Journey Series to feature Gordon Peerman at Lenten retreat March 9

The Journey Series will present Gordon Peerman, D.Min., for a Lenten retreat March 9.

The Rev. Peerman is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Yale Divinity School, and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He founded the Saint Thomas Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program in 1997. As a vice president at Saint Thomas Health Services, he coordinated the dissemination of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to 14 other hospitals in the United States.

He has been engaged in contemplative practices, including centering prayer and mindfulness meditation, since 1975, and has practiced yoga, tai chi, and qigong since 1995. He is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering. With his wife Kathy he began One River Wisdom School Nashville, a mindfulness meditation group that meets on Wednesday evenings at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

In this day long workshop, Peerman will lead participants in an exploration of the experience of predicament: both the universal “human predicament,” and our more particular and personal experiences of being nailed to one’s predicaments.

The day will begin by using two simple and easy contemplative practices: guided meditation … and the gentle mindful movements of Qigong. Together these practices serve to quiet the discursive analytical mind and open the heart to the embodied “felt sense” of what it’s like to be “nailed” to one predicament or another. You need no prior experience with contemplative practice to come to the workshop.


Peerman will share his experiences of being with persons nailed to their own predicaments, as well as what he’s found that has been life-saving for himself when nailed to his own predicaments and heart-brokenness. This is not a “share or die” workshop - one does not have to speak if they so choose.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. March 9, and the workshops will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. For more information visit


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