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Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Thursday September 21, 2023 through Sunday September 24, 2023
Cost: $365.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


2:00 pm September 21, 2023 to
11:00 am September 24, 2023

Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference
 Vernice Solimar, PhD and
Nancy Sylvester, IHM 

Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference is a reflective four-day process grounded in the transformative power of contemplation. It provides a framework to understand our role in the evolutionary journey and how our consciousness develops. It explores practical ways to learn to engage persons who live out of different worldviews in hopes of healing the negative effects of the polarization we experience.

Vernice Solimar, PhD was founder and chair of the Integral Psychology M.A. program, and former chair of Consciousness and Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University, (JFKU). With Dr. Monica Sharma, former Director of Leadership Training for Developing Countries at the United Nations, Vernice founded and directed the Leadership for Personal and Social Transformation certificate at JFKU. Vernice is a Founding Member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute and collaborated with Don Beck in teaching Spiral Dynamics at JFKU. She has taught courses on World Religions, Evolutionary Spirituality and Transpersonal and Integral Psychology, given presentations in El Salvador, Ecuador and Peru and facilitated programs in Taiwan, Istanbul, Puerto Rico and Uganda among others.

Nancy Sylvester, IHM founded the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue in 2002. This work reflects her commitment to dialogue and her belief that the impasse being experienced currently in the work of transformation requires a contemplative response and an expanded consciousness. Nancy served in the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; as vice president of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI; fifteen years on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, ten years as National Coordinator; and board member to numerous organizations. She is an author and a known speaker nationally and internationally.


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 

Refund Policy 

Additional Information:
Cost includes: Program, lodging, and meals from supper on Thursday to lunch on Sunday
For more information
Phone: 734-964-8886
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