Spiritual Exploration Classes

Our classes and workshops are distinguished by openness and a commitment to deepening spiritual experiences. Available classes and descriptions are listed below.

Available Classes

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is a gentle, mindful, walk in nature. The practice of Forest Bathing (also called Forest or Nature Therapy) is based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, an intentional practice of mindful nature immersion developed to treat stress-related illnesses.

Forest bathing is different from a hike or an interpretative nature walk. Forest bathing walks often span less than ½ mile. The focus is on the sensory and relational experience, rather than on intellectual learning about nature or getting a workout.

Sessions to be held rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of thunderstorms or other dangerous weather. Please dress appropriately for the weather (i.e. in rain gear if raining, sun-smart choices if sunny and hot). At times, you will be invited to sit – please bring a portable seat (camp chair, folding stool, or cushion) if you’d like to sit off the ground. Physical distancing will be practiced. Please bring a mask to wear during gathering times. Please let Johanna know if you have any sensory or mobility challenges to be aware of before the session.

Facilitators:

Johanna Schussler, Certified Forest Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT)

Class Dates:

Saturday, August 7, 8:30 – 11 a.m.: Silverwood Park, St. Anthony (link to location here)

Seeing White Podcast Series

Have you ever asked the question: “What can I personally do to recognize my white advantage and become more antiracist? I really care about this, but I don’t know where to begin.”
Whether you’ve been involved in racial justice issues your entire life, for a couple of decades, or just a few months, the podcast series “Seeing White” is a superb way to familiarize yourself with how the concept of whiteness has shaped our nation.
All Plymouth members are invited to listen to this series at their own leisure and to then join a Zoom discussion focused on each episode.
Co-sponsored by Racial Justice Initiative

14 sessions (total)
Podcasts may be listened to individually, and join a group Zoom discussion once a month.
Registration for the podcast or discussions is not required, and you do not need to attend every session.

Class Dates:

NEW DATES!!!

Classes will be held via Zoom, Free
July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.

Zoom Discussion and Podcasts

Podcasts and the link to the Zoom discussions are available on the Plymouth website at /www.plymouth.org/act/advocate/rji/

Book Study:

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and asha bandele’s memoir When They Call You a Terrorist is a coming-of-age story that reveals the depth of racial targeting and its impact on Black families and neighborhoods during Kahn-Cullors’ time growing up in Los Angeles.  The book also explores the ways in which these experiences led Kahn-Cullors to co-found Black Lives Matter with two other women.

Join Peter Eichten and Ann Manning for a rich discussion of this book with its focus on racial injustice perpetuated by America’s War on Drugs during multiple presidents’ terms and the effects this policy had in criminalizing a generation of Black people.  The class will also look at the work white people, especially, have to do to uncover and change the messages in this country about Black people and criminality.

Join us for this two-part session, via Zoom.

Led by Peter Eichten and Ann Manning

Class Dates:

Classes will be held on Zoom, Free, Ages 15+

Postponed! New dates coming soon!