Soulful Living

Fueling individual and collective journeys to uncover, reclaim, and celebrate our wholeness and authenticity

Soulful Living is for those seeking a deeper relationship with, and experience of, the Sacred, fueling individual and collective journeys to uncover, reclaim, and celebrate our wholeness and authenticity. We offer skillful guidance and time-honored practices from diverse wisdom traditions, as well as celebrate the fellowship and experiences these practices may foster, ultimately bringing meaning and purpose to people’s lives.


Read more about our offerings below!

Click here to learn more about our Soulful Living facilitators. 


Stillness in Winter: Guidelines for Your Own Mini-Retreat at Home

Facilitator: Marcia Eames-Sheavly

Meeting: 5:30 – 6:30pm, Wednesday, January 16
with follow up call via Zoom in early March

Location: Durham Room, St. Paul’s UMC

Many of us long for time in solitude, and yet, in our busy lives, we might not take the time away for rest from the commitments of family, friends, work, and community obligations.  Some might not know what to expect on retreat, find it difficult to get away, or feel that it’s cost prohibitive.  To offer the chance for our community to practice in solitude, yet feel connected in a common practice, we have designed a flexible half-day retreat with you in mind.  We’ll meet as a group to talk about and take home the materials, which include practices for preparing and centering, and will offer some suggested meditations and other practices for a quiet and intentional half day of reflection.  We will all check in a couple of months later to share how the process went. We hope that this retreat experience will offer a meaningful opportunity for reflection, meditation and contemplation in the comfort of your own home. No maximum or minimum number. To register, please complete THIS FORM by January 9, 2019.

Contemplative Prayer

Facilitator: Mark Hartsuyker

Meeting: 7:00-8:30pm, Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Location: Durham Room, St. Paul’s UMC

Have you ever wanted to go beyond belief into a direct experience of the Divine?  Within the mystic Christian tradition there is a meditation practice which allows us to still the busy, everyday mind.  Through participation in a deep and profound practice, you open yourself to a presence which has been spoken of by the luminaries of Christianity from its beginnings.

The program will start with a brief introduction, an exploration of the participants’ interests in developing this area of their lives, instructions and an initial brief period of meditation.  Didactic discourse will be kept to the minimum, for the emphasis is on practice.  Following the period of meditation, there will be a chance to share questions and experiences. The sessions in the following three weeks will provide more background concerning this tradition and an opportunity to deepen your practice in a group with progressively longer periods of contemplation.

By participating, those who attend are committing to a regular practice of Contemplative Prayer on a daily basis.  For this program to be meaningful to each individual, and allow them to authentically share their journey, praxis is essential.   In the three sessions which follow, we will go into greater depth concerning the nature of Contemplative Prayer.  The facilitator will share with the group poems and short readings from those who have been instrumental in the renewal of Contemplative Prayer in that last forty years.  There also will be an opportunity to receive further instruction.  These follow-up sessions will also include longer periods of practice as a group.

To register, please complete THIS FORM by January 252019. Enrollment in the program is limited to twelve.

For the Living of These Days: A SoulPlay-BodyWisdom Sampler Class

Facilitator: Barbara Rhudy

Meeting: 2:00-4:00pm, Sunday, February 24

Location: Community Room, First Baptist Church

Winter got you down?  Come rediscover the renewing power & joy of play in a safe and affirming environment.  Drawing from simple movements, word play, and improvisational structures, in small groups and as a whole, we will renew our creative, resilient, beauty-and wonder-full bodyspirits.

To register, please complete THIS FORM.

An Experience of Celtic Wisdom and Practice

Facilitators: Debbie Allen and Natalie Scholl


Meeting: 9:30am-12:00pm, Saturday, March 16

Location: Memorial Room, St. Paul’s UMC

For more information/questions, please email