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Vol 20: Issue 1: September 2016

Dear Friends of the House of Prayer, 

As a new Floridian, I’m not used to hearing about tropical depressions heading in my direction! This being hurricane season, I better get used to it and bunker down like everyone else on the southwest Gulf Coast. Living in the subtropics, like everything else in life, often comes at a price!

On Saturday, August 13 we dedicated our revamped Native American Medicine Wheel. Like the labyrinth meditation walk, it is an ancient tool to help us reconnect with our deepest selves and what within us needs attention and healing. We are immensely grateful to Dr. Melinea Holman who sponsored and organized the restoration of the Wheel. Check it out on your next visit!



Last Saturday, August 27 the HOP Board of Directors and I met for our annual half day retreat. This included time for reflection/ritual, a tour of the property, a class on social media networking, lunch, and a two-hour business meeting. We are delighted to welcome Craig King, P.A. onto the board, along with returning members, Dr. Maria Roca (FGCU) and Barbara Darling. They provide an abundance of new energy and vision to help ensure the viability and expansion of our center.

As noted in the last newsletter, on Monday, September 12 I’ll be on the radio! As a voice in support of our local WGCR Community Campaign. If I, along with other non-profit representatives, can raise $1K for public radio during a one-hour show, our organization will be allocated 28 thirty second advertising slots over the next year. I’ll be on the 1 – 2 pm slot, so tune in and pledge a little something for public radio, and you will be indirectly raising awareness of all that we offer here at HOP retreat center. 

Always feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or suggestions at
Namaste - Gerry






Wednesday, 9/7  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Rohr DVD Series: "Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate"
Facilitated by Carla Palmer

"Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate", with Fr. Richard Rohr, Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault and Dr. James Finley. We will then dive into "Jesus and Buddha, Paths to Awakening" with Richard Rohr and James Finley.
Cost: $15. Students with valid ID $5

Saturday, 9/10 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Click here for more information)
Living Cosmology: Dwelling within the Journey of the Universe Webcast.
Facilitated by: Gerry Murphy
With Richard Rohr and Mary Evelyn Tucker.  
Cost: Donation

Monday, 9/12  10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(Second Monday of the month through March)
Centering Prayer Support and Practice Group
Facilitated by Sharon Rooks

We meet to experience Centering Prayer, a contemplative prayer of silence, and will read and discuss David Frenette's "The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God.
Cost: $15 Students with valid ID $5

Thursday, 9/15  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.         
(Third Thursday of the month)
Women’s Story Circle                                        
Facilitated by Guenn Martin

Connect with other women as you write and share the wisdom of your life's journey. No writing experience needed.                                                   
Cost: $15 Students with valid ID $5​

Saturday, 9/17  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.     
Day of Retreat - ‘Art & Soul’
Presenter: Gerard Murphy (HOP Director)

What do we mean by Creativity of the Spirit? Through the media of art, music, film, and science, this program will explore the relationship between the human Spirit and the Divine.
Cost: $25 Students with valid ID $15

To register for a program or event call the office at (239) 728-3614, email at office.hopretreatcenter@gmail.com or register online here.​​​​​

The September - December Program brochure is available. You can download it here!

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