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RichardTeachingLook for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say or write what someone else could say or write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else and out of yourself create impatiently, or patiently the most irreplaceable of beings.


Richard Southworth at The Great Journey can design and lead seminars and retreats for your group. All of our programs are based on the fifteen No BS Spirituality primary topics. See the outline below for more information. We can also develop programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Bullet Typical Formats

  • One session single topic classes
  • Weekly, biweekly, or monthly classes.
  • One day retreats
  • Weekend retreats
  • Week long retreats

These are suggested formats. We can tailor our programs to meet your specific needs. Contact us to discuss your specific needs and interests.

Depending on the program format and the unique needs and interests of the group individual sessions may include:

  • Centering
  • Teaching
  • Personal Reflection
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Full Group Discussion
  • Silence
  • Prayer
  • Contemplative Worship

Bullet Costs

The Great Journey charges no fees for seminars or retreats. We ask that you cover our travel expenses and any out of pocket costs such as the copying of program materials. Beyond that we ask that the group and/or the participants make whatever donation they believe is appropriate and within their means.

Bullet Typical Topics

The following topics have been used in previous seminars and retreats.  We can also develop other related topics to meet your specific needs.

  • No BS Spirituality for the Rest of Us
    An Introduction
  • The Practice
    Observing What Happens to Us In Our Time Apart
  • Centering
    Marking Transitions
  • Reading
    What We Bring to Our Time Apart
  • Meditation
    Applying Analysis and Reason
  • Prayer
    Seeking Guidance, Strength, and Courage
  • Contemplation
    Being Open and Listening
  • No BS Spirituality for the Rest of Us
    Core Concepts
  • The Turmoil
    Listening to the Dissonance in Our Lives
  • The Longing
    The Call to the Spiritual Life
  • The Principles
    Understanding the Spiritual Formation Process
  • The Living
    Praying Without Ceasing
  • The Tools
    Aids for the Work of the Spiritual Life
  • The Community
    Balancing Community and Personal Responsibility
  • The Commitment
    A Moral and Spiritual Imperatives

Please contact us at to schedule a seminar retreat for for additional information.

I know that the synagogues of my childhood ceased having this sort of intimacy very early in my life. I am sure this has to do with the fact that, however a child does such things, I soon gave up hoping that the most inner part of myself would be addressed there.*

Jacob Needleman

* Needleman, Jacob, Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery to the Centre of Christian Experience. (Rockport, MA: Element, Inc., 1980), p. 15.

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