Join Grace and friends for a supportive journey of self-inquiry and self-realization, the practice of asking and answering four questions and finding turnarounds, in the power of community.
Program runs September 11th, 2023-June 27th, 2024. We meet every week all year, with one week each month on a workshop topic + Q&A about The Work.
Who are you, really, without your stressful stories?
"Never underestimate the power of a group to change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Meade
"We're all walking each other home". ~ Ram Dass
"Being part of this group is one of the best things that happened to me the past year. I love the regularity of the group, and I also love the occasional 'popcorn style' inquiry where a statement is relatively broad and everyone gets to find a situation to do inquiry on. I loved the partnering. I was a bit nervous about it at first, but I have worked with such amazing people, even sometimes after our month as partners was finished, and consider some of them to be friends. I really liked the monthly sessions and loved delving into a topic. Grace, you have put together something wonderful and I cannot wait to be back next year."
The Work of Byron Katie and self-inquiry is not just a method or tool. It is a way of life when we live without believing stressful stories. When we do The Work, we feel the peace we've been seeking, the peace that's been waiting for us all along.
Year of Inquiry is a powerful ten-month long program of community, supporting us all to receive what we need to remember to question what we're thinking and believing that hurts . Practicing this work brings out the abundance, kindness, joy and creativity available to us in our daily lives. This work is meditation, together.
For those wanting to connect, and stay connected, to others who love tapping into the freedom to question our sadness, fear, angst, disappointment or failure, who also want to learn to facilitate and be facilitated, this is an amazing place to do it.
There are three gaps, often gaps we're unaware of, that seem to impede our ability to find peace around the situation where we felt burned emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually.
1) More training • More research • More seeking. Like an ever-present attitude of hope that soon, you’ll get it or get there.
2) Wanting to do it alone. We don’t want anyone to push us (very understandably) or boss us around, or scare us, or brainwash us, or bore us. Nor do we want to try something that winds up failing again.
3) The third missing link or gap is the uncanny ability for us to go into unconsciousness. Not really our fault, simply the amazing power of the mind to bury feelings • avoid pain • whistle in the dark, try to be “positive” without really accepting the “negative.”
Year of Inquiry is a way to have a concrete, clear way to work with negativity, worry, depression, despair, conflict and lack...and transform them.
Instead of moving into More, DIY or Unconsciousness, we identify and question just one thought at a time.
Your own personal work is brought to the group in the way you feel most comfortable. No one has to share, you can listen-only and learn so much (although we love to hear from you when you do share). You can listen to recordings of the live sessions. You can share via writing on our private forum. The style that matches you is your method.
The most important thing?
You, questioning your stressful thinking and seeing thought for what it really is.
"It is really valuable to make the personal connections/ friendships that we are forming in the group. They are those lifetime, special connection, we-were-in-it-together kinda friendships. And, like The School for The Work, it's basis is life-giving, healing, transcending. So the friendship level is a very high vibration. Like we support each other in being the best we can be, which for me means the most peaceful/loving we can be, (rather than the most successful in society's eyes we can be.) It reminds me of the bonds and friendships I formed in seminary."~ YOI Participant
Touch a hot stove. Ouch. You immediately pull your hand away.
Later, the mind begins to think about that terrible moment.
Will I touch a stove again? Will there be a stove in the next place I enter? How can I protect myself against getting burned? I need to know about the location of all stoves in my vicinity. What if a stove shows up where I work?
Life is hard. I'm not safe. I should be more careful. It shouldn't have happened.
Many of our stressful perspectives began in early years of our lives: Family of Origin, school, peers, society, religion, culture.
In our inquiry circle you'll focus on one topic every month (always with the option of moving to where you want or need based on your life experience--in other words, no one has to stay in the lines).
Our monthly topics (not necessarily in this order):
Year of Inquiry helps us take centuries-old wisdom on the path to inner awareness, not taking the mind so seriously, dissolving our shame.
We create the container to:
Join us. All you need is willingness to show up for the parts that work for you, in the smorgasbord of offerings we include.
While Grace does happen to be my birth name, the grace I'm really talking about meeting here is the magical unexpected gift of healing, kindness and compassion that enters our lives when we calm the busy, judgmental interpretations we've gathered and learn to love what is with new fresh eyes.
Doing The Work of Byron Katie became this way of grace for me. I was nervous, depressive, extremely introverted, and full of confusion about the meaning of life. I learned The Work, and life has slowly, significantly, profoundly changed from the inside out since attending my first Byron Katie event in 2004.
In the brilliant book "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, he shares that 10,000 hours of practice and attention to any endeavor brings expertise, flow and creativity to that practice.
I've had the very good fortune to do this work repeatedly, opening the mind to change, silence, peace and insight:
a) attending around 20 events with Byron Katie including 5 Schools for The Work.
b) sitting in The Work with other people one-on-one and myself in writing, facilitating groups, running meetups, trading sessions with partners, volunteering on the Help Line, and running a business dedicated to the practice of The Work.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. ~ Aristotle
For those who also want to learn to facilitate The Work and receive the best from those facilitating you, and everything you encounter in life: Join me in Year of Inquiry with grace.
Pay in full. Sliding Scale. Enroll with one fee here.
YOI + MEET PRIVATELY ONCE A MONTH: Add On Solo Sessions (limited)
"Thank you to Grace for believing in me, trusting me, and walking beside me as I went through what was arising about facilitating. You have created a space in which I feel safe to explore and show up as I am. What an amazing gift! And, thank you all. It has been a privilege and a joy to sit with you all in inquiry this year. I love the quote by Ram Dass that Grace sometimes shares “we are all just walking each other home.” I feel grateful to have traveled beside each of you this year.With love and deep gratitude"
- Participant 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
"Grace is great and so sincere and thoughtful. She practices what she preaches. I like her sharing personal stories too because I can relate. Very organized. Very knowledgeable. Such quick loving responses in our special private forum."
- Participant 2017
Year of Inquiry has worked. The times are great and I like that it's all the calls plus a week off a month. No burnout. Nice to be able to listen to recordings. Grace is organized with the technology and it works. I do like our Slack forum for keeping connected. YOI has been a positive experience for me."
- Participant 2014, 2023
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