Community Based Practice

The path to becoming an Ordained SGC Facilitator begins with joining our community. 

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Attend our Facilitation Intensive

SGC has been offering its facilitation intensive since 2017. 

This workshop builds upon your experienced practice within a robust Least Dogma container that supports radical inclusion and interfaith orientation. 

The training follows our comprehensive Wheel of Practice as a framework for safe and respectful engagement with the sacraments of our church. This is the first step to becoming an Ordained Sacred Garden Community Facilitator.

Who this training is for

This training is suited both for those seeking to learn more about facilitating sacrament-assistant meditation as well as those who wish to pursue ordination with SGC. For those seeking ordination we prioritize applicants who have previous facilitation experience, are members of SGC and are sincere in their religious practice. For a more through description of what we are looking for in our Ordination Process, please view our prerequisites. 

What you will be able to do

Completion of this training makes you eligible to apply to our Ordination Process. Our model of community based practice depends on building enduring relationships. We view this training as a way of getting to know our potential Ordained Facilitators. 

In addition, you will:

  • Learn structured facilitation with the Wheel of Practice
  • Learn our systems for ensuring care and¬†consistency in ceremony
  • Practice skills for ceremonial facilitation
  • Have an opportunity to experience a group¬†sacrament-assisted meditation
  • Have an opportunity to give, receive and observe a one-to-one sacrament-assisted meditation

Application Process

If you know you want to attend our training, either for personal development or as a step toward ordination, please fill out the application by clicking the "APPLY" button below and we will contact you to schedule an interview.

We highly encourage training applicants to get to know SGC and become a member if you are not already before applying. If have questions about SGC membership, you can learn more by attending one of our events or¬†contacting¬†[email protected].¬†¬†

Reciprocity

We seek to provide training to qualified applicants regardless of the ability to pay. In order to be able to do this, we ask applicants to pay at the highest level they can realistically afford. Additionally, we have separate guidance for applicants who are not currently members of the Sacred Garden Community.

Click here for specific guidance about reciprocity (cost).

Upcoming Trainings 

  • Portland,¬†OR (September¬†19th - 22nd, 2024)¬†

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Ordination

Sacred Garden Community Church offers a path to becoming an Ordained Facilitator that begins by joining our community. We maintain our standards of Care, Respect and Trust by staying in touch with our Facilitators wherever they are in the world. If you would like to being in community with us, and are interested in becoming Ordained in our tradition, perhaps this is the path for you. 

We generally recommend that people seeking to become ordained:

  • Become¬†active members of our community.¬†
  • Have previous¬†experience with facilitation or a related skill.

For a more thorough explanation of what we are looking for, please check out our perquisites. 

Prerequisites

Peacemaking Circles

Maintaining a happy and healthy community takes skill. Part of what helps us get along is our practice of holding Peacemaking Circles. We use these as a way growing empathy, giving feedback and repairing the hurts the inevitably happen.

We are looking to grow a new crop of Circle Keepers. If you are interested in learning how to facilitate a Peacemaking Circle please let us know.