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:  

 Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 7, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location:  Austin Congregational Church, 1910 3rd Ave NW, Austin MN 55912  Click here for more information on Austin Congregational Church.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for more information.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Location:  Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, 1001 14th Street Northwest, Rochester, MN 55901  Click here for more information.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Location: Tau Center, 26W171 Roosevelt Road  P.O. Box 667  Wheaton, IL 60187   For more information contact The Tau Center.  Click Here


Sound Healing:  Reclaim Balance, Energy and Clarity

Every day, we are surrounded by sounds. Some pleasant like the gentle song of a bird or the coo of an infant, others neutral like the wisp of a breeze, others harsh and intrusive such as the news, traffic and alarm clocks. These latter sounds are a significant contributor to our stress levels.

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)

SOUND HEALING is an opportunity for you to:

  • Welcome and absorb the soothing, relaxing and calming effects of restorative sounds of ancient Tibetan Singing Bowls along with the deep resonation of gongs
  • Experience the depth and balance of relieving vibrational sounds in an atmosphere of quiet and safety
  • Learn the uses and history of bowls and gongs
  • Take part in a Q&A to wrap-up the experience

Come and treat yourself, your mind, body and spirit to the wondrous and restorative benefits of Sound Healing.

Friday, April 13th, 2018, 6 pm to 8 pm

Location:  Palm and Pine Yoga Studio,  1008 S 19th St in Jackson Plaza, La Crosse, WI  Click here 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.

Limited individual sessions will be  offered with Tom the 3rd Tuesday of every month starting on March 20th, 2018.

 Location:  Palm and Pine Yoga Studio,  1008 S 19th St in Jackson Plaza, La Crosse, WI  

Registration will be done through Palm and Pine.  Click here for more information.  


Brush with Silence

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!  

Thursday Evenings-April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018 from 6-8 pm

Location:  Franciscan Spirituality Center 920 Market Street La Crosse, WI 54601  Watch for information on how to register on the Spirituality Center's website.  Click here.  

Sunday, September 9th, 9:00 am to 4 pm

Location: Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704  Information on registration will be upcoming on Olbrich Gardens Web Site.  Click here.  


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.

Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 1st, 2018

 Location:  The Mandala Center, 96 Mandal Road, Des Moines, NM  88418  Click here for more 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, September 28th-Saturday, September 29th, 2018 

Location: Tau Center, 26W171, Wheaton, IL 60187  Click here for the Tau Center's Website.


Softening the Hard Edges

The spiritual path has become crowded with numerous "methods" and practices. This retreat will be an opportunity to work deeply in a gentle and focused fashion restoring our innate connection to the divine. We will embrace the opportunity to quiet the noise and distractions to become reacquainted with the essence of clear and deep spiritual practice in. We will work with deep meditation, creative expression and re-uniting with the creation of which we are a part. 

We will be working off the first lines 7th century poem by Sosan:

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against. The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the great unrest of the mind.

Consider this:

You are the way and you are the goal;
There is no distance between you and the goal. 

You are the seeker and you are the sought;
there is no distance between the seeker and the sought. 

You are the worshiper and you are the worshiped. 
You are the disciple and you are the master. 

You are the means and you are the end; this is the great way.

 Friday, May 4th – Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Location: Prairiewoods 120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233  Click here for more information. 

 


 

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 not currently 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.

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

 


 

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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by R & T