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