My wife, Mary Sullivan, and I have similar purposes in life, though we come at it from different perspectives.
When we fell in love, Mary was the founder of Project Compassion in Chapel Hill, NC. Project Compassion is a non-profit organization that creates community and provides innovative support for people living with serious illness, caregiving, end of life and grief.
I was the founder of The Support Team Network, a program that began in an HIV/AIDS Clinic in Birmingham, AL. The Support Team Network taught persons how to organize volunteer teams to offer practical, emotional, and spiritual support to persons first with HIV, and eventually to persons with any health concern.
Project Compassion adopted the Support Team model and for Mary and me, the rest is history.
Today, Mary is an author, spiritual companion, and retreat leader. She will enter seminary in the Fall of 2011 on her journey to become an Episcopal Priest. I am the Director of Pastoral Care at a hospital where I lead a team of Chaplains who care for people from across the Southeast.
Both of us create community and connection to God and others through facilitating groups, working with individuals, speaking, and developing programs. We have led a few things together in the past and have enjoyed it a great deal.
I am excited about leading our first retreat together on Friday night through Sunday morning on February 11-13, 2011. We will be hosted at beautiful Camp McDowell, near Jasper, AL. You are welcome to come alone, or with your spouse or partner, or with a friend. Registration fee is $215 per person for a double room, and $265 for a single room. The fee includes meals from dinner on Friday evening to breakfast on Sunday, lodging, and retreat materials. We are limiting the size of the group to twenty persons.
The title of the retreat is called Living AWAKE. We will offer small group discussion, spiritual practices, and sabbath time that will allow you to remember what it means to pay attention to each day. Participants will experience renewal and energy from time for reflection, laughter, and just BEING in nature. The time away is intentionally designed for you to have a retreat from your busy life.
We will use material from Mary’s latest book, Living AWAKE, as well as personal stories, and creative exercises. You will have time to breathe, to sleep, to eat, to think, and to pray.
Mark your calendar, bring someone you love, or give a gift to yourself and come alone, and let us know if you can join us. I hope you can.