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Loneliness & Connection Spirit Circle


Loneliness is a deeply misunderstood emotion. It just isn’t talked about. People rarely share openly with each other that they are feeling lonely.

There is a need to understand what loneliness actually is, attend to the emotion within ourselves, learn to recognize it in others and practice responding appropriately.

During this four-week study participants will read the book ‘Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude’ by Emily White. We will gather once a week to share reflections and discuss what we are learning.

The sessions will also include reflections from Robin’s work as a spiritual director. She will offer insight into the spiritual practices of belonging and solitude which are antidotes to the emotion of loneliness. She will guide participants in reflecting on how to integrate these practices into their lives to foster deeper connection with each other and with the Divine.


$2,500 (plus tax) for the first group

$800 (plus tax) to run a second group if more than 10 people want to participate.


The Rev. Robin McGauley (she/her) currently responds to the calling of the Spirit by dedicating herself to being a full-time artist and spiritual director. Robin has extensive experience facilitating groups in processes that are focused on deepening connection to an expansive understanding of the Divine. For 9 years she was the Program Director of Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre where she designed and facilitated countless retreats, workshops and courses about spiritual practices and spiritual leadership. Her most recent position in the church was at the General Council office in  Toronto as the staff person responsible for the policies and procedures for how someone becomes a minister in the denomination. Robin also serves on the Indigenous Justice Advisory Committee of The United Church of Canada as a white settler who is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. To see her art and to learn more, please visit her website: