Bread of Life - and our Spirit in the Arts Center -offer a range of experiences and explorations
from self-directedto facilitated
from drop insto events that require registration
from single experiences to multi-yearprograms
from general public offerings to CEU's for professionals
Our focus is on practices and processes for discovery, exploration, and shaping of the unique gift each person or organization is. We do not seek to convince, persuade or indoctrinate into a particular system of understanding or belief.
Click for current DIALOGUE(Active Engagement) offerings.
Looking for CEUs?Offerings with a yellow highlight meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFT’s, LCSW’s, LEP’s, and LPCC’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Classes are held at Bread of Life (Provider # PCE5171) located at 650 El Camino Ave. in Sacramento unless otherwise indicated. Must attend the full session to receive a certificate.
Our Current Offerings
(Listed in order by date. Click on link for full description)
Writing from the Spirit: A6 Week Writing Groupwith Jaymee Kjelland, Thursdays, April 3- May 9, 2013, 6pm-8pm, upstairs. A writer is anyone who writes. That means you! This writing group for men and women is based in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) philosophy that everyone has a strong, unique voice; everyone is born with creative genius; and that writing belongs to all people regardless of economic or educational level. The facilitator will provide prompts and all participants are expected to write. Writers may choose to read their writing if they wish. The facilitator will provide a non-judgmental environment that supports each writer. COST: $60.
Transformational Movement: The Spiritual Journey, March 27 to May 29, 2013. Bread of Life,upstairs gallery This Wednesday Women’s Art Group continues to be a popular offering. The group explores various themes using imagery, writing, discussion and creative arts. Although the spring semester is full, we are accepting the names of thoseinterested in the group in the future.Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in joining.
The Wisdom of Fairy Tales,Tuesdays, April 30 - May 28, 6:60 pm - 9 pm. $10 per session. Bread of Life, upstairs with Talib and Olivia Huff, facilitators.
The power of stories has been known and shown throughout the years. Fairy tales in particular have the ability to shed light on our daily struggles and journey. In these sessions the participants will listen to a fairy tale, spend time in movement, journaling, and discussion to enter into the meaning of what we have heard and create an artistic response to the story.
Sacred Images: Looking Beyond the Surface,Sat., May 4, 2013, 10 AM - 3PM with Bob Gilroy, SJ, downstairs at Bread of Life. This is a day to reflect on personal symbolic images that draw one closer to the sacred source of love and inner wisdom. Participants will be led in guided meditations with time for creating personal art, journaling and quiet contemplation. No art experience needed. Open to those who seek to deepen their faith experience through imagination and creative exercises. COST: $35
Inside Out: Inner Vision, Outer Lifewith Carol Mathew-RogersMay 16 – June 27, 2013 , 6 - 8 pm on Thursdays from 6:00-8 pm. Meets upstairs. Inside-Out is a drop in series of facilitated personal explorations through art that builds the connection between creativity, self awareness and community. COST: Suggested donation of $5-20 per session payable in class, but any amount is welcomed. DROP IN. No advance registration needed.
Havdalah and Healing: a Jewish-Buddhist Gathering, Saturday, June 1, 2013, 6pm-9pm, downstairs with Rabbi Chaya Gusfield and Eve Decker. In this beautiful ceremony marking the end of Shabbat, we light a braided candle, smell spices, sip wine, and sing prayers filled with the intention for a clear minded and warmhearted week ahead. Jews and non-Jews, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike will relish this harmony of two ancient traditions and the communal, musical call to healing. Come and enjoy the sweet ritual of Havdalah; songs, chants and prayers from Buddhist and Jewish traditions; silent meditation & mindful movement; and the warmth of like-minded community. No experience with Buddhism or Judaism required! COST: $25 by May 20, $30 at the door.
The Spiritual Exercises: Contemplation in Action, an 8 week retreat in daily life.Tuesdays: 6-8PM, June 25 - Aug. 13 with Bob Gilroy, SJ. Meets upstairs at Bread of Life.Click here for application and instructions.
This is an 8 week retreat in daily life based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Ignatius was a soldier in the 16th century who underwent a conversion that led him to share his inner journey so others could also experience the creative spirit in all things. Participants will be led in guided meditations, with time for journaling, art activities and sharing their experience based on daily meditations and individual meetings with a spiritual director every 2 weeks. No art experience needed. Applications due by April 30. Limited to 8.
Four Movements of Spirit, Four Faces of Compassion,Saturday, June 29, 2013,10am-4 PM with Sandra Lommasson, Bread of Life founder, downstairs social hall. 5 CEU's available.The graced process of transformation follows a 4 part pattern that is universal, sequential, and cyclical. It is recognized by every major religious faith and school of psychology and is implicit in creative process as well. Using the work of Jungian psychologist and spiritual director Dr. Alexander Shaia, we will explore the 4 movements of spirit and the four faces of compassionate presence evoked by different phases of the human journey.
COST: General public is $55 by 5/1; $65 after 5/1. For 5 CEUs: $75 by 5/1; $85 after 5/1/13
Recovery from addictions and abuse is a dance of slow evolutionary growth and the negotiation of new radical bottoms for spiritual awakening.The grace of recovery is fidelity to both daily practices and to processing the shattering experiences that propel us beyond the false self into the healing space of spiritual rebirth.
Our dialogue offerings are a collaboration of Bread of Life and the Indiana-based Centre for Contemplative Dialogue.While the concepts and practices are the same, the language of our Active Engagement offerings is oriented toward business and government while the language of our Mindful Leadership offerings is oriented toward the general public and those with an explicit spiritual perspective.
Monthly Practice Meetingsare the second Thursday of each month, noon to 1:30. Designed for those who have already completed the basic 4-day Contemplative Dialogue Intensive. Each month we explore a different tool or topic in depth. Please bring a lunch. It's a great way to grow your skills in the three stances of this lifetime practice!
Our Regular 4-Day Training Opportunity(26 hours CEUs*)with Jean Holsten, our director of Dialogue. This is our 4-day introduction to the practice. COST: $700. Some scholarship assistance is available for up to 50% of the total cost. Registration requires a nonrefundable deposit of $200. We can help with hotel or housing arrangements.
To honor the commitment of registrants and presenters we have a two-week registration deadline for all events unless otherwise noted*. If the minimum number of registrants is not reached two weeks prior to an event, Bread of Life reserves the right to cancel the event. For events cancelled by Bread of Life, 100% of monies paid by registrant will be refunded. You may cancel your registration for an event by its registration deadline and be refunded all but a 10% processing fee or $5 minimum. For cancellations after the registration deadline we regret we cannot offer refunds as the monies are already committed.
*Our Dialogue intensives and retreats with overnight accommodations are the exception. All 4-day dialogue offerings have a non-refundable $200 deposit required for registrations. Please contact the office for retreat specific information about registration deadlines, deposits and refunds. If we cancel, you receive a 100%refund.