founder-Director of Montessori School of The Epiphany in Austin from 1993 until its closing this spring, Annie will share how young children can help you remember a joyful way of being in and exploring the world.
Wednesday, August 9th
Dr. Jenna Valentine on Exploring New Passions
Sharing personal stories from past and brand new passions, Jenna will invite you to follow the trail of what lights you up with awe and wonder to new, rewarding adventures that feed your soul.
Wednesday, August 16th
Brad Wetzler on The Journey of Moving From the Head into the Heart
Drawing on the experiences shared in his memoir, Into the Soul of the World, author Brad Wetzler will speak about the COURAGE that is required for this journey from the head into the heart and the JOY and AWE that we experience when we make “the heart” a daily practice.
Wednesday, August 23rd
Steve Harper on Curious Conversations
Author of The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Your Life and Business, Steve will share how wonder and curiosity combined with the gift of contemplation can help you experience more rewarding connections and conversations with others.
About Our Speakers:
Will Boesl, MA (they/them) serves as a Formation Manager at Ascension. With certification and education in the Enneagram, meditation, prayer, labyrinth, and spiritual direction, they enjoy working with a wide variety of individuals and groups seeking to deepen their spirituality. Integrating their vocation of deep listening, Will is passionate about the connection between spirituality and creative expression. They have a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation with a focus in Spiritual Direction and Creativity from Seminary of the Southwest and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Business minor from Texas A&M University.
Cathey Capers’s passion is the intersection of poetry and contemplation. A graduate of the Institute for Poetic Medicine’s 3-year certification program, Cathey offers poetic medicine programs in the Austin area and is a popular Eremos facilitator. She is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.
Alisa Carr, LCSW. In counseling her clients, Alisa’s desire is to facilitate transformation, healing, and growth toward wholeness. She encourages, and often challenges, her clients to discover and listen to all aspects of self, enabling more genuine expression and healthier relationships. In living her own life, Alisa practices the same philosophies she shares with her clients. She loves animals and nature, and she enjoys trail hiking. She leads a contemplative lifestyle, with a focus on prayer/meditation, relationship, and creativity.
A serial entrepreneur, professional speaker, author and leading business strategist, Steve has successfully uncovered the secret to creating powerful long-lasting connections and their impact on one’s personal and professional life. Over his thirty-year career, Steve has maintained a unique focus on developing strong, long-lasting connections with his clients, prospects, employees and friends. He’s honed his unique ability to foster relationships into a strategy for achieving solid business success. That strategy, represented in his book The Ripple Effect, is the backbone of his signature 8 Minute Ripple events, speaking, podcasts, courses, coaching and online communities.
Annie Spade is Founder of Montessori School of The Epiphany in Austin, Texas. In addition to founding and directing this non-profit school until its closing in May 2023, she also served as lead classroom guide for the 2–6-year-olds. Other important passions of Annie’s include her work on Facebook as an admin for the Teilhard de Chardin Group, with close to 11,000 members; and she is an active member of the Integral Christian Network (ICN) which was founded by Luke Healy, a graduate of Richard Rohr’s Living School. In 1983, Annie received training in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: a careful study and approach to the spiritual needs of young children, which she practiced for 40 years. Her experiences with Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers at Nine Gates Mystery School in 2011-12, encouraged her to develop a unique esoteric meditative practice with the children.
Dr. Jenna Valentine
Dr. Jenna Valentine, DACM, Lac. AOBTA-CP, Dipl. OM. Dr. Jenna Valentine has always had a love for people and the connections that can occur between them. She has a history of working with many different populations and her extensive experience has given her a deep understanding of people and shown her that everyone shares one common desire: to love and be loved. Currently based in Austin, TX, Jenna has her doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) and is a Texas Medical Board & NCCAOM Certified Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She has seen the way a feeling of being disconnected can impact physical and emotional well-being.
Brad Wetzler began his writing and publishing career serving as an editor at Outside magazine, where he worked with some of America’s finest nonfiction writers, including Jon Krakauer, who has written that Wetzler “played a pivotal role” in the book “Into Thin Air.” He later turned in his editor’s pen for a writer’s and traveled the world writing about adventure and exploration, business, politics, the environment, sports, and wellness. In midlife, after recovering from a long, debilitating depression, he became a certified yoga teacher and began exploring and writing about our inner landscape: psychology, spirituality, meditation, and personal transformation.