Introduction to BioSpiritual Focusing: A Weekend Retreat

 “Out of God’s infinite glory, may you be given the power,

through the Holy Spirit, for your hidden self to grow stronger.”

                                                                        Ephesians 3:14-19

This retreat weekend is an overview and introduction to the history and practice of BioSpiritual Focusing. For Christians, BioSpiritual Focusing provides a way to bring the body’s sense for grace and God into everyday awareness, helping you to become more fully present to self, others and to God. Learning will take place in the respectful atmosphere of small groups.  This weekend is open to both beginners and those who wish to renew their commitment to this bodily form of healing, discovery and discernment.

Dates & Times: Fri., Oct. 2 at 5pm through Sun. Oct. 4, 2020 at 1pm

Leaders: Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, Becky Crane, Kathy Irr, Donna O’Connor

Fee: $295 (all inclusive)


About the Presenters:

Becky Crane, LICSW is a spiritual companion, licensed psychotherapist, and BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator. She is an active lay leader in both her UCC congregation and an outdoor ecumenical worshiping community.

Kathy Irr, RN is a spiritual companion, retreat leader, BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator and author of two books.  She lives in Norwich, CT with her husband and has two married sons and three grandchildren. Website:

Donna O’Connor is a spiritual companion and BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator, with a keen interest in helping people who struggle with weight, body image, and disordered eating. She has been a fitness and yoga instructor for over thirty years.

Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, Foundress of Genesis Spiritual Life Center in Westfield, MA, is an experienced retreat leader and spiritual companion, as well as BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator and teacher of Centering Prayer. She is also an eco-spirituality resource person, historian and Genesis Arboretum/flower garden supervisor.


Write Your Spiritual Autobiography

A Spiritual Autobiography is a written account of the events, people and places that have influenced your relationship with God.  It tells the story of how you have come to hold your beliefs, and from it, you may identify patterns or motifs by which you can recognize the flow of your life.  The process of reflection and writing is itself a spiritual practice; many find that it’s a powerful time for encountering God, and adopt it as a lifelong tool for discernment.

In this retreat, I will provide suggestions for how to structure your work, and guiding questions to help prompt your memory.  We will also meditate on Scripture passages and artwork to help us make connections with our own paths.  You will have time alone for reflection and writing, opportunities for spiritual direction, and the option of sharing with other participants within the sacred space we have created.

Like the original disciples, we, too, have a story, or testament, of God’s presence and action in our lives.  Give yourself the gift of time to reflect deeply on your spiritual life, and put pen to paper to create an account of the fullness of your journey – the mountaintop experiences as well as the mundane, the struggles, the joys, the doubts, and the grace.

Date & Time: Fri., Sept. 11, at 5pm through Sun., Sept. 13, at 1pm

Presenter: Rachele Grieco

Fee: $275


About the Presenter

Rachele Grieco, retreat facilitator and spiritual director, serves as a resource for adults who seek to explore and deepen their spiritual lives. She has been a lay leader in the Episcopal church for over 20 years, engaging small groups in Lectio Divina and Bible study, spiritual conversation and reflection. She also serves as a healing prayer minister, has lead workshops in prayer practices, and was commissioned to compose a healing circle liturgy.

Rachele holds degrees in English Literature and Christian Spirituality.  She resides in New York City with her husband, where they enjoy discovering diversity within the natural landscape as well as in the urban environment.

Psychology and Spirituality of Thomas Keating

Thomas Keating and the Trappist’s have made an enormous contribution to the rediscovery of contemplative life for Christians. Through his vision and commitment, centering prayer has deepened and renewed the prayer lives of countless men and women. This three-day conference will study the psychological and spiritual underpinnings of renewed contemplative life. Centering prayer will be included throughout the days.

Date & Time: Tues., July 21, at 5pm through Thurs., July 23, 2020 at 1pm

Presenter: Don Bisson, FMS

Fee: $250 (all inclusive)


About the Presenter: 

Don Bisson, FMS is a Marist Brother, known both nationally and internationally for his work as a retreat director and presenter in the area of spirituality and Jungian psychology. He has a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.

A Summer Retreat for Writers: Find Inspiration, Contemplation, and Creativity

This summer retreat for writers is divided into daily workshops and craft discussion; feedback and motivation; writing prompts and inspiration; time to work on new and existing projects; and time to relax with a secluded view of the mountains and river.  The retreat is open to writers of every genre. Whether your writing is for personal journals or for publication, there are aspects we all share as writers.

When we go outside of our daily routine, leave behind the disruptions of our busy lives and gather in a supportive community, we make important breakthroughs in our life and in our writing. Included in the retreat will be a discussion of publication – how to, where to, and when to, and information about publishers who are regularly looking for work.

Writers will sharpen writing skills, meet other exceptional writers, have time to relax in a quiet peaceful environment, and enjoy meals and plenty of breaks. You will be energized by the support, literary guidance, relaxation, and encouragement. Enjoy the peaceful summer surroundings and literary inspiration at your own individual pace. Believe in your stories, you are the best one to write them!

Date & Time: Wed., July 8 at 5pm through Sun. July 12 at 1pm

Presenter: Magie Dominic

Fee: $525 (all inclusive)



About the Presenter

Magie Dominic, writer and artist, studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and lives in New York. Her memoirs, The Queen of Peace Room and Street Angel, have been nominated for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, Book of the Year Award/Memoir – ForeWord Magazine, the Judy Grahn Award and received the Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Award, 2017.

She was nominated for the Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award and co-authored H. M. Koutoukas Remembered by His Friends, Eco Poetry, and Belles Lettres/Beautiful Letters. She has written for the Toronto Globe and Mail and The Village Voice

Her writing and art archives are with New York University Fales Library Permanent Collection and her theater archives are with New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Her artwork has been exhibited in Toronto and New York, including a presentation at The United Nations.

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