Sign up for an online course that focuses on emotions and relationships

Psychologist Carl Jung coined the term “shadow” to refer to the parts of ourselves we hide, repress and deny. Robert Bly called the shadow “the long bag we drag behind us.” We place all that would cause us pain and conflict into the bag, but it holds incredible power to transform our lives, relationships and communities.

On Friday, Feb. 18, join Michael Simmons for an online course, “Companioning Our Shadow: Emotions & Relationships.” Simmons will explore practices and tools for companioning our shadow, particularly surrounding our emotions and how they impact our relationships. This course is a space to invite Christ to meet our hidden parts and deepen the healing process.

Simmons is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator, and he serves on the leadership team with Companioning Center and the board of Deep Water, a local community that provides tools, processes and sacred space for women and men to heal.

Simmons is a doctoral student at Portland Seminary and an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. The course will be offered via Zoom from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $39, and the Zoom link will be provided. You can register here if you’re interested.

Questions? Contact Simmons at

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