Events & Series

Teaching Series

From the Ground Up by Cyprian Consiglio

Monthly, on every fourth Saturday (1/30, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/29, 6/26, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/27, 12/25)
10:30-11:45 a.m.

Suggested donation: $20 a session, $180 for all sessions ($15 each)

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This series will be an exploration of our understanding of God, through a re-articulation of the Persons of the Trinity and a discovery of the hidden energies of Christianity. Much of it will be based on the writings for Bruno Barnhart and Raimundo Panikkar, and draw on sources from the world’s great spiritual traditions.

Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam. is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk, musician, composer, author and teacher. He has over a dozen recordings of his music, and published three books and numerous articles. Cyprian has studied, taught and worked in the field of interreligious dialogue, and for a period of time traveled extensively throughout the world, performing as well as studying and teaching. He currently serves as the prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur.






Mystic-a-Month Online Series

Gaining momentum from our Mystics I and Mystics II series in 2019, this monthly Mondays format gives participants the same opportunity to deeply engage the teachings of a single teacher from the tradition. Our presenters include an overview of each mystic’s context as well as a deeper dive into the unique contributions that each mystic made to his/her times. Mystics were often controversial or not recognized in their own times, and even in our times, many conventional settings do not make room for the wisdom teaching of the mystics. Join us for a fascinating view into some of the most mature and mysterious figures from our past. Each 1 ½ hour session will include lecture-style presentation as well as opportunities for small group interactions and Q&A with our presenter. Suggested donation for each session is $15.

July 12, 7-8:30 Topic: Ignatius of Loyola Teacher: Susan Stabile

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August 9, 7-8:30 Topic: Black Elk, Teacher: Fr. Robert Two Bulls

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September 13, 7-8:30 Topic: Xinggang, Teacher: Bussho Lahn

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October 11, 7-8:30 Topic: Sojourner Truth, Teacher: Claire Bischoff

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November 8, 7-8:30 Topic: St. John of the Cross, Teacher: Christine Luna Munger

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December 13, 7-8:30 Topic: Rabia Basri, Teacher: Ward Bauman

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Online Prayer Series

Series teacher: Christine Luna Munger

Many spiritual seekers surprisingly report very little training or formation in what it means to pray or how to do it in general. Even fewer folks have had direct access to teaching on specific recognized prayer forms. Many of us yearn for dynamic, transformational prayer lives, but feel at a loss for how to sustain our prayer life. The Prayer series hosted by EHoP consists of short-sessions on particular Christian prayer forms, and intends to offer practical support to people who yearn to pray. Each short session will include an overview of the prayer form, specific instructions and an experience of the prayer form, and opportunity to share with others as well as Q&A with the presenter. Sessions will last three hours and are stand-alone, meaning you can attend one or all of them! Suggested donation for each session is $30.



July 30, 4-7pm Introduction to Intercessory/Healing Prayer

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Praying for others is a staple of Christian practice. It takes many forms, ranging from the formal petitions of weekly communal worship, to the child’s nighttime prayers for family and friends, to the laying on of hands. Intercessory prayer has recently been distinguished from petitionary prayer as a more open-ended form of prayer that seeks to ‘pray the prayer God is already praying’ in the person. Healing prayer also carries the marks of modern practice in contemporary Healing Touch, which has a direct connection to traditional laying on of hands. In this session we will broadly review the historical roots of these two forms of prayer, explore their modern expressions, and practice each prayer form with opportunity for reflection.

August 27, 4-7pm Introduction to the Jesus Prayer

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In this session, we will learn about the ancient Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer. Developed in the early centuries of Christianity, the Jesus Prayer, or Prayer of the Heart, involves the repetition of a sacred phrase which is intended to keep one’s mind and heart constantly on the Lord. The session will include an overview of the historical origins of the prayer method, practical instruction on how to discern your own sacred words, and an actual experience of the prayer method.

September 24, 4-7pm Introduction to the Centering Prayer

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In this session, we will engage with the contemplative stream within Christianity.  Often, seekers assume that they must look outside the Christian tradition in order to find prayer practices that are based on the use of silence and sacred words.  Revitalized by the late Trappist monk, Thomas Keating, the modern method of Centering Prayer draws upon ancient Christian Wisdom regarding silent, imageless prayer. A typical session of Centering Prayer includes the use of a sacred word and about 20 minutes of silent sitting.  The session will include an introduction to Centering Prayer, practical tips about how to practice, an experience of the method, and small group reflection about our experiences of the prayer.

October 29, 4-7pm Introduction to Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina is a time-tested practice that welcomes people of any level of training to more deeply engage with sacred scriptures. This prayer form engages the head and the heart and integrates daily life experience into the reflective process. Historically, Lectio Divina has been a monastic practice that has gained popularity in recent decades. It involves a four-tiered process of reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating. In this session, we will address both the individual and group formats. The session will include an historical overview, practical tips on how to pray with the scriptures, and an actual experience Lectio Divina.

November 19, 4-7pm Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction

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In this session, we will explore the group model related to the classic model of one-to-one spiritual direction. The session will include an overview of the model within the broader framework of Christian spiritual direction, an opportunity to learn relevant contemplative skills such as listening, responding, sharing, waiting, and beholding, and an actual experience of a group spiritual direction session.