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“Experiencing the Christian contemplative practices has been life changing.”
"My son and I have barely spoken in the past two years after a couple of blow-ups. Using these skills really changed my approach to him, and we're talking again."
"This was EXACTLY what I needed. I've already used these skills with my patients, and even my family!"
“These skills have dramatically deepened my encounters with people...they feel more 'heard' and 'important.'"
FULL TITLE: Contemplative Practices for Healing Relationships.
DATES & REGISTRATION:
Aug 19-21: Dubuque, Iowa.
Shalom Spirituality Center
Please use contact form to indicate your interest in attending.
Don't miss a special two-night retreat when chaplain and workplace communication advisor Brent Anderson, M.Div, shares proven techniques for sparking conversation, leading effective dialogue, practicing sincere listening and managing conflict. Get ready for peaceful, productive exchanges that heal broken relationships.
The retreat provides formation in Christian contemplative spirituality, which help retreatants open to a profound sense of the presence of God moving in one's life. As their focus turns outward, retreatants integrate new ways of engaging with others and become aware of inner barriers that have made connection with others challenging.
The retreat is built upon principles of chaplaincy pedagogy, spiritual direction principles, along with neurobiology, social psychology, and empathy research. This semi-silent retreat incorporates individual reflection, small-group conversation, time for connection and humor.
In a world filled with so much divisiveness and a lack of civility, it is important to hone skills for slowing down, listening, and inviting understanding and dialogue. The openness, sharing, and connection among all the participants helped in understanding and appreciating the skills shared in this retreat. I highly recommend this retreat and look forward to sharing the experience with our staff.
- Sr. Margaret Magee, Congregational Minister (Executive Leader) of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, which has nearly 200 sisters who have founded hospitals, retreat centers, schools, & social service ministries around the world.
This has transformed the way I talk to clients and groups about their emotions.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I have studied a number of different approaches for constructive dialogue over the last 40 years. The Healing Divisions method... is by far the most helpful.
- Jewel Payne, Presbyterian Church Committee Leader
The retreat was timely for my wife and I due to the polarization we've experienced in our culture. It was helpful for ongoing formation and development of ministerial skill as we continue in the service and accompaniment of our parish community with their diverse needs. I found the retreat content to be a great reference for sermon preparation, and for inspiring our congregation with practical relational tools for healing divisions.
- Deacon David Lansford, Monterey Diocese, Third Order Franciscan
I gained a lot of insight into my tendencies when reacting to conflict and have taken steps to become a better listener. That has led to deeper connections with people who appreciate being heard instead of being "corrected."
- Tony Turano, Commissioner of Cattaraugus County Social Services
This has really improved my relationship with my spouse.
My visits (with patients) are so much deeper and more healing now... I wish I would have had this formation when I first started this ministry 30 years ago!
- Dennis, Hospital Minister
We strive to equip all people with research-informed skills for dialoguing across polarities, deepening relationships, reducing disparities,
and augmenting communal resilience.
Propel our mission by using the skills you've honed during the retreat in the world around you!
A financial contribution will help build our capacity and enable us to extend our reach in all 50 states (donations are tax-deductible).
$25 is enough to avail a 20% subsidy.
$640 makes the program affordable for 10 low-income participants.
$10,000 enables us to hire a part-time outreach coordinator to reach thousands.
$100,000 catapults us to the next phase of our strategic plan & enables rapid growth of the programs, which our world needs NOW.
If your organization, church, or club is struggling with discord and ways of relating that are less than ideal, the retreat provides a profound shared experience that builds connection and common ground. It also provides communal tools that groups can immediately apply and intentionally cultivate on an ongoing basis for relating in ways that are more lifegiving, reverential, and positive. If your group is interested in learning more about a tailored retreat offering from Healing Divisions for team building or conflict resolution, please don't hesitate to reach out.