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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. 

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Writing as Self Care at Lake Logan: April 9-12


Join us for our Writing as Self Care retreat at Lake Logan Conference Center. 

REGISTER AT: www.lakelogan.org

Leaders: Karen Scheib: writer, teacher, story companion

Jennifer Winingder: creative and spiritual healing enthusiast, counselor, podcast host, dialogue around difference and identity facilitator

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

Your Writing as Self Care Retreat Leaders

Karen Scheib, PhD. Writer, Teacher, Story Companion

 Karen Scheib teaches pastoral care at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is an ordained United Methodist Minister, and has served as a local church pastor, a chaplain, and a pastor counselor. Her current writing and teaching focus on how to care for ourselves and others through story. She believes that paying closer attention to the stories can promote spiritual growth and increase our capacity to love God, others, and ourselves. She is the author of Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives and Attend to Stories: How to Flourish in Ministry (forth coming). She believes in the power of creative writing as a particular way to care for our life stories. She is available to offer workshops on Story Care and writing as a spiritual practice.

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.

Jennifer Winingder, Thd. spiritual creativity enthusiast, healing processes aficionado

Jennifer is a lifelong student of life and explorer of new landscapes both internal and external. She has traveled extensively and lived in several different countries with her multicultural family. A survivor of some challenging life lessons, she is fascinated by and passionate about cultivating and practicing creative spirituality and healing processes, as she believes healing can be easily identified and practiced for any person who is in pain. She wishes to make these practices accessible and available to anyone in need. The intensive retreat process is a particular one that can be especially effective and powerful for those who commit to it. She created Spiritual Pathways with this in mind. 

Jennifer is an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at Candler School of Theology, she has a private counseling practice in the Atlanta area, and she hosts a podcast, Present Pilgrimage, on interracial and intercultural dialogue and how it is expressed in the world today with her podcast partner Iyabo Onipede. 

Writing as Self Care 2019 Retreat Schedule

Here is the general Schedule for Writing as Self Care at Lake Logan Conference Center

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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