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Finding Your Sanctuary: creating spaces to rest, renew and live a workshop with Terry Hershey



Everyone has a sanctuary. If only in our mind. Even if we can’t name it, we know of its power. It is a place where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you. 
We are wired to need grounding and renewal and less hurry and less distraction.  And yet, we make choices—with our time and with our days—that are detrimental to our emotional and spiritual well-being.

In sanctuary, we let this life in. Every bit of it. In sanctuary we can be wholehearted; whether grief or gladness or sadness or joy. We make space to see and to be seen. We make space to welcome, to offer comfort and hope.

A sanctuary restores us, replenishes us and nourishes us. 

Join us for the next Sanctuary Workshop!

Saturday October 8th



St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

242 E. Alvarado Street

Pomona, CA 91767

Cost is $39 to attend and includes a copy of the book Sanctuary

Pay at the door, but please RSVP to to ensure we have enough seating and refreshments for everyone.

All are welcome!


Workshop outline:

What is sanctuary?
Why do we need sanctuary?
What are the hurdles and obstacles to sanctuary?
What are the ingredients to sanctuary?
What does it mean to be sanctuary for others?

What does it mean for our community
to be a sanctuary (sanctuary as public space)?


Care of any kind—compassion, generosity, communication, reconciliation, service, ministry, teaching, giving—begins with and is nourished by self-care. Or in the words of Charlie Parker, “If it ain’t in you it can’t come out of your horn.” Care begins with the power of pause. Care begins with the intentional choices we make about being present. About passion, grace, play, laughter and wholeheartedness. If we practice this power of pause, it spills into our relationships and our work.


Self-care, meaning Self-compassion.

But here's the deal: We don’t do that well in this culture.

We do self-improvement.

We do self-growth.

We do self-mastery.

Because we live in a world that worships at the altar of the superlative: whatever is newer, faster and bigger.

(Even if we were to initiate “self-care,” we’d want it to be a “program,” and we’d want it to be “successful.”)


But care requires a different paradigm.
Self-care is about being present.
About being in your own skin.
About being authentic.
About people who are full of passion and grace.
About play and laughter and wholeheartedness.

If we practice this "power of pause"—creating sanctuary spaces—it spills into our relationships, our work and our faith.


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