The Centre for Spirituality at Work



Symbols: The Bridge to Passion at Work


Thursday January 27, 2005
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Dining Hall, Friends' House
60 Lowther Avenue, 2 short blocks north of Bloor St.
( between Bedford Rd. and St. George St.)


Work that is rooted in your passion is one of life's finest blessings and something many of us desire. A big change at work, a period of unemployment, the onset of retirement, or mere restlessness can force you to reflect on what it is that guides you in your choice of and perspective on your work. But any time is a good time to learn how to lessen the gap between the reality of your work and your dream of "meaningful work." The symbol is our tool tonight to help you connect with your guiding passion. Symbols are bridges between what you clearly understand and what can only be understood obliquely. Symbols help you deal with paradox and with uncertainty, those unavoidable companions on any life journey that is "enfired" by your soul. Explore the symbols of your passion through a hands-on encounter with miniatures and through discussion, poetry and stories. Bring a journal or blank paper.

JOANNA BEYERS, PhD, is a poet who for 20 years has been exploring the relationship between the inner life of the symbol and the outer life of work and action, between nature and experience. Joanna trained as a natural scientist and policy analyst. Now she works with both organizations and individuals as a facilitator, lifestyle/career coach and therapist-in-training, specializing in leadership development, creative renewal, vocation, focus, conciliation and collaboration. You can reach Joanna at

REGISTRATION: $30 received by Monday January 24, or $40 at the door. If you cannot manage the full fee at this time, register and pay what you can before the 24th. Please send your name, workplace, address, phone number and e-mail address to To pay by VISA , send the name embossed on your card, the number, and expiry date. For security reasons, you may want to divide the card number into two separate e-mails, leave it in a message 24/7 at 416-482-9175, or fax 416-482-9969. Seeds of Hope is the transaction that will appear on your statement. Or mail cheques to: Centre for Spirituality at Work, Box 100, 162 Spruce St., Toronto M5A 2J5. Cancellations: You may substitute another person for no additional fee.

LOCATION: The Friends' House Dining Room, 60 Lowther Avenue, 2 short blocks north of Bloor St. between Bedford Rd. and St. George St. There's street parking in the area, and a paid lot on the east side of Bedford just north of Bloor. By TTC, take the Bedford exit from the St. George subway station

Bring your brochures & flyers for the networking table.

Following is the list of the other meaningful programs planned this year to help you deepen the connection between who you are and the work you do. They are offered by leaders with real passion for their work.

Toronto, Sat Jan. 29, An Introduction to Constructive Communication with KATHLEEN CONWAY
Guelph, Mon Jan. 31, You at Work: More than You Dream Possible! with BRYAN WALTON
Toronto, Tues Feb. 15, 22, Mar 1, Finding Vocation: Clarity + Courage = Confidence with Dr. TIM ELLIOTT
Guelph, Mon Feb. 28, Journal Writing: Caring for the Soul at Work with MELINDA BURNS
Toronto, Wed. Mar 2, Reception & Working with Spirit with LUCY REID & Dr. FRED EVERS
Guelph, Wed Mar. 30, Words @ Work: Metaphor as Problem-Solver with CATHERINE GRAHAM
Toronto, Thurs Mar. 31, The Soul in Transition at Work with ANN COOMBS
Toronto, Wed Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, Re-Firement, Not Retirement with SYBILLA MANNSFELDT
Toronto, Tues April 26, Buddha in the Boardroom © with Dr. LLOYD FIELD
Guelph, Sat Apr. 30, Finding Vocation: Clarity + Courage = Confidence with Dr. TIM ELLIOTT
Toronto, Tues. May 17, Second Innocence: Renewing the Work Journey with Dr. JOHN IZZO

Centre for Spirituality at Work
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Last updated Jan 26/05