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Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Ourselves in Challenging Times
Category: One Day Opportunities
Date: Saturday January 23, 2021
Cost: $50.00
Minimum Deposit: $50.00


January 23, 2021

9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Spiritual Practices for the Brain:
Caring for Ourselves in Challenging Times

with Anne Kertz Kernion

This program will be conducted via Zoom.
The Zoom link will be sent on January 22, 2021.

 The COVID-19 virus has changed our worlds in many ways, creating challenges impacting all of our lives. During this retreat, we explore a few spiritual practices to support our health and well-being. We will uncover the wisdom of Gratitude, the calm generated with simple Breath exercises, the restorative benefits of appreciating Nature, and the nurturing cultivated through Self-Compassion. Insights from neuroscience and positive psychology will be incorporated into our day, as well as opportunities to experience these practices. A creative activity will also be included, along with time for small group discussion, as we gently tend to our spirits. 

Anne Kertz Kernion is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality to groups around the US and Australia. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, and graduate certificate in Positive Psychology from the University of Missouri. Anne is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986 ( For fourteen years, Anne taught “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning” at Carlow University, and courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics at the community college level. Her second book, "Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul," was published by Loyola Press in October, 2020. A former Division 1 athlete, Anne teaches yoga and enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.


If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so.  
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

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This program will be conducted via Zoom.
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Phone: 724-964-8886
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