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  • Virtual Event
  • Spiritual Formation

NOTE: This experience will be postponed until 2021.

This 12-week online training will provide the opportunity to develop Concentration, Clarity, and Compassion. As a developmental process, each week will build on the foundation created by the prior week. This training is appropriate for people with little to no experience. However, those with meditation experience will find the process one that will help them deepen their practice. A virtual closing retreat will take place online, and will be an opportunity to crystalize practice and clarify intentions for the future. 

About the Facilitator 

John Howie began meditating in 1975 when he read the book The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson. He has continued practicing since then, including extensive training from Naropa University. John has led retreats and weekly meditation sessions and has provided spiritual guidance for GilChrist Retreat Center since 1995. He has also completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), developed by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield and certified by both the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center. In addition to contemplative practices, John has worked as a counselor for over 35 years and has a doctorate degree in counseling from Western Michigan University.