Thursday, June 30, 2011

Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program

Recently, Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, interviewed Lynne Williamson, Director of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, for the radio program, "Rich Answers" which airs on WRCH 100.5 FM on Sunday mornings from 5:30 - 6:30 am.  The program is sponsored by The Conference of Churches in Hartford.

Ms. Williamson spoke of the statewide folk and traditional arts programs which strive to preserve, share, and pass on the traditional art forms integral to the various cultures represented by the people of Connecticut.

To learn more visit

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Poetry of Dreaming and More than Dreaming

As part of our Arts Immersion Morning at Wisdom House on June 11, poet and educator, Davyne Verstandig and actor, song writer, Cady McClain led a group of enthusiastic writers, giving them tools for getting in touch with their feelings and bringing them out on paper!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hope: Light in Time of Darkness

An article by clinical psychologist Mary Elizabeth Kenel, PhD offers a way to move from disillusionment toward hopeful living. Dr. Kenel says, “Maintaining an unrealistically sunny outlook rooted in denial…is not true hope. Instead, what is needed is the development of a frame of mind that balances a positive view of the future with the reality that all life contains elements of darkness, be it sadness, frustration or pain.”

Openness to change is essential; hopelessness actively resists change.

This article, and many others on spirituality and human growth and development, are available in Human Development magazine. Visit for more information.
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Kenel is a frequent guest at Wisdom House.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Rev. Susan Izard (left), Minister of Spiritual Life at the First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford, shared the special ministry called "Prayer Shawl Ministry" with Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP (right) recently during an interview for "Rich Answers," a radio program sponsored by The Conference of Churches in Hartford. It is aired every Sunday morning on WRCH 100.5 FM from 5:30 -6:30 am.

The shawls are knitted as prayers for individuals to experience the love of God through the craft work of those who knit them. They are given as signs of the concern of other community members. They are given to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. For more information about this ministry, visit

Monday, June 20, 2011

Life Path

My profession is always to find God in nature.

~Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Exchange of Energy

Spruce Brook Barn at Wisdom House became the location for the June 11th drumming program with John Marshall. The spring rains did not make it possible to have the program at the outdoor labyrinth.  Although the new solar panels recently installed on the barn were not yet turned on, there was a palpable "exchange of energy" as the participants joined in taking John's lead learning new rhythms and techniques.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Proper Perspective

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly visiting the natural world.

~Caitlin Matthews

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Emerson Wisdom

The earth laughs in flowers.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Julia Cameron Live

The Next Chapter in
Unblocking Creativity

The Artist's Way began with Julia Cameron sharing her ideas with a few artists in her living room.  Now after selling almost 4 million copies of The Artist's Way and more than two decades teaching her creativity tools around the world in lecture and workshop form, Julia is taking her teaching online.

Join an online course and community of artists based on The Artist’s Way and led by Julia Cameron.  It’s mobile. It’s accessible wherever you are. It’s social. You are part of a community of artists.

Because Wisdom House was the first center to offer The Artist’s Way in 1993, Julia has offered that friends of Wisdom House can use code WISDOM to save 15% at checkout.


For further information about Wisdom House, call 860-567-3163, visit or email

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kay Wilson Interviewed for "Rich Answers"

Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti interviewed Kay Wilson, Founder and President of Kay Wilson Coaching and Training in Glastonbury, CT.   Topics discussed included women and empowerment in the workforce and helping people work to their fullest potential in the workplace.  The interviews were done at the office of The Conference of Churches in Hartford and aired on WRCH 100.5 FM on their Sunday morning program, "Rich Answers." Sr. Jo-Ann and Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW are Wisdom Correspondents for the Conference of Churches.