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The New Issue


A Letter from the Editor, Christina Carlson AP XIX



On Tuesday, February 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, declaring there would be six more weeks of winter. February had clearly already gotten the memo; just the day before, the east coast experienced a nor’easter that dumped 1-2 inches of snow an hour. This weather pattern continued across the country, with snow in places that don’t usually get snow; on the news, we watched confused Georgians trying to navigate snowy highways around Atlanta, and worse, Texans still suffering the effects of power outages caused by the extreme winter weather. It seemed Phil was making good on his prediction.

But now, at the end of the month, even though we still have three weeks to go before the official start of spring, we see signs of change. Where I am, in NYC, this week saw warmer temperatures starting to melt away the snow accumulation from earlier in the month. The days are getting noticeably longer, and the birds are chirping in anticipation. And walking to the grocery store the other day, I noticed green shoots poking out of the ground; daffodils and crocuses are on the way.

Change is happening at the Guild, too, exciting change that will bring new energy and perspective to our work. In particular, we welcomed four new members to our board this month.                                                     

Laura McEvoy (AP XX) comes to us from Woodbury, CT, not far from Wisdom House, where the Guild is in residence. She brings to us a background in Mental Health and Ministry, with experience as a spiritual director, workshop presenter, retreat leader, and yoga teacher, and enjoys writing prayers, liturgy and creating rituals. She calls the apprenticeship program “a transformative experience” which deepened her connection to the earth and to the divine presence in the natural world. About her decision to join the board, Laura says, “I am grateful to the Guild for all it has given me. It has surrounded me with wise people, deepened my knowledge and helped me develop a unique spiritual way of being in the world… I joined the board to support the Guild, which had supported my spiritual growth.”  We are grateful for her support. 

Phyllis Huber (AP XV) lives in upstate New York, near Saratoga Springs. She retired last April and has been enjoying gardening, reading, and reconnecting with the Guild this past year: “I really hadn’t stayed in touch, and it has been such a joy being with fellow Guilders on the Café Tuesday mornings, attending zoom seminars, and sharing with the book group.” Through her renewed involvement, Phyllis became aware of openings on the board: “I had been seeking God’s guidance about where to be of service since my retirement. After discernment, I decided the Guild was where I was being called to serve.” Before retiring, Phyllis worked with a consulting firm that specialized in consulting with the Advancement/Development offices at colleges and universities and hopes to use her skills and experience to help the Guild raise the funds needed for operating costs and scholarships. Phyllis says, “I am really delighted the Guild is back in my life.” We are delighted, too. 

Lou Anne Bulik (AP XVIII).  After 24 years of living in New York City, Lou Anne has returned to the small town of Ridley Park, PA, about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia, where she grew up. She has over three decades of experience working in higher education, and is currently an independent college admissions counselor. She founded Red Brick Educational Consulting to help students and their families with the college planning and transition process, and delights in finding colleges that are good fits for students -- academically, socially, emotionally, philosophically, and financially. Of her joining the board, she says, “I had been thinking that I would like to become more involved with the Guild in some way, shape, or form, and then voila -- an invitation to join the board came my way. I am happy to offer my experience and skill in communications to the Guild as co-chair with Carolyn Luce of the Marketing and Communications Committee.” We are happy to have your experience and skill as well.   

Carolyn Luce (AP XIV) lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she owned an award-winning American contemporary craft gallery for 26 years until retiring in 2016. After her apprenticeship program, she served on the Guild board for six years during what she calls “a time of a great emergence.” Responding to an invitation to consider serving, after 10 years, she has returned to the board and says, “I see the continued evolution of that emergence.” Carolyn hopes to help the Guild with marketing to facilitate the growth of the Apprentice Program, and the newly created Engaged Wisdom Program. We know her energy, creativity, skills and experience will help facilitate these things and more. 

Just as we look forward to the new life that emerges in spring, we look forward to the new things that will emerge from collective contributions of our new board members and thank them for their willingness to serve in this capacity. 

Upcoming Events

Presented by Kate Duncan, AP XIX


Registration closes Monday!

Our listening skills impact our experience of ourselves, others and our world. Most often we hear what we are wired to hear, not necessarily what is actually being shared. This program explores the dynamics of listening, learning about our own 'automatic' listening with the intention of becoming aware of what impede or deepen our connections. At the conclusion of the 5 week program you will have skills to shift one or more listening habits. You will develop skills to listen with love and compassion for yourself and others.

Listening with the Natural World
Nature Based Listening

About the presenter, Kate Duncan:

Kate Duncan is an AP XIX graduate and active Guild member. She was one of the original women trailblazers in the technology industry. Kate’s experience in management for IBM seeded a bold adventure in establishing her own leadership development business serving many Fortune 500 companies. Kate's passion and commitment is to foster deep connections between people. She is committed to sharing her expertise, often pro-bono, as her Sacred Response to the world. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Kate now resides in Connecticut.

5 Sessions, Thursdays from 10-11:30 AM beginning March 4
List of dates: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

The cost is $50

Register Here

Who are these misfits, warriors, and holy fools? Through book talks and movies, we will examine contempory mystics who rose to a level of consciousness enviable to anyone living in these times of personal and communal unrest. We will walk with heroes and heroines, East, West, and Indigenous; gleaning insight to best prepare for what awaits us!     

This is an ongoing series, and each session will cover a different topic. The program will be presented via zoom.

3/11/21 at 11:00 AM: Shaping a Personal Myth to Live By by John Yungblut.

No Cost

For more information, contact Denise Tangney:

Register Here



Presented by Bernice Marie-Daly

This virtual retreat is open to all Guild Graduates. The Radical Path of the Sacred Feminine is an emerging story of the evolution of consciousness manifested through and within the archetype of the Sacred Feminine.   She has been with us from the beginning as a primordial image of Sacred Presence expressed through myriad cultures throughout the ages; we can imagine Her emergence today as “Mother Earth,” boldly challenging our way of life in the face of an existential threat to our very existence.  Sourced though meditation, deep listening, personal experiences and dream imagery; awakened to the realities of unrelenting social upheaval and global devastation, we gather to envision “Mother Earth” guiding us toward a humanity capable of an evolved Love transforming us into “the new human” of the Ecozoic Age.  

Artwork by Becky Nielsen, AP XIX

Open to all Guild Graduates

April 23-25, 2021 via Zoom

Cost $100

Registration closes April 21, 2021

For any questions, reach out to Sue Robinson:

Register Here
Continuing Weekly Gatherings
Three Weekly Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Guild Friends

 In this stressful time of ongoing pandemic and national division, the Guild continues to reach out and to provide opportunities for us to be together in supportive community.  You are invited to join Guild graduates for one or all of these opportunities.


These meetings will take place every Tuesday.

Our offering for Guild Graduates will take place on Tuesdays at 10 AM.

There is no cost for these meetings
Join us via Zoom; 
Here is the link that you can save and use every Tuesday:



These meetings will take place every Monday evening.

A sacred, supportive space to engage your creative energy!  Bring your yarn, journal, coloring books, clay, paint, etc. and join us for a time of contemplative, community creating in an atmosphere of support and encouragement.   No artistic experience is necessary or even expected!   The “Creative Oasis” offers a time to put our hands to paint, paper, clay, yarn, whatever; a time to unwind with the creative materials of your choice in the hope of promoting deeper sleep and new insight.  

For more information and zoom link, please contact Cari at:

There is no cost for these meetings
Join us via Zoom Monday evenings 7:30-8:30 


These meetings will take place every Thursday morning.

For me, Holly, one of the sweetest times at a Graduate Circle retreat is our morning gathering before breakfast for silent prayer and meditation.  I love the feeling of Presence in the room as we join our spirits in the silence.  The last three Graduate retreats have been on zoom, and I was delighted to feel that Presence as we sat “together” in early morning quiet  -  each in our own homes.  I still felt connected and supported in a special way.

I invite you to join me on Thursday mornings at 6:30 for time together in quiet.  There is no program, as such.  Log on as close to 6:30 as you can, settle in, breathe, and sit together with your Guild family, holding the world, the Guild, our lives in holy space.  I will close our time around 7:00 with a reading, and then we will each move into our days.  Please know that you are welcome any Thursday morning.

For more information and the zoom link please email Holly at:

There is no cost for these meetings
Join us via Zoom Thursday mornings, from 6:30 to 7:00.

A Guild for the Digital Age
Connect with us via our online platforms!

The Guild is furthering our online presence. In addition to our regular Facebook activity and new website, the Guild is now increasing our presence on Instagram. Furthermore, we wanted to connect more with you, our spiritual community. So we have set up a Facebook group for Guild Graduates. This will be a space for you to connect with us, as well as your fellow graduates. It will be a place to share your endeavors, questions, and thoughts while also keeping up to date on what offerings we have for you. All of these resources will be linked below.

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