The School for Contemplative Living
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Listening in Stillness, Serving in Joy!

Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life

10th Annual Contemplative Conference
with Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes and Phileena Heuertz
November 8-9, 2019*
First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. New Orleans
Cost: $75 ($20 for students)
Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL Conference" on the lower memo line 
Mail to: SCL, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
*Friday 11/8/19, 6:30-8:30 pm (Gospel choir 6:30-7 pm)
Saturday, 11/9/19, 9 am-12 noon 
Program Details: link to Calendar
Presenters' Books available now at the Catholic Bookstore and at the event

Three Centered Awareness: A Renewal Retreat

Living with Integrity and Joy

To strengthen the connection to your body

To deepen the wisdom of your heart and

To quiet and calm your mind

Saturday, December 7

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

held at the Amma Center in mid-city New Orleans

facilitated by AnnaMaria Signorelli, LCSW

These 3 centers are our connection to the physical body, the emotional/relational heart space, and the thinking mind. When in alignment these connect us to the universal. Their alignment is increasingly being recognized within spiritual and psychological communities as the doorway to living a life of integrity and joy.

The schedule will include time for stillness and deep personal reflection, small group discussion, and a little training in tools for daily life.

Cost: $ 100 (or between $100 and $75)

AnnaMaria Signorelli will share insights and techniques developed throughout her many years of work as a psychotherapist and will particularly draw from the successes and explorations of her popular and long standing Joy groups.

💠Registration is required in advance (and because space is limited your commitment to attend is important). To register, email me at with the subject heading “retreat registration.”


"A Day Away" Retreat
Saturday, December 7th, 9am-3pm
...time away from the busyness of the Christmas season to rest refresh, and connect with others in Baton Rouge. 

Location: University United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge
Bring your lunch, a journal, wear comfy clothes and even bring your slippers if you like! Please pass this invitation along in your churches and groups. All are welcome! Details will follow as you register.

You may register at or by simply emailing "yes, sign me up" to 
Compassion Cultivation Training
8-weeks of 2-hour classes created at Stanford University
with Caroline Campion, MD, and William Thiele, PhD
New Classes begin January 8, 2020, 5:30-7:30 pm
For Information:
Link to William's information on the CCARE site of Stanford University here:
Link to a Compassion article with Dr. Jinpa in Forbes Magazine here:

You can link to a podcast interview with Dr. Jinpa, founder of the training and the Compassion Institute, here:
__________Monks in the World video__________
  ________________Podcast Series: 11 Episodes________________
"A Contemplative Path"
with William Thiele, PhD
Link to Our Groups (above) for all our weekly classes/monthly workshops



Creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God

for personal transformation and compassionate service with the world.


Support us:

Checks to Rayne UMC, with "SCL" on the lower memo line 

Mail to: SCL, 3900 St. Charles Ave. NOLA 70115
Online donations link:

Then use drop-down designation for the School for Contemplative Living


To learn more from our stories of contemplative living read this book:
Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic Culture,
published by Wipf & Stock,and available on, (William Thiele, author)
You can also follow a blog by William Thiele:
"A Contemplative Path" at
8th Annual Contemplative Conference: December 1-2, 2017
The Divine Dance with the Trinity
Thanks to the donated video work of Don Downey.
You can learn more about his work at
Listening in Stillness
Cultivating a contemplative presence for God involves daily practice of spiritual disciplines in solitude.
Because the journey cannot be completed alone, we also practice and learn with a community

of supportive friends. This, for us, is the inward journey:

"practicing the Presence of God for personal transformation."

Serving in Joy!
Presence for God brings us into God's heart for the world. The result is action -

a response of serving by bringing the Presence into our service. We serve through

our chosen vocations and through shared missions.

We seek compassionate service with the world. This for us is the outward journey