Advent Workshop | Finding Grace Within Our Bodies

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Saturday, December 2

Step out of the frantic pace of the holidays and into the grace of embodied awareness within the holidays. Limited space, so register now! Oblate School of Theology

Date and time

Starts on Saturday, December 2 · 10am CST


Oblate Renewal Center 5700 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78216

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

As we enter winter, let’s gather to recognize the grace within each other. We invite you to step out of the frantic pace of the holidays and into the grace of embodied awareness within the holidays.

Fr. Tom Ryan reminds us that, “To carry the life of God in our bodies is both a gift and a responsibility. The Holy Spirit’s call within us is to use our bodies for responsible living in our work, study, devotions, play and all that we do before God. When our central intent is opening to God’s presence through the use of our bodies, whatever we do with them, becomes a form of prayer.”

Please join us for a four-hour workshop of such embodied prayer, including gentle movement, written reflections, aroma therapy, and poetry. These practices ground us in the grace of our bodies, so that we may enter the joy of Christmas with deep gratitude and nurturing hope. Lunch is included. Copies of Horizons of Joy: Poetic Thresholds for Winter and its Companion Journal (River Lily Press 2021) will be provided for all participants. We look forward to being with you!

Space is limited to 20 participants, so register early.

Workshop Facilitators

Terri E. Boggess, PH.D. – After 48 years of Teaching, (32 of those years serving as a Professor at St. Mary’s University), I retired in May. During the time I served as the Chair of the Exercise and Sport Science Department at St. Mary’s, I taught several different classes throughout the years and found myself becoming very passionate about teaching Wholistic Wellness. As the students (and all of us) learn to recognize the interconnectedness within our own bodies, our hearts open and allow us to embody the wisdom of St. Irenaeus: “The glory of God is the human being fully alive”! In this workshop, my role will be to introduce Wholistic Wellness and then lead the participants in very gentle practices that will allow each person to experience Breathwork using aromatherapy (by choice) and Embodied Practices such as Meditation and Yoga taught as prayer……Hopefully leaving everyone feeling “fully alive”!

Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, Ph.D., FRSA  I am a wife, mother, poet, professor, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I am happiest teaching, learning, and researching the interconnections among language, peace, creativity, and compassion, whether that’s in the privacy of our own lives or in community with others. This feeds my belief that “love plays the long game in the dialectic of our becoming”, whether that’s the back-and-forth within ourselves, within our families and colleagues, or within our larger communities. In this workshop, my role is to introduce a prayerful practice of words, “meditative etymologies,” to tap into how we become what Melanie A. May calls, “the flesh of our words.”

Workshop Fee: $65.00

Fee includes the books, Horizons of Joy: Poetic Thresholds for Winter and The Companion Journal. Fee also includes lunch.

For information or to register by phone, contact Victoria Rodriguez, Associate Registrar, at or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240.