Retreats

Peace be with you!

I am a spiritual director, writer, facilitator and speaker in the Boston area.  I amglorieta snapdragon also a wife, mother to three grown daughters, and part of an active Episcopal church in the town of Southborough, Massachusetts.  I feel a calling to help others deepen their awareness of God, to listen to and mentor other women, to practice centering prayer and facilitate group discussion.  In addition, I also offer half day as well as one or two-day retreats on themes related to deepening our faith and learning to hear God’s voice.  Some retreat themes I have pursued are listed below.

I have 20 years experience leading women’s groups, speaking locally and writing devotionals.  I have a heart for those in recovery, knowing we are all broken in some way. I’m also grateful for my training and work as a hospice volunteer. My hospice work has led to believe there is grace in dying, and I continue to learn what it looks like to let go.

I believe in caring for our bodies and God’s earth, and my husband and I are members of a CSA, a local organic farm, harvesting share weekly for creative cooking adventures.  I’ve published five devotionals for Lent and Advent, and I’ve written and published several online articles.   I write regularly about faith and life at http://www.lifeinabody.wordpress.com.

Sample retreat topics include:

 –  Beside Still Waters:  Living Out the 23rd Psalm

 –  Accepting the Life God Gives Us:  The Practice of Gratitude

 –  Silent Prayer: Deeper Awareness, Deeper Peace

 –  The Gift of Spiritual Direction:  Learning to Listen with our Hearts

 –  Hearing God’s Voice in Scripture:  The Practice of Lectio Divina

 –  Leaning In:  Finding Freedom Through the Disciplines

 –  Be Still and Know: Hearing God’s Voice in the Carpool Lane   (Psalm 46:10, Matthew 7:7, Jeremiah 33:3)

  – Wanted: a BFF:  Making and Keeping a Real Friend  (Proverbs 18:24, John 15:13)

  – Mirror, Mirror:  Healing the Cracks in Our Self-Image  (Psalm 139, 2 Corinthians 4:7)

 

Writing Projects Include:

Thy Kingdom Come, a Lenten devotional guide including daily and weekly prayer practices. Also available are weekly discussion questions for small group study.

While We Wait, a six-week Lenten daily devotional guide.

Where Faith Meets Life, a four week daily series on giving to others.

Weaving a Life:  Connecting Body, Mind and Spirit; (in progress) a nonfiction book for women on pursuing intimacy in body, mind and spirit.

If you would like to discuss a possible retreat or speaking engagement, I would love to hear from you. Email me at leslealine@gmail.com.

 

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