Butterfly Journeys

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Reflections & Events

Hello, my name is Laura Funk and I have practiced Spiritual Direction vocationally since 2012. Earlier, Spiritual Direction was part of my work within the church. It was during my work in pastoral ministry that I realized that this is where my deepest passion lies, and so, once my term in the church was completed, I decided to focus much more on Spiritual Direction and more public education and retreat events, and so I developed a private practice.

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Course on Immanuel Prayer

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been practicing Immanuel Prayer for many years now and I'd like to share what I've learned and mentor others into this life-changing prayer process. I've designed this course based on personal experience and the wealth of teaching from Dr. Karl & Rev. Charlotte Lehman. The course runs in Fall of 2018 on Monday evenings. Contact Butterfly Journeys for more information.


Self Care seminars

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Two evenings together to explore self care. New material each evening with teaching and tips, and a special offer to bring your friends who have not attended a Butterfly Journeys event yet.

August 20 & 21, 2018, 7-9 pm

Advent Retreat

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This retreat grows out of two passions: my love for focal practices as a way to re-direct attention to the good things in life, and joy in creativity! We'll learn practices which can help us better prepare for Advent and Christmas and we'll make Advent wreaths to take home and enjoy through the season.

One the day before Advent begins: December 3rd, 2017, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

See the poster on the Home page for more details.

Summer Silent Retreat

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, August 12th from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Come for a day of rest from conversation and expectations. Spend time listening more deeply for the goodness of God in your life, in your heart, all around you. Learn about contemplative prayer, healing prayer for yourself and for others, and savour the delights of summer. Optional session of Spiritual Direction. Optional private room for rest and reflection. Register early, especially if you want either of these options.

Registration form on home page.

Annual Sabbath Retreat for young adults (under 40)

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

St. Benedict's Conference and Retreat Centre, just north of Winnipeg is holding its anual young adult retreat, June 1-4, 2017. This year I have been asked to co-direct this retreat with Rachel Twigg-Boyce. We will be reflecting on the Pentecost passages as well as offering the opportunity to explore a variety of spiritual practices, including crafting a Rule of Life for yourself, journaling, praying with clay, praying in colour, walking a labyrinth, Examen & Group Spiritual Direction, individual Spiritual Direction, and more. The emphasis of the 4 day retreat is to rest and rejeuvenation. 

Cost: $80, includes private room, meals, all sessions and activities.

To register call St. Ben's at 204-339-1705 or on-line: http://centre.stbens.ca/event/sabbath-retreat-for-young-adults

Good Friday Through the Senses

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday April 14th, 1-5 pm

A self-guided contemplative retreat through various stations engaging the senses. Spend as much time as you need or skip stations as you are led. This retreat will offer participants an opportunity to engage with the story of Maunday Thursday and Good Friday through various senses. For those with scent sensitivies, please note, there will be some insence involved. To register please contact Butterfly Journeys.

Celtic Christian Spirituality Retreat

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

New retreat offered for two consecutive Saturdays: January 28th and February 4th. Come and learn, reflect, and rejuvenate!

Gift certificates are available.


Information Evening

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I am planning an evening of information about Spiritual Direction. If you've even considered receiving Spiritual Direction or wondered how it could benefit you, you are invited to attend. Contact Butterfly Journeys to register for this event.

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Location: Will be sent to all registrants (Winnipeg, MB)

The Butterfly Story

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

     I learned a “healing of memories” kind of prayer awhile ago, and several other friends around me practice it as well. When I was struggling with a particular issues, one of these friends offered some prayer-time to me.

     Part of this prayer involves opening yourself to the Spirit, to allow her to take you back to any memory to which you need to go. This is how our session started. Suddenly I was back in a memory in Kindergarten. I was seated at a table with other children and we were doing art. The teacher came by and asked what I had drawn. Suddenly I was filled with shame and anxiety – what had I drawn? I didn’t really know. I tried to cover my picture by pulling the top corners of the paper to the bottom corners, so no one could see it.

     As I was re-entering this memory, I invited the Spirit to be present to me. I sensed her presence at my right, just behind me where I couldn’t see. I felt a nudge to open the paper. I found the courage to do so, and as I did, a hundred butterflies flew out and fluttered about the room. Suddenly I was delighted, surprised by the joy of delicate wings dancing around me. I felt my fears and anxiety melt away. As I eventually returned my gaze to the page in front of me, the thought came to me, “I have drawn the paths of the butterflies!”


     Spiritual Direction

     I have learned that no two spiritual paths are alike, and sometimes it feels like we are wandering around like butterflies. But butterflies, in their erratic flight-paths actually cover an amazing distance in their lifetimes. As we share our own journeys with a Spiritual Director, we can sometimes see the bigger picture, get our bearings, or make sense of the paths after all. Sometimes we even find inner healing, like I did that day with the butterflies.

Credentials

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Different things are important to different people in this category, so I've included a variety of things.


Education:

I have a degree in Theology (B.Th.) and an arts degree (B.A.) and a degree in Christian Ministry (M.A.).

I studied one semester at seminary in 2016. 

I have taken two levels of Enneagram courses.

I am certified in Immanuel Prayer and have been practicing since 2000.

Languages: in addition to English, I have studied French, German, Koine Greek (very basic) and Biblical Hebrew, as well as some A.S.L (American Sign Language) and Spanish. I am only fluent in English.

I have graduated from the Spiritual Direction course at St. Benedict's Retreat and Conference Center (Shekinah). This is a two-year formation course.

I am also a Body Talk Access Technician.


Experience:

I have worked in church or para-church organizations a good part of my life, including 5 years in leadership at an ecumenical church.

I have practiced Spiritual Direction formally since 2012.

I have been on healing prayer teams since 1998 and have studied Formation for Healing Ministries (St. Ignatius), Theophostic (Ed Smith), and Immanuel Prayer (Karl & Charlotte Lehman).

I have participated in two different programs of the Iona Community in Scotland.

I have built labyrinths out of clay, bricks and rope and in a hayfield.

I have taken workshops and courses in Celtic Spirituality, and participated in a Celtic Spirituality Pilgrimage.

I have led weekend retreats on Celtic Spirituality, St. Brigid, prayer practices, Sabbath, Holistic Healing, silent retreats, developing a personal Rule of Life, and many others. See the "Retreats and Seminars" page for a longer list of topcs.

I have led worship experiences for children and adults, for small groups and larger ones since the 1990s in various settings, including camps and churches, retreat centres and homes.

As a Spiritual Director, I see my own Spiritual Director and meet monthly with a Peer Supervision Group.


Books

I have read books on soul friendship, journalling, various kinds of prayer, healing ministry, active listening, emerging/emergent church, post-christendom, theology, spirituality, Church history, Celtic spirituality...


Personal

I have been married since 2006. I have had a pet turtle since 2001. I have done three terms of service with Mennonite Central Committee, I have lived in community, I grew up Mennonite, joined an ecumenical church as an adult and married a Roman Catholic. I've lived in four countries on three continents and visited many others.


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