Spiritual Programs

Join us for a themed day, evening and overnight program. Cranaleith offers a safe space to discover, probe and nurture your spirit.  Register online below or call  215-934-6206 


Summer Book Club
A reading of Just Mercy:
A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson  Wednesdays, June 20, July 18, and August 22, 2018, 7-9 PM
Discussion Leader: Maria DiBello, RSM

Cost: $45 for series (includes refreshments)
Register online here or call 215-934-6206
Join us for a reading and discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship. It transforms his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is the powerful memoir of one man’s quest to work for the poor, the oppressed, the mentally ill, and the powerless. It will make you mad and it will make you cheer. As a citizen of the world, you must read it.

Garden to Table Seasonal Cooking: Pizza Making
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 5-8 PM
Presenter: Leslie Porreca, RSM

Cost $60 
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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 a love of the environment with faith and food. Register today, space is limited! Join us for extraordinary hospitality, excellent cuisine, and a sanctuary-like setting. Bring a friend or come as a couple.


Drumming and Walking the Labyrinth under a Full Moon
Friday, July 27, 2018, 7-9 PM
Instructor: Patricia Hatfield
Cost: $25
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Come, celebrate the summer and God’s love for the world with a time of prayer and reflection.  A labyrinth has a single, purposeful path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edge again. Thus, it resembles the indirect path of our lives, which leads us sometimes into the center of the human condition, sometimes into the heart and mind of God, sometimes into the very core of illness or pain. Today, labyrinths have been rediscovered and are being built and “walked” as a tool of spiritual growth and emotional well-being. Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the spiritual leaders of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Sacred Sound Workshop
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM
Cost: $80 (includes lunch)
Presenters: Ruth Cunningham and Phyllis Strock
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People of all faiths can use sacred sound to bring relaxation, balance, and healing to their everyday lives. 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. Explore new ways of experiencing music and how to use music and sound more effectively in daily life. In addition, the presenters will perform with a medieval harp and flute and songs created specifically for the group. No prior musical talent or experience needed. All are welcome.

Pottery and Poetry
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (includes lunch)
Instructor: Julie Kring
Cost:  $45
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We’ll draw on Mary Oliver’s poetry as inspiration for our own creativity with clay. 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.

Julie Kring
Julie’s work has been in a number of group shows in the Philadelphia area, including The Sketch Club, The Abington Art Center, The Old City Jewish Arts Center and The Cheltenham Center for the Arts. She is a member of the American Color Print Society and the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild and has won awards from both in recent shows.

Having spent 25 years as an art educator, Julie is currently exploring her passion for painting and printmaking and the way they inform one another in her work. The painterly style found in her monotypes of landscapes and botanical works demonstrates the interplay of these two media. She also enjoys experimenting with the use of pattern, texture, and collage in linocuts, giving particular attention to the negative spaces formed by the graceful lines of the natural world.

She developed an art education program for K – 12 students at The CamdenForward School and UrbanPromise Academy, including a focus on artists of African American heritage.

Julie currently offers day retreats with friend and fellow artist, Carey Davis, on  “The Art of Devotion” and teaches as an artist in residence at Cornerstone Christian Academy and The DePaul Catholic School.

Praying with Mandalas
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10 AM-3 PM
Presenters: Geraldine Fitzpatrick, SSJ and Mary Em McGlone, MMS
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
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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 mandalas which uniquely express the participant’s heartfelt prayer, whether associated with a spiritual tradition or not. This day of prayer and creativity will give you an opportunity to learn how to create and use the mandala as a tool for prayer, self-knowledge, and a sense of being with the universe. 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.