to Oct 28

Shamanic Painting With Catherine Steinberg

Shamanic Painting With Catherine Steinberg

Shamanic Painting is a meditative approach to expressing inner images, words, emotions, and sensory experiences with paint on canvas. A shamanic journey consists of listening to a specific drumbeat for about fifteen minutes and allowing yourself to be led to a dream state and thus become more in touch with your unconscious. We will alternate shamanic journeying and longer periods of painting impressions from your journey throughout the day. Painting from this internal perspective can be liberating and exciting. There will be time for writing and group processing of your journey and painting. No prior experience with painting or shamanic journey work is necessary. Suggested pre-read: "Shamanic Journeying" by Sandra Ingerman. Please bring a journal, a bandana and wear comfortable clothing. Limited to 10 participants. Fee includes program and lunch. For materials: you may bring your own painting materials, or presenter will provide them for $10 per person. Please bring payment to the workshop. 

I'm pleased to say that this year's participants will be able to take the workshop a second day to have a richer, deeper experience. Of course you can stay at MBS Saturday night and make a nice weekend of it!

Catherine Steinberg is a licensed psychotherapist and artist who resides in Guilford, CT. She has an ongoing exhibit of, The Mary Paintings: Expressions of the Divine Feminine, at Mercy by the Sea, which includes paintings inspired by the story of Mary Mag-dalene and through Catherine’s work with women in psychotherapy and expressive arts. 

To register visit our website: www.mercybythesea.org or call Guest Services at 203.245.0401.

October 27 & 28, 2018         

$100. or $175. for both days        

10:00 am -- 4:00 pm

Mercy-by-the Sea, Madison,CT

Call 203.245.0401 for more information

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Persephone in the Underworld: what you can learn from a time of darkness
9:30 AM09:30

Persephone in the Underworld: what you can learn from a time of darkness

One Day Retreat led by Jan Blencowe

Novemeber 3, 2018, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

What do you do when you find yourself in a place of darkness in your life? How do you learn, grow, even thrive when life's circumstances abduct you into the underworld, and the sweet fragrance and sunlight of a summer season is abruptly over. How can you make your descent into that dark time a conscious one and regain control of who you are and how your situation can be used in positive and empowering ways in your own life. 

While exploring the myth of Persephone, and diving deep into its rich symbolism and themes you will discover how an underworld experience can be the catalyst for a heroine's journey. You'll find that this journey will teach you much more than just how to endure difficult times, it will lead you through a process of discovering who you are and what inner strengths have been hidden waiting for you to unearth them. When explored through the JourneyCircles™ process an underworld experience can be understood, held and worked with in transformative ways. 

The JourneyCircles™ Process is a highly creative, yet very accessible, mixed media art form that guides you in creating personal, symbolic imagery, used for discovering and retelling the stories of your life. Using found images, and other media, you'll be cutting, tearing and gluing to create mixed media collages on beautiful JourneyCircles™ template cards. 

For more information and to register click HERE

Jan Blencowe is a certified Creative Depth Coach, a licensed JourneyCircles™ Facilitator, artist  and experienced retreat leader.

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Finding Joy in Forgiveness
10:00 AM10:00

Finding Joy in Forgiveness

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Finding Joy in Forgiveness Through Expressive Art & Writing


Workshop facilitated by:

Barbara Shulman-Kirwin—Artist, Certified Forgiveness Practitioner 

Amy J. Barry—Writer, Certified Expressive Arts Educator 

Are you feeling stuck in anger, sadness, anxiety, fear…?

Life often challenges us with difficult relationships and situations that are hard to navigate. In a supportive group setting, learn how to transform negative thoughts and emotions into positive, forgiving, healing responses through empowering creative writing and drawing exercises and discussion that helps you get “unstuck.”

Where: Meeting room at Rock*Paper*Sistas: A Coastal Shop with heART

17 Whitfield St. on the Guilford Green

When: Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (9:30 a.m. coffee & tea in the shop to meet-and-greet). 

What: $95 includes lunch, due in full by June 20. Space limited.

How: Registration by mail (checks made out to) Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Chroma Gallery, 20 C Church St., Guilford, CT 06437.  To pay by credit card call 203-314-3250.

Questions? Amy: 203-430-3533 or email amy.j.barry@snet.net or Barbara: 203-314-3250 or email barbara@forgiveness-works.com

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to Feb 4

2018 St John Retreat at Concordia Eco-Resort

2018 St John Retreat at Concordia Eco-Resort

January 27th – February 4th 2018: Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat

With retreat leaders Kate Mitcheom and Ellen Saltonstall


Enjoy a nourishing, restorative vacation and mindfulness retreat all rolled into one!

Message about the Retreat from Kate Mitcheom:

This past January, eighteen of us spent a week in Retreat at the Concordia Eco-Resort on the Island of St. John, Virgin Islands. We enjoyed morning yoga that was adapted for any body, followed by breakfast, then a couple hours of Mindfulness and meditation followed by lunch and then an excursion either hiking, snorkeling or just hanging out at the beach or pool.  At the end of the week we had connected and made new friends, strengthened our bodies, eased our minds and replenished our spirits.  I do hope you can join us this coming year!

All the best, Kate

for more details visit Kate's webpage.

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to Oct 12

4 Week Mindfulness Refresher with Kate Mitcheon

4 Week Mindfulness Refresher

September 26th – October 12th, 2017,  in Branford CT


MBSR Refresher – 4-week MBSR

Boost your mindfulness practice. We’ll reexamine the material from 2nd half of the traditional MBSR series.

Tuesday evenings 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26th thru Oct. 12th

The Owenego Inn 40 Linden Ave, Branford CT

Cost: $250.  Register here today!

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to Sep 24

Weekend Retreat at Thimble Island House With Kate Mitcheon

September 22-24th – Weekend Retreat at Thimble Island House

Friday, September 22- Sunday, September 24, 2017

Welcome in the fall season with a rejuvenating retreat at The Thimble Island House, Branford, CT. Once a hotel in the Thimble Islands built in 1846, the Retreat venue is now a beautifully restored family home with water views from every window, Victorian covered porch, game room, library, large grassy meadow for strolling and a private beach and dock.

Join us for a weekend of restorative mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-base yoga. There will be free time to write, read, stroll the grounds…basically rest and relax as you say farewell to summer and welcome the changing of the season.

Space is limited – Register Today!

Rooms are double occupancy with single occupancy arrangements possible.

Cost is $550, all inclusive with a $50 discount if you bring a friend.


Arrive Friday late afternoon/early evening September 22nd in Branford CT at the Stony Creek dock and a water taxi will bring you out to Pot Island (short 5 minute commute).   We will have healthy vegetarian supper waiting, with gluten free options.   We will have a meet and greet session after supper and leave time for a stroll around the peaceful grounds.

Saturday and Sunday will be spent in formal meditation practices and mindful restorative yoga, invigorating yoga and yoga for osteoporosis.   There will be free time to write, read, or swing in the hammock. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, vegetarian with gluten free-options.

Departure Sunday via water taxi to the Stony Creek dock will be arranged for after lunch although accommodations can be made for other times if necessary.

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to Dec 4

Working in Liminal and Fertile Spaces

With Leslie Reed

Sponsored by the Contemplative Studies Project of New York

“The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Thomas Merton considers liminal spaces as those moments we find ourselves “in-between”, passing through a kind of doorway to touch the eternal. Virginia Wolff writes: “the individual in his daily life is cut off from ‘reality’ but at rare moments receives a shock. These shocks or ‘moments of being’ are flashes of intuition that may be considered as spiritual transcendent truths that connect us all. Experiencing these in-between spaces is where we might often find ourselves in the consulting room. It may be reflected in an “uncanny” clinical experience that both patient and practitioner experience but feel unable to name. Our ability to be attuned to and make full use of these real and subtle experiences of being occur frequently and often go overlooked in the treatment relationship.

Harnessing one’s “contemplative intelligence” is an authentic mode of knowing, a tapping into a deeper source that gives us entry into these liminal spaces. It is seeing the world from the position of a far-reaching inclusiveness. In this togetherness, the way to live resonant, evolving and compassionate lives is in understanding our relationship to the world through the experiences of “another. This “open and present” stance is the antidote to our current discourse that often creates a sense of separateness and estrangement from one another, the human condition and the deeper intelligence.

In a circle of one’s peers, we will cultivate our contemplative intelligence, re-engaging with a depth dimension of reality that has been lost in favor of an analytic mode of theory development. We will reflect in dyads and the larger group to listen contemplatively, using, archetypal stories, poetry, meditation to locate and reflect on these deeper spaces in our clinical work.

This group meets every other week for two hours in a series of 8 sessions @ $70.00 a session.

Mondays from 9 am to 11 am

September 11th, 25th, October 2nd, 16th, 30th,

November 6, 20th, December 4th

LOCATION:   80 East 11th St., Suite 510, NYC

This group is for practitioners interested in deepening their practice through a contemplative process.

To express an interest in the group, please contact Leslie Reed at reedshield@gmail.com or by phone at (516) 624-0512

Leslie Reed, LCSW is a graduate from Fordham University's School of Social Service and Smith College School of Social Work's Contemplative Clinical Practice. She was the Director of the Organization Program at the William Alanson White Institute.  Her practice is informed by formal training in a blend of contemplative and psychodynamic therapies.


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to Nov 15

Summer/Fall Yoga Wednesday Mornings at the Owenego in Branford

Summer/Fall Yoga Wednesday Mornings at the Owenego in Branford with Kate Mitcheom

Everyone is welcome!

Drop in for a session or two or dedicate yourself to the entire season!  I will be conducting yoga sessions at the historic Owenego Inn in Branford every Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:45 a.m (see note below about Fall start time) . 

Please note: No Yoga on Sept. 13thand start time will change from 7:30 to 8 a.m. when we resume on Sept. 20th.  Last class will be November 15th.

Suggested donation $15.

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The type of yoga I teach is based on Mindfulness and grounded in the Anusara style of practice.  Anusara is flowing with grace and pays attention to alignment and that helps to keep the practitioner safe.

My approach celebrates life and lends some humor and levity along with a committed practice. I am a Certified teacher of Yoga for Osteoporosis.

“Just as with Mindfulness we are practicing to remember that there is more right with our bodies than wrong. No matter what, as long as we are alive we have an opportunity to be with and learn from our bodies.”
~ Kate Mitcheom

Kate trained with Todd Norian in the Anusara style of yoga which means attention to alignment and flowing with grace. She has been teaching for 20 years including Mindfulness-based Yoga for Stress Reduction, Prenatal Yoga, Mom and Baby Yoga, Yoga for Kids and most recently was certified by Dr Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall to teach Yoga for Osteoporosis.

The Owenego Inn & Beach Club
40 Linden Avenue
Branford, CT 06405

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