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Lay Academy Summer Event

August 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - August 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Compassionate Communication:
Living Life with Clarity and Connection within our Community

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The Lay Academy Summer Event will build community as we explore Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication. Friday evening features a drumming circle led by Elmore Lawson. On Saturday, CaSandra May will share tools for communicating effectively with people from different backgrounds and perspectives.

Friday Evening (7:00 to 9:00 pm) will feature an opportunity to participate in a One World, One Sound Drum Circle facilitated by Elmore Lawson. No drumming or musical experience necessary. A spirit of exploration, a desire for fun and a longing for community are a must.

Saturday’s program (9:00 am to 3:00 pm): Compassionate Communication: Living Life with Clarity and Connection within our Community. During this day-long workshop on Saturday, we will look at perspectives of what empathy and compassion are, learn and practice communication and insight strategies including, Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and the BePeace Connection Practice. Our intention will be to connect to and express our own feelings and needs/values, as well as deeply listen to another’s communication while holding space for both our self and the other in understanding, non-judgement, empathy, and respect. In the last part of the day, our discussion will focus on how these skills might be used practically in interactions within our own home, congregation and larger community.

CaSandra May is a holistic psychotherapist and group facilitator working out of her private practice, Sacred Circles Sanctuary, located in Baraboo. She guides individuals and groups into heart-centered ways of being through such practices as Mindfulness, self-inquiry and compassionate communication. Through these practices, people can access their own inner wisdom and innate attributes needed for healing and transformation. CaSandra also is the founder and president of the nonprofit organization, One Heart Inc. The organization’s mission is to offer and participate in activities that focus on living life in peace through awareness and conscious responsibility.

Friday, August 11, 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Saturday, August 12, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Wisconsin Conference UCC Trost Center | DeForest, Wisconsin

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Cost: $40 for the full event; $30 for Saturday only; $10 Friday evening only. Anyone is welcome to attend; you do not have to be a current or former Lay Academy student.

Need a hotel room? Contact Holiday Inn Express – DeForest | (608) 846-8686. Let them know you are registering for the Wisconsin Conference UCC block for August 11. Participants are responsible for paying for their own rooms and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Need a hotel room? Call the Holiday Inn Express directly at 608-846-8686 and request a room at the special rate of $69/night. Tell them you are reserving with the Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ room block for August 11. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 7184 Morrisonville Road in DeForest. Because this is a busy summer weekend, the hotel will hold rooms at our special rate through July 20th. After July 20, our block will be released and neither availability nor the special rate will be held for us.


August 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
August 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ


Wisconsin Conference UCC Daycholah Center
W1000 Spring Grove Road
RIPON, WI 54971 United States
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