Our retreats are opportunities to take a break from our day-to-day lives to spend a day or two exploring a spiritual topic or learning a new skill. All of our retreats offer a spiritual component as well as opportunities for fellowship and sharing in a comfortable environment.
Roots & Branches: Our Tree of Life Retreat Saturday, Oct 19; 9 am – noon Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens Donation: $25 (includes supplies)
Throughout every spiritual tradition, trees hold great symbolic significance. Branches identify how we connect to the outside world and to God. The trunk represents ourselves: what kind of self-care is needed to sustain us? A tree’s roots symbolically ground us in God. What do we need to do to sustain our connection with God? How do these three areas relate, connect and interact. Join us as we explore our symbolic tree while creating our own Tree of Life using wire and beads. Click here to register.
‘Unravel, Unwrap & Unwind’ Nuggets of Wisdom for a Freer Life Saturday, October 26 Noon - 4:00 pm Suggested Donation: $15
We all have plenty on our to-do list, but are any of those things on God’s to-do list? Join us as we explore and reflect on nuggets of wisdom to help us unravel our lives, unwrap its gifts and unwind into God’s plan for us. Our day will begin with a light lunch and include small group and individual reflection time as well as a body movement session led by Alice Kuramoto, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN. Click here to register.
Contemplative Movie Night: The Power of Forgiveness, Part I Tuesday, October 29; 6:30—8:00 pm Donation: Free Will Offering
The POWER of FORGIVENESS is a dramatic documentary film that takes an honest look at the intensity of anger and grief that human nature is heir to. It is a collection of seven short stories that profile some of the most dramatic transgressions imaginable along with stories that feel more familiar and manageable to the viewer. It explores the role forgiveness holds in various faith traditions and examines how the scientific community is now measuring the physical and mental benefits of letting go of grief and resentment. Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh, Elie Wiesel, Thomas Moore and others. Registration requested here.
Part II will be offered Thursday, November 14; 6:30—8:00 pm.
Essential Oils Workshop Saturday, November 2; 9:00 -11:00 am Presenter: Lila Mueller Donation: $15
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the plant’s natural essence. Often used in aromatherapy, essential oils may help alleviate a variety of health concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches and reduced inflammation to name a few. Join us for an informative overview of essential oils with cautions for select health conditions and interactions. Questions to be addressed include: · Can people with health conditions use essential oils? · What should I look for or be cautious about? · Are there standards for essential oils?
Lila Mueller is a NBCR ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist, C.R.R., ART, Certified Temprana Reflex Therapist, Reflexology Preceptor for St. Luke’s Medical Center Integrative Medicine Program, NES Practitioner, President of Integrated Reflexologists of Wisconsin Inc., Instructor at Ray of Hope Academy in Belgium, and 2018 Recipient of the Leadership & Service Award from the Reflexology Association of America. Click here to register.
Gifts Received/Gifts Given Saturday, Nov. 16; 10 am – 2 pm Facilitators: Jenny Mitchell and Kelly Lemens Donation: $25 (includes supplies)
St. Nicholas, born into wealth, lost his parents at a young age to an epidemic. A devout Christian, Nicholas sold all he had to give to the poor then dedicated the rest of his life to serving God. We, too, are richly blessed with abundant spiritual gifts from God. We, too, in the spirit of St. Nicholas, are called to give these gifts away. Join us in discovering and exploring our Spiritual gifts as we paint our own St. Nicholas portrait. Click here to register.
Antler Basket Weaving Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:00 a.m.-noon Presenter: Richard Loliwayntati Gonzalez, M.A. (“Loliwayntati” means “He Who Brings the Good Word”) Donation: $75 (includes supplies)
We are excited to welcome back Rick Gonzalez M.A., member of the Iroquois Confederation, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, and Turtle Clan and maker of contemporary, Iroquois antler baskets. Participants will weave their own unique antler basket as we delve further into Native American spirituality as well as develop a more profound sense of our own spiritual relationships. The artist will share how a "Spirit Line" relates to your soul and how this Spirit Line could enhance a greater understanding of the Sacred Harmony - the relationship between God, Man, and Nature.
All materials for the workshop will be supplied. Each attendee will select an antler that has fallen naturally from our brother, the Deer. The antler will be pre-drilled and the weaving foundation will be installed beforehand for each participant. The weaving material, reed, either natural or dyed, will be the main component for the design element. Other mixed media, such as, sea grass, yarns, birch, etc., can be utilized for further design expression. To complete the "Tools List," please bring your own Perseverance, Patience, and a set of Insights! Yaw^ko! (thank you) Click here to register.
What is Reflexology? Will it help my health condition? How is it performed? What questions do I ask to ensure that I will see a qualified practitioner? Join us for an informative presentation that addresses these questions and many more. Learn about Reflexology as a stand-alone holistic health practice and see a reflexology session demonstrated. Come and learn about this wonderful natural health treatment. Click here to register.
Advent Day of Reflection: Advent Light Saturday, Dec. 7 9 a.m.-noon Facilitators: Barbara Dickmann & Kelly Lemens Donation: $25
The Christmas season is filled with symbols of light: advent candles, sparkling tinsel, twinkling lights and, of course, THE star. Jesus came to dwell among us and, through His Holy Spirit, within us. How is Christ shining in you this season? How is Christ shining through you this season? What blocks your inner light from shining through, getting in the way of the joy of the season. Join us for a day of reflecting on our own Advent light as we create our own ceramic candleholders to hold the Light of the World. Click here to register.
Spiritual Companioning Q & A Tuesday, September 24th; 6:30 – 7:30 pm Facilitators: Ruth Hoenick & Kelly Lemens Cost: Free-will Donation
Seeking God is a universal human longing – in fact, our desire to connect with an infinite being is actually built into us. Spiritual companions offer intentional and compassionate presence where a seeker may explore these issues of deeper meaning and connection. Not a “casual friendship,” Companions walk alongside anyone, regardless of expression, age, ethnicity, gender identity, orientation or outlook, who comes with whatever burdens they may bear and a desire to listen to the voice of the Spirit, that “voice of the genuine” within their heart.
Curious to learn more? Join us for a Q & A session and learn more. After a short presentation and mock session, Ruth & Kelly welcome questions, sharing their own experiences as pilgrimages on this journey. Please RSVP here.
A Place to Be Spirituality Center Physical Address: 166 W Dekora St Saukville, WI 262-277-1928 Mailing Address: 1800 N Wisconsin St Port Washington, WI 53074 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Additional availability by appointment.