Classes & Events

Therapeutic Yoga Classes

The goal of Therapeutic Yoga is to befriend, reconnect with and feel empowered in your body. In a safe and predictable environment, you are invited to notice sensations, experiment with movement and breathing, and practice making choices about what is right for you. Therapeutic Yoga was developed by world-renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist Bessel van der Kolk, MD, founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, and David Emerson, Director of Yoga Services at JRI.

An 8-week Therapeutic Yoga Group is being offered on Mondays, April 20 – June 8.

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Registrations for all Yoga Classes are also being taken at the Center: 515-274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org.

 Organic Ministry: Cultivating Soil & Soul

This course is aimed at pastoral leaders in congregations, though it is neither strictly limited to professional clergy nor to those who serve in congregations. The course is built upon the participant’s direct experience of creation on, and the culture of, a small, diversified family farmstead. The farm serves as the context for practical and theological study of the nature of the church as household within the divine economy of Creation and Kingdom. Attention is given to those understandings and practices that make for the health of the individual and the household in its spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, interpersonal, vocational, and creational dimensions.

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For additional information contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry; 515-251-6667. 

 

Apr
16
Thu
The Wisdom of Mindfulness @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 8:30 pm

In this 8-week class, participants will learn how to apply mindfulness meditation for more effective management of the stressors experienced in everyday life as well as for personal transformation. They will also learn how to pay attention to their thoughts, emotions and body sensations (mindfulness) in a way that leads to increased healing and greater contentment.The format of the sessions is modeled after the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic and enhanced by the facilitators’ personal and therapy experiences. Activities will consist of mindfulness meditation exercises,education, group reflection and weekly homework practice.

Click Here for MORE INFORMATION about The Wisdom of Mindfulness

Click Here to REGISTER NOW or contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org

Apr
17
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 17 @ 8:15 am – May 8 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a Reiki Master.She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility.

Apr
20
Mon
PrairieFire – Monday Program @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

PrairieFire will meet on the third Monday of the month, September – June, 2014 – 2016. Note: In January the class will meet on the fourth Monday due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

8 – Week Therapeutic Yoga Group @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 20 @ 6:15 pm – Jun 8 @ 7:15 pm

The goal of Therapeutic Yoga is to befriend, reconnect with and feel empowered in your body. In a safe and predictable environment, you are invited to notice sensations, experiment with movement and breathing, and practice making choices about what is right for you. Therapeutic Yoga was developed by world-renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist Bessel van der Kolk, MD, founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, and David Emerson, Director of Yoga Services at JRI.

This class is being offered on Monday, March 16, and Monday, March 30. Participants may enroll in one or both classes. Separate pre-registration is required for each class.

Click Here for MORE INFORMATION about Therapeutic Yoga

Click Here to REGISTER NOW

Apr
23
Thu
The Wisdom of Mindfulness @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – May 7 @ 8:30 pm

In this 8-week class, participants will learn how to apply mindfulness meditation for more effective management of the stressors experienced in everyday life as well as for personal transformation. They will also learn how to pay attention to their thoughts, emotions and body sensations (mindfulness) in a way that leads to increased healing and greater contentment.The format of the sessions is modeled after the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic and enhanced by the facilitators’ personal and therapy experiences. Activities will consist of mindfulness meditation exercises,education, group reflection and weekly homework practice.

Click Here for MORE INFORMATION about The Wisdom of Mindfulness

Click Here to REGISTER NOW or contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org

Apr
24
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 24 @ 8:15 am – May 15 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a Reiki Master.She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility.

Apr
27
Mon
8 – Week Therapeutic Yoga Group @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 27 @ 6:15 pm – Jun 15 @ 7:15 pm

The goal of Therapeutic Yoga is to befriend, reconnect with and feel empowered in your body. In a safe and predictable environment, you are invited to notice sensations, experiment with movement and breathing, and practice making choices about what is right for you. Therapeutic Yoga was developed by world-renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist Bessel van der Kolk, MD, founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA, and David Emerson, Director of Yoga Services at JRI.

This class is being offered on Monday, March 16, and Monday, March 30. Participants may enroll in one or both classes. Separate pre-registration is required for each class.

Click Here for MORE INFORMATION about Therapeutic Yoga

Click Here to REGISTER NOW

Apr
30
Thu
The Wisdom of Mindfulness @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 8:30 pm

In this 8-week class, participants will learn how to apply mindfulness meditation for more effective management of the stressors experienced in everyday life as well as for personal transformation. They will also learn how to pay attention to their thoughts, emotions and body sensations (mindfulness) in a way that leads to increased healing and greater contentment.The format of the sessions is modeled after the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic and enhanced by the facilitators’ personal and therapy experiences. Activities will consist of mindfulness meditation exercises,education, group reflection and weekly homework practice.

Click Here for MORE INFORMATION about The Wisdom of Mindfulness

Click Here to REGISTER NOW or contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org

May
1
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
May 1 @ 8:15 am – May 22 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a Reiki Master.She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility.

May
4
Mon
Organic Ministry: Cultivating Soil and Soul @ Taproot Garden
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course is aimed at pastoral leaders in congregations, though it is neither strictly limited to professional clergy nor to those who serve in congregations. The course is built upon the participant’s direct experience of creation on, and the culture of, a small, diversified family farmstead. The farm serves as the context for practical and theological study of the nature of the church as household within the divine economy of Creation and Kingdom. Attention is given to those understandings and practices that make for the health of the individual and the household in its spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, interpersonal, vocational, and creational dimensions.

Participants enroll for a full year, gathering monthly in groups of up to eight to spend a day on the farm (8 a.m. – 4 pm, February through January, excluding December).  The first half of the day is spent engaging Creation’s processes by way of the shared labor of light farm work (such as weeding the garden and tending the chickens).  The second half of the day is spent in quiet time, prayer, reflection, and facilitated discussion.  Conversation typically revolves around the given life experienced and observed in nature, its biblical and theological expressions, and the uncanny similarity of any organic “household” — whether a group of colleagues, a flock or family, the plant-community of a garden or the people-community of a congregation.  As one participates in and reflects upon the regenerative order of Creation, new thinking and functioning is encouraged toward the “Holy health” of the pastoral leader, the family and the congregation.

The year-long program costs $775 per person, which includes lunches, occasional guest speakers, but does not include textbooks.

To register, contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at the Center.