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Walking Through Fire ~ A Retreat for Those with Loved Ones Who Struggle with Addiction or Mental Illness (In-Person)
- Saturday 10/23/2021
- 8:30am - 3:30pm EST
If you have a beloved partner, child, friend, or family member who struggles with addiction or mental illness, you may find yourself swept away on a tide of emotions - heartbreak, regret, shame, anger, grief, and confusion, among them.
In addition to all those heavy emotions, you could be experiencing exhaustion and isolation as well as have a sense of not being seen. Perhaps you’re so caught up in your loved one’s well-being, you’ve put your own in jeopardy. The Walking Through Fire retreat offers you time for yourself in a supportive and nonjudgmental space so you can …
… honor yourself and your part in your loved one’s journey
… express and share that which is burdening your heart
… experience and acquire self-care practices
… learn how boundaries can safeguard your relationship with yourself and your loved one
… remember your innate goodness
… explore how hope and possibility exist even during the most painful of times
… reconnect with yourself, your purpose, and your faith
… find comfort, rest, and nourishment
Take this day to make your well-being and self-care your first priority. Gather with others with similar experiences and focus on your journey, rather than that of your loved one’s. During this retreat, we invite you to seek the holy healing your heart longs for.
Perhaps you were made for this moment: to walk through the blazing fire and come forth as gold.
~ Morgan Harper Nichols
- A contemplative talk on boundaries, hope, and possibility
- Guided meditation, visualization, and mindfulness
- Transformational writing
- Story sharing
- Nature walk on the tranquil grounds of Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan
- Sacred listening circle
You will be gently guided through this retreat experience by a team of therapists, certified coaches, and spiritual directors, all with personal and professional lived experiences companioning with loved ones who are challenged by addiction and mental health issues. Below you can learn more about Lisa Tamblyn-Bergman, Mindy Hills, Sandra Mitchell, and our keynote speaker, Allison Stevens (limited licensed psychologist and author of Black Eye, Blue Sky, a story of resilience, survival, and freedom.)
- Enjoy a continental breakfast with us
- Plan to bring your own lunch
- Have your journal with you
- Dress comfortably and have appropriate shoes for the nature walk
- If, at any time, you feel one of the activities will not serve you, feel free to step away from the retreat for a time to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty offered by the grounds of Franciscan Life Process Center
- Contact Franciscan Life Process Center at 616.897.7842 if you are interested in overnight retreat accommodations the weekend of the retreat
AFTER YOU REGISTER FOR THE RETREAT, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM DOMINICAN CENTER WITH ...
- A map to the Franciscan Life Process Center
- Information on what to expect
- Liability forms that need to be reviewed, signed, and returned to Dominican Center before the retreat begins