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Something new is happening, and you're invited!

Beginning January 2011!
The Anam Cara Community is a fresh, heart-centered offering of Spirations Institute.


The women of Spirations have spoken!

Graduates of Spirations' programs have longed for ongoing connection with their Spirations sisters and continued Spirations-style learning.


Current participants in the distance learning program are eager for greater community with their peers as well as with the previous generations of Spirations women.


Prospective participants have shared their great desire to join with the Spirations community, but for various reasons do not require/desire the option of certification.


Spirations is listening.

Beginning in January 2011, Spirations is bringing together a heart-centered, soul-community of women who long to learn and grow together.




Welcome to the Anam Cara Community:
A year-long journey of soul connection for women.
January - December 2011

You know that Anam Cara = Soul Friend in the ancient wisdom tradition of Celtic spirituality.

One thesaurus has this to offer for Community = circle, collaborative, sharing, fellowship, neighborhood, abbey.

Taken together, Anam Cara Community = a sacred circle of wise women gathering in the ancient spirit of oneness for soul friendship, sharing and collaboration.

You might even say we are sisters gathering at the online neighborhood abbey!


Why Anam Cara Community?

Because your story is important.

We gather:

  • For the connection of our hearts.

  • For compassionate spiritual direction.

  • To deepen the presence of Love in our lives.

  • For ongoing, heart-centered learning to support and deepen our skills and training as holy listeners.

  • Because in sacred community we create a circle of grace in which to offer and receive our whole selves.


We are a community of "threshold women" that knows something amazing happens when you share your story with someone who listens from a compassionate,  I'm right here with you place.


Who is this for? (See Is this you?)

    • Women who long to be part of a sacred community of women.

    • Women seeking to deepen and hone their gifts in spiritual companionship, while faithfully tending their own stories in sacred community.

    • Alums of Spirations, and those brand new to our community.

    • Those seeking 1) a certificate in the art of spiritual direction; 2) ongoing spiritual direction education; 3) women's soul community without any certification.

    • Women who are ready to invest 12-months in their own soul journeys and in our sacred women's community.




Cool! How does it work?

In 2010, I've experimented with group teleclasses: one taught mindfulness and meditation and was open to anyone; the other centered on Celtic spirituality, and was open only to current and past Spirations participants. Spirations also offered several "internship support" group calls for the then current Circle women.

This brought the community together in imaginative and -- to the surprise of some who felt "technically challenged" or had not previously experienced sacred community via the teleconference line -- deep and intimate connections.

The vision for the Anam Cara Community has emerged from this experience, and will be connected through monthly group phone classes, group email, online community, 1:1 sessions with Trish, two virtual retreats, and an in-person retreat in March 2011.

This is a closed group. That means we start together in January, and end together in December. The registration deadline is January 6, 2011. No new registrations will be admitted after this.


What is included?

This is a year-long experience for women seeking to deepen and hone their gifts in spiritual companionship, while faithfully tending their own stories in committed, sacred community.

Our year together will include:

    • Monthly group phone classes organized around monthly themes - led by Trish.

    • A "sister" process partner.

    • Group Website/Online Network.

    • The option to create your own small groups, connecting through the Spirations group calling network.

    • Guest presenters in addition to the monthly calls. (Authors, artists, spiritual practitioners, teachers. You may even suggest presenters!)

    • An in-person Retreat!! - scheduled for March 24-27, 2011, in Iowa. (Free for those choosing the Expanded Path).

You may choose the Expanded option, which also includes:

  • Certificate of professional enrichment training. (In addition to your current certification.)

  • Free registration for the March 24-27, 2011 retreat.

  • A private phone session with Trish each month.

  • Complete set of modules from Spirations' former Distance Learning Internship Program.

  • Two at-home, directed retreats with Trish.

A path of your choosing:  Core + Expanded 



Core Option

12 Monthly Calls (90 minutes) + one additional deepening call in January

Process Partner

Group Online Space

Special Guest Presenter Calls (6-10 calls) - authors, artists, spiritual practitioners

Monthly Journal Pages/Workbook/Handouts

Call Recordings

Sacred Community







Total Value:  $1870+

Your Investment:  $1164 $564     ---     Just $97 $47 a month!

Core Option

$47 each month for 12 months

Regular price: $97/month

Expanded Option - with certification

12 Monthly Calls (90 minutes) + one additional deepening call in January

Process Partner

Group Online Space

Special Guest Presenter Calls (6-10 calls) - authors, artists, spiritual practitioners

Monthly Journal Pages/Workbook/Handouts

Call Recordings

Sacred Community

PLUS...

Monthly Private Calls with Trish - $1500 value

Complete Module Set (current and updated!) - $2000 value

Free Retreat Registration - $297 value

At-Home Directed Retreat with Trish, 2 sessions - $500 value


Total Value:  $6340+

Your Investment:  $3750 $2500     ---     Just $312.50 $208.33 a month!

Expanded Option

$208.33 each month for 12 months

Regular price: $312.50/month

Payment Process:  Purchase is made via PayPal (though you need not have a PayPal account!) and will be 12 monthly installments. You may use a credit card, debit card, or--if you have a PayPal account--have the funds directly transferred from a bank account. The monthly charges will occur on the same day each month, and on the same day of the month that your initial registration/payment occurred. 



Questions? Answers... 

Is this a certificate program? 
It can be if you choose the Expanded option. Those who have previously received a certificate from Spirations will receive a certificate of deepening/advanced training. (In order to make sure the certificate participants get priority, these spots are limited.)


Who is this for?
"Threshold Women."  That is, women who want to change and heal the world.

Those that believe sharing and tending our stories -- and listening to each others' stories -- is powerful spiritual practice.

Women who know that beauty and love are always being born, and believe they have something powerful to offer.

Women who are longing for the experience of anam cara -- soul friendship.

Those that want to cultivate their own stories, and midwife others in their own birthing through the process of spiritual direction.

Those who use their creative gifts as healing presence for others.

YOU!


My friend/colleague has been thinking about doing Spirations. Can she join in?
Yes! Bring on the anam caras! This is a great way for friends and colleagues to broaden and deepen their own personal community. In addition to current participants and Spirations graduates, enrollment will be open to new, incoming participants. Any woman may apply for this new year-long format. New participants will have the option of enrolling in the certificate option or as a participant not seeking certification.


Can new participants sign up at any time?
No, this is a closed group. We're interested in creating an intimate, sacred community. Unlike our former Distance Learning Internship program, participants will start and end the program together: January - December 2011. After the enrollment deadline of January 6, 2011 no new participants will be received.


What are the dates for the calls?
Community Calls will generally be scheduled for Mondays or Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM Central time. Dates for the first six months are listed below. Calls featuring guest presenters may be scheduled for evening or daytime hours, and will be announced as scheduled. Call-in number and information will be included in a lovely new Welcome Packet being shined up now.

January 13, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)

Our Great Big Welcome call! -- Because knowing each other is such an important part of community, we'll have two calls the first month. The first call we'll dedicate to introducing ourselves and going over the process for the year to come.

January 24, 7:00-8:30 pm (Monday)
February 10, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)
March 7, 7:00-8:30 pm (Monday)
April 4, 7:00-8:30 pm (Monday)
May 12, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)
June 6, 7:00-8:30 pm (Monday)


What if I can't make it to a call?
We understand that not every call is going to match everyone's schedule. Calls will be recorded so you can listen at a later time. While there are not any "formal" attendance requirements, taking part does require a commitment to yourself and to the community.


What will we be talking/learning/thinking about?
We'll be building on themes from the former 2-year program, and also branching out these conversations organically take us. Because we gather monthly -- and have ongoing connections in place between gatherings -- possibilities exist for going deeper and following the threads that present themselves. After we get started, you will also have the opportunity to submit your own ideas for topics/themes, as well as potential guest presenters. Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • The Path of Anam Cara
  • Soul Landscapes
  • Story Tending
  • Compassion and Lovingkindness
  • Celtic Spirituality
  • Dreamwork
  • Creative Arts and Spiritual Direction
  • Sexuality and Spirituality
  • Cosmic/Planetary Spirituality
  • Forgiveness
  • Shadows and Light

The group will also be invited to share topics of interest for possible inclusion.


Homework? (Or not!)
Each participant will be encouraged to journal in ways that best suit her, but there will be nothing to "turn in" to Trish. The process of integration and reflection will be more communal, in phone classes, process partner sharing, online notes, and at the retreat; and--for those in the Expanded option--in the private, ongoing, monthly sessions you and Trish will have together.

If you have further questions, please reach out to us at hello@spirations.com!


Registration closed!

Welcome to our wonderful 2011 Anam Cara Community!

Core Option

$47 each month for 12 months

Expanded Option

$208.33 each month for 12 months

Payment Process:  Purchase is made via PayPal (though you need not have a PayPal account!) and will be 12 monthly installments. You may use a credit card, debit card, or--if you have a PayPal account--have the funds directly transferred from a bank account. The monthly charges will occur on the same day each month, and on the same day of the month that your initial registration/payment occurred.