Take Twelve Today retreats and classes
The Art of Listening for God: An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer
Psalm 48:9 "Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love."
This one-day retreat is designed for the beginner to Christian meditation and to those who are open to creating a welcoming space in their hearts and minds for God's presence and for developing a deeper awareness of God's unfailing love.
During this workshop and retreat, you will learn that the practice of meditation begins with our attention and our bodies. You will learn skills and practices that help you let go and focus your attention on God. You will learn to value silence as it teaches us how to be present to each other and God without judgment, commentary or our tendency to "fix." You will discover the contemplative place where you learn to let go of thoughts and rest in God.
How to Connect with God in Our Busy World
Mark 1:35 "In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted
place, and there he prayed."
In a world where we are encouraged to be constantly connected with each other, how connected are we to the One who created the world? God's desire is to have a deep connection with His children. A deeper connection results in a more authentic relationship. Our ability to listen for God in our daily lives encourages this deeper, more authentic relationship.
During this one-day retreat you will learn how prayer practices can facilitate a deeper relationship with God and how they change the connections in your brain to become more loving and compassionate and less fearful and anxious. We will follow Jesus's example of cultivating silence and solitude with God in prayer.
Jesus made retreats a personal habit. This is your chance to understand why.
"Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31-32
During this retreat we will examine our hearts and read and meditate on God’s holy word.I offer this Lenten program as either a one day or weekend retreat. In this Lenten retreat you are invited to let go; to let go of any ill feelings that keep you from connecting with God and all of God's people. This is an invitation to practice forgiveness just as Christ forgave from the cross.
The inability to forgive can cause our hearts to harden. How do we change a "hardened heart?" We do not, God does. We show up, we set our intention and God does the work in us. It doesn't happen overnight. Learning to forgive is something we practice every day. It is part of the spiritual journey.
An Advent Retreat: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
Matthew 3:3 “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
It is Advent again. The Lord is coming, always coming! How do we put God first during this busy season? This retreat is about preparing to receive the gift of Christ by learning how to wait on God. As we wait on God in silence, we prepare our hearts and minds to receive the most important Christmas gift, the gift of Christ.
At this one-day retreat you will learn skills and practices that help you let go of your agenda and put God first in your life. It is also about learning to engage silence in your life. You will practice learning to listen for God using two Christian meditation practices. You will be introduced to the gift of contemplative prayer and its benefits to your spiritual life.
This is an invitation to prepare to receive the gift of Christ this Advent.
An Advent Retreat: Surrender Your Heart to God
Exodus 3: 1-5 “For the place where you stand is Holy Ground.”
This Advent you are invited to “overturn the kingdom of self and make room for the Kingdom of God.” When we surrender our hearts to God, we make room for Jesus to become ALIVE, to be reborn in our hearts.
David Benner in his book, “Surrender to Love,” describes Jesus as coming to show us the character of God. Surrendering to this God, who shows us unconditional love, offers us the possibility of freedom from guilt, freedom from effort to earn God’s love and approval and freedom to genuinely love God and others as The Father loves us.
Come and experience what it is like to stand on Holy Ground!
Advent Retreat: You Have Found Favor with God
Luke 1:30 “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.’”
Just as God found favor with Mary, he has found favor with each of us. You have found favor with God. These were the words that the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary.
Perhaps Mary’s first response was fear or anxiety. A visit by an angel of the Lord probably wasn’t what she was expecting that day! And yet Mary said YES. She said yes to God’s command. God’s grace overshadowed her fears and she said YES. Perhaps God knew what was in Mary’s heart and knew that her heart was prepared to receive the gift He was giving her and the rest of the world.
What stops us from saying yes to God? Could it be our own inadequacies, anxieties or our fears? How do we trust and say yes to God as Mary did?
This Advent, join me in this one-day retreat and learn how sitting in silence and listening for God can help transform your fears and create an open, receptive heart. The Lord is coming, is your heart ready to receive?
On the Road to Joy Retreat
John 16:24 “Until now you have asked for nothing in my name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.”
Would you like to experience more joy in your life? True joy is about living daily with God and experiencing God in your every breath. During this weekend retreat and workshop, you will learn: to identify your “joy robbers”; how to put God first in your life; how to let go of baggage; how to cultivate intentional silence and to live more mindfully and attentively; and the power of small group sharing. You will examine scriptures, journal, and learn contemplative prayer practices including the breath prayer, Lectio Divina, centering prayer and a body prayer.
The retreat is designed to assist you in self-examination and in understanding the hidden agenda of the ego and how it attaches to things other than God.
It is my hope that the spiritual practices and skills that you will learn during this weekend retreat and the sharing of your stories will deepen your awareness of God’s presence in all aspects of your life and bring you more JOY.
Healing Our World One Person at A Time Retreat
Rumi: “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.”
God’s love is a gift. God’s love is transformational. God’s love is healing.
Right now, we can see and hear how our world is calling for this healing. Christianity is built on the wholeness of God’s love, but we frequently focus on divisions.
To allow God’s love to transform you, you must face your own fears and brokenness. You must look at what separates you from God’s love. Your woundedness can create barriers to love.
During this weekend retreat you will be invited to safely and mindfully commit to identifying your barriers to love. You will cultivate silence and learn to listen for God. Offerings will include time for silence, sacred scripture readings, breath work, shadow work and science. The last session includes a compassion meditation for you, your family and friends, your community and your world.
According to Episcopal priest, Tilden Edwards, it is in a deep place of prayer where 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?
Lenten Retreat: The Hope of Easter- Journeying through the Desert, the Garden and the Empty Tomb
John 3:3, “And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
Lent is a time set aside each year for Christian transformation. You are invited to take the journey of inner purification. How do we purify ourselves and become more like Jesus, “taking the very nature of a servant and emptying ourselves?” (Philippians 2:5-7)
This retreat is both a journey of knowledge and experience. Using the mystics as our guides, we will delve deeper into our own spiritual journey with the objective of opening a window to our soul. We will learn to “let go of everything that is not of God in order to be available for nothing but God.” This process includes letting go of fears, doubts, insecurities, negative thinking, OLD WOUNDS, releasing repressed emotions and any other disordered attachments. It is after this experience that we feel moved to align our will with God’s will.
Through the spiritual practices taught and through the sharing of our stories, this retreat is designed to provide healing and to deepen your relationship with God. In deepening your relationship with God, God will reveal his ongoing plan for your life. This is a journey of Hope, an unshakable confidence, in God’s plan for us. As Jeremiah (29:11) says, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with HOPE.”
A Lenten Experience: Discovering the Holy in All
St. Ignatius of Loyola: “He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.”
This weekend Lenten retreat is about slowing down and tending to our Holy relationship with God through: silent prayer, spiritual practices and holy conversations. It is about developing the “ears and eyes of the heart,” the dwelling place of God.
Lent is a good time to show up and wait on God. Jesus demonstrated this waiting on God throughout his public ministry, but specifically during his 40 days and nights in the desert.
When we take the time to listen, reflect and examine our hearts we discover how God is working in our hearts. This retreat is designed to help you rediscover that God has “given us his Holy Spirit in our hearts as guarantee that we belong to him and as the first installment of all that he is going to give us.” 2 Corinthians 1:22 This ability to carry the Holy Spirit in our hearts allows us to see the Holy in All.