Jan 20, 2020

October 6, 2020 State College "Paths to Prayer" 1-Day Retreat with CEUs

Stay tuned for more information or contact:

Rev. Brenda Leigey
State College District Superintendent
814-592-6324          bleigey@susumc.org


Spiritworks Labyrinth Facilitator Training Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:00 - 4:00PM with Dr. Patricia D. Brown, Director of Spiritworks, Inc.

TO REGISTER:  Go to BrownPaperTicket and type in Labyrinth Facilitator Training. 

This Labyrinth Facilitator Training will prepare you to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, knowledgeable and effective way. The training addresses both meditative walking and ceremonial use. It is focused primarily on the 13-Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but will introduce other forms as well.

Walking the labyrinth is embraced as a spiritual practice by hospitals, hospices, schools, colleges and communities.  In Pittsburgh permanent labyrinths can be found at Chatham University, The Waterfront in Homestead, Kearn’s Spirituality Center, East Liberty Presbyterian Church,  Cameron Wellness Center and other locations throughout the region. 

Some take this course to deepen their own understanding of the labyrinth walk, others come for their personal spiritual journey, and still others to become a facilitator of labyrinth walks for others.  Once you’ve completed this 3-hour course you will be able to facilitate and offer the portable 40-foot canvas labyrinth to schools, healthcare facilities, faith communities, and other groups.

What will the topics cover?

  • The history and symbolism of the labyrinth.
  • The use of the labyrinth in various setting for different audiences such as retreats, workshops, conferences, churches, hospices, schools, hospitals, prisons, community parks and centers, special needs individuals, support groups, and recovery groups.
  • How to communicate in the language of particular audiences.
  • Creating and preparing your presentation for others.
  • Using the labyrinth for meditative walking and ceremonial/ritual use.
  • How to create a sacred space before, during and following the walk.
  • Experiences shared from walking the labyrinth.
  • The publicity-side of presenting and hosting the labyrinth.

Location:  Penn Forest Natural Burial Park

121 Colorado St.

Verona PA 15147

To register call or text 412-999-1912 or email pdbrown@spiritworks.org.  

Information about Dr. Patricia D. Brown, MDiv. PhD

Dr. Brown has served as a chaplain, pastor, mission executive, associate university professor, author of eight books, and currently works as the Bereavement Manager for VITAS Hospice here in Western Pennsylvania. The work closest to her heart is as Director of Spiritworks, a 501 (c) 3 to support Mama Arlene and the children of Rwanda, Africa.  See: homepadereal.org. 

Widowed at the age of twenty-five with a three-year-old, she is now married to Dale Bauman, a registered nurse. They have two sons; Christian married to Sara lives in Brooklyn with granddaughter Lucia and Stephen married to Anna with granddaughter Joy lives in San Joses.

“Tricia” facilitates ongoing spiritual growth through the creation of sacred spaces and times specifically formulated to help individuals and communities to nurture greater good in the world.  www.spiritworks.org 

What is the Labyrinth?

Our 36-foot, expertly painted, canvas labyrinth is copied from the 13th century design found in the Chartres Cathedral, France. We also have a 14’ canvas. Both canvas labyrinths are available, indoors or outdoors and can be candlelit. Finger labyrinths are available to those who are unable to walk.  

To read more about the labyrinth and how it is used for prayer and walking meditation go to www.spiritworks.org.

Jan 15, 2020

Funeral/Burial/Memorial Officiant Certification Program - March 27 - 29, 2020


Hello Present and Future Colleagues,

Fewer and fewer people have a religious affiliation nor a pastor, rabbi, iman or other faith-based professional to help them in their grief and officiate at end-of-life events.  This is why those who feel called to the work are now being invited to step forward to fill this needed compassionate service.  

 As a pastor, theologian, university professor and hospice and hospital chaplain I have gained a sound background in the history of ritual, ceremony and funeral traditions in many cultures and religions. I believe that every life has meaning and deserves to be mourned and celebrated. Nothing can take away the grief, but a genuine, well prepared tribute can be a valuable source of healing and ease the pain. 

As a burial, funeral and memorial officiant you will learn to create a ceremony that reflects the wishes, beliefs, cultural background and values - religious and non-religious- of your client's loved one and their family.  

Through this educational program you will grow proficient at creating an event in an unhurried way with designated family and friends. In collaboration with the family, you will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony that can include music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. Family and friends may choose to participate in the service or not. Each detail will be cared for and finally approved by the family. Nothing is imposed by you. They have complete choice of and final approval over the ceremony. Above all, the burial service, funeral or memorial will reflect the wishes of the family and the deceased. A funeral allows them to grieve their loss, honor their loved one, and celebrate life.  

With compassion, sincerity and great care, you will then officiate at the ceremony in their home or yard, funeral home, crematorium, cemetery or memorial location of their choice.  Following the event you will give them a copy of the ceremony as a keepsake.

If what I've said here rings true for you and you wish to register,     go to the event URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funeral-burial-memorial-officiant-certification-program-with-spiritworks-inc-tickets-90721013995

Or register directly with Patricia and Spiritworks, INC.

Click on the Spiritworks link that lays out the complete practical participatory program that begins the evening of March 27, all-day March 28, and 9:00AM -1:00PM on March 29.  

**Additional work is done on your own timeline and schedule. When certified your information will be posted on the Spiritworks website listing and sent to regional hospices, nursing facilities, hospices and funeral homes.   


May 1 - 2, 2020 - The Portico Community Hall: "Seeking Stillness" Event

Friday evening and Saturday Tricia will facilitate a better understanding o prayer practices drawn form her book, Paths to Prayer, Finding Your Own Way to the Presence of God.  The book helps individuals discover their prayer type and explore 40 ways to pray from 2000 years of Christian tradition.  

This event is open to the public.  To register contact:

Rev. Justin LaRosa,  Justin@theportico.org


1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Hyde Park United Methodist Leadership Team - Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Tricia will be working with the pastors, staff and leaders of Hyde Park Church in Tampa, Florida.  80-90 lay leaders from their various committees will gather for a time to examine their personal spiritual prayer practices as well as how they can incorporate prayer into their committees and working groups.

CONTACT:  The Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastyor

813.253.5388, ext. 227

500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606 

Nov 27, 2019

Illumination at Winter Solstice - 2020

Illumination at Winter Solstice - 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020  - 5:30 PM

Join with SpiritWorks and VITAS Healthcare

@ Penn Forest

for the Winter Solstice Celebration  - OPEN to ALL

Watch to Register in November and December

Address:  Penn Forest Natural Burial Park

GPS Setting:  121 Colorado Street, Verona PA 15147

Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of Light. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.  We’ll begin the observance, that begins at 5:00 p.m., by following the path of 100 luminaries. 

Amid music and drums we will enjoy the outdoor fire circle, bringing to mind those who have moved on to the unseen whelm, and burning a Yule log to mark the day.  To contribute to good works in the new solar year participants are asked to bring canned food that will be contributed to the local food pantry.  In the case of rain you will be guided to next door’s Returning Home Farm barn to celebrate with the donkey and goats. 

For more information email SpiritWorks:  pdbrown@spiritworks.org or text 412-999-1912