Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health, and Harmony Hosting Weekend of Spirit in October With Focus on Inspiring Courage

FRAMINGHAM – Courage is not the opposite of fear. Courage is a way we choose to respond to the reality of fear.

Amidst a 24-hour news cycle that can heighten our fear and leave us in a perpetual state of anxiety, what does courage means?  What inspires us to choose courage in the face of fear? What sustains us? How can we inspire one another?

These are a few of the questions that will be explored during Open Spirit’s 6th Annual Weekend of Spirit, on October 19 & 20.

Through inspiring stories, shared meals, conversation and experiential workshops, we will delve into our theme: “Inspiring Courage.”

This mini-retreat is local and convenient—on the campus of Edwards Church, in the heart of Saxonville.

It is affordable – $40 for the entire event.  There is an early bird discount through Thursday, October 4 of $30.

“It is relaxed and relaxing, fun and thought-provoking.  You can come to the whole event or just to part of it,” said Rev. Debbie Clark.

Weekend of Spirit begins on Friday evening at  6 p.m. with a Shabbat supper that is welcoming to people from all spiritual perspectives.

On saturday, the event is from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

On Saturday morning, the program opens with a keynote presentation by Robyn Bernstein from Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization of survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack who work to promote healing and peace.

Following that, attendees will be able to choose among six experiential workshops, including: “Laugh your Way through Fear,” “Reducing Stress in Body and Mind,” “Engaging Courage through Enneagram,” “Facing and Fighting Racism,” “Music of Courage and Protest,” and “Courage: the Master of Fear in Yourself and Others.”

An extended lunch break, with homemade vegan soup, will include opportunities to make courage bracelets, painted rocks, rally banners, and a chance explore Tai Chi-Chi Gong or to receive a short “healing spa” treatment, such as reiki or sound healing.

Afternoon workshops include: “Meditation: Cultivating Inner Strength and Courage,” “Ole! Namaste! The Courage to Dance: Expressive Movement for Every/Body,” “Everything You have Wanted to Know About Essential Oils but were afraid to ask,” “Be Brave: Make Art,” and “Expanding Our Hearts with Courage on the Path.”

To register, visit

Questions? Call 508-877-8162.

Open Spirit is located at Edwards Church campus at 39 Edwards Street in Framingham.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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