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Integral Awakenings

Interested in integral theory and the work of Ken Wilber?

Interested in integral spiritual practice, practice that includes, but transcends, the teachings of the traditions?

Interested in enlightenment, in embodied awakening, and in living a life of continuous awakening?

I have created Integral Awakenings (formerly Chicago Integral) as a meeting place for people interested in discussing ideas, sharing practices, and forming spiritual community. For many years, I had a full-time job but since Fall 2013 I have been working full-time to further develop what had been a side-interest. I hope to see this group grow and evolve in many beautiful ways in 2014.

We will meetup in person and online. The in person meetings will mostly be in Chicago, since that's where I live. The online meetups will be on MaestroConference or possibly group Skype (or Google Hangout). The online gatherings are open to participants from around the world.

If you would like to offer a program through this Meetup group or have ideas for the group, please let me know. I'd be delighted to have many partners here in this beautiful play of Spirit.

Integral Awakenings website: BillEpperly.com (http://www.billepperly.com)

A little about me:

'm a healer, awakening coach, and lover of nature, music, and life. I live in Chicago, Illinois, just one block from Lake Michigan. I came to Chicago in 1992, full of enthusiasm for enlightenment, and helped my Korean Zen Master to found a Zen Buddhist Temple here. I left that community in 1993 and have studied contemplative Christianity, healing modalities, and contemporary spiritual practices. I have a certificate in spiritual direction from the Institute for Spiritual Leadership. In 2010, I took up the Waking Down in Mutuality path to awakening and awakened living. I have been a student of integral theory and practice for over 20 years.I have a doctorate in biochemistry and consider life one great experiment after another. In my working life, I've been a research scientist, a professor, a faculty developer, and a director of centers for teaching and learning. I left academia in August 2013 and I'm now doing more of what I love: spiritual life coaching, workshops and retreats.My dream is to create a rural retreat center where people can deeply re-connect and awaken to Spirit as it shows up in Self, Neighbor, and Nature

Upcoming events (5)

Interspiritual Sundays

Needs a location

Interspiritual Sundays is a spiritual community, a time for connecting with others in the beautiful space that is created when people join in meditation. The program is inspired by an Interspiritual view that celebrates the common wisdom of the world’s great religious traditions. Each session includes inspiring readings, a period of silent meditation, a group lovingkindness meditation, and time for personal sharing. Please join us for this experience community. Find joy, peace of mind, and connection even in this time of isolation and uncertainty. We meet on Zoom. Donations are welcome but not required. Please note: due to recent spamming events on Zoom, I only shared the Zoom link with people who have registered for the event.

Interspiritual Sundays

Needs a location

Interspiritual Sundays is a spiritual community, a time for connecting with others in the beautiful space that is created when people join in meditation. The program is inspired by an Interspiritual view that celebrates the common wisdom of the world’s great religious traditions. Each session includes inspiring readings, a period of silent meditation, a group lovingkindness meditation, and time for personal sharing. Please join us for this experience community. Find joy, peace of mind, and connection even in this time of isolation and uncertainty. We meet on Zoom. Donations are welcome but not required. Please note: due to recent spamming events on Zoom, I only shared the Zoom link with people who have registered for the event.

Awakening Circles

Sacred Ground Chicago

$20.00

Awakening Circles are gatherings of spiritual seekers who come together for mutual support in their life journeys. Each Circle opens with silent meditation and intention-setting followed by the core of the experience - time for personal sharing by participants. During the sharing process, participants are asked to hold each other in respectful silence. Sharing time is for each speaker’s personal exploration of their unfolding spiritual life. Listeners spend this time deeply listening to the speaker, while reflecting on their own journey. The experience is one of being with others in a profound way that goes beyond the experience of a typical support group. You will experience a sense of spiritual community that leaves you feeling deeply seen, supported and connected to others in your journey. Please contact Bill Epperly ([masked]) to find out more about Awakening Circles.

Interspiritual Sundays

Needs a location

Interspiritual Sundays is a spiritual community, a time for connecting with others in the beautiful space that is created when people join in meditation. The program is inspired by an Interspiritual view that celebrates the common wisdom of the world’s great religious traditions. Each session includes inspiring readings, a period of silent meditation, a group lovingkindness meditation, and time for personal sharing. Please join us for this experience community. Find joy, peace of mind, and connection even in this time of isolation and uncertainty. We meet on Zoom. Donations are welcome but not required. Please note: due to recent spamming events on Zoom, I only shared the Zoom link with people who have registered for the event.

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Interspiritual Sundays

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