Spring Creek Spirituality
        Discovering God in the Everyday
Program Offerings

Spring Creek Spirituality
offers the following programs in a variety of formats including workshops, short retreats, extended reflection periods, and individual consultations.
Contact us directly regarding your interests, to obtain a more detailed description of our programs, or for the upcoming schedule of events at



            (I am currently taking a sabbatical time from January through June to focus on various
                                   time-critical writing projects.)

         March 28, 2018: Guest leader, Insight Meditation Community Charlotte, in
                                  Charlotte, NC.

         January -> December 2018: Facilitating a new monthly spiritual community group in
                                   Asheville, NC.

         July 12-15, 2018: Session presenter, and member of Spiritual Direction Team, 
                                  International Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs, NC


          (See below, Program Statement #1: "Spiritual Direction")  

    + Spiritual Direction: Individualized Guidance Towards the Spiritual  Life
         Individual consultation in spiritual direction for people exploring their personal spiritual path.
         Starting from wherever the person currently is, our directors use a trans-spiritual approach for their
         guidance, drawing from the teachings and insights of many spiritual traditions and master
         teachers. Ultimately, it is up too each individual to determine his/her course.

  + Awareness - Insight - Mindfulness: 3 Keys To Living An Enlightened Life
         Exploring three principal concepts in Buddhist practice: understanding about being Aware;
         pursuing Insight into our life and the outer world; and living Mindfully "in the moment."

          (See below, Program Statement #2: "Intentional Meditation")

     + Starting A Personal Meditation Practice: A Beginning Workshop
        An introduction to the practice of formal meditation, some beginning forms that can be utilized, 
         and how to apply these to create your own personal practice.

    + Forms of Meditation: Setting Your Intention
        An exploration of some of the many different meditation forms available to us,based upon one's intention,
        in order to broaden the techniques available to us when creating a personal meditation practice.

    + Regular Meditation Practice
        Specific offerings of meditation practice, including around special events of the calendar, 
        are offered on a periodic basis as appropriate.


    + Lessons From The Teacher Jesus: A Guided Meditation
         A non-denominational meditation on the core lessons Jesus taught and their application to our lives.
         Based upon Randy Bell's book Lessons From The Teacher Jesus.

    + Lessons From The Teacher Buddha: A Guided Meditation
         A non-denominational meditation on the core lessons the Buddha taught and their application to our lives.
         Based upon Randy Bell's book Lessons From The Teacher Buddha.

    + Lessons From The Teacher Muhammad: A Guided Meditation
         A non-denominational meditation on the core lessons the Prophet Muhammad taught and their application
         to our lives.  Based upon Randy Bell's book Lessons From The Teacher Muhammad.

    + Lessons From The Teacher Moses: A Guided Meditation
         A non-denominational meditation on the core lessons Moses taught and their application to our lives.
         Based upon Randy Bell's book Lessons From The Teacher Moses.

EMBRACING CHANGE - A Multi-part Program Series:
+ Achieving Spiritual Success: A Closed or Open Gate on Your Path
            Develops understanding of how our models and definitions of spiritual and secular Success
         drive our personal decisions.

    + Creating the Capacity for Personal Change: Loosening the Chains of Loss
        Explores how Change has affected your life, and presents methods to create more satisfying change.
+ Approaching Change Through Joy: Opening To Your Creativity
         Reacquaints us with our joyful creative natures and the direct connection of joyful activity to our spirit.
    + Finding The Calling Of Your Soul: A Personal Retreat
            Reviews how you have made your career and work decisions, and offers guidance for making future
         decisions within the full being of your soul and the fulfillment of your true and best self.

    + Creating Your Plan For Change: An Applied Retreat
            Assists you in defining the Change you seek and develops strategies to achieve it.

Program Statement #1: "Spiritual Direction"

The term “spiritual direction” can connote many different things within various cultures and religious traditions. Similarly, the roles of “spiritual director” and “directee” can be equally varying. But what these ideas share is a commitment to pursuing a deep exploration into one’s spiritual beliefs and their expression. To deepening our understanding and relationship with all of Creation – both the Creator and the Created – in the company of one another.

As practiced at Spring Creek Spirituality, spiritual direction is a deliberate but tailored process of exploring and discovering one’s inner spirituality. From this process, we bring our newly discovered Self more fully into the world and deepen our connection to all greater than we. Sometimes the spiritual director serves as an informed guide; sometimes as a spiritual companion traveling together with the directee; sometimes as a special friend providing a safe space for telling deeply felt personal stories. There are no preset beliefs to be learned, no final destination point for this journey. Instead, we continually discover a revealing of our authentic Self, shorn of the many layers of deception and disguises within which we have encumbered ourselves over our lifetime. That authentic Self can then embrace the authentic Spirit with which we seek a full connection as we fulfill the true Intention of our Life.


We go about this work in a number of ways. Through long conversations that gradually reveal our core beliefs. By exploring various spiritual ideas against which we can reflect and expand upon our emerging beliefs. By reading worthwhile and relevant texts of spiritual substance. By asking questions that surface our conflicts of faith and lead us to awaiting answers.

Concurrently, we explore ritual, the ways we express our spiritual feelings. Meditation, artistic expression, spiritual community, religious worship are avenues by which we transform ideas into practice, into the actions that make our spirituality become real and vibrantly alive. Ultimately, our spirituality is about both knowing and being.

Each of us is a separate Person, an individual Soul, containing a unique Spirit. That separateness is nevertheless bound up within the whole of Creation. Even if only for a brief period, Spring Creek Spirituality is available to walk with you on a path tailored for your specific journey. We will not tell you what route to take, nor to what particular endpoint. But we will help you see some of the routes that are open to you, from which you may choose to follow for the next phase of your spiritual life. We look forward to sharing this time together with you.

Program Statement #2: "Intentional Meditation"

Over the past 60 years, there has been a broad movement of people developing a personal meditation practice.  Their reasons are very diversified and highly individualized.  Some are seeking physical relaxation and body awareness, or relief from physical and/or mental stress.  Some are looking to get more in touch with their deeper, inner Self, or perhaps a broader understanding of Life and their place in it.  Some are seeking a spiritual experience and connection with that which is greater than one’s Self.

While today’s world-wide interest in meditation may be relatively new, meditation is a practice that goes back thousands of years.  To Hindu yogis around 5000 years ago; to Buddhist and Taoist practices 2500 years ago; to quiet prayer in early Christianity; to Catholic and Jewish mystics of the Renaissance.

One can spend quiet, quality time in reflection in a special setting within a calm mind, thereby enjoying a meditative-like experience.  However more people today are pursuing some form of a formally structured meditation practice, a deliberate practice drawn from particular religious traditions, clinical research, or timeless experience and guidance.

Given the long history of meditation and the many reasons to meditate, there are many different ways to meditate.  At Spring Creek Spirituality, we study and practice what we call “Intentional Meditation.”  In Intentional Meditation, we learn a variety of Meditation forms: techniques, skills, methods, postures, ritual settings – forms drawn from across a spectrum of meditation approaches, without prejudgment or prejudice.  We then associate these various forms with a particular Intention that we seek to pursue, such as for improved awareness, calmness of body and mind, enlightened insight into our Self, or meaningful connection to the vast Universe within which we live.

Through this discovery and experiential process, each meditator is then able to develop his/her “personal meditation practice,” building upon a flexible inventory of forms in order to adapt to one’s changing needs.  That personal practice is formed out of deep study, and continually tested by one’s repeated personal experiences.  The result may lead to a deeper connection with one’s existing routines, or into a changed manner of mediation, or into following a more formally established meditation tradition.

We invite you to join with us in this Intentional Meditation path of personal discovery and practice.  Whether just starting on your journey, or seeking to widen and deepen your current path, you will be most welcome here.  Peace be within you.


For other resources, see www.McKeeLearningFoundation.com &/or www.ThoughtsFromTheMountain.blogspot.com &/or www.OurSpiritualWay.blogspot.com

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