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Heart of Texas Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO) is the local chapter of Contemplative Outreach, a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice.
 
  
Lenten Retreat with Father Carl Arico
 
 
Centering Prayer Multi-Day Retreats   
Our next multi-day retreat is July 26-31 (see details below.)  If you have never participated in a Centering Prayer retreat, this is the next step for enhancing your practice! Our multi-day silent retreats take place at Cedarbrake Renewal Center in Belton, TX.  The retreat center is located on 69 beautifully wooded acres with trails for walking, meditation spots, a labyrinth, and access to the Leon River.  Multi-day retreats offer many extended periods of Centering Prayer as well as time for silence and solitude and DVD viewings or conferences on a particular topic.  Please consider attending one of the five multi-day retreats that are available during the year.  Check out the list of retreats for 2019 on our website.
 
 
When you plan to attend a retreat at the Church of Conscious Harmony or at Cedarbrake Renewal Center, please pre-register by Friday by calling Lisa Genung at 512-347-9673.
 


 
Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union  -  June 3 – July 11
Online Class Facilitated by Pamela Begeman, Mary Anne Best and Julie Saad
In this, the second offering of this year’s trilogy on Centering Prayer, we will focus on how the practice of Centering Prayer serves as a doorway into a process that involves a downward movement into one’s inmost being to what’s blocking the free flow of grace and a rising movement of the influence of the Divine Indwelling within, which awakens an awareness of the immense love and goodness that is at the heart of all creation. Ultimately, this results in the transformation of our entire being.  For more information and to register, please visit this link.
 
Contemplative Outreach of San Antonio is looking for bilingual Spanish/English presenters who are commissioned by Contemplative Outreach to teach Centering Prayer workshops.  They are hoping to organize a national bilingual Centering Prayer formation training at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.  If you meet this criteria and are interested, please contact Timothy Koock

Wisdom of the Desert Group If you are a young person, a teacher of young people, or young at heart, you may wish to try this new prayer group on The Meditation Chapel.  This free group is open to all, but is especially for young adults who want to explore Christian contemplative prayer and practice it in community.  It is facilitated by Corey Krupowicz, a monk-in-the-world tattoo artist living in upstate NY.  Corey has a long background in both Christian and Buddhist practice and is particularly interested in creating space for young adults to explore this path. 

The group meets on Mondays, 6:00-7:30pm CDT and includes two 20-minute sitting periods with a group discussion, focusing on the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers and how we bring contemplative practices into everyday life (i.e., developing a contemplative tool box.).  To join, register with the Meditation Chapel here.

The Centering Prayer Group in Boerne, TX meets at First United Methodist Church in Jones Chapel every Wednesday evening, 5:30-6:30pm (Fall-Winter) and 6-7pm (Spring-Summer).  They have just begun a 12-week study on the meaning of Centering Prayer as Contemplation all taken from Thomas Keating's and R. Rohr's daily readings.  In Lent, they will do weekly Contemplative Eucharists up to Pentecost during their regular prayer session.  Please contact Chaplain Jenny Russell for more information. 
 
12-Step Outreach is led by Emily Haeussler and presenters are being trained.  If you are interested, please contact Emily at Emily@CenteredEating.com.
 
Welcoming Prayer workshops are now available to the HoTCO community.  If you are interested in a one-day workshop or a series of evening workshops, please contact Pamela Begeman for more information.
 


Upcoming Centering Prayer Activities


1. Centering Prayer 2-Day Commuter Retreat – May 17-18
2. Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat – June 15
3. Centering Prayer 6-Day Retreat – July 26 - 31

 
1.  Centering Prayer 2-Day Commuter Retreat – May 17-18
Church of Conscious Harmony
Here’s a retreat format for those who can't take a 5-day or 10-day retreat this year. Retreatants sleep at home and return the next day. This retreat will take place on Friday, May 17 at 8:30am –4pm and will continue Saturday, May 18 at 8:30am to 4pm. Cost is $100, includes both days, and scholarships are available.  Please pre-register at The Church of Conscious Harmony, 512-347-9673. 

2.  Centering Prayer 1-Day Retreat – June 15
Church of Conscious Harmony
Saturday, June 15, 8:30am – 4:30pm.  The day includes a light breakfast and fellowship during registration, a morning prayer session of 2 thirty-minute prayer periods, Lectio Divina, the option of either an afternoon prayer session of 2 thirty-minute prayer periods or a Father Keating lecture video, several periods of silence and solitude and lunch in silence on the beautiful church grounds.  Please bring a brown bag lunch with a suggested love offering of $20.  Please pre-register with the church at 512-347-9673.  See the HoTCO website for more information. 
 
3.  Centering Prayer 6-Day Retreat – July 26 - 31
Cedarbrake Renewal Center, Belton, TX
Days usually include at least 3 extended periods of Centering Prayer, the Eucharist, some instruction by video or presentation, and some time for solitude.  The cost of the retreat is $595 and a deposit is required to reserve a space.  To register, please call 512-347-9673.  For more information, please visit the HoTCO website.
 
 
 
Other Upcoming Contemplative Activities

The following events are not focused on Centering Prayer specifically but share the theme of contemplative spirituality and might serve to enrich the spiritual life of Centering Prayer practitioners.
 
Uncovering Silence with Brother James Dowd – May 11
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX
Brother James will share with us two tools to cultivate inner silence:  Centering Prayer and the Jesus Prayer.  All young adults are welcome to attend this retreat regardless of your experience of contemplative prayer or quiet.  Please RSVP or send questions to Shannon@gsaustin.org  or madeline@stchristophersaustin.org .  For more information, please visit this link.
 
Beyond Words:  Meditative & Expressive Art Journaling – May 15
Seton Cove, Austin, TX
Using simple art exercises such as visual meditation, doodling, collage, found art, this workshop will expand the way you think about journaling.  Art journals can provide a quiet meditative experience or a raucous expression of joy…or any other mood.  For more information or to register, please visit this link.
 
Mindfulness Meditation Clinic – June 14
Seton Cove, Austin, TX
David Wallace facilitates this stress-reduction workshop to help each participant understand stress and disease affect the body and its consequences, become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction and healing, and learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stressful stimuli.  For more information and to register, please visit this link.
 
 
HoTCO’s Mission is to support individuals and groups in our area who want to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of Centering Prayer. This Newsletter encourages the spirit of a larger contemplative community by communicating and promoting activities that serve this mission.  Visit the HoTCO website for information on contemplative services, prayer groups, introductory workshops, retreats, and events.  Connect with the HoTCO Facebook page or the HoTCO MeetUp page.
 
Centering Prayer Resources:  HoTCO has resources for prayer groups, such as the 28 DVD set of The Spiritual Journey with Fr. Thomas Keating, a collection of appropriate books to sell at workshops and retreats, and trained presenters willing to conduct a seven-week course on The Introduction to Centering Prayer.  For more information, please contact Chapter Co-Coordinators, David Wallace or Linda Whiteside.
 

If your church or organization has information on contemplative activities that are appropriate for the newsletter, please submit information to jjllreed@sbcglobal.net.  If you would like to be more involved with HoTCO, please consider attending a quarterly membership meeting.
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