Healing Our World One Person at a Time:
Discovering How God’s Love Transforms Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities and Our World
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~Rumi
God’s love is a gift. God’s love is transformational. God’s love is healing. We go through life seeking this love: first with our parents, our relatives, our friends and then to mates. We were created this way, formed in the image and likeness of God who is LOVE. John speaks of this love in 1 John 4:16 when he states, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them.”
To allow this love to transform us, we must face our own fears and brokenness. Our woundedness can create barriers to love.
God’s transformational work and our cooperation happens in holy places. Our Center provides just that: quiet places, sacred spaces and a supportive, loving community.
Join us this summer as we dive deep within. We will safely and mindfully commit to identifying our barriers to love. We will cultivate silence and holy moments. We will also use the following prayer practices: meditation, journaling, art, poetry, dance, movement, play, mantras and breathwork. This will help us to purposefully, soulfully and most important, lovingly, create for ourselves a new way of seeing and being; a way toward wholeness and healing.
Author and motivational speaker, Matt Kelly, says, “Transforming people one at a time is at the heart of God’s plan for the world. It is also essential to developing dynamic marriages, loving families, vibrant Christian communities, thriving businesses and economies, and extraordinary schools and nations.”
According to Episcopal priest, Tilden Edwards, “It is in a deep place of prayer where this transformation of consciousness occurs- we move out of our own egos, fears, divisions and into the wholeness that God hopes for our world.”
Are you willing to let God transform you?
In addition to presentation and group dialogue, there will be time for personal reflection. Your retreat leaders, Kathy Anderson and Susan Boruff, both spiritual directors, will be available for individual appointments too.
Prior to this retreat, please try to read “The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness” by Joyce Rupp. It is available for purchase through Amazon. If you’re unable to purchase the book and read it prior to the retreat, it will also be available in our bookstore upon your arrival.
Check-in for the retreat begins at 3pm on Wednesday. Dinner will be at 6pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Please note that silence will be observed for portions of this retreat, including some meals. If you are interested in a commuter option or a double occupancy lodging option (1 Queen Size Bed), please contact Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events, at Jennifer_Murphy@nullRCCBonSecours.com.
Kathy Quinn Anderson has been planning, writing, and leading retreats for 20 years. She completed the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreat Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2011. In May, 2018, she completed the Introduction to Spiritual Direction Program sponsored by The Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at our Center, Shrine Mont Retreat Center and many churches in the northern Virginia area as well as Georgia and North Carolina. In addition, she is certified in stress management. She currently leads a weekly centering prayer group at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia. She is a Dale Carnegie Graduate and Stephen Leader. Kathy holds a degree in Institutional Management from the University of New Hampshire. She has two grown children and currently resides in Reston, Virginia with her husband, Dana, of 39 years.
Susan Flynn Boruff is a certified spiritual director, retreat guide and meditation practitioner of twenty years. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2006. She has facilitated workshops and retreats at our Center, Shrine Mont Retreat Center and many churches in the northern Virginia area as well as Georgia and North Carolina. Susan completed training in Bio-Spiritual Focusing Therapy and is a Stephen Leader. She holds a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She has two grown children and currently resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, Brian, of 31 years.