The Guild for Spiritual Guidance

September 2022 Newsletter

Note from the Editor


The Guild e-newsletter has traditionally come out the fourth weekend of the month in order to allow for inclusion of news from board meetings. The last newsletter that came out was the July newsletter at the end of July. However, it strikes me that it makes little sense to call a newsletter coming out around August 28 the August newsletter, so from now on the e-newsletters that come out at the end of the month will carry the name of the next month. Hence this newsletter is called the September 2022 newsletter instead of the August newsletter. I hope this is clear. 

- Lou Anne Bulik

Scholarship Fund 

In our July Newsletter we spoke about our 2022 Give Back Scholarship appeal and asked you to join in giving your financial support to those who would like to attend one of our programs. To date we have received $1,385 in contributions to this need-based scholarship fund. A heartfelt thank you to all who have donated! 

We are excited to share with you that we have graduate members who believe strongly in our organizational efforts to bring more diversity to the Guild. These graduates have gifted the AP Program with three full diversity fellowships! These diversity fellowships are an invitation to participate in the expansion of the Guild's understanding of how to better serve a diverse cultural community by committing to the two-year Apprenticeship Program. Our sincere appreciation goes out to those who have offered these specific diversity fellowships, which will help us learn and grow as a community.   

We have at least four promised applications from people who meet the diversity fellowship criteria, and we have an additional eight accepted applicants for APXXII. We need more scholarship money for those who do not qualify for the diversity fellowships and desire to participate in the Apprentice Program. This is why we continue to reach out to you and ask you to please consider donating to the 2022 Give Back Scholarship Appeal! 

This will be an important time in the Apprenticeship Program as we diversify our circle of participants and our curriculum to include mystics, depth psychologists, and other teachers from diverse cultures. Please join us in birthing our expanded circle by providing a gift to ensure our growth.  

The other Guild program starting this fall is the Spiritual Guidance Supervision Program. This one-year program is open to graduates ONLY for its first year and has seven applicants currently with more on the way. There is still time to apply for this program starting in November, so please look at the website under: Graduate Circle. Furthermore, the Engaged Wisdom division of the Guild is preparing another one-year program based on eco-spirituality; Rewilding with Creation is slated to begin in January 2023.  

There is much to be grateful for and much work to be done in our world at a time when learning and action inspired by spiritual community is so very critical! Send your check to the Guild for Spiritual Guidance Scholarship Fund c/o Steve Allen, 13 Skyline Drive, Unit 11, Fishkill, NY 12524.


Reserve September 23-25, 2022 for the Fall Graduate Guild Retreat

on "The Art of Seeing" at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT

Imagine a world where you could see with “new eyes.” The Art of Seeing with Carmen Lund is an art-making class with a spiritual objective. During this retreat, you will take a fresh look at familiar things with the result that nothing will ever appear the same as before.

The natural will become miraculous, and the everyday will become unique. You will develop a fresh sense of awe, wonder, and gratitude for the natural world and God’s movement in the everyday.

Over the weekend, you will be led in a series of exercises to express, elaborate and manifest everyday mundane reality and transform it into something special. 

The retreat facilitator, Carmen Lund, is a graduate with the Guild for Spiritual Guidance (AP XX), a painting teacher and a transformational life coach. Her paintings have been exhibited around the world. 

Registration closes September 14.

Register Here

Do You Know Candidates for the AP Program? Encourage Them to Apply

APXXII is now forming, and there is still time to apply for the next cohort commencing in September 2022.
As Guild graduates, we understand the deep connections we make with one another during the Apprenticeship Program. For many of us, the Apprenticeship Program was a transformational journey.
Do you know someone who is longing for deeper spiritual connection? Please encourage that person to consider applying to APXXII. Just click on the button below to learn more information.

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Are You Called to the New Spiritual Guidance Supervision Program?

The new one-year program in Spiritual Guidance Supervision with a Depth Psychology Orientation invites those who are called to begin a private practice of one-to-one interfaith spiritual guidance or who are already engaged in practicing interfaith spiritual guidance to refine their skills as a spiritual guide. 

If you are looking for support in your spiritual guidance practice; if you are looking to grow in understanding of yourself and the ways in which you are present with your guidees; if you are looking to deepen your skill with guidees; and if you desire to deepen your understanding of depth psychology and its impact on their practice, this program will appeal to you

The curriculum utilizes a depth psychology focus as well as individual and peer supervision for aiding you to gain deeper perspective and awareness of self, and self in relationship to the guide.

Participants meet in-person at Wisdom House for the opening weekend. The other sessions will be via Zoom. 

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Explore the Natural Cycles of the Earth Community with “Rewilding with Creation: Living the Rhythms of the Seasons” to Begin January 2023.

Guild members and friends, come delve into the natural cycles of the earth and our embedded experiences of them in a new year-long Engaged Wisdom program, Rewilding with Creation, starting in January 2023.

Rewilding with Creation ask participants to consider the following questions:

  • How do we participate in the natural cycles of the earth community?

  • How do we develop and support our capacities to co-create with the earth?

  • Is there one consciousness embedded in creation?

  • How do we relate to the synergy of the deep cycles of the earth?

  • How do we receive and celebrate that relatedness? 

If these questions resonate with you, consider registering for this in-depth, 12-month course. You will explore your local bioregion, journal about your experiences with nature, and employ contemplative practices. 

“Rewilding with Creation” covers four modules of three months each: Season of Dormancy to Quickening from January through March; Season of Life Bursting Forth from April through June; Season of Harvest from July through September; and Season of Preparation for the Dark from October through December.

Guild member, environmental educator, and longtime staff member with the Vermont Wilderness School Amy Hyatt will lead the program.
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Assisi: A Pilgrimage of Peace

by Paul Kimmerling and Rev. Br. Mark D’Alessio

The Basilica of St. Clare, Assisi, Italy.

We are delighted to say that a number of Guild members and friends have already registered. As a result, there is a community now forming around our Pilgrimage to Assisi. Our rooms are filling up and space is limited. Register today!

Join us for “In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare”, to call forth what is deepest within you as you experience the marvels of Assisi. In the tradition of the Guild’s four strands, you will be introduced to Assisi and the countryside of Umbria in an intimate one-of-a-kind experience honoring all faith traditions. You will be invited into the stories of Francis and Clare as a pathway for touching the human and divine in us all.

Our co-faciltator, Paul Kimmerling, lives in Assisi, and is a member of the local choir, “Cantori di Assisi”. They were invited to sing at the mass for the Feast of St. Clare, August 11, at which he took these pictures (above). This is just one illustration of Assisi as a place where the past and present seem to occupy the same space and time. We invite you to experience that for yourself as you join us for the pilgrimage, “In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare”.

Single and double rooms are available. ALL are welcome! For full details, click on the button below or contact your pilgrimage facilitators, Paul Kimmerling and Br. Mark D’Alessio, at

Learn More and Register

Join the Virtual Coffee Cafe Tuesdays at 10 am 

Guild graduates, if you love the idea of connecting with friends from your Apprenticeship Program and other Guild graduates, join the Coffee Café every Tuesday morning at 10 am. There are people who would love to see you and reconnect.

There is no cost to attend the Coffee Café.
Join us via Zoom.

Silent Meditation Tuesday Evenings and Thursday Mornings

Gather for silent meditation and prayer on Tuesday evenings at 9:30 p.m. EST and/or Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. EST. There is no program as such. Log on, settle in, breathe, and sit together with our Guild family, holding the world, the Guild, our lives in holy space. There is no cost for the silent meditations.

Join us via Zoom.

 Upcoming Programs at Wisdom House

Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center presenting programs in spirituality, wellness, the arts, and ecology, while offering hospitality to academic, civic, nonprofit, and business organizations. Wisdom House hosts in-person weekends for the Guild Apprenticeship Program and Graduate Guild Retreats.

Check out these upcoming programs at Wisdom House

  • 12-Step Prayers for Anxious Times with Guild Member Br. Mark D’Alessio

September 9 

  • Wisdom: The Gift of Later Life with Guild Member Laura McEvoy, September 14

  • Peace as a Practice, September 21

  • Thomas Berry and Teilhard de Chardin, September 24

  • Dream Tending with Guild Member Br. Mark D’Alessio, October 6

  • Praying Simply with Guild Member Laura McEvoy, October 12

Wisdom House Program Information

Upcoming Courses at Deep Time Network 

Deeptime Leadership and Personal Empowerment, September 21 – June 16

DTLP Module 1: Introducing the New Cosmology, September 21 – December 16

Deep Time Network Course Information

Writers and Artists Wanted

Would you like to write a reflective piece for the newsletter? Would you like to share your poetry, artwork, or remembrances of what made the Guild such a special experience for you? Would you like to write a profile of a Guild member for the newsletter? If so, please contact Lou Anne Bulik. 
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September 2022
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