Program OFFERINGS

I love exploring and teaching experiential spiritual practices that help us to draw closer to God and better understand ourselves. While pursuing my Master of Pastoral Studies I have a flexible schedule so let’s connect about customizing one of the following speaking or prayer workshop experiences to meet your individual or group needs!

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Speaking & Workshops

My favorite thing to do is to equip people with experiential prayer tools. I believe that there is more freedom in prayer than we realize and that tangible intimacy with God is real. Typically this would be 1 to 2 hrs long and include some brief background info, an opportunity to engage with the prayer practice, and a reflective debrief. Some possible topics: lectio divina (scripture contemplation), prayer of examen, centering prayer, stretch prayer, imaginative prayer, breath prayer, nature contemplation or visio divina (art contemplation).

Potential topics for speaking &/or interactive workshops:

  • spiritual formation for every personality

  • how do I know if I am hearing God’s voice

  • how to build a prayer toolkit

  • Christians and mindfulness

  • hands-on prayer stations

  • soul care & nature

  • emotions and our spiritual journey

  • plug into God with prayer (aimed at youth)

  • spiritual life rhythms

  • enneagram and the Gospel

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Pilgrimage Circles

A pilgrimage is an intentional spiritual journey to “holy ground.”

In a Pilgrimage Circle, we acknowledge that holy ground exists when we are lovingly present with each other and authentically seeking God.

Through spacious listening and reflection, along with guided prayer practices, we hold space for each other to notice and nurture the presence of God in our stories.

These small group gatherings are gentle and slow, providing breathing space for our souls in our busy and distracted world.

I am currently compiling an interest list for a mid-2019 start for a Pilgrimage Circle that will gather once a month in Calgary for 3 hours. Click below to indicate interest and let me know if you would like to be added to the email updates.

Although my faith background is Christian, participants from any background are welcome.

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Stretch Prayer

Because God made us mind, body and spirit, I believe that we are invited to connect with God with our whole selves. Let’s gently explore how to embrace the role of our bodies in prayer.

Stretch prayer is an interactive, meditative prayer practice that guides us to a posture of listening connection with God by bringing compassion and awareness to our bodies. Each participant needs an exercise mat, light blanket and comfortable clothing suitable for simple stretching exercises.

Stretch prayer is available for individuals or groups. I have worked with groups of up to 20 people but the room size is usually the limiting factor. It is a beautiful practice for a group of friends, thoughtful bridal shower, women’s retreat, Bible study group, or staff retreat.

This unique offering is best explained through conversation. Please connect if you would like to learn more.

My first experience with experiential prayer practice was when Jess walked me through an imaginative prayer session. I was unprepared for the way in which I met Jesus during this session. It was very special and opened my eyes to a new way of interacting with Him. Jess also introduced me to centering prayer and breath prayers - both of which have helped me experience Jesus in exciting new ways. Jess teaches with much knowledge, experience and a passion for seeing others experience Jesus every day.
— M. Repetski, Upper Room Community Church Women's Ministry Leader
Loved it! Never experienced anything like this before. It felt so restful. It was so nice to just be still and unrushed before God.
— Stretch Prayer Participant
I was so encouraged tonight because of what happened in my daughter through your teaching....She said it helped her know how she might learn to hear God’s voice. She said she could never really “hear” Him before, but this opened her perspective to see how God can use imagery to speak to us as well. So this was such a wonderful night for her! Thanks so much for providing the opportunity for her to open up her spirit to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. It is so amazing!!
— Parent feedback after youth group workshop on "Plug into God with Prayer"
I have participated in a few of Jess’s prayer experiences, and always find that I come out of each experience engaging in a conversation with God in a deeper way. Jess fluidly leads others into prayer and is able to consider the context and comfort level of her participants and create a prayer space that is safe, warm, engaging, and deep. She has led adults, children, and teens, and on each occasion facilitated an environment where participants felt it easy to enter in. Our youth in particular found that they were able to engage with God in ways they hadn’t before. It was very exciting to see our youth hearing from God during a session with Jess.

Jess is not narrow in her approach to prayer, but rather recognizes that a variety of personalities, combined with different journeys of faith, mean that talking to and hearing from God happen for different people in different ways.

I have so appreciated her heart for prayer and her passionate desire to see others engage with God in this way!
— Kait Tompkins, Youth & Famiiy Pastor, Upper Room Community Church, ON
 

Note: I would never want finances to be a barrier. If this is a concern for you, I am happy to have a conversation about how we can make it work.