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Spirituality and Health Care Institute

Spirituality and Health Care Institute: Bridging the Borders between the Body’s Wisdom and Healing through Bio-Spiritual Focusing

Thursday, 7 April 2016
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

We live in a world that tends to focus on brokenness instead of the healing potential already inherent within us. The Spirituality and Health Care Institute will provide participants the opportunity to learn how bio-spiritual focusing can help us to listen to our bodies and respond with compassion and kindness as we accompany ourselves, patients, clients, and spiritual directees.

Whether in health care or other settings, accompaniment in the service of healing is best offered with a holistic perspective. Bio-spiritual focusing can help us access the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit, allowing for the integration of both external and internal sources of healing. Bio-spiritual focusing also provides a way for health care practitioners and spiritual directors to access this healing within themselves.

The Spirituality and Health Care Institute learning objectives include:

  • Develop a deeper quality of listening presence for both self and other.
  • Recognize the way bio-spiritual aspects of suffering manifest in the body.
  • Experience how bio-spiritual focusing can help us identify the residual effects of caring for and accompanying others who suffer.
  • Learn tools and gain knowledge for accessing the healing modality of bio-spiritual focusing and how it benefits patients and spiritual directees as well as providers and caregivers 
  • Experience and envision ways to implement the body’s wisdom into daily personal and professional practice.


Spirituality and Health Care Institute USD$175

Tuition includes midday meal. Register now!


The Rev. Elizabeth I. Rechter has been an Episcopal priest serving in parish ministry since 1991. She has a bachelor of science degree in human kinesiology from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, and a masters in divinity from The Protestant Theological Seminary in Virginia, USA. She is an experienced teacher and retreat leader, and currently serves as the executive director of Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality located in California, USA. Stillpoint provides programs for the support of contemplative practice.

2016 Planning Team

Lisa Azzam, PT DPT, MTS, physical therapist and spiritual director in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, (institute chair), spiritual director and psychotherapist; co-director of a trauma healing program at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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