Creative Practices for Free Spirits

Sunday, August 24, 3-5:00 pm

St. John’s Episcopal, 197 Mountain Road Halifax

Free of charge

Sign up with Ami Hudson, 434.476.4111

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Breathe new life into your spiritual practice and take away some fresh ways of prayer and reflection.

Creative meets monastic, these practices are deep enough to matter and simple enough to take away and implement on your own. On the agenda are drawing and doodling as prayer, a little peace and quiet, blowing bubbles as contemplation, an easy personal prayer walk and more.

Ami Hudson, M.Div., a professional spiritual director, will lead this event for adults.

Why focus on “free spirits”?  “A lot of my spiritual direction participants are creative and think of themselves as a little bit different, as a bit of an outsider from traditional church. Even the ones who are devoted church-goers.” Hudson added, “We’re all free, creative spirits anyway when it comes to our real, authentic selves.”

Those who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious” are encouraged to attend. This won’t be preachy but instead respectful of wherever people find themselves. Participate fully or just observe, it’s completely up to you.

The Episcopal Church’s Diocese of Southern Virginia, based in Norfolk, is funding this regional event through a grant.

“Creative Practices for Free Spirits” will be held on Sunday afternoon August 24 from 3:00- 5:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal, 197 Mountain Road, Halifax, free of charge and open to the public. To sign up, contact Ami Hudson by phone at (434) 476-4111, through the website www.AmiHudson.com, or via the Facebook page “Spiritual Direction in Southern Virginia.”

Ignite your Life! An Introduction to Mastermind Groups

Ignite your Life!

An Introduction to Mastermind Groups

Two locations: April 23 at Clarksville VA -OR- April 25 at Halifax VA

At Clarksville, VA on Tuesday, April 23, held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Choose morning (10-12:30) OR evening (6:15-8:45). Questions? Contact Ami Hudson.

At Halifax, VA on Thursday April 25, at 193 North Main Street (Ami & Brandon’s office). Choose morning (10- 12:30) OR evening (6:15-8:45).

Try this upbeat, practical and engaging approach. In a mastermind group, we discuss our projects and ideas and get input from other smart, creative people with different perspectives. It’s very motivating to stretch yourself towards those great intentions you never quite get around to. It seems we all have them! And the mastermind format is so much fun.

We started a group in Halifax several years ago, and I now lead a second group in Raleigh NC. Bestselling author Jack Canfield of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series dedicates a chapter of his book, “The Success Principles” to Mastermind Groups. This is your chance to try it out yourself. Here’s how it works:

  • Share a goal, a decision you are trying to make, or a challenge you’re working through.
  • Get (and give to others) input, ideas and encouragement– all in support of each other’s success.
  • You’ll typically find smart, understanding collaborators, bold new plans, laughter, real progress, and people who want to hear your good news next time they see you.
  • Work on getting organized, business, wellness, creative projects, relationships, community initiatives, big decisions or everyday problem solving–it’s up to you.

I will give an introduction about mastermind groups and how they work, then I will start us off by sharing a project of mine and asking your input. Then you will take a turn getting the group’s perspectives on whatever you would like. If you need ideas on what to work on, I will have materials to get you started.

No more feeling “blah.”  It’s time to get going toward the life that is intended for you. This approach will motivate and inspire you.

Cost: $10
Deadline: Register by Wednesday, April 17
Questions? Contact Ami Hudson.
To Register: Click “Buy Now” below or mail payment with your name, phone number, e-mail address, and choice of location (Clarksville or Halifax) and time (morning or evening) to Ami Hudson, PO Box 1845, 193 North Main Street, Halifax VA 24558.
 

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“The Happiness Project”

Come to “The Happiness Project,” a program held 10:00- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Jamieson United Methodist Church, 219 Fifth Street in Clarksville, Virginia.

Happy people are kinder, healthier, more generous, grateful and accepting. They think more expansively, have a contagious zest for life, and are more involved with meaningful work. Far from being a selfish pursuit, cultivating our own happiness is a service to others and a gift to the world. Learn some practical happiness boosters and design your very own happiness project to try for yourself.

About the presenter: Ami Hudson, M.Div. offers sessions for individuals and couples, workshops, sermons and retreats through her office in Halifax, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Ami’s happiness boosters include swing sets, square dancing, 
snacks, dogs, peace and quiet, honest talks with friends, learning, and hosting mastermind groups where people follow through on their goals and dreams.

The Jamieson Memorial United Methodist Women will sponsor this special educational program, open to all women in the community, on Saturday, March 16th at 10:00- 11:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. This is an opportunity for fellowship and spiritual growth open to all women.  Jamieson United Methodist is located at 219 Fifth Street in Clarksville. All are welcome. No pre-registration is necessary, and there is no fee to attend.

“The Happiness Project” is a New York Times #1 bestseller by Gretchen Rubin.

Coming soon… The Happiness Project GROUP!

Happiness Project Group will meet for three sessions beginning April 2 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Clarksville, Virginia, facilitated by Ami Hudson.

Click here for info about The Happiness Project Group.

“The Happiness Project” Group

“The Happiness Project” Group

— for three Tuesdays–

April 2, April 30 & May 21

10:30-Noon OR 7-8:30 pm

held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

111 Sixth Street, Clarksville VA

Contact Ami Hudson (facilitator) for info or call 434.476.4111

“Each person’s happiness project will be unique, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit from starting one,” says happiness expert Gretchen Rubin. Many people find that launching their own happiness projects as part of a group is more effective and fun than doing it on their own. Plus, just being in a group boosts your happiness.

Group members will make resolutions towards happiness, share ideas, encourage each other, and check in about how their own happiness projects are going– all while having a great time. We will discuss themes from New York Times bestseller “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. Reading the book is not absolutely required, but working on your own happiness project IS!

Happy people are kinder, healthier, more generous, grateful and accepting. They think more expansively, have a contagious zest for life, and are more involved with meaningful work. Far from being a selfish pursuit, cultivating our own happiness is a service to others and a gift to the world. Learn some practical happiness boosters and design your very own happiness project to try for yourself.

Cost: $30 (scholarships available, contact Ami to discuss).
Deadline: Register by Friday, March 29.
Discount: Pay only $25 if you register by Tuesday, 3/26 ($5 off)
Facilitator: Ami Hudson, M.Div.  Contact Ami for info or call 434.476.4111.
To Register: Click “Buy Now” below, or mail payment with your name, phone number, e-mail address and your preference of group (morning or evening) to Ami Hudson, PO Box 1845, Halifax VA 24558.

Register Here!

Choose morning or evening:


Not so merry and bright?

Despite its winter landscapeblessings, this time of year can be hard. Maybe there’s someone you miss. Maybe you miss the way things used to be. Maybe you miss the way you used to be. Maybe you wonder whether loved ones value your efforts. Maybe it’s disappointing to compare reality to that picture-perfect holiday image that’s on all the pretty Christmas cards.

Whatever you’re thinking about, let’s talk it through. We’ll sort things out together and find what’s honest, true and good– and how you’d like to respond.

Contact Ami for Info and To Schedule

 

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