Of the big-three spiritual virtues – faith, hope, and love – HOPE can sometimes feel like the hardest to come by. This retreat will look to rehabilitate HOPE, by allowing ourselves to “dream with” God and honoring our own deep-seeded desires. We will also think about HOPE as something that we don’t do alone, but in community, allowing retreatants to enjoy the deeply connected nature of our lives and dreams. This retreat will utilize visual meditations, journaling, and SoulCollage® to excavate a sense of hope, and (hopefully!) leave with a renewed sense of wonder.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted. There will be periods of discussion and dialogue when prompted by the retreat director.
Alison Umminger Mattison is a Professor of Creative Writing, spiritual director, mom, and life coach, who loves working with groups and individuals to creatively excavate our individual and collective journeys. She has led retreats at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit and facilitates a local spirituality book group.
Jackie Sullivan is an Ignatian trained Spiritual Director, Professor of Human Relations, small group and retreat leader, leader of Holy Land pilgrimages, wife and mom. Through contemplative and imaginative prayer, she hopes to lead all to a more personal experience of faith.