Programs

 

 

Autumn 2021 At a Glance:
Women Writers September Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, September 23-26, 2021
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Cost of Discipleship
Friday, October 8, 2021
Women Writers Halloween Workshop
Thursday-Sunday, October 28-31, 2021
Holding Your Joy in an Ever-Changing World Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Friday-Sunday, November 19-21, 2021
Advent Day of Reflection
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Women Writers September Workshop
Thursday - Sunday, September 23-26, 2021
Katerina Whitley

$319 full; $126 commuter

Join master author Katerina Whitley as we explore ways to express ourselves in writing. This is full three-day retreat, with options for commuter and one-day pricing. The program will be held in Crab Orchard Hall, with lodging in the Mission House.
 
Writing is often a lonely pursuit. You may find that it's much easier to write in the company of like-minded people and with the guidance of a professional who loves to encourage others in the craft of writing. Join this group of women writers to capture memories, define thoughts, express emotions, and bring order out of chaos. New writers are most welcome, for one or more workshops.
 
A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Whitley has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and is the author of seven books, including a stunning new memoir, Myth and Memory: My Childhood in WWII Greece.
 
To Register for the September Women Writers Workshop:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Cost of Discipleship
Friday, October 8, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

$47 for program & lunch

As fascism and autocracy are rising in the world, openly and dangerously since 2016, many of us are thinking of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was hanged at Hitler’s last orders as WWII was ending. Since then Bonhoeffer has been embraced by theologians and laity in mainline churches and has even been quoted by evangelicals. Who was this martyr who, since his murder in 1945, has been influencing theological studies? Katerina Whitley is inviting you to a day-long retreat to consider together a modern giant of faith. This follow-up study will focus on his work, The Cost of Discipleship.  Whether you are familiar with his work or not, you are invited to participate.

A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Whitley has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and is the author of seven books, including a stunning new memoir, Myth and Memory: My Childhood in WWII Greece.

 
To Register:

 

WW October Workshop

Women Writers Halloween Workshop
Thursday - Sunday, October 28-31, 2021
Katerina Whitley

$319 full; $126 commuter

Join master author Katerina Whitley as we explore ways to express ourselves in writing. This is full three-day retreat, with options for commuter and one-day pricing. The program will be held in Crab Orchard Hall, with lodging in the Mission House.
 
Writing is often a lonely pursuit. You may find that it's much easier to write in the company of like-minded people and with the guidance of a professional who loves to encourage others in the craft of writing. Join this group of women writers to capture memories, define thoughts, express emotions, and bring order out of chaos. New writers are most welcome, for one or more workshops.
 
A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Whitley has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and is the author of seven books, including a stunning new memoir, Myth and Memory: My Childhood in WWII Greece.
 
To Register for the Halloween Women Writers Workshop:
 

 

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Holding Your Joy in an Ever-Changing World
Friday-Sunday, November 19-21, 2021
Chad Hallyburton, Jennifer Ashlock, and Jane Coburn

$280 full program; $164 commuter

How can you find your own joy in a world that never stops changing?  How can you hold onto that joy like an anchor when life can seem like a storm? If the challenges of recent times have left you searching for stability, gather for a weekend of yoga, meditation, exploration, relaxation, and reflection. Join Chad Hallyburton, Jane Coburn, and Jennie Ashlock as you learn to sink your roots into the soil of joy and grow into your best self. 
 
Chad Hallyburton: After more than a decade teaching yoga, Chad loves to integrate yoga’s physical practices with the underlying philosophical principles to help build a sense of wonder as we navigate the challenges of modern living.
 
Jane Coburn: After 30 years working with neurodiverse people and their families, Jane started her own life coaching and consulting business. She believes meditation can help increase a person’s self-awareness and ability to be more present to whatever arises throughout the day, creating a “sacred pause,” and leads on-line mediation groups through Mind Oasis. 
 
Jennie Ashlock: A college academic advisor by day, Jennie loves being in her garden or on a hiking trail. She looks forward to sharing her Alter Your Space workshop, developed during her time at Bangor Theological Seminary.
 
To Register for the Holding Your Joy Yoga & Meditation Retreat:

 


Advent Day of Reflection
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Katerina Whitley

$47 for program; options for overnight and additional meals

Withdraw for just a day with like-minded people to think of all that is holy, righteous, and respectful of the dream of God for us all. Our longing for peace, justice, and truth is the same longing people have had through the ages. The biblical story tells us of the fulfillment of God’s promises in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in the living Christ of St. Paul and the first Christians.
 
Join Katerina Whitley at the Valle Crucis Conference Center to think of His coming: to anticipate the gift of Christmas while preparing our hearts and minds throughout the season for Advent for the fulfillment of all that God promises to those who respond to God’s love.
 
Bring your favorite Advent memory and come ready to be creative together.
 
For more information about program, overnight, & meal options, and to register:
 

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