Weaving Threads of Truth

2024 Circle of Companions Gathering

July 19-21, 2024

Beloved Archives, Princeton, NJ

Weaving Threads of Truth

Please join us for a transformative journey July 19-21 at the Beloved Archives in Princeton, New Jersey. Our theme this year will explore where ancient wisdom meets the curiosity of our daily lives. Join us for a three-day immersion into the profound teachings of Buddhism, Vedanta, Sufism, and Christianity, as we uncover the timeless truths that unite humanity across cultures and traditions.

Through vibrant discussions and immersive experiences we will delve into the essence of these profound paths. Discover the fundamental pillars that underpin each tradition, engaging in lively dialogues that challenge preconceptions and ignite new perspectives. Each session will consist of a presentation given by Ward Parks followed by participant-driven activities that invite you to embody the teachings firsthand, fostering deep connections and personal insights. Join us for this dynamic exploration of spirituality, fostering curiosity and creativity as we delve into the rich tapestry of human wisdom.

Where: Beloved Archives:  116 Youngs Rd, Hamilton Township, NJ 08648

When: We will meet for dinner on Friday, July 19th followed by programs on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

Accommodations: The hotel closest to the Beloved Archives is Motel 6, in Lawrenceville NJ. Also close by is the Red Roof Inn in Ewing- Lawrenceville. These hotels are reasonably priced. There are other options a short distance away, including the Hyatt Princeton.

Cost: Free

Registration: Please contact sevn@beadsononestring.org


Friday(Welcome & Music) :  4:30pm – 9pm

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Arrival
5:00 pm – 5:20 pm: Welcome [Marnie] & Prayer Opener: Inayat Khan “Toward the One” [Renate]
5:20 pm – 5:45 pm: Opening Circle
5:45 pm – 6:05 pm: Circle Dances (Ocean of Love & Ustad Dhanuvad)
6:00 pm: Dinner: Pizza / Salad

Saturday Morning(Buddhism): 10am – 1pm

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Arrival  – Coffee / Tea
10:00 am – 10:10 am: Welcome [Richard]: norms and overview
10:10 am – 11:30 am: Talk: [Ward Parks]: Buddhism
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Meditation: [Sevn McAuley]: Intro to meditation and 20 minute meditation

Catered Lunch: Lunch 1pm – 2:30pm

Saturday Afternoon (Advaita Vedanta) 2:30 – 5:30pm

2:30 pm – 3:50 pm: [Ward Parks]: Advaita Vedanta
3:50 pm – 4:05 pm: Break
4:05 pm – 5:30 pm: Exploring: [Cynthia]:
15 Minutes: Intro and meditation
65 Minutes for Exploring – Divide into groups

Sunday Morning (Christianity):  10am – 1pm

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Arrival – Coffee / Tea
10:00 am – 11:30 am: [Ward Parks]: Christianity
11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break
11:45 pm – 12:45 pm: Suffering and Transformation [Marnie]
Writing exercise exploring:  God’s love, Experiences of Suffering, & Experiences of Transformation

Catered Lunch: Lunch 1pm – 2:30pm

Sunday Afternoon (Islam/Sufism): 2:30 – 5:00 pm

2:30 pm – 3:50 pm: Sufism / Islam [Ward Parks]
3:50 pm – 4:05 pm: Break
4:05 pm – 4:35 pm: Quotes Activity
4:35 pm – 5:00 pm :  Closing Circle

Zoom Links for Presentations

Topic: Ward Parks talk on Buddhism

Time: Jul 20, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 838 0889 3963

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Topic: Ward Parks talk on Vedanta

Time: Jul 20, 2024 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 884 3082 3205

Passcode: 403714

Topic: Ward Parks talk on Christianity 

Time: Jul 21, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 841 7896 6384

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Topic: Ward Parks talk on Islam/Sufism

Time: Jul 21, 2024 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 846 8962 9201

Passcode: 705127