The PraXis Wellness Challenge is a great program to run during Lent, or as a way to introduce your group to the ideas of health as spiritual practice. Below are details of the program we ran in the fall of 2021. Contact us if you would like to know more.
Sept 21 — Nov 11 of 2021- cycle one
Oct 5 – Nov 24 – of 2021 – cycle two
See all the sessions, HERE
Tuesday and Wednesday 6:30 pm, and Thursday at 10am, on Zoom and in-person. Sessions are approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. SIGN UP HERE.
PraXis is a graduate project of Vancouver School of Theology, at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The project explores the intersection of evidence-based wellness and Christian spiritual practice. PraXis involves physical fitness, mental health exercises and diet. More at PraXisWellness.Center.
Volunteers participate in PraXis sessions over an 8-week period. Participation can be as much as daily (on your own), or as little as a one session a week. Sessions occur over Zoom and on-sight in the Morristown NJ area, either at Frog Hill estate or partner locations to be determined. Volunteers take an entrance and exit survey based on the Princeton UMatter Wellness Self-Assessment. The data is kept confidential and will inform the efficacy of the practice and an organizational plan and report I will complete by Dec. 2021.
Our ultimate goal is to make PraXis a program that we can share with communities, churches and parachurch organizations. LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAXIS HERE
PaXis Sessions [See the sessions here]
Sessions will be offered weekly at 6:30 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10 am Thursday. All times are Eastern Standard. Even if you can’t make the classes, if you can participate in our own time and check-in every two weeks you can qualify.
Begins Sept 21, ends Nov 11.
Opening Prayer of Praise to God
Reading with Psalter, Canonical Scripture (we use NSRV)
Somatic Prayer or embodied practice
(20 – 30 Minutes)
“ Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one” 1 Corin. 9:25
This is light exercise- a combination of Pilates, gymnastics, and sanctified yoga in conjunction with scripture or hymn readings. See Demo HERE.
Noetic Prayer, or mental prayer
“keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” -Prov 4:23
This is a combination of silent prayers and contemplative traditions that have some aspect of evidence-based mindfulness, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Christian Meditation or other silent prayer traditions like the Jesus Prayer. See Demo HERE.
Thanksgiving, Meal and sharing
“See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.’” – Gen. 1:29
“I had eaten no rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth, and I had not anointed myself at all, for the full three weeks.” – Daniel 10:3
A plant-based meal is provided in the likeness of Christian-fasting. Here people have time to discuss their practice and commune with one another and learn about nutrition, recipes and the Christian fasting tradition.
Farewell and depart
We’ll discuss the practice, support volunteers in their participation, discuss the philosophy and the science behind the practices.
An open invitation
The program is nondenominational, open and welcoming. Christian affiliation is not required, but it is the sole spiritual context for the practice.
If you would like to participate fill out the intake form. Or if you just want learn, please fill out this short confidential form and we’ll get back to you.
Click here for a quick video orientation on the challenge.