Transformation in Presence—Integrating Awareness of God (In-Person)

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Friday 06/07/2024 - Saturday 06/08/2024
6:30pm - 3:00pm EST

When our human experience is challenging, the pain can seem overwhelming and lonely. In this retreat, we will be practicing ways of and learning how to become more aware of the Holy Spirit.

Retreat from the world Friday evening June 7 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm, then return Saturday June 8 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Immerse yourself in the  moments -- learning how to remain present to self and God, and how to return to God amidst our sufferings. Out of this awareness of everlasting Love can flow calmness, clarity, compassion, and creativity.

With co-facilitators Amanda Waldron and Kristen Bylsma, experiences will include creative contemplative activities, embodied practices, and time in nature.

“Remain in me and I will remain in you.”    1 Thessalonians 5:16-17


Amanda Waldron

Amanda and Kristen are both clinical therapists who have been on their own journey of present awareness. We both grew up in the Christian tradition and understood messages about God’s presence being outside and away; needing to be invited in. Kristen grappled with her Christian faith, having to relinquish certainties that once seemed so essential. Amanda went through a period of deconstruction when God’s presence felt far away or non-existent.

Through our own separate work and experience, we both began sensing that the omnipresence of God could be felt closer and within. With time and practice, in states of present awareness, we continue to cultivate connection to our core self, the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the world around us, awakening to God’s loving presence and unfolding into our true nature.

And now we are ready to share this with you.

Kristen Bylsma



Snacks, lunch on Saturday and refreshments are provided.

For sensitive food preferences,  please contact Kit Fessenden at 616-514-3325 or email her at

Dates and Times

Friday, June 7 at 6:30 – 9pm

Saturday, June 8 at 9am – 3pm


Scholarships are available.

We do not want the cost of our program to prohibit you from attending, so please reach out to us by calling Kit at 616-514-3325 or emailing us at to learn about scholarship assistance or to make a payment plan.

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