Events

Events

Engage with group conversation:

Join an 8 session Group Conversation (an opportunity to deepen your own healing and growth in the company of a small group of companions)

Explore the toggle list beneath the series’ title to get the details for that event!

Or, ask about group spiritual direction. This is a small collective of people who are committed to companion one another in examining Self and God through the lens of longing, silence, and bearing witness. If this sounds like a good fit for seeking, deconstructing, curious You, we currently have space for 2 participants.

Current Group Events

Unstuck: Big Emotions -- Wednesdays, beginning September 14th, 2022

Anyone who is longing for peace, equanimity, and support from a small circle of women in becoming unstuck from big emotions such as grief, sorrow, anger, loneliness, longing, fear…

Groups provide support.  Hearing from others in a similar situation helps us see that we are not alone and may help us to become unstuck.

3 – 5 people

The group will meet in Cochrane, Alberta.  Location info will be provided via private message once you contact us.

Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed.

This group is not currently offered online, but personal, one-on-one sessions most certainly are.  If this is your preference, please contact Still Lake Listening at still.lake.listening@gmail.com (403.613.5241).

Michelle Copithorne and Sandra McDonald, certified Spiritual Directors with Still Lake Listening

We suggest $250.00 for the full 8 sessions combined.

We do not wish payment to be a deterrent for anyone.  If costs are a concern, please reach out (or take a peek at our fees page for more on how we manage this sensitive subject).  Payment is due upon registration via e-transfer to still.lake.listening@gmail.com.

Participants may cancel anytime up to 7 days prior for a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee.

Limited to a maximum of 5 participants per offering.  To register click the button below, or call/text 403.613.5241. We look forward to hearing from you!

Unstuck: Big Emotions -- Saturdays, beginning September 17th, 2022

Anyone who is longing for peace, equanimity, and support from a small circle of women in becoming unstuck from big emotions such as grief, sorrow, anger, loneliness, longing, fear…

Groups provide support.  Hearing from others in a similar situation helps us see that we are not alone and may help us to become unstuck.

One complementary individual (one-on-one) session with either Michelle or Sandra is included. This can be booked at any time after the first group session.

3 – 5 people

The group will meet in Cochrane, Alberta.  Location info will be provided upon registration.

8 Saturdays, 10:00pm – 12:00pm,  beginning September 17th, 2022.

Accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed.

This group is not currently offered online, but personal, one-on-one sessions most certainly are.  If this is your preference, please contact Still Lake Listening at still.lake.listening@gmail.com (403.613.5241).

Michelle Copithorne and Sandra McDonald, certified Spiritual Directors with Still Lake Listening

Eight, weekly 2 hour sessions (Please note, accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed)

We suggest $250.00 for the full 8 sessions combined.

We do not wish payment to be a deterrent for anyone.  If costs are a concern, please reach out (or take a peek at our fees page for more on how we manage this sensitive subject).  Payment is due upon registration via e-transfer to still.lake.listening@gmail.com.

Participants may cancel anytime up to 7 days prior for a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee.

Limited to a maximum of 5 participants per offering.  To register click the button below, or call/text 403.613.5241. We look forward to hearing from you!

Unstuck: Separation & Divorce -- Saturdays, beginning October 1, 2022

This is a group conversation exploring process, shifting identity, and contemplative practice throughout the crisis of separation and divorce.  It is for women who are struggling with the effects of big emotions like grief, anger, loneliness, fear, and sadness related to their process of separation and divorce.

Groups provide support.  Hearing from others in a similar situation helps us see that we are not alone and may help us to become unstuck.

This session offering will be unique in its exploration of how we might move through crisis using contemplative practices.

One individual (one-on-one) session with either Michelle or Sandra is included. This can be booked at any time after the first group session.

3 – 5 people

The group will meet in Cochrane, Alberta.  Location info will be provided upon registration.

8 Saturdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm,  beginning October 1, 2022.

Accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed.

This group is not currently offered online, but personal, one-on-one sessions most certainly are.  If this is your preference, please contact Still Lake Listening at still.lake.listening@gmail.com (403.613.5241).

Michelle Copithorne and Sandra McDonald, certified Spiritual Directors with Still Lake Listening

Eight, weekly 2 hour sessions (Please note, accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed)

We suggest $250.00 for the full 8 sessions combined.

We do not wish payment to be a deterrent for anyone.  If costs are a concern, please reach out (or take a peek at our fees page for more on how we manage this sensitive subject).  Payment is due upon registration via e-transfer to still.lake.listening@gmail.com.

This includes a complimentary one-on-one session that can be booked at any time after the first group session. Complementary copy of In The Absence of Experience is included.

Participants may cancel anytime up to 7 days prior for a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee.

Limited to a maximum of 5 participants per offering.  To register, click the button below, or call/text 403.613.5241. We look forward to hearing from you!

Finding All of Me ~ a gentle-deep exploration of identity, purpose, and what it means to be a woman today

Are you feeling ready to engage with a deeper understanding of Self and identity? This ongoing conversation will explore the subtle — and sometimes not so subtle — experiences of subjugation, silence, oppression, abuse, manipulation, power, and control. 

This is a group conversation exploring those effects on our daily lives — at home, in the workplace and in medical treatment, in our faith communities, and beyond.  What would it be like to delve into your current lived experience, trusting your inner wisdom as you face into the wounds of oppressive and coercive systems?  

Together, we will get curious about:

  • how systems of control have affected me (home, work, religion, healthcare, etc.)
  • Self as Woman and Woman as Self — embracing all of who I am as a woman
  • standing firmly on the uneven ground of a patriarchal society
  • living from a place of grounded peace

Groups provide support.  Hearing from others in a similar situation helps us see that we are not alone and may help us to become unstuck.

3 – 8 people

The group will meet in Cochrane, Alberta.  Location info will be provided upon registration.

To be determined – stay tuned!

Accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed.

Absolutely.  If this is your preference, please contact Still Lake Listening at still.lake.listening@gmail.com (403.613.5241).

Pearl Nieuwenhuis, Michelle Copithorne, and Sandra McDonald, certified Spiritual Directors with SoulStream and Still Lake Listening.

About Pearl…

Pearl Nieuwenhuis

I live in Calgary but come from the north and from a long line of women who came from the north.  They were women who lived close to the land; who always cooked a little extra so others would be welcome and fed; who had an eye for the least, the last and the lonely; and who knew the time for a hearty laugh but also bore the emotional weight of a religious doctrine focused on human depravity.

After years of teaching middle school students, I reoriented my work life towards being with people in quieter, one-on-one ways.  In that same time I woke up to a more expansive and lovingly present God, hence my spiritual life reoriented towards a wider embrace of people.  I now offer spiritual direction from my home and to students, staff and faculty through the Faith and Spirituality Centre at the University of Calgary.  I also co-facilitate retreats and workshop as well as a training course in Spiritual Direction.

 I am married to a very good man and we are parents to 2 beloved, open-hearted adult daughters, and a beloved son-in-law.  I love the soil, mucking about in small gardens, reading, and riding my motorcycle.

Click here for more about Pearl.

Eight, weekly 2 hour sessions (Please note, accommodations will be made for calendar disruptions as needed)

We suggest $250.00 for the full 8 sessions combined.

We do not wish payment to be a deterrent for anyone.  If costs are a concern, please reach out (or take a peek at our fees page for more on how we manage this sensitive subject).  Payment is due upon registration via e-transfer to still.lake.listening@gmail.com.

Participants may cancel anytime up to 7 days prior for a full refund, less a $10 administrative fee.

Limited to a maximum of 8 participants per offering.  To register, click the button below, or call/text 403.613.5241. We look forward to hearing from you!