Adult Formation

Mindfulness in July

In today’s world, we are constantly pulled away from the present moment. Almost without awareness, we’re universally distracted from what we are doing.  Instead of pausing to respond mindfully and appropriately to situations, many of us simply react. These reactive responses often give rise to misunderstandings, hostility and violence.  Taught by Kim Hill and Mary Dwyer

Mindfulness is July” is a 4 week course designed to introduce the individual to mindfulness skills and contemplative practices. These skills provide tools for  responding to life intentionally  rather than reacting to life automatically.  Suggested donation is $8.

July 8: BODY, Breath, and Mind

July 15: Body, BREATH, and Mind

July 22: Body, Breath, and MIND


Kim Hill is an Erie native and mindfulness facilitator with over 40 years of experience in health and wellness education. She received her Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) certification from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior in 2018, and since then has been an active certified member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Kim currently run Mindfulness Strategies, a consulting firm that provides mindfulness training and programming to businesses, schools, universities, and other organizations. She believes bringing a greater awareness of mindfulness to the global community begins right here, in this moment, in Erie. 

Mary Dwyer is a long-time student of Fr. Thomas Keating and has been practicing Centering Prayer since the 1980s. Mary is currently is in private practice as an LCSW in the Erie area. She also is serving as a member of the Gift Committee and the Welcoming Prayer Service Team of Contemplative Outreach. She previously has served as Chairperson of the Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Governing Board; member of the Contemplative Outreach Faculty; and Coordinator for the Living Flame program and Coordinator of the Miami Chapter.

Backyard Book Group II – starts July 19

Join Melinda Hall in her Erie backyard for a study of Wild Mercy. With Wild Mercy, author and teacher Mirabai Starr shares the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of the feminine mystic across cultural boundaries and throughout history. From saints and sages, to goddesses and archetypal energies, to contemporary teachers and seekers―you’ll meet women who blazed a path that will illuminate your own. This group will meet on Monday July 19 and July 26 and August 2 at 6:00 P.M. Please email Melinda at to register or for more information.