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Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014
Two progams to revitalize your life in 2014

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Take charge of your life in 2014 -  by identifying the stresses and mechanical monotonous activities and moving them out of your mind and life.

Back by popular demand, Mark Walstrom,  a board certified psychotherapist and spiritual director, will offer a repeat of his program "A Way: Out, Through, and Into."  Along with Walstrom's program, Dominican Center at Marywood is adding a second program that may improve your ability to heal emotional pain and enjoy healthier relationships. Details of both programs with presenter details are below.

1. A WAY: OUT, THROUGH, AND INTO
Facilitator: Mark Walstrom, psychotherapist and spiritual director

Weekly on Tuesdays from Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Has your life felt mechanical, monotonous or empty? Have you been trying various forms of self-improvement or spiritual practices but haven’t noticed any lasting progress? A Way: Out, Through, and Into is an eight session, psycho-spiritual program that offers participants a simple, yet life-changing, process for moving out of limiting, painful ways of living and into more natural, authentic, transparent, and enlivening ways of being. The course draws on the inspiration and guidance of the great sages throughout history who know this path intimately and many of our contemporary spiritual teachers who know how to walk this path and navigate the challenging landscape of our current times. (Spritual leaders include Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Mark Nepo.) Through integrating psychology and spirituality, we open up to a whole new way of being where we discover our deepest callings and true gifts. Cost: $300 * CFD: Methodology. Get more information by calling the DCM front desk at (616) 514-3325 or register online here .

Mark Walstrom has been a psychotherapist for 25 years. He also completed a graduate certificate program in holistic health care and is certified as a spiritual director. Since 1987, Walstrom has given particular attention in his work to exploring the interface between psychological and spiritual development with a special interest in the Enneagram, Christian mysticism and Buddhist mindfulness practices. He also hosted and co-produced Ideas That Matter:The Fetzer Dialogues, an NPR audio series focused on the themes of consciousness, spirituality and global transformation. For further information you may visit Walstrom's website at www.markwalstrom.com.  Walstrom is the founder of Community Circle, a monthly public dialogue group focused on personal and social transformation; and also the  co-founder of Chrysalis Community, a non-profit organization that offers retreats for people with life-threatening illness. Equally important is that he continues to consciously engage in the growth and transformation of his own personal life. (See map at right for directions to free parking on the beautiful campus of Domincan Center at Marywood.)

2. YOUR INTELLIGENT BODY: DEVELOPING YOUR INNER GUIDE TO HEALING, GROWTH, AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
Facilitator: Ken Porter, certified Hakomi therapist

Weekly on Thursdays from  Jan. 23 -Feb. 27, 2014  
Drawing from ancient wisdom and modern somatic therapies, these six weekly sessions will offer you a fascinating and empowering exploration of the natural intelligence you take with you everywhere you go! Learn how your body is constantly giving you the information you need to make good decisions, heal emotional pain, enjoy healthy relationships and deepen your spiritual journey. This class will introduce the process in a rich and experiential way, and will give you practical tools for deepening your connection to your true self, to others, and to your sacred purpose. Cost: $225.  Get more information by calling the DCM front desk at (616) 514-3325 or register online here.

Ken Porter is a certified somatic therapist and certified Hakomi therapist, and has practiced in Grand Rapids since 1999. He has worked at the Fountain Hill Center since 2004, and is affiliated with the Men’s Resource Center. He offers Hakomi therapy, a beautiful and innovative approach to healing which uses present moment awareness of the body as the primary gateway to self-discovery and transformation. After beginning his practice as a massage therapist, with training from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, he received his Hakomi therapy training and certification from the Hakomi Institute in Chicago. He’s received extensive additional training in somatic and experiential healing, including non-violent communication, focusing and Vipassana meditation. He has a strong passion for helping people heal and transform their lives. Learn more about his work at http://www/BodyandSoulGR.com.

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