What does Holy Listening really look like in a Zoom World?
Come discover a new way of meeting in 2021
This workshop is a great training for those who want to diversify their offerings as spiritual companions, and those who want to grow their practices.
In This Workshop, You Will Learn:
- what your “online identity” or “online style” is and how to refine it
- how to hold contemplative space and deliver content virtually
- best practices in adult online learning applied to the world of spirituality
- how to live-stream an online offering or retreat
- steps for how to take your retreat virtual, or improve your existing virtual retreat.
- engaging the senses over Zoom
- and more!
Few practitioners in the realm of spiritual renewal will have escaped the last year of sea changes — in visiting holy places, gathering with fellow seekers, or serving others in-person. We have lurched into the world of online spiritual connection, just beginning to catch up with others who have been moving in that direction for years. When the waves of pandemic fade, we are almost certain to continue listening in a world unlike the one we left. Online meetings will be considered an equal alternative to in-person meetings and we’ll be answering questions about how, not if, our in-person retreats will be live-streamed. Now is the time to begin sharpening our principles and practices for the era of online companionship with individuals and groups that is already upon us.
Join spiritual directors Becky Eldredge and Sam Rahberg (New Contemplatives in 2013) for a single 3-hour session designed to help you hone your online identity and style as a listener and a retreat leader. The two will share some initial ideas gathered from their own practice and research, and then workshop questions like these with participants:
- What practical ways are we experiencing and cultivating sacred space online?
- What tools and processes help increase the sense of interpersonal engagement?
- How are we engaging bodies and all of our senses in two-dimensional settings?
- What invitation do we see in current challenges of adapting spiritual companionship to online settings?
- What best practices are emerging from our experience together?
- And other questions we might surface from participants before and during the session.
Sam Rahberg is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and former Director of the Benedictine Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is author of Ice Break: A Collection of Poems and Enduring Ministry: Toward a Lifetime of Christian Leadership. Sam holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN). In his spare time, you will find Sam tending his family’s small tree farm or fly fishing for trout in Southeast Minnesota. www.samuelrahberg.com
Becky Eldredge is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and author of two books: The Inner Chapel (Loyola Press, April 2020) and Busy Lives & Restless Souls (Loyola Press, 2017). She leads a ministry team that offers spiritual direction, resources, and retreats (virtual and in-person) rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Passionate about Ignatian spirituality and teaching people how to pray and discern, Becky draws from over twenty years of ministry experience to help people make room for God in the busyness . You can learn more about her ministry at www.beckyeldredge.com.