Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference (so that healing may begin)

With Nancy Sylvester, IHM, Margaret Galiardi, OP and Vernice Solimar, PhD

Thursday, August 26, 1:30 pm – Sunday, August 29, 2021,1:30 pm
$390 commuters

Email Ann McGovern, RSM, (amcgovern@mercybythesea.org) to be placed on a Waiting List for Overnight Accommodations, $500

Can we engage impasse and respond to the world as persons committed to contemplation as a transformative process, to social justice in all its dimensions, and to belief in our interconnectedness as a global community?

Amid the chaos, impasse and growing divisions, we are a society in search of its soul. Join us by the healing waters of Mercy by the Sea for an important program offered in co-sponsorship with the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD). This program is designed to deepen our interior lives through contemplative processes and to integrate the skills learned in order to engage persons with different experiences and worldviews. Our intention is to heal the polarization and impasse we are experiencing. While this offering is more workshop than retreat, it is grounded in the contemplative and it is timely.

This time together will include: communal contemplative practice; understanding the evolutionary development of consciousness drawing on the insights of Spiral Dynamics Integral; learning the skillful means to engage in transformative change; and applying what we learn to real situations.

We will draw on the transformative power of contemplation; a conscious intent of the values we want to embody; the capacity to exercise contemplative power; an understanding of our role in the evolutionary process; and our willingness to welcome and trust our own ongoing personal transformation.

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Her previous commitments included several national Leadership roles such as 10 years National Coordinator for the Catholic Social Justice lobby network.

Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, has been part of the ICCD staff since 2011. In addition, she offers spiritual direction/accompaniment to both individuals and groups; designs and facilitates workshops and retreats focused around spirituality for the 20th century with an emphasis on ecological theology. She spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks on the lost coast of California.

Vernice Solimar, PhD, was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology MA program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University. With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. She has taught courses in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Peru, and visited Liberation Theology communities and environmental groups. She also facilitated programs in Taiwan, Puerto Rico and Uganda among others.

Sessions:  1
Dates:  8/26/2021 to 8/29/2021
Instructors:  Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Margaret Galiardi OP
Vernice Solimar, PhD
$390.00   (Commuter Fee)