Upcoming Retreats and Workshops

ON LINE VIA ZOOM: Introduction to SoulCollage a creative, intuitive, and inspiring process using images for self-expression discovery and for discoverying your deeper self and the Source. Whether you call it Divine, God, Yahweh, Source, Mystery, Higher Power, Brahma or other name attempting to name the Unnamable, using images allows you to encounter it, know yourself and perhaps name it. On Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 9 AM to Noon you can enjoy the process of co-creating with the Creator!
Suggested donation for this workshop is $30. If you register by July 10, you receive $5 off!
In the pre-Covid19 world, we would meet in person and I would provide you with images and materials. Social spaciousness requires that we be creative. You will need to provide your own images from magazines, cards, calendars, copyright free websites. Start collecting now! You should look for images that touch you in some way, that you have some emotional response to or you simply like but don’t know why.
Once you have registered and paid your fee, you will receive instructions on how to make mat cards, a list of “must have” supplies and a list of optional supplies.
Payment can be made by PayPal to Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an introductory email with the link for Zoom.

CATHERINE DE HUECK DOHERTY – Catherine de Hueck Doherty was a Russian-Canadian Catholic social worker and founder of the Madonna House Apostolate. She was a pioneer among North American Catholics in implementing the Church’s social justice teachings and encouraging contemplation! A prolific writer, she urged Christians to take time apart, enter the poustinia and encounter the Divine in silence and solitude. Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30 to 8:00 PM Lenten Series Workshops at Oldenburg Franciscan Center $15

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MIRABAI STARR – Mirabai Starr is a writer, teacher, and bereavement counselor who seeks to honor all the world’s faith traditions and to honor contemplation. The experience and connection of between loss and a longing for God is the ground of her spiritual life and the basis of her writings. Her first book, a translation of St. John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul, was released the same day her youngest daughter was tragically killed in a car accident. Mirabai coped through writing, contemplation and seeing the connection of all. Since that first publication, she’s written several books on mystics. Her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of Women Mystics will be the basis of this Lenten Series workshop. Lenten Series Workshops at Oldenburg Franciscan Center $15 Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

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I am available for groups, parish and churches, and informal gatherings of spiritually independent individuals to facilitate retreats and workshops or to provide informational sessions about spiritual growth and formation.  I offer workshops on mindfulness and meditation to learn ways to reduce and manage stress for business persons, lawyers, social workers, public safety personnel, health care workers and others who experience vicarious trauma, etc.

Past Retreats and Workshops

Coffee Talk, St. Angela of Foligno,  at Oldenburg Franciscan Center,, Oldenburg, IN, Sunday, May 26, 2019, 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM, Freewill offering.

Communication for Couples “Can You Hear Me Now?,  February 9, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, St. Clement Catholic Church, Cincinnati, OH.  Contact Colleen Gerke, Director of Faith Formation at for registration.

Lunch and Learn, “What is Spiritual Direction? and Designing a Prayer Space”,  Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Contact Oldenburg Franciscan Center, to register. $20 includes lunch

John Denver, St. Francis and Creation Spirituality Saturday mini-retreat, Oldenburg Franciscan Center, June 23, 2018

Praying With Your Smartphone or How to Use Technology to Enhance Your Prayer and Spirituality workshop, Oldenburg Franciscan Center, June 14, 2018.

John Denver, St. Francis and Creation Spirituality Coffee Talk with Sr. Janet Born OSF, October 1, 2017, Oldenburg Franciscan Center.

Mindfulness for Mediators, August 19, 2017, co-sponsored by Partners in Mediation

Mindfulness for Mediators, September 26, 2016, co-sponsored by Partners in Mediation

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