December 7, 2016 all-day

Curious About El Camino, Want to Know More…

Pilgrimage: Transformation through Travel: A Courage & Renewal® Talk & Dinner
Hamilton’s Grill Room, Lambertville, New Jersey

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Is walking El Camino is on ‘your bucket list’?  Did you see the movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen and then got really excited about El Camino? This is your chance to learn about this pilgrimage and about the transformational power of pilgrimage.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to create ‘pilgrimage moments’ in your daily life, without leaving home
  • Understand the history and lore of El Camino
  • Learn fail proof preparation skills before you depart on a pilgrimage
  • Enjoy a sneak preview of Valerie’s 2017 El Camino Pilgrimage:  Walk in Beauty

Hamiltons-Grill Discover your ‘inner pilgrim.’  Share a great meal and great conversation at Wednesdays for Women at Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, a soulful, unforgettable dining experience unlike any other.

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Named one of the best courageous books of 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal, this book is for educational leaders who feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted, and offers explicit practices to help readers avoid burnout and become the mindful, poised, effective leaders they were meant to be. Loaded with real-time encouragement with portraits of educational leaders who are incorporating mindfulness practices, like attentive breathing, mindful walking about the school building, or calming pauses in the office throughout the school day, this book is a must-have guide.

Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson. Corwin, December 2014. 344 pages.

The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel.

Not your average travel guidebook, this book explores some of the world’s great pilgrimages, destinations, and the author’s reflections on the lessons she learned from them. Read this book to discover how travel can be transformational, how to be more mindful while traveling and every day, the adventures of traveling alone, the delights of encountering new people and places, ancient pilgrimage journeys and sacred travel worldwide.

Valerie Brown. QuakerBridge Media, 2012, 152 pages. Also available from QuakerBooks.

Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond Valerie

Valerie Brown guides readers toward renewal of mind, heart, and spirit by encouraging them to take time away from the busyness of their lives through retreat. Drawing on her experience as a retreatant and retreat leader, she introduces readers to opportunities for personal restoration within a variety of focused retreats. She wonders how Friends experience of expectant waiting influences the retreat process and how retreats influence expectant waiting. She encourages the “big questions”—What has meaning and purpose in my life? What am I avoiding? What brings me most alive?—and offers specific practices for retreatants to cultivate in everyday life.

Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlet #421.

Quakers are advised to begin worship by “centering down.” This is the first step in a Friend’s intention to wait in “holy expectancy,” to be drawn by the Light into communion with God. Centering prayer is also a practice used by Christian mystics to prepare for contemplation, and “centering” describes the meditation of a Buddhist in pursuit of that deep awareness called “mindfulness.” Valerie Brown is an explorer and teacher of centering practices, a Buddhist, and an active Friend. Drawing upon her own experiences and wide studies, she describes for Friends how these various traditions can offer us a better understanding and preparedness for our precious, elusive, mysterious, and simple practice of centering into worship. Discussion questions included.

Valerie Brown, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #407. 2014.