Maggie Perrone BSN,MA, OCN


 


Co-Author Nurse  SPARKS, Edition #1


Chapter:
The Wake Up Call

Maggie Perrone

BSN,MA, OCN
Genuine Journeys

"We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do, or omit to do, and more in light of what they suffer.”

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

ABOUT MAGGIE

Maggie Perrone, has over 30 years experience teaching and healing those in difficult emotional, spiritual and physical situations. She has walked with people in some of life’s most critical moments. Along with being a mother of three, an emergency room nurse for most of the last twenty five years in a university trauma center and a community hospital in Southern California, she now works as a chemotherapy infusion nurse, counseling those in treatment for all cancers.

Maggie is also the Executive Director of GenuineJourneys . A company dedicated to creating and facilitating retreats and workshops to experience and expand the spiritual life. She has taught theology and led many contemplative prayer retreats and journeys to inner self by using many differing prayer methods. She is also a Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator through Veriditas.

Maggie is a dynamic speaker, knowledgeable and gifted in her ability to lead those present on a journey into finding their passion, identifying and using their inner wisdom, tapping into, developing and exercising their emotional intelligence thereby discovering previously untapped talents and spiritual gifts. She utilizes a variety of techniques which include journaling, guided meditation, prayer tools, which all serve to aid in developing the art of listening to the Divine within and without. Using techniques for quieting the mind, her retreats and seminars aid those present on a quest to traverse their personal inner landscape, thereby deepening the sense of who they are in this moment and fostering deeper relationships with themselves and those they meet in their lives.

She holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. Her concentration during her time of study included theology, philosophy and inner spirituality.

FUN FACT

Maggie grew up in a raucous household with 8 brothers and 1 sister. Learning to live in community, in harmony with the needs of others was a great foundation for a philosophy of service and compassion for all aspects of being human. It is possible for us to love and respect one another and our unique contributions to our family, local and global communities. We laughed, we fought, we had many conflicts but as my eldest brother said, "you could be as mad as you wanted at one or the other of our siblings, but at the end of the day, you still had to sit next to them at the dinner table." Acknowledging our differences, reconciling and learning to put aside what keeps us apart, helped to build deep, lasting relationships in the knowledge that no matter what we will be there for one another.

Maggie’s labyrinth retreat exceeded my hopes and dreams by a mile! I knew it would be a great day filled with insight, meditation, mindfulness, education and comradery and it was…and so much more! Maggie’s sixth sense allowed us to experience the labyrinth on our own at first with little or no instruction. The space she created of peacefulness and mutual respect was all we needed to go off on our own. For me, the labyrinth meditation experience was so powerful! Our sharing of experiences with each other was incredible and the rest of the day including more labyrinth meditations continued to be expansive and soul-nourishing. I walked away from the day so moved, so peaceful and so grateful. Thank you, Maggie, for creating an amazing space and an amazing day!! Can’t wait for the next one!

Bette Alkazian MA, LMFT, Founder Balanced Parenting

Maggie facilitated an inspiring “Mindful Walk into the New Year” 2016, for members of my Mindfulness Meditation course, using the beautiful Labyrinth at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Oak Park, CA.

Many in the group were not familiar with this form of meditation and contemplation, but Maggie helped everyone feel welcome and at ease. Her heartfelt and yet practical explanation of how labyrinths have been used historically, and how we might walk the labyrinth today for purposes of opening ourselves to the New Year through Mindful Walking, created a safe space for the ritual of the walk. She provided beautiful handouts, books, poems, and materials for personal contemplative exploration for our participants to enjoy and learn from before and after the walk. The walk itself was glorious, the time for silent meditation afterwards was just right, and the closing ritual helped us all to integrate our insights and experiences. Each of us had a different experience, but all participants walked away changed in ways large and small, for the better.

Audrey Walzer, Owner and Yoga Master Camarillo Yoga Center Camarillo, California

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