Cultivating Skillful Hope as Spiritual Directors & Companions

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As spiritual directors we are asked to stretch in the direction of goodness, kindness, forgiveness, patience, and vulnerability.  Yet life’s fragility, fear, and anxiety, and our own self-sabotage can derail us from growing and thriving, leaving us stuck, fractured, and constantly second-guessing ourselves.

These are hard times when we are being pulled apart and broken-open by the global pandemic, burnout, gun violence, political polarization, racial injustice, climate crisis, and more.  We can’t navigate this alone.  We need a supportive community and skillful practices to choose wisely and to restore calm in these high-stress, high-anxiety times. 

How can we gain greater self-awareness and bravery to break these patterns and create a more meaningful life and work and live deeply rooted in skillful hope?

In this open discussion between Karen Erlichman and Valerie Brown, you’ll rediscover ways of cultivating skillful hope based on Valerie’s latest book, Hope Leans Hope Leans Forward, Braving Your Way toward Simplicity, Awakening, and Peace (Broadleaf, 2022) which was written during the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, profound personal loss, and life-altering transitions. 

This lively discussion includes a unique exploration Buddhist mindfulness practices in the Plum Village tradition founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Quaker soul-amplifying queries to cultivate skillful hope, that go to the heart of discerning your life purpose, creativity, meaning, and direction and supporting you to live your best self now.

What You’ll Learn from this Session:

  • How to cultivate skillful hope under the most challenging circumstances.
  • Effective practices to strengthen bravery even when you don’t feel brave.
  • Simple practices that awaken greater calm and peace within.
  • How to choose wisely when life feels complex and you’re uncertain.

Bonus Gift with Your Registration:

Receive a free beautifully-crafted Hope Leans Forward E-Journal and free 20-minute audio guided meditation with your registration.


Mar 30 2023


All Day