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About The Collective

We are a community of spiritual leaders and seekers who wish to help you deepen your own journey

 We help you to develop life long self-sustainable tools to continue your journey long after you begin

Browse and explore our retreat options to find one that excites you and suits your needs.

A one of a kind immersive experience

We offer a unique, intensive, spiritual exploration opportunity.  We hold our gatherings in places where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature to connect with it and to the deeper parts of you that long to be felt and heard in a retreat setting.  We offer delicious food and free time for you to be creative on your own and explore the outdoors at your own pace.

Years of experience in spiritual group work, inner exploration and creative expression

We as partners have decades of experience in spiritual exploration and expression, counseling and therapy, interpersonal group dynamics and group work, holistic practices, and creative expression.  We offer individual consultation for those wishing to go further in depth into healing for a particular personal issue, challenge, or desire. 

Art and Prayer: The Making of a Life Nov. 30- Dec.2, 2018


Join us for our Art and Prayer Retreat at the Mountain RLC. 


Leaders: Ellen Shepard, pastor, teacher, theologian, artist of her own life.   Mona Pineda, spiritual director, writer, woman in renaissance.

Art and prayer both pull us outside of ourselves, toward something larger, toward the ground of beauty. Please join us as we explore prayer and creating art as ways of connecting with God.

“Sometimes when I’m making a collage, I notice that I am in a deep spiritual place. The movement of my scissors, glue, and paper are in rhythm and my body is quietly engaged with the art.  My work feels like a prayer.” Ellen Shepherd

“When I  intentionally integrate prayer and art, I am free to suspend judgement and welcome own deep personal reflection."  Mona Pineda

 Expertise in neither art nor prayer is required, just an open mind and curious spirit. 

Weekend Schedule  coming soon!

Cost for Art and Prayer: The Making of a Life Retreat


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Cost includes shared room with bath,  meals, and program.

Limited number of single rooms can be available depending on number of registrants for an extra $75. Please email us to be put on a waitlist.

Sponsorships Available- contact us below for info.

Your Art and Prayer Retreat Leaders

Mona Pineda, MRL, Cert Spiritual Director

I am a Certified Spiritual Director. I graduated from the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program at Benet Hill Monastery near Colorado Springs in 2012.  As a result, I both understand and embrace the Christ-honoring simplicity of Benedictine spirituality. In addition, my graduate work at Emory  included study of the impact of patriarchal theology on the souls of women, narrative theory, and pastoral care. This practical and spiritual education, along with my own unique ways of seeking God, makes me an uncommon and life-giving spiritual director.

As a spiritual director, I help others  to listen for God and to see how God is at work in their lives.  This singular approach to a unique but centuries old way of seeking and finding God is my offering to the people in my world.

Ellen Shepard, DMin

The Rev. Dr. S. Ellen Shepard is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Women, Theology, and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has decades of ministerial experience and in leading spiritual retreats for various groups. 

Her current research includes vocational discernment, women’s studies, Christian spirituality and women’s advocacy. Shepard has written two books and co-authored a third as well as developing curricula for spiritual retreats and workshops.

Art and Prayer Retreat Schedule

Here is the general Schedule for Art and Prayer: The Making of a Life Retreat.

More details coming soon!

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Cultivating Wholeheartedness Retreat Sept. 8-10

The Mountain Retreat Learning Center

Beautiful natural scenery and peaceful sanctuary 2 hours from Atlanta. We can find and create these spaces even in the most turbulent and uncertain of times.

An enchanting location with stunning views, miles of  hiking trails, memorial garden, meditation rock, Labyrinth, treehouse, tower and chapel, wonderful organic food, amphitheater. 

Diane McPhail, MA, DMin

Diane brought her artistic, therapeutic, and spiritual expertise to guide us in a transformative heart connection and growth process. 

In front of the Dining Hall- A Signpost promoting peace in 8 languages

Our Group of Spiritual Warriors

Frances, Natalie, Jennifer, Teresa, Lesley, Diane, and  Melanie.  We trusted in each other, in our surroundings, and opened ourselves up to take a deep look inside and uncover the treasures we have buried in there.  We are all stronger than we realize.

Mother Earth was also a leader in our retreat experience

The sacred Smoky Mountains will speak to you and help you ground and connect to our beloved home. They will provide strength and peace in todays turbulent times and our hectic lives.

Melanie Bell

An innovative combined experience of yoga practice, meditation, breathwork, and self care led by Melanie

Jennifer Winingder

The cleansing and healing power of fire brings people together in community. It gives us life, protection, heat. passion. It allows us to release and let go of things that no longer serve us and cleanse us to bring us into the next level of learning and growth.

Drumming connects us in a primal way to the heartbeat of the earth, to each other, and to ourselves.  

Bring outside immersed in nature opens us up to beauty, love, wisdom, and acceptance in ways we can never imagine