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Weekend of Spirit 2019

Afternoon Workshops:

Saturday 1:45pm - 2:45pm


Our Golden Inner Light of Spirit: Guided Meditation led by Katherine McClean

We'll begin by engaging the gentle energy of a smile to help us release deep levels of stress in our bodies and minds. Next, we'll practice an ancient Taoist Meditation. which will help connect us to the light of spirit. We'll bathe in this healing light which contains all the highest qualities of our true nature; Love, Wisdom, Joy and Equanimity.

Katherine McClean LDN, CYT, CPT has been teaching meditation through her workshops and yoga classes for over 20 years and has maintained a personal meditation practice for even longer. She is passionate about sharing her love of meditation with others. Having studied many different meditative styles, she has a wealth of experience which helps to open her students to the deep and lasting benefits of meditation. She has completed 3, 7 and 10 day silent meditation retreats. In addition, Katherine works as a licensed nutritionist offering counseling to low income families and maintains a private nutrition counseling practice.

Going Deeper with Yoga and Movement led by Donna Warren

This class will be learning some deep breathing techniques, some gentle yoga movements, and some alignment work that works our muscles properly and encourages our bodies to get stronger. These movements have basis in many exercise techniques from natural movement fitness, weight lifting and of course yoga. Come join me for a fun and lighthearted approach to getting stronger! Warning...there will be laughing! 

Donna Warren has been a hairstylist for 40 years, a yoga student and instructor for over 17 years, a shamballa reiki practitioner, essential oil and crystal lover and a laughter yoga leader. She borrows heavily on the principles of Eric Idle and John Cleese to help her make it through everyday life. 

Radical Empowerment led by Danielle Rousseau

Most people want to achieve well-being and pursue success in all aspects of life, but when we strive to create and conquer goals, we are often left with very little energy and self-compassion. This can result in exhaustion, anger, frustration, shame, and disconnection. Dr. Danielle Rousseau will lead programming based in an evidence-based, four-part radical empowerment model. Participants will learn about the model and how to leverage this empowered perspective to maximize and balance all aspects of their lives. This presentation will change how participants look at empowering themselves and their communities. 


Danielle Rousseau, PhD LMCH is a professor, licensed therapist, and certified yoga teacher. She is a social justice researcher and practitioner.  Dr. Rousseau is passionate about her work in the field of trauma response and advocacy; her research and teaching are informed by her experience in the field of forensic psychology and trauma-informed interventions. She is an advocate of integrative, holistic approaches that support embodied self-care and resilience. Find out more at

Humbling the Discourse: Discovering Connections Between Religious & Humanist People of Goodwill led by Father Carl Chudy

The tents of interfaith dialogue are widening where more people are leaving traditional religion behind, or have never been religious, and who want to connect to each other. This workshop will attempt to explore a few of those connections between religious and humanists, rethinking the wordview of the sacred/profane divide, and where they may lead.

Father Carl Chudy is a Catholic priest working in interfaith dialogue that includes secular voices and a study of the spaces between religion, secularity, and spiritualities, which includes religious disaffiliation, multiple belongings, postsecular consciousness, and more.

Multi-Faith Devotional on the Spiritual Significance of Imprisonment led by Layli Maparyan

Participants will convene at the labyrinth (beside the sanctuary building) to experience the social and spiritual significance of the art installation "A Father's Lullaby". We will consider sacred writings from diverse traditions on the theme of "imprisonment," which runs throughout the artwork and informs its social justice voice. Devotional text passages will be provided, and conversation will evolve organically. Organized by the Baha'is of Framingham in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb, a holy day that begins on October 28th; all are welcome.

Layli Maparyan is Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She is the author of three books on womanism and an avid proponent of spiritual activism, including its environmental and ecological dimensions.  She serves as Chairman of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Framingham and is a member of Open Spirit's Multi-Faith Collaborative.



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