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Writing as Self-Care


  • Lake Logan Conference Center 25 Wormy Chestnut Lane Canton, NC, 28716 United States (map)

Poet and writer Pat Schneider writes: “We are all connected to one another and to the mystery at the heart of the universe through our strange and marvelous ability to create words. When we write, we create, and when we offer our creation to each other, we close the wound of loneliness and may participate in our broken world. Our words, our truth, our imagining, our dreaming may be the best gifts we have to give.”

People write for many reasons; beneath most forms of writing lives a common desire: to find and express our unique voice. Over the next three days, you are invited into a process of reflective writing as a means of self-discovery and care. There will also be ample free time for relaxation, exploring the beautiful North Carolina Smoky Mountains, greeting the sun with a restorative yoga session, and enjoying delicious food and company.

Our retreat leaders will hold space for you, honor your time and reflective process over the course of the retreat, and walk with you as you mine the rich depths of your soul through the creative process.


Retreat Leaders

Jennifer Winingder MDiv, STM ,ThD

Jennifer-Winingder

Jennifer calls herself a student of life and someone with an unrelenting hunger for spiritual growth. She has decades of experience in ministry,education, pastoral counseling, group work, and health and wellness. Her passions are the mind-body-spirit relationship, embodied spirituality, holistic health and wellness, natural, indigenous, and nature based spiritualities, sound healing, and energy healing.

She encourages the creative exploration of the the spirit within the body and in connection to the earth, others and the environment to help others get to know themselves fully and deeply and to find more satisfaction in their relationships with themselves, others, the divine, and the earth

Jennifer is a certified Level II Reiki practitioner.

Karen Scheib, PhD, Ellen Shepard, DMin

Karen-Scheib

Karen has decades of experience in the fields of higher education, spiritual development, and group facilitation. She is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She has published two books, and her third book on Story Care and writing as a spiritual practice, will be published in summer 2018. She served as director of the school’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program for many years. She is also on the faculty of the Emory Center for Ethics.

Karen’s research interests include faith and health, theological and cultural dimensions of crises and trauma, and narrative theory and therapy. She is the author of Challenging Invisibility: Practices of Care with Older Women (Chalice Press, 2004) and Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives (Abingdon Press, 2016), has contributed to several other books, and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications.


Tuesday April 9

3:00-5:00 PM     Check-in

5:30-6:30                             Gathering (Happy Hour)

6:30-7:30                             Dinner

7:45-8:45                             Finding Your Story (Tree of Life Exercise and Sharing)

9:00                                       Fire Circle Gathering (optional)

 

Wednesday, April 10

7:30 AM                                Silent Devotional Walk

8:00                                       Breakfast

9:00                                       Writing Session # 1 Writing as Self Care (or Spiritual Practice)

9:15                                        Writing Exercise

10:00                                     Sharing and responding

10:45                                     Writing Session #2 The Stories of Our Lives

11:00                                     Writing Exercise

11:20                                     Sharing and Responding

12:15 PM                              Lunch

1:00- 5:30                            Free Time (consultation with retreat facilitators, boat, fish, hike, read, write, nap, etc)

5:30                                        Happy Hour and Creativity Conversations

6:30                                       Dinner

7:45                                        Fire Circle/Fireside (optional)

 

Thursday, April 11

7:30 AM                                Movement Prayer

8:00                                       Breakfast

9:00                                       Writing Sesssion # 3: Writing as a Healing Practice

9:15                                        Writing Exercise

10:00                                     Sharing and responding

10:45                                     Writing Session #4: Caring for the Stories We Are

11:00                                     Writing Exercise

11:120                                   Sharing and Responding

12:15 PM                             Lunch

1:00- 5:30                            Free Time (consultation with retreat facilitators, boat, fish, hike, read, write, nap, etc)

5:30                                        Happy Hour and Creativity Conversations

6:30                                       Dinner

7:45                                        Fire Circle/Fireside (optional)

 

Friday, April 12

7:30 AM                                Found Prayer

8:00                                       Breakfast (Remove belongings from room before morning program.)

9:00                                       Closing Program
Noon                                    Lunch

After Lunch                      Departure

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION:

Karen and Jennifer are available for individual consultation during free time. Please see one of us if interested.

Karen: Writing consultation

Jennifer: Pastoral counseling and emotional support. Anyone wishing to have counseling consultation with Jennifer for longer than 30 minutes will be asked to pay a fee.


Fees

Overnight registration includes three nights’ lakeside lodging with private bath and linens included, nine meals, program, and all applicable taxes.

Single Occupancy $550

Double Occupancy $425

Commuter registration includes nine meals, program, and all applicable taxes.

Commuter $300

PLEASE SEE OUR CANCELLATION POLICY BEFORE REGISTERING.





Earlier Event: April 9
Fly Fishing Retreat
Later Event: April 16
Square Dance