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Women’s Intergenerational Retreat: A Safe Place to Land – Understanding Me

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - September 8 @ 12:00 pm


Directed by Lauren Morton and Maria Cressler


Join us for an Ignatian intergenerational women’s companion retreat, where we embrace the wisdom and opportunity that exists between generations. In a society that sometimes discourages us from bringing our full selves to intergenerational spaces, this weekend offers a unique invitation to openly lean into a community of women spanning different ages and life stages.

At this retreat, we recognize the deep need for a safe space where individuals can truly listen and understand what it’s like to walk on this journey of life. Whether you come with your mother, daughter, aunt, niece, mentor, mentee, friend, or partner, this retreat is an opportunity to find companions who accompany you on the journey of understanding and becoming ‘you’.


This is a semi-silent retreat. Aside from the time for group conversation or conversation with your companion, as shared by the retreat director, retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals.


Lauren Morton is the co-founder/Executive Director of Bee at Peace, Inc. and a member of the Board of Trustees at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center.  Lauren, a graduate of Emory University with a B.A. in Sociology and a Master of Health Administration from The George Washington University, brings a rich background in hospital management and a proven track record in leadership roles, to her current roles as an innovative grassroots strategic and organizational team-builder and the academic program manager of the Clark and Dean’s Scholars Programs at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Maria G. Cressler, MTS, is the Executive Director of Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center and has served in this role since September 2009. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University and a Master of Theological Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Her heart for Ignatian Spirituality has broadened the ministries of Ignatius House during her tenure to include programs from Spring Hill College, Hispanic retreats, teen and young adult retreats, an expansion of the Ignatian Spirituality Project serving the homeless, and efforts to help people of all lifestyles know they are children of God. Maria believes deeply that none are excluded from God’s love, in the benefit of interfaith dialogue, and in activities that encourage mutual understanding. Prior to Ignatius House, she served in pastoral and parish roles to lead programs such as prison ministry, Emmaus, Cursillo, Rite of Chrisitian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and JustFaith. These experiences continue to shape her deep desire to help others encounter God. Maria and her husband, John, minister together at married-couples retreats as well as at interfaith events.

This retreat is offered with a discount of more than 20%, at $550 for two people registering together (usually $350 per person).




September 6 @ 6:00 pm
September 8 @ 12:00 pm
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Sandy Springs, GA 30328 United States
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