Music Lessons

We are excited to start offering music lessons here at Ember with our very own Jordan Solis and Cheryl Chochran. If you've ever had the longing to grow musically, this is a great opportunity with fantastic musicians and teachers.

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Charlottesville, Virginia: an Appeal

On Saturday August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, deep wounds within the hearts of all Americans were uncovered.

Across the airwaves, with broadcasts on repeat, the wounds are currently being festered. The atmosphere is thick and heavy. You don't have to be observant to sense it; to feel it.

However, there remains a story buried deep in the commotion; a voice to be found in rest and stillness, but in the midst of the storm, if you are only seeing the physical state of the Union (or dis-union) and tuning-in to the world's airwaves, you will miss it completely.

We had the privilege of speaking with Jon Quesenberry, Director of the Charlottesville House of Prayer, who led a group into the midst of the storm on that Saturday morning, not to take any side or argue any point, but to appeal by another road. The results from their faith in action? You will just need to hear yourself...

Jon also wrote his own powerful account of what happened which you can read, here:

Here is a link to the video discussed in the interview:

Heart Living Couples Retreat

“The heart is the human personality with its entire constellation of human abilities, talents, capacities, powers, gifts, resources, moods, styles, behaviors, emotions, motivations, drives, interests, loves, passions, goals, purposes, mission and temperament that defines and describes the person and animates the human spirit.” (John Smeltzer)

Ember is beyond excited to be hosting the Heart Living Couples Retreat this August 4-6. The Heart Living approach goes beyond the traditional counseling method and brings in community in a way that is natural and intentional, versus a brief group counseling structure.  This group format offers the opportunity to work alongside other participants as well as personalized teaching covering topics pertinent to living fully in a healthy heart. 

Heart Living Couples Retreat

Marriott Conference Center at NCED, 2801 East State Hwy 9, Norman, Oklahoma 73071

  • August 4-6, 2017
  • $500 per couple (includes room), due July 8th to secure your spot
  • Heart living condensed
  • Teachings with Sarah Bingaman
  • Worship led by Phil Rice

For questions or to reserve your spot, contact us through the button below,

A message from Sarah...

"Hello Everyone!

My name is Sarah Bingaman, and I am a licensed professional counselor based in Bastrop, TX. Over the last few years, I have led a unique form of group counseling called Heart Living. This journey goes beyond traditional one-on-one counseling sessions, and digs deeper than short term group therapy.

I am excited to begin a journey with you exploring freedom from religiosity, recovery from pain, understanding emotions and needs, self awareness and heart-based Christianity, living from the heart and much more! My counseling philosophy, and this Heart Living journey, grew very much from my own experience in counseling with John Smeltzer, someone you will hear me reference throughout our time. If you’d like to read more about my journey, you can find my story here: Revive Counseling Story

One way to know if you live from the heart is to ponder the question:

  • What do I trust? Do I trust in my own strategies?
  • Do I second guess myself when making decisions?
  • Do I overly trust my feelings to the point of procrastinating until something feels exactly right?

Heart Living - Sarah Bingaman

“The heart is the human personality with its entire constellation of human abilities, talents, capacities, powers, gifts, resources, moods, styles, behaviors, emotions, motivations, drives, interests, loves, passions, goals, purposes, mission and temperament that defines and describes the person and animates the human spirit.” (John Smeltzer)

Hello Everyone!

My name is Sarah Bingaman, and I am a licensed professional counselor based in Bastrop, TX. Over the last few years, I have led a unique form of group counseling called Heart Living. This journey goes beyond traditional one-on-one counseling sessions, and digs deeper than short term group therapy.

I am excited to begin a journey with you exploring freedom from religiosity, recovery from pain, understanding emotions and needs, self awareness and heart-based Christianity, living from the heart and much more! My counseling philosophy, and this Heart Living journey, grew very much from my own experience in counseling with John Smeltzer, someone you will hear me reference throughout our time. If you’d like to read more about my journey, you can find my story here: [Revive Counseling-My Story]

One way to know if you live from the heart is to ponder the question:

  • What do I trust? Do I trust in my own strategies?
  • Do I second guess myself when making decisions?
  • Do I overly trust my feelings to the point of procrastinating until something feels exactly right?

The Heart Living approach goes beyond the traditional counseling method and brings in community in a way that is natural and intentional, versus a brief group counseling structure.  This group format offers the opportunity to work alongside other participants as well as personalized teaching covering topics pertinent to living fully in a healthy heart. I am available for individual/couple sessions whenever you need additional support or if certain topics surface issues that need more focused attention from me.

Oklahoma Heart Living for 2017-18 will run August-April, with in-person meetings once a month. Our final session is reserved for Q&A, where we can follow up on any topics the group would like to discuss more.

Heart Living Rates for 2017-18 is $75/month per couple, $45/month per single, and include:

  • Monthly group sessions
  • Regular emails and audio content
  • One free private session, and half-price on sessions scheduled between August & April
  • Printed Heart Living Guide

If you are interested in hearing more about this journey, we are having a preview night on Thursday, May 4th @ Ember (318 E Gray St., Norman, OK). Please email info@emberHQ.com if you would like to participate or if you have any questions!

More from Sarah -> revivecounselingaustin.com