Schedule at a Glance
All Classes Begin the Week of September 10th
Ajahn David Chutiko is Vice Abbot of Wat Buddhabhavana Temple in Westford, MA. Venerable Chutiko was ordained a Buddhist Monk 17 years ago in Thailand. He is committed to interfaith dialogue and teaches frequently in Christian and secular venues in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and elsewhere. Ajahn David also teaches semi-monthly to a sangha at the Federal Medical Center at Devens. Please join us Sunday, May 19th as Ajahn David Chutiko speaks to us on his beloved Buddhist faith tradition. Sunday, May 19, 2013 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Buddhism by Ajahn David Chutiko, The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH
Carla Mattioli, M.A. is an Interfaith Minister and Anthroposophical art teacher and art therapist. She has been changing lives through the arts and anthroposophy for over 25 years. She also teaches yoga and meditation. Her talk will explore insights into the spiritual path known as Anthroposophy whose founder was Rudolf Steiner. The mission of Anthroposophy is to renew the ancient mystery wisdom of "Sophia", bringing the fruits of this living wisdom fresh into the thoughts, hearts and hands of those of us who are hungry for it! Included will be experiential exercises in art and movement inspired by Anthroposophy. Sunday, April 7, 2013 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Anthroposophy as a Spiritual Path by Carla Mattioli, M.A., Interfaith Minster, The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH
Joan Haskell is a Baha'i, wife and mother, social worker, and quilter, among other things. She was raised Episcopalian, and discovered the teachings of Baha'u'llah over 35 years ago. Since then she has studied His Teachings, striving to bring them into reality and action. She will share a brief taste of the life of Baha'u'llah, His Teachings and the organization of the Baha'i Faith. Sunday, September 23, 2012 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on the Baha'i faith by Joan Haskell, The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH
Robert Jonas is the director of The Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton, MA. Trained as a psychotherapist, Jonas is also a retreat leader, author and musician. A Christian in the Carmelite tradition, he has received spiritual formation with Buddhist teachers. Jonas will share reflections on Christianity. Sunday, December 2, 2012 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Christianity by Robert Jonas, The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH
The Spiritual Mentoring Certification Program is especially designed for those wanting to cultivate the inner presence and skills helpful in offering mentoring to those in need.
Tuesdays: September 11, 2012 - May 21, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 PM: Meets Bi-Monthly: Second and Forth Tuesday Nights
(No Class December 25th)
This new course seeks to reclaim the biblical roots and essence of Christianity to reignite the ecstatic cry within each of us today. We will use biblical stories, parables, beloved hymns and the lives of saints to help point the way inward to reclaim the ancient wisdom.
Thursdays: September 13, 2012 - May 30, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 PM: Meets Weekly
(No Class November 22nd, December 20th and 27th, or January 3rd)
The 2-year residential format for the seminary program meets one Saturday a month, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, September through May with a June end-of-year retreat. The Class of 2014 will meet on the third Saturday of each month beginning September 15, 2012. Space is limited to 10 participants. Please do not delay if interested. At this writing, the class is over half filled. *There are also 1-year accelerated and corresponding formats available.
Final Seminary Open House hosted on Saturday, August 11, 2012, 10 a.m. Please register your attendance ahead, no later than Friday, August 10th at 12 noon. Call 603-546-2320 or email email@example.com
I continue to offer spiritual mentoring by appointment. Spiritual mentoring is different from traditional mental health counceling in that the mentee's pyschological journey is seen as the doorway through which the spiritual journey may be realized. The core of practice whereby the mentee may transform unwanted life patterns into more harmonious ones.
Rev. Pamela Nowell will continue to facilitate our monthly drumming circle the second Monday night of each month, 7:00 - 9:00, beginning October 1st.
We are delighted to once again offer the Dances of Universal Peace on the first Sunday of each month starting Sunday, October 7th, 2012, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The Dances are an inspiring, moving meditation and a celebration of our unity. We join together in a circle, dancing and singing sacred phrases from many of the world's religious traditions. No experience necessary - each dance is taught, and only your presence is required! A $6-$10 donation is requested to support our leaders and musicians. Come and step light as you journey deep.
To all my beloved yoga students over the years, I have decided to stop teaching yoga. I will miss seeing you and will hope to see you in other classes and at other Tree of Life events. For those of you looking for Kundalini yoga, I would recommend contacting Barbara Landry (Damanjeet) of Amherst Yoga. Sat Nam!