Presentations, classes, and retreats


The Sound of Bowls

The sound of bowls

Traditional historic singing bowls produce sounds that invoke deep states of relaxation; naturally assisting one in entering expanded states of consciousness and meditation. The sound of the bowls creates a deep level of communication with our inner world that opens us to the divine.  The sounds and vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls opens blockage to help us experience an inner calm and deep relaxation to invigorate our natural energy thus allowing our body-mind-spirit to quiet and find balance. Come and join Thomas Roberts for an evening of captivating renewal in the presence of ageless bell sounds. You are invited to wear comfortable clothes, as you will be able to sit or lay on the floor as is comfortable.

Click here to see Tom being interviewed about his Tibetan Singing Bowls by TV 19, WXOW. 

Click here to see a segment of The Sound of Bowls at the Sprituality Center in La Crosse, WI. (News coverage by TV 19, WXOW)

In order to appreciate the Sound of Bowls fully, they must be experienced in person.  Check out the following dates and times:  

 

Saturday, December 1, 2018**Special Singing Bowl Event***Silent Night:  An Advent Singing Bowl Experience

Location:  San Damiano Chapel located on the campus of Viterbo University, 1003 West Ave S, La Crosse, WI 54601 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Advent is a time of hopeful waiting. It is a season to anticipate the promise of the Holy One coming to dwell with us. Join the Franciscan Spirituality Center, Viterbo University Campus Ministry and Tom Roberts for an evening of Taize-style prayer, paired with the beautiful sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, choirs and hymns. This is a unique opportunity to reflect on your spiritual journey in a gathered community that shares varied faith traditions.

Registration is done through the Franciscan Spirituality Center.  Click here.

 Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601   Click here for the Franciscan Spirituality Center Calendar of Events.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2019

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for the Franciscan Spirituality Center Calendar of Events.  

 Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for the Franciscan Spirituality Center Calendar of Events.  

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for the Franciscan Spirituality Center Calendar of Events.  

 Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for the Franciscan Spirituality Center Calendar of Events. T

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Location: Austin Congregational Church, 1910 3rd Ave NW, Austin MN 55912  Watch for   upcoming information on the Austin Congregational website.    Click here. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601 Click here for the Franciscan Spirituality Center Calendar of Events.  

Thursday, July 25, 2019 (Bowls at sunset)

Location:  Assisi Heights Spirituality Center , 1001 14th Street Northwest, Rochester, MN  Contact Assisi Heights for more information.  Click here.  

 


Mindfulness in a Clinical Setting

This workshop is designed to enhance your understanding of mindfulness so you can apply it in your practice. Throughout the day, we will explore some of the most relevant research and outcomes related to mindfulness. You will then learn the application of the core “attitudinal qualities”, and how to practice a few impactful mindfulness techniques in a clinical setting.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Location:  UW-Eau Claire Campus, 105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701,  Click here for more infomation and to register.

 


1-on-1 Sound Immersion

The physical and emotional benefits of the use of sound for balancing and relaxing the body-mind have been embraced for thousands of years. From individual and group chanting, the sounds of bells, music and musical instruments, to the humming and cooing we offer infants for soothing.

Why sound immersion?

Medical science has recently begun investigation into the possible benefits of such sound immersion. The depth of relaxation and calm, inherent in these therapeutic sounds, have been shown to aid the Central Nervous System to calm down the fight and flight response, which is at the foundation of the stress reaction and many conditions of dis-ease (high blood pressure, blood glucose, immune function and inflammation disorders)

What will the process look like?

Sound Immersion is an opportunity to have personalized exposure to powerful Tibetan Bowl, chime and Symphonic Gong sounds for a specific need or just for the deep relaxation afforded by these instruments.  Each session is 45- 60 min. You will have the opportunity to choose specific sound resonances that appeal to you and your interest.

Email Tom at TBR1401@gmail.com for more information or to schedule a Sound Immersion session.


With a Brush of the Peaceful Mind:  The Spirit of Shodo

The use of brushes, ink and paper as a method of deepening the spiritual journey has been employed throughout the centuries and by numerous traditions. What has evolved is a method of bringing greater peace, balance and harmony that opens up the depth of divine presence via patient brush strokes. In the Japanese tradition, this is referred to as Shodo or The Way of the Brush.

During this retreat, you will be inspired by the spiritual depth gained from this meditative practice. Through the dance of the brush, ink and paper, you will experience the subtle struggle between surrender and control, surface and depth, ego and divine. You will be invited to patiently embrace the process of letting go – giving in to the silence and flow of the divine through your hand, heart and spirit.

Along with deep meditation and spiritual breath work, you will be inspired to look honestly and deeply at your unhelpful, self-critical patterns, replacing them with a deeply rooted expression of calm, balance and silence. 

Please leave your artistic ego and related fears at the door. No artistic experience necessary. Only a willingness and curiosity to explore a unique addition to your spiritual practice!  

Fall of 2018:   

On the third Wednesday evening of each month, Tom will be offering brush classes at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI.  Click here for the Franciscan Spiituality Center websit for more infomation.

****Click here to connect with A Brush with a Peaceful Mind Facebook Page.


Embrace the Change...A retreat on navigating life’s wavering terrain

“The thing that screws us up the most is the picture in our minds of how it is supposed to be.”

You see, it comes down to this: Everything changes, it is all unfolding as it should, so, relax, pay attention and be creative.

Typically, we react to change with resistance and insistence; resisting the way our lives are unfolding and insisting that it should be otherwise, according to our plan.

Transitions are potentials. They bring forth necessary questions and interruptions. Where am I? What am I doing? Who am I? What is important? It has been described as trying to drive through fog! Feeling an urgency to hurry up and get to where we think we have to get somewhere but not really being able to see clearly ahead.

This retreat will be an opportunity for you to explore our how transitions and change are beckoning you to clean things up in your life.   We will look at how change helps you evaluate the essential life shift from quantity to quality; from doing to being, from an expected life to a more genuine and authentic life.

Leaving this retreat, you will proceed into your life with a richer, and more fulfilled sense of how to embrace yourselves and your life from a place of grace and skill, with more patience, openness and compassion.

Friday, February 1, 2019 7:30 pm - Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:00 pm       

Location:  Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824  Click here for futher information. 


 Beginner’s Eye:  A Visual Way Towards Wholeness of Being.

This retreat is a delightful blend of mindfulness/contemplation/meditation, photography, and Haiku. All joined together to enhance our connection with our true selves and the world around us; ultimately emphasizing our “being serene in the oneness of things.”

The beauty of Beginner’s Eye is for us to discover the fascination and beauty inherent the small and deceptively trivial patterns, colors, and textures that exist in the world that constantly surrounds us.

Beginner’s Eye is based on the Zen notion of “beginner’s mind.” That open and spacious place when we are completely receptive, fearless, totally present and connected to the wonder of each moment. A pure clear seeing awareness where everything is fresh and new.

This retreat will help remind us that everything that comes into our awareness we are experiencing for the first time!

By the end of your Beginner’s Eye experience, you will have a greater appreciation of the world around you and your wondrous place in it!

No photographic experience is necessary, nor is fancy camera equipment….cell phone cameras are completely acceptable! Really! This is not a competition but a way of using the photographic medium as a method of opening our senses to the way we relate to the world. It is not about what we see, rather how we see.

Friday, February 18th -Saturday February 19th, 2019

Location:  Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI  54493   Contact the Christine Center to register.  Click here for more information. 

Friday, August 2nd-Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Location:  Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI  54493   Contact the Christine Center to register.  Click here for more information. 


Moving from Trance-formation to Transformation.   

Friday, March 15th- Sunday, March 17th,  2019.

Location:  Prairiewoods, 120 Boyson Road Hiawatha IA 52233  Contact Prairiewoods for further information and registration. Click here.

Do you know that things are as they should be?

Will you include yourself?

Transformation or Trance-formation? The wisdom teachers throughout the ages have implored us to wake up! To arise out of our half-conscious state of pervasive mindlessness, to transform to fully embrace the core of our divine reality.

In this retreat we will continue our work of expanding the imposed (self and other) limitations which too often restrict our personal and spiritual progress. We will look closely, with care and compassion, at our limitations (those hard edges), transforming them into expansive permissions of authenticity and spiritual enrichment that will be absorbed into more and more areas of our lives.

 

To Be Wise Enough To Know Yourself

Loving Enough to Be Your True Self

Wild Enough to To Grow Yourself

While Staying Altogether True


Depth Consciousness: The skillful return to presence.  

All too often we become entrenched in the achievement of specific spiritual goals to the exclusion of the spiritual experience; the embracing of our essential nature of being. The depth of spiritual experience arises from the calming and clearing the insistent inner noise coupled with a receptive and curious listening.

During this retreat, we will explore the depth teachings of the Zen tradition (specifically the Hsin Hsin Ming) along with Hesychasm, Kenosis and Apatheia practices of the early Christians, as valuable methods in achieving a renewed depth of spiritual consciousness. 

In addition to contemplative time, study and discussion, we will immerse ourselves in a meditation method leading us towards a direct experience of the depth of our spiritual essence. As the Zen teachers implore: "cultivating a method of no method!" 

This time together will afford us a unique experience to forge a meaningful and useful confidence that will enrich our day-to-day living from a place of patience, openness and compassion.

Friday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 24th, 2018

Location:  Christine Center, W8303 Mann Road, Willard, WI 54493

For more information contact The Christine Center.  Click here.  

 


 

Mindful Presence: Bringing greater depth to your life, your relationships, to your spiritual journey.

Friday, May 17th

Location:  St. Anthony Spirituality Center, 300 E. Fourth St. Marathon, WI  54448  Contact St. Anthony Spirituality Center for registration.  Click here for more information. 

Living mindfully with an alert mind and open heart require that we work on clearing away the obstacles, the hindrance and the distractions that interfere with accessing and living fully from our true and authentic self which is connected to and an expression of the Divine

By bringing to bear the mindful process of seeing clearly, we can exercise greater discernment in seeing the Divine’s role in our lives.  This gives a profound insight into the role that compassion plays in our spiritual journey.

These experiences will enhance one’s spiritual exploration with very useful practices that can be incorporated into our daily lives (personal, relationship and professional) and will bring great patience, openness and compassion into all aspects of our relationships.

By drawing on the teachings and practices from various traditions, this retreat offers participants the opportunity to enhance one’s journey as one that is deeply connected to the ongoing unfolding and flow that is inherent in all life. Embracing the life flow allows us to relate with great love and compassion to all that God, life, the Tao, the universe continually offers us on our journey.


Compassionate Acceptance: A Mindful Path to Healing Life's Wounds

We all carry with us a store of life’s hurts, betrayals, and traumas. Much of the impact of these experiences resides deeply in our nerves and cells of our bodies, to be relived repeatedly throughout our lives. Too often, we develop a type of aversion to these hurts; a kind of wishing they would go away. Deep healing occurs only when we soften our self-aversion and begin to accept and relate wisely with deep compassion to that part of ourselves that need healing.

This will be a dynamic and refreshing opportunity for you to explore how the practice of mindfulness meditations will deepen your understanding of how your body and mind work together to generate lasting healing and well-being.

This retreat will provide a spacious and safe place to work on bringing mindful and compassionate acceptance to these difficulties. Through the exploration of Christian Contemplative, Taoist, and Buddhist teachings and healing practices you will finally be able to reach a kind of healing based on acceptance and compassion that is often overlooked. This depth of healing is integral to deepening the spiritual path.

You will leave this retreat with a lasting foundation to help you tap into the healing wisdom of your body.

This retreat is currently not scheduled.  Watch for upcoming dates.


Perfectly Imperfect:  Re-Writing Our Stories With Compassion

Progress in our spiritual journey is not about achieving perfection. Rather it invites us to inquire openly and with compassion about finding how the divine expresses in our everyday lives. We often miss opportunities to deepen our spiritual growth by ignoring how our imperfections are actually the grist for the mill. Our imperfections are actually what we need to embrace in order to become free from old fears, doubts and self-doubts. Spiritual progress occurs only when we soften our self-aversion and begin to accept and relate wisely with deep compassion to what we judge to be imperfect.

During this retreat we will explore the stories we have developed that keep us from relating to our imperfections with patience and compassion. We will seek to discover divine strength in the dark and difficult places through a creative process of re-writing our stories to more accurately reflect our true and divine selves.

This retreat will provide a spacious and safe place to work on bringing compassionate acceptance to the parts of ourselves we have judged the most unforgivingly. Through the exploration of time-honored contemplative spiritual / healing practices, you will finally be able to reach a kind of healing based on acceptance and compassion that is often overlooked. This depth of healing is integral to deepening the spiritual path.

Saturday, April 27th 2019.

Location:  Austin Congregational UCC,  1910 3rd Ave NW, Austin MN 55912

For more information or to register contact Austin Congregational.  Click here.

 


 

When I Let Go, What Is There to Hold Onto?

Finding Your Way in the Spiritual Landscape

You are not alone. There are many who are expanding their spiritual journey. Often this involves your examining the institutions, teachings and imperatives that have come with a prescribed religious path.

What if you are yearning for something heartfelt and more complete? Where do you look? What makes sense?

How do you craft your own spiritual path that doesn’t throw the baby out with the bath water, yet at the same time discovering how to make your journey more personal to you in your life?

When you quiet all the noise of shoulds, expectations, and fears, you come to listen to, embrace and trust your true nature and the abiding wisdom that has been waiting to emerge in your life!

This retreat is an opportunity to explore and discern ways to deeply enhance your spiritual path. Through the utilization of various wisdom, contemplative and meditation teachings, you will come to embrace the wisdom that emerges from the depths of silent listening, thus reaching a kind of practical and useful spiritual insight that is often overlooked.

Come with your questions, confusions, fears and struggles along with openness to learn on a level that you may not have previously explored.

This retreat is not currently scheduled.  Watch for upcoming dates.


Mid-Life as a Spiritual Journey:  What do I do?  Where do I go?

Much is written about the Mid-life time in our lives, yet we remain confused and perhaps a bit fearful about what this time means for us. Where am I? Who am I? What is important?  Roles are changing; children are leaving, health questions and concerns, financial uncertainties.  It has been described as trying to drive through fog! Feeling an urgency to hurry up and get to where you think you have to go but not really being able to see clearly ahead.

This retreat will be an opportunity for you to explore your mid-life qualms, uncertainties and indecisions as being an integral part of your spiritual journey. We will look at the natural life shift from quantity to quality; from doing to being, from an expected life to a more genuine and authentic life.

It is your turn now. What have you put off? What didn’t you have time for? What will give your life a greater sense of depth and meaning? How do we live a life from a deeper place of spiritual awareness and wisdom?

You will proceed into your life with a richer, and more fulfilled sense of how to embrace yourself and your life with more patience, openness and compassion.

This retreat is not currently scheduled.  Watch for upcoming dates.



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