AWAKEN YOUR SPIRITUALITY
An INteractive series of Workshops designed to help you get in touch with your own unique spirituality
Do you feel like a spiritual person, but are not necessarily attracted to organized religion? Do you want to feel more connected to your spirituality, but don’t know how to deepen your relationship to it?
In the absence of organized religion, how does one build a spiritual practice, engage in ritual, or create community within which to explore and hone your beliefs?
According to Eva Pierrakos, founder of the Pathwork: "Your spiritual self with all its joy, safety and peace is right behind the sadness and pain. It cannot be activated by a direct act of will, nor by practices and actions that leave out the necessity to experience all your feelings. But your spiritual center does manifest inexorably as a byproduct, the result of the direct act of will to go through your denied feelings."
Come join us for a series of full-day workshops, to explore what defines your unique spirituality, and what holds you back from expressing it. You will be invited to take risks and examine the deepest parts of yourself, to feel the connection between your vulnerability and your divinity. We will bring consciousness to how we block our spiritual energy, and experience life through a limited lens, denying ourselves a nature that is both human and divine.
Learn more about your spiritual roots, what your own spirituality has to teach you, and what healing it has to offer. Develop a practice and learn to share it, in such a way that it may attract others into community.
Christine Pountney and Chrysoulla Srabien have drawn from body-based psychoanalytic theories of Core Energetics, and the spiritual practices of Reiki, shamanism, the Pathwork, mystical traditions within Christianity, and their own life experience, to create this groundbreaking workshop.
We are very excited to take this journey with you and welcome all that you bring – your hopes, sadness, joy, longing, skepticism, anger, desire and fear.
All of who we are belongs on the spectrum between our humanity and divinity. Our task is to bring as much of that spectrum, all that we know and feel – and all that we don’t want to know and feel – into the light of our consciousness.
Christine Pountney is a mother, writer, editor, teacher and Core Energetics Practitioner-in-training, in her fourth year of study at the Institute of Core Energetics in New York. She has a BA in Literature from McGill, a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and is the author of three novels, the latest of which, Sweet Jesus, was chosen by Irvine Welsh and Barbara Gowdy as their ‘Best Book of the Year’ in 2012. She is a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, and was Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University, 2016-2017. She has her Level I Reiki certification, has participated in many Indigenous ceremonies, and worked with plant medicine for the last six years, here in Ontario and also in Peru. She regularly organizes plant medicine retreats outside of Toronto.
Chrysoulla Srabien is Level 3 (Shinpinden) certified in the Gendai Reiki Ryoho tradition and has completed the Core Energetics 2-year leadership program. Chrysoulla is also a mother of two and has spent over twenty years working globally in senior level sales operations positions in the technology industry.
Dates and times:
November 26, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
December 17, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
January 28, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
February 18, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
March 25, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
April 29, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
May 27, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
June 24, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
To attend the whole series of 8 months, the cost is $1,115
To attend the first introductory workshop, November 26, the cost is $175
To attend the remaining series, beginning on the second Sunday, December 17, the cost is $1,025
151 Sterling Avenue, Studio 4.
To register, please contact Christine Pountney, by phone at 416 533 8991, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through the gateway of feeling your weakness lies your strength;
through the gateway of feeling your pain lies your pleasure and joy;
through the gateway of feeling your fear lies your security and safety;
through the gateway of feeling your loneliness lies your capacity to have fulfillment, love and companionship;
through the gateway of feeling your hate lies your capacity to love;
through the gateway of feeling your hopelessness lies true and justified hope;
through the gateway of accepting the lacks of your childhood lies your fulfillment now.
Eva Pierrakos – Pathwork lecture 190