Advent invites us to prepare our hearts...




The four weeks of Advent and the twelve days of Christmas, leading to Epiphany, provide the opportunity to prayerfully and consciously prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ within each of us.

Imagine your heart as your inner sanctuary, a place of welcome for the Christmas miracle, the Love of God made visible through Jesus.

Mary offers us invitations for reflection, as we journey with her through the seasons of Advent and Christmas towards Epiphany and beyond.

We know Mary by many names, Our Lady of Wisdom, Mother of Mercy, Our Lady of the Pillar, Our Lady of the Rosary. The season of Advent invites us to reflect upon the Mother of Jesus in countless ways.






The Advent Journey


This six-week, gently paced study, is offered for your personal reflection and spiritual enrichment throughout the sacred season of Advent, concluding with Epiphany.

The format is simple and prayerful. There will be two Zoom circles, to begin and end the experience, for inspiration and sharing.

Each week's reflection will explore Mary's journey from the Annunciation to Jesus's birth and beyond. Mary, Mother of Jesus, will inspire our hearts as we envision and embody our sacred sanctuaries, our oratories, within us. We will reflect with the symbols and mystical/human nature of Mary, as we contemplate the depth of this holy season.

Each week we will journey with Mary through Scripture, poetry, imagery, music and story.

Simple journal reflections will accompany each Marian devotion. Additionally, invitations for sacred creative expression will be provided weekly.

With the arrival of Epiphany, we will consider ways to contemplate and foster our personal spiritual intentions for the New Year.

Please register below on this page.


Week One

Mary Says, "Yes!"

Opening the soul to Divine inspiration


Week Two

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Nourishing the sacred imagination






Week Three

Mary's Quickening with New Life

Deepening spiritual awareness through the senses


Week Four

Mary Journeys to Bethlehem and Gives Birth to Jesus

Preparing for life's transitions and birthing your gifts



Week Five

Mary and Jesus

Illuminating the Gift




Week Six

Epiphany and Beyond

Crafting your New Year's sacred intentions



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$100

Preparing the Heart's Sanctuary

Advent Reflections


Sibyl Dana Reynolds



For thirty-five years, as an author, spiritual director and passionate journaler, I have shared spiritual and creative practices with women through my books, online courses, sacred art-making and residential retreats. As retired bishop and the foundress of a spiritual and contemplative women's global community, Belle Coeur Sisterhood, I believe when a woman creates time and space to contemplate, write, and respond…transformation occurs. It’s the work and joy of my heart to offer sacred, prayerful, study and practices as pathways to discovery for a woman’s personal interior journey.