The Healing Power of Love with Commonweal’s Michael Lerner

Love is wild. Love does not live by rules. And yet we have no choice but to live with love. This is not a sentimental journey. We are each marked by love, and our lives are defined by what we love. The only question is whether we can grow in wisdom and learn to love better.

Come explore The Healing Power of Love on Wednesday, May 2nd at The Jung Center as Healing Circles Houston presents a Conversation with Michael Lerner, President of Commonweal in Bolinas, California. We’ll examine the archetypes of love in poetry, in song and in our lives. There will be a reception at 6:30pm followed by a talk at 7:00pm. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Please register here.

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

Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner, author of Choices in Healing, taught at Yale before founding Commonweal in 1976. He has led the Commonweal Cancer Help Program for 33 years, where they’ve held over 200 week-long retreats. Healing Circles grew out of that program with the purpose of making deep intentional healing accessible around the world. People have been creating healing circles since we began to gather around fires together. Healing Circles returns us to those roots in a learning community that draws on many traditions of circle work. Our work in Houston and beyond is based on the healing power of love.

Please register here.

Healing Circles Concept Lunch and Learn at the UT Health Cizik School of Nursing – CLOSED EVENT

Healing Circles Houston Core Circle members Susan Rafte, David Spaw, Becky Dodds and Ed Halloran will present about the philosophy and benefits of the Healing Circles concept to a lunch and learn for the nursing students at the UT Health Cizik School of Nursing in the Texas Medical Center.

This is a closed event for invitees only.

Re-Emerging After Harvey: Mind-Body Tools to Deal With Stress and Trauma – a Healing Circles Houston Initiative (Fridays; conducted in Portuguese)

The Greater Houston Healing Collaborative, is pleased to host this FREE Mind-Body group program conducted in Portuguese to those affected by hurricane Harvey. This Mind-Body Skills Group is part of the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative initiative and is made possible through a grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The group design follows the model of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to build resilience and reduce the impact in ourselves of traumatic events.

These sessions will be be held at the Healing Circles Houston at 1100 Milford just west of Montrose and will be held Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon and Fridays from noon to 2:00 p.m. through February 2nd.

The sessions will be both educational and experiential, with practices including meditation, guided imagery, art, movement and mindful eating. Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis who are able to attend the whole program.  Sessions will be led by CMBM trained facilitator Maria Alice Viegas Papanicolau, as volunteer work.

If you are interested in participating in this training, or if you or anyone you know could benefit from integral mind-body support after Hurricane Harvey, please send us an email to find out more about this program and others like it being conducted around the city of Houston.

Re-Emerging After Harvey: Mind-Body Tools to Deal With Stress and Trauma – a Healing Circles Houston Initiative (Wednesdays; conducted in Portuguese)

The Greater Houston Healing Collaborative, is pleased to host this FREE Mind-Body group program conducted in Portuguese to those affected by hurricane Harvey. This Mind-Body Skills Group is part of the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative initiative and is made possible through a grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The group design follows the model of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to build resilience and reduce the impact in ourselves of traumatic events.

These sessions will be be held at the Healing Circles Houston at 1100 Milford just west of Montrose and will be held Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon and Fridays from noon to 2:00 p.m. through February 2nd.

The sessions will be both educational and experiential, with practices including meditation, guided imagery, art, movement and mindful eating. Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come-first-serve basis who are able to attend the whole program.  Sessions will be led by CMBM trained facilitator Maria Alice Viegas Papanicolau, as volunteer work.

If you are interested in participating in this training, or if you or anyone you know could benefit from integral mind-body support after Hurricane Harvey, please send us an email to find out more about this program and others like it being conducted around the city of Houston.

Building Resilience Post-Harvey at Bellaire United Methodist Church

As we welcome a new year, our community continues to recover both physically and emotionally from the impact of Hurricane Harvey.  Bellaire United Methodist Church and the Houston Healing Collaborative, is pleased to host a FREE 8-week Mind-Body Workshop to those affected by the storm. This Mind-Body Skills Group is made possible through a generous grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and follows the model of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to build resilience and reduce the impact of traumatic events.

These two-hour sessions will be both educational and experiential, with practices including meditation, guided imagery, art, and mindful movement, with the healing support of the group. Space is limited to 10 participants who are able to attend the 8-week series.  Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bellaire United Methodist Church, January 30th – March 20th, and will be led by CMBM trained facilitators David Spaw and Edward Halloran of the Healing Circles Houston Core Team.

If you are interested in participating in this training, please contact David Spaw at dspaw1@gmail.com or Ed Halloran at healingcircleshouston@gmail.com.  To find out more about this program and others like it being offered around the city of Houston you may email info@healingcircleshouston.org.

Weathering the Storm – Building Resilience Post-Harvey at The Jung Center (Thursdays)

As we welcome a new year, our community continues to recover both physically and emotionally from the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The Jung Center, a member of the Houston Healing Collaborative, is pleased to host a FREE 8-week Mind-Body Workshop to those affected by the storm. This Mind-Body Skills Group is made possible through a generous grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and follows the model of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to build resilience and reduce the impact of traumatic events.

These two-hour sessions will be both educational and experiential, with practices including meditation, guided imagery, art, and mindful movement, with the healing support of the group. Space is limited to 10 participants who are able to attend the entire 8-week series, on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The Thursday morning sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 at The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose, January 18th – March 8th will be led by Tira Burford, LCSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT, LCDC and Amy Cao, LCSW, both of whom are CMBM trained facilitators.

If you are interested in participating in this training, or if you or anyone you know could benefit from support after Harvey, please send us an email (healingcircles at junghouston.org) to find out more about this program and others like it being conducted around the city of Houston.

Weathering the Storm – Building Resilience Post-Harvey at The Jung Center (Wednesdays)

As we welcome a new year, our community continues to recover both physically and emotionally from the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The Jung Center, a member of the Houston Healing Collaborative, is pleased to host a FREE 8-week Mind-Body Workshop to those affected by the storm. This Mind-Body Skills Group is made possible through a generous grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and follows the model of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to build resilience and reduce the impact of traumatic events.

These two-hour sessions will be both educational and experiential, with practices including meditation, guided imagery, art, and mindful movement, with the healing support of the group. Space is limited to 10 participants who are able to attend the entire 8-week series, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sessions will be held Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 at The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose, January 17th – March 7th, and will be led by CMBM trained facilitators Sarah Bauer Hernandez (MA, LPC) and Becky Dodds, (RYT200 and Healing Circles Houston Core Team member).

If you are interested in participating in this training, or if you or anyone you know could benefit from support after Harvey, please send us an email (healingcircles at junghouston.org) to find out more about this program and others like it being conducted around the city of Houston.

Healing Circle for Holiday Blues at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Memorial Park

The holidays are tough on all of us and also depressing for many of us.  The shopping, the crowds, the hassle, travel, hosting, sad memories, loved ones long lost, unmet expectations . . . and for a lot of us, family.

The intention of this Healing Circle is to create a space where whatever is on our heart with regard to the holiday season can be shared in confidence, heard without judgement and accepted with care.  We’ll reflect on what our plans are, what we’re anticipating and consider how we’d like to actually experience this holiday season.

If you plan to attend this Healing Circle, please RSVP to Ed Halloran at halloraned@gmail.com.

We’re delighted to be adding St. Theresa Catholic Church to our growing group of affiliates and this is where we’ll host this Healing Circle on Tuesday, December 12th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  There is ample free parking and the Circle will be in the Church Office which is in the building immediately to the right of the sanctuary when you look at the campus from the parking lot.  The Church Office door faces the parking lot.  Note that the main sanctuary is undergoing a massive renovation and is currently surrounded by a temporary chain link fence.

Come heal with us and let’s look forward to engaging these holidays more positively.

Recovering from the Storm Healing Circles

Healing Circles Houston is offering Healing Circles for Recovering from the Storm at 1100 Milford St. in the Museum District next to Bell Park Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday October 4th.  These Circles are scheduled the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

These Healing Circles are open to anyone seeking a safe place to share their experience of recent events relating to Hurricane Harvey.  There is no charge and space is limited.  Please REGISTER to attend.

For additional information, please email healingcircleshouston@gmail. com.

We look forward to helping Houston heal as best we can, together, throughout the long recovery process.

Healing Circle for Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids (APAK) (1st Sundays)

This is a time of connection and mutual support for parents whose children of any age have developmental, emotional, medical or learning differences. All are welcome, and you do not need to be a member of St. Paul’s to attend.  Please bring your own lunch.

This Circle will be on the 1st Sunday of every month from 12:15- 1:30 at St Paul’s United Methodist Church in Room J-204.  Childcare is provided but please RSVP to Helen Spaw at hspaw@stpaulshouston.org to arrange that.  You do not have to be a member of St. Paul’s to attend.

Facilitated by Jennifer West.

Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids (APAK) . . . finding connection and compassion on the uneven journey raising children with special needs.