Prayer Bead Workshop & Evolution of Consciousness Overview
Saturday, February 15, 9AM – 4 PM
$79.00, includes Paella for lunch with real saffron ($45.00 for Pilgrims and Distance Retreatants)
Everyone must pre-register – please contact Catherine Wilson to register and get information about materials. Catherine Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org – 612-961-0499
Join Lyndall Johnson and Catherine Wilson in a deeply meaningful, contemplative day creating your own prayer beads and gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning of the period of Lent leading up to Easter in the Christian tradition. We will offer an overview of the Evolution of Consciousness in the morning, and we will move into prayer beads after lunch.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the pilgrimage to Spain for those that are going but is also a gentle and beautiful way of preparing for Lent, or just a way of broadening your cultural understanding of one of the world’s major religions – which in fact is no different to all the others. Although Lent and Easter is a time of high ritual within a specific religious context, the themes of the desires and temptations of the ego, choosing the path of the Highest Self, and what it means to live in a Higher State of Consciousness through dying to duality, are universal themes found within all religious traditions. Any perceived differences will be bridged by the workshop.
For those of us going to Spain it will be particularly meaningful to have your own prayer beads in preparation for the 40 days of Lent and culminating in the Easter High Holidays of Death and Resurrection in the Catholic Tradition. You will be experiencing the colorful pageantry and processions in the town of Avila leading up to Palm Sunday and Easter – understanding the meaning of all the symbols inherent in this will enrich your experience exponentially.
Rosaries, malas and beads are tools for specific meditative techniques used throughout the world in all traditions. We will discover the meaning of this practice and create our own prayer beads for contemplation in preparation for the 40 days of Lent in the Christian tradition. This practice entails the deep self examination of all the ways the ego acts out and does not bring us Life. We will be integrating creativity with the desire to live from a place of compassion.
Start considering which symbols and beads you wish to incorporate into your prayer beads now! Catherine will be sending out instructions about what to buy for your rosary, so don’t buy yet.
If you plan on attending this workshop you might want to purchase the following book and prepare ahead of time:
“The Aquarian Rosary” – Reviving the Art of Mantra Yoga – by Carol W. Parrish-Harra
Here’s a link on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=The+Aquarian+Rosary