PROGRAMS

Sacred Ground Chicago's skilled leaders offer a wide variety of programs for your group or organization. Our Program Leaders also facilitate spiritual groups. In addition to these topics, our program leaders are delighted to create custom programs tailored to the needs and interests of your organization!

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Custom Retreats / Times of Reflection

Bridget provides a safe, nourishing space for group retreats and times of reflection.  Programs typically include contemplative time and practices for participants to get in touch with what is stirring within them as well as opportunities for participants to give voice to their own experiences.

Sessions may include facilitator reflections, guided meditation, group discussion, creative expression, time in nature and other activities.  Programs may be offered on Zoom, at your location, or at a retreat house and can be offered for timeframes ranging from an hour to several days.  All programs are customized to meet the interests of your group.​Bridget has facilitated programs around topics such as:​

  • Finding Hope in Challenging Times

  • Seasonal Themes

  • Self-Care

  • Ignatian Spirituality

  • Meditation

  • Contemplative Prayer

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Integral Nondual Spirituality

Nondual spirituality begins with the insight that we are already that which we are seeking. Though we are not “God,” we are already one with Spirit. From this perspective, we deepen spiritually more by relaxing into our always already the case union with Spirt rather than by effortful practice. In doing so we discover the God within and our oneness with all life.

Available programs include:

  • The Temple of the Beloved: A Place for Healing and Awakening (Zoom or in person)

  • Embodied Spirituality, a Grounded Path to Awakening (in person)

  • Shadow Work: Integrating the Shadow (Zoom or in person)

  • An Introduction to Integral Spirituality: Discovering the Territory of You (in person)

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Meditation and Prayer

Meditation and prayer are the single most powerful practices for spiritual transformation. Learn a new practice or deepen your experience of practices you know with one of these programs, or work with me to create a program just for your community.


Available programs include:

  • ​Introduction to Centering Prayer, a Path to Divine Union

  • Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation: Waking Up to the Present Moment

  • Paths to Spiritual Experience: An Introduction to Prayer & Meditation

  • Social Meditation: Meditation in Mutuality

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Mindfulness: A Tool for Wellness

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for self-care. A regular practice has been shown to decrease blood pressure and pulse and to increase emotional and mental resilience. Discover tools anyone can learn for working with anxiety, worry, and difficult emotions.

Available programs include:

  • Mindfulness as a Tool for Wellness: An Introduction

  • Mindful Relationships: Bringing Mindfulness into Relationships

  • Opening the Senses: Mindfulness as a Path to Sensory Awareness

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Retreats

Patt offers half-day and full-day retreats organized around custom themes chosen by the host organization and tailored to the needs of the retreat participants.   Patt's retreats utilize a variety of approaches including guided meditation, body movement, visual reflection, creativity, sound, silence, and group spiritual reflection.


Samples of past retreats and their contexts include:

  • Whole-Heartedness.  Using a conversation between poet David Whyte and Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, we reflect on how can we be present in the world in a way that springs from our own authentic nature, is true to our hearts, and fully offers the world our unique giftedness.  (Clergy Retreat)

  • Freedom for Love.  It is one thing to hear God's voice in our lives, and quite another thing to freely say yes to God's invitations. Using the scriptural examples of Mary and Zechariah, we reflect on our own openness to God and freedom to respond and act.  (Advent Quiet Day)

  • The Way of the Cross.  During Lent, we are challenged to take up our cross and follow Jesus.  But what does that really mean?  Author Parker Palmer tells us that we need not accept all of the crosses in our lives.  If so, how do we discern which cross we must carry? (Lenten Retreat)

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Custom Spirituality Groups

Groups typically meet weekly or monthly for a set period.  This includes some input from the facilitator with most of the time dedicated to participant sharing and meditation/contemplative practice.  All groups are customized to meet the interests of your group.


Bridget has facilitated ongoing groups in areas like:

  • Life Sharing

  • Connections (with self, others, the Divine and all of life)

  • Change and Transition

  • Grief and Loss

  • Meditation

  • Contemplative Prayer

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Spirituality Groups

Patt's groups focus on either spiritual direction or spiritual practice.  Like her retreats, Patt's spirituality groups can be customized for specific spiritual themes or contexts.

Available groups include:

  • Group Spiritual Direction.  Using a meditative process developed by Rose Mary Dougherty at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, a small group commits to gathering over a period of nine months for sharing, deep listening, silence, and response, to become more aware of how God is present and active in their lives.  The group generally includes a half-day retreat, followed by nine 90-minute gatherings.

  • Come to the Well.  This group explores contemplative spiritual practices including praying with scripture through lectio divina and Ignation Contemplation, body prayer, labyrinth walking, visual reflection through visio divina and praying with icons, chant, and guided meditation.  The group generally includes a half-day retreat, followed by six weekly, 90-minute gatherings.

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