In Search of Sanctuary

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Prayer for wildfires


Date: September 27

Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $65

Sale: Take advantage of our Earlybird special rate of $55 through 8/27/2024.

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Presenter: Lorie Conway

Sale: Take advantage of our Earlybird special rate of $55 through 8/27/2024.

Sanctuary is wherever I find safe space to regain my bearings, reclaim my soul, heal my wounds, and return to the world as a wounded healer. It’s not merely about finding shelter from the storm: it’s about spiritual survival. ~Parker Palmer  

The word “sanctuary” typically evokes a sense of peace, shelter, and safety. It may remind us of a particular space where we have worshipped, a favorite bird sanctuary, or a place of refuge for those seeking a safe haven. Parker Palmer suggests that sanctuary is any space where we can regain our bearings, reclaim our souls, and heal our wounds. In these troubled and depleting times, sanctuary is vital for our spiritual wellbeing.   

Sometimes sanctuaries are physical spaces, but sanctuary may also be found in the company of creation, the solace of a friend, the pages of a good book, or the depth of silence. During this day together, we will search for the sanctuaries in our lives, reflect on their meaning and purpose, and consider how we might be sanctuary for others. Our search will be aided by contemplative spiritual practices, personal reflection, periods of silence, and sacred space for dialogue and sharing. Lunch is included.  

Lorie Conway, MA has a passion for deep listening and accompanying others on their spiritual journeys through spiritual companionship, contemplative small groups, and spiritual retreats. Lorie received her certificate in spiritual direction from the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation and holds a master’s degree in Religion from Lancaster Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in Behavioral Management & Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University. Lorie is on the programming staff at Well for the Journey and is the director of the Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Spiritual Groups & Retreats program at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Lorie’s spirituality is rooted in the Christ tradition and is welcoming of the many paths and unique journeys enfolded within Divine Mystery.

Take advantage of our Earlybird special rate of $55 through 8/27/2024.

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