Spiritual Programs

Join us for a themed day, evening and overnight program. Cranaleith offers a safe space to discover, probe and nurture your spirit.

To register, call  215-934-6206 or email info@cranaleith.org 

Wonderfully Made: A Conversation
Presenter: Brother Robert Thornton, OSA
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $25

This evening offers an opportunity to address complex issues around sexuality, gender and identity. These include: Gender Identity (which gender(s) we believe we are); Gender Expression (which gender(s) we present to the world); Biological Sex (the nature of our sexual organs); and Sexual Orientation (who we’re attracted to). In a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment, we will share information and emerging insights, questions and concerns. Individuals, parents and loved ones are welcome for this reverent, enlightening time.

Knit, Crochet, Pray Together
Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 & 13
1 – 2:30 pm
Facilitated by: Penne Wood and Suzanne Roper
Cost: $90 for the Series

Those of us who knit and crochet know its impact on our body, mind and spirit. Join us to continue a centuries old tradition of blending creativity with reflection and sharing of life, forming healing and transforming circles. We will create prayer shawls that will be given to women attending our Coming Home, Becoming Whole Veteran’s Program or bring a project that you are working on.  Skills will be shared…fun will be had by all and beginners are welcome! Materials will be provided along with a copy of the book Knit, Purl, Pray: 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul by Lisa Bogart.

Mindfulness: The Awakening of Peace
Sunday, June 11 2017, 1 to 4 p.m.
Presenter: Barbara Craig, RSM
Cost: $25
How does mindful breathing, walking and sitting sitting transform a world of violence? When we are mindful, we are fully present… in touch with the wonders of life that can nourish and heal us. From the well of silence in our heart comes generosity, gentleness, compassion and joy. This afternoon will invite us to the deeper practice of stillness. Come, be with us.

Praying with Mandalas
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Rose Petronella

Mandalas, circular designs which represent wholeness, are sacred circles that have been used for prayer and enlightenment since ancient times. This workshop will offer a sacred space for creating two mandalas which uniquely express the participant’s heartfelt prayer, whether associated with a spiritual tradition or not. The day will include input, quiet reflection, mandala-making, personal sharing and ritual. All are welcome and no formal experience with art or prayer is required. Materials will be provided.

Seeded at the Table: Cooking with Leslie Porreca, RSM
Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19 and August 8, 2017, 4 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM
Cost $60 Per Session

 Cranaleith is known for its delicious and healthy foods prepared mostly from our organic garden by Leslie Porreca, RSM. Many have finished a meal and approached Leslie for her recipes.This is your chance to join Leslie and learn some of her secrets of combining love of the environment with faith and food. Register today, space is limited!

Sacred Sound Workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $80 (includes lunch)
Presenters: Ruth Cunningham and Phyllis Strock

Sound practices can lead to deep peace and healing. Learn to use voice and music as tools for personal transformation, creativity, and connection to spirit. Practices in humming, toning, chanting, mantras, and simple improvisation will be taught. These tools can be used in creating a daily sound practice which can continue after the workshop. We will explore new ways of experiencing music and how to use music and sound more effectively in daily life. In addition to sound the group makes together, the presenters will perform with medieval harp flute and songs created specifically for the group. No prior musical talent or experience needed. All are welcome.

Pottery and Poetry
Wednesday, August 9, 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ellen Boucher, Potter

We’ll draw on Mary Oliver’s poetry as inspiration for our own creativity with clay and color.  Influenced by both Whitman and Thoreau, Oliver is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. No experience necessary…just an adventurous and reverent spirit.

Basking in the Playground of God:  A Summer Retreat Day
Thursday, August 17, 2017
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Facilitator: Maureen Roe, RSM
Cost:  $40

Children look so forward to summer vacation, so why shouldn’t we?  Let us take a “vacation day” with the God who created us and explore the elements that only the season of summer provides. Our time together will include: Prayer (both communally and personally); creative experiences (don’t worry, you do not have to be an artist for this); small group sharing (optional); and time spent in the nature of God on the beautiful grounds of Cranaleith.