Spiritual Companions Group
June 20th through Dec. 12th
Sundays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Led by Rob Field & Mary Marinucci
focusing on the 2nd half of life
First meetings will be online using Zoom;
group will decide whether or not to
meet in person or continue on Zoom
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 11th
Center for Spiritual Wisdom is creating a Soul Friends Group to encourage individuals to grow in their spiritual lives through monthly gatherings. Soul Friends is intended for individuals in the second half of life, for those seeking spiritual companionship with like-minded souls.
CSW Director Rob Field and CSW Associate Mary Marinucci will co-lead the group. Registrations are now being accepted HERE
. Cost is $349 per person, which includes 9 two-hour group sessions (equivalent to less than $20 per hour).
John O’Donohue, author of the classic book Anam Cara,
defined a soul friend as someone who understands you “as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial and functional lies and half-truths of social acquaintance fall away, you can be as you really are.” The goal of the new Soul Friends Group is to encourage participants to show up “as they are” and support each others’ spiritual growth through holy listening and gentle conversation. No specific religious or spiritual background is required.
For its initial sessions, the group will meet online using Zoom video conferencing, a free digital meeting platform. After the first four sessions, the group will decide together whether to switch to in-person meetings, with appropriate rules for safety, or continue to meet via Zoom.
The meeting time for Soul Friends will be Sundays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. After four weekly gatherings starting June 20, Soul Friends will then meet once per month, through the end of 2021. As of Aug. 8, the group will meet on second Sundays, through Dec. 12 (nine group sessions total). Towards the end of the year, the group will decide whether or not to continue into 2022.
ABOUT THE CO-LEADERS
(pictured on this page)
Rob Field founded Center for Spiritual Wisdom in 2016 after serving 22 years as a minister in the Episcopal Church and following a brief career in journalism. “The idea came, and I couldn’t shake it,” he says. “I kept thinking: this part of North Carolina would be the perfect place for a practice-based spirituality center.” Rob especially enjoys teaching, writing, leading pilgrimages, and working with individuals who want to broaden and deepen their spirituality. He also teaches World Religions at Brevard College.
Mary Marinucci has been with the Center since its beginning. She was co-leader with Rob for the two-year Comtemplative Life program focusing on spiritul practices. Mary is originally from New Jersey, retiring to Brevard in 2005. She is a former member of the Sisters of Charity of NJ and continues a lay affiliation with them. Mary pursued an MSW in Clinical Social Work followed by a three-year certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She worked in in- and out-patient psychiatric and mental health settings while also having a private practice for more than 3 decades. Through all of her training and life experience, Mary is convinced that our interior lives and our souls are inseparable.