Building Resilience – Skills for Growth and Healing: A Mind Body Workshop

In the face of life’s adversities, we often find ourselves challenged to grow in new ways. Meeting that challenge takes resilience to choose the path of new growth and resist the natural urge to shrink or hide. While some people seem to be born with a little extra “grit,” we can all build resilience by adding practices that help us cope with setbacks, heartbreak, loss, anxiety and trauma. 
Certified Mind Body Medicine Practitioner Becky Dodds will lead an evening of exploration as she and other trained facilitators with the Center for Mind Body Medicine introduce practices that support healing, growth, and the resilience we each need to continue life’s journey with joy and vigor.  
Doors open: 5:30 pm
Social: 6 pm (light bites)
Speakers: 6:30 – 8 pm
The cost to attend is $20.  Click here to register.

This evening is brought to you by the Community for Conscious Aging (CCA) with special thanks to The Jung Center and Healing Circles Houston.

See What’s Happening Around Town

CCA has added a new component to its website. If you click Around Town on the menu at the top of the site, you’ll find events, happenings, and lectures around town whose topics are aging and its challenges and graces. For example, The Jung Center is offering an online course called The Archetypal Journey of Aging while the Weekley Family YMCA has an extensive roster for older active adults.

Save the Date: July 20
CCA will present The Jung Center’s Dr. Alejandro Chaoul in a talk about Meditation and Aging. Chaoul is currently a faculty member in the Integrative Medicine Program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the author of two books, and heads The Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute.

The Practice of Healing Circles: Applications in Nursing, Two-Day Training

Synopsis below but much more information and to register here.  Note that this is a two day training event, Friday, April 5th from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, April 6th from 9am to 2pm.

Whether you are a nurse executive, bedside nurse or team leader, this experiential training offers hands-on experience to integrate Healing Circles concepts into your personal or institutional Nursing Practice.  Healing Circles offers a unique framework and structure around group experience that can be translated to leadership meetings, nursing units and the bedside. We are excited to be part of bringing the founding National Healing Circles Nurse-Leaders to the Greater Houston community of nurses.  This will be a unique opportunity to interact with this expert faculty.   You will want to attend yourself AND send leadership and staff from your institution.

Holding Hope Healing Circle for Families Grieving Pregnancy Loss

This is a 4-week Advent study/Healing Circle occuring during Advent for families grieving pregnancy loss.

A snack lunch will be provided but please RSVP to Helen at if you plan on attending.

The facilitators will be Rev. Andrew Wolfe and Helen Spaw, MPS.

Rediscovering Ourselves One Year After Harvey – A Free 8-Week Mind-Body Skills Group

Have fun learning how to help yourself and those you care about through the integration of mind-body techniques.  We will explore how Harvey’s impact is still being felt and ways we can continue to heal as we share simple and effective tools for dealing with stress and trauma.

Our free 8-week mind-body skills group starts on October 9, 2018 and we’ll meet from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through November 27 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Main across from the MFA.  Space is limited and registration is required.

For more information and to register contact Becky Dodds at or Kat Denton at or call Kat at 713-382-3217.

The Practice of Healing Circles: Healing Circle Training for Nurses and Other Health Professionals (Union, WA)

“Circle started around the cook-fires of humanity’s ancestors and has accompanied us ever since.  We remember this space.  When we listen, we speak more thoughtfully. We lean into shared experience.”
– Christina Baldwin, The Circle Way


Program Outcomes

During this two day program the participants will be able to demonstrate the practice of Healing Circles by participating in the various roles, elements and cycles of a Healing Circle.

To register and for much more information, click here


The Presenters

This introduction will be presented by Diana and Kelly Lindsay, co-founders and co-directors of Healing Circles Langley and training directors for Healing Circles Global. They are authors of the book “Something More Than Hope/Something More Than Everything: Surviving Despite the Odds, Thriving Because of Them, the story of Diana’s recovery from stage IV lung cancer. They will be assisted by the nurse leadership team of Commonweal’s Healing Circles program.





About Healing Circles

Healing Circles is a program of Commonweal, a 501c3 charitable organization with over 40 years of work in health and healing, art and education, and environment and justice. Please visit and to learn more.


About Nursing Leadership for Healing Circles

Vision: To advance the unique contribution of nursing to the global movement of healing circles.

Mission: To create opportunities for nurses and nurse coaches to integrate healing circles into their practices.

Purpose: to enhance competence, confidence, and compassion needed for the promotion of healing circles.

Travel and Lodging Information

Harmony Hill Retreat Center

By Car – Driving Directions

By Air

Car Service

  • Capital Airporter
  • Website:
  • Phone: 1-800-962-3579

To register and for much more information, click here

This activity has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award 13.0 contact hours. The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

Healing Circle: Conspire – A Learning Circle for All Ages

Our friend Brooke Summers-Perry will guide us each week as we gather to learn, reflect and practice ways in which our interior life can be more rooted in grace.  All ages are invited to participate!  These Circles will be held in room 203 of the Jones Building at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  The Jones Building is the multi-purpose center just north (towards downtown) of the sanctuary building.  These Circles begin at 11:05 a.m. every Sunday morning and do not have a set end time.

We are a community of seekers and practitioners who seek to better recognize our triggers and opportunities, and to pause and respond with compassion, responsibility and accountability through contemplation and discernment.

People of all faiths, religious backgrounds and spiritual practice experience levels are welcome!  We use Healing Circles agreements and facilitation methods to honor the path and voice of each participant.  Classes are freestanding and no RSVP is required.

In Conspire we will be working with a variety of resources including relevant poetry, prose, book reviews and practice worksheets. Please bring a binder for yourself so that you may compile practice sheets as a resource guide for our journey together.

If you have extra binders at home that you would be willing to share, please bring those as well – for those who may not have one!

A Grief and Loss Seminar at Saint Paul’s United Methodist

If you’ve experienced the loss or anticipate the loss of a loved one, you’re invited to attend this one-time seminar on the process of grief and healing at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church.  From this seminar, you may choose to join the Grief and Loss Healing Circles series that will start on September 19th and continue every first and third Wednesday through December 5th at Saint Paul’s.

The facilitators for this seminar will be Rev. Terry Thompson and Rev. Andrew Wolfe.

A light lunch and child care will be provided.  To register, please email Nina at and let her know if you require child care.

Healing Circle for Emotional Capital (a closed Circle open to women graduates of the Main Street Ministries Getting Ahead workshops)

This series is intended to provide a time of connection and healing on the topics of self-esteem, emotional energy, attachment, resilience, agreeableness and optimism to women graduates of the Main Street Ministries Getting Ahead workshops. 

We’ll meet on Tuesday evenings, October 2nd to November 13th, in order to take advantage of the childcare program that Main Street Ministries offers for our participants.

This series will be offered again in the Spring.

For more information, contact Kathie Hartzog, Director of Programs at Main Street Ministries, at

“Kind Hearts, Peaceful Minds, Skillful Hands” Living lives of service in the Anthropocene, or Human Centered Age

St. Paul’s Ordinary Life series

Michael Lerner
Living lives of service in the Anthropocene,
or Human Centered Age

God gave Noah the rainbow sign,
No more water but the fire next time –
You better find a home in the rock, don’t you see.
~From an African-American spiritual

Wind, rain and fire – the earth is changing.
How do we live lives of service in this new world?
What does the perennial philosophy of the ancient
traditions have to offer us?

Michael Lerner is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional Therapies and the founder of Commonweal, a California based center for health and healing, art and education, and environment and justice.
Michael leads the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and is co-founder of Healing Circles, a learning community with the purpose of making deep intentional healing accessible around the world. He formerly taught psychology and politics at Yale University and received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health.

The Jung Center’s Fall Benefit featuring Michael Lerner: “Life in Love – Memories, Dreams, Reflections”

For we are in the deepest sense the victims and the instruments of cosmogonic “love”….Being a part, man cannot grasp the whole. He is at its mercy. He may assent to it, or rebel against it; but he is always caught up by it and enclosed within it. He is dependent upon it and sustained by it. Love is his light and his darkness, whose end he cannot see. “Love ceases not”—whether he speaks with the tongues of angels, or with scientific exactitude traces the life of the cell down to its uttermost source. 
– Carl Jung


Join us for a conversation with Michael Lerner about how love heals and helps us live with life’s stresses, strains, suffering, and joys — in a way that makes us feel whole.

Michael Lerner is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Therapies and the founder of Commonweal, a California-based center for health and healing, art and education and environment and justice. Michael leads the Commonweal Cancer Help Program and is co-founder of Healing Circles, a learning community with the purpose of making deep intentional healing accessible around the world. He formerly taught psychology and politics at Yale University and received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health.

Monday, October 15, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 pm | The Jung Center | 5200 Montrose Blvd.
7:30 pm | Brown Auditorium | The Museum of Fine Arts | 1001 Bissonnet St.

Please register here.

Complimentary Valet Parking:
DROP OFF cars before 7:00 pm at The Jung Center; after 7:00 pm at 1001 Bissonnet.
PICK UP cars at 1001 Bissonnet.

Please register here.