Retreat House Spirituality Center

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Hi all, I saw the events at St Barnabas on 1/31 and 2/1 and thought they might be interesting. Is anyone from Retreat House planning to attend?
House of Joy launch tomorrow from 3 to 6. A sneak preview of Tarik's poem, a first time House of poet. . . . Together By Tarik Ahmed The church bells awaken me The muezzin's call to prayer excites me The monk's meditation calms me The rabbi's intellect enriches me Whatever path the sincere heart chooses Will lead to truth So drop that sword Forsake foul words Forgive past transgressions Move towards your brother And Embrace each other With love and hope
20 stories. . . .Elaine Johnson writes about the writer's group My experiences with Retreat House Writer’s Gathering have never failed to offer a level of acceptance I have seldom encountered in my day-to-day comings and goings. Novice writer that I was, I felt the ease of this wholesome and simple atmosphere where there are no lines drawn between the accomplished and the novice writer. The only unstated qualification for fitting in was absolute authenticity. I wrote my first submission, entitled “For the Love of Hope.” That humble beginning meant more than I realized at the time. I soon discovered that the working and re-working of my life stories offered a distancing from childhood wounds and more than a bit of soul-healing. My most meaningful writer gathering happened very recently when. I missed an email that the group had been rescheduled. Two women from my group and one of the Retreat House staff members took the time to meet with me and listened to me read the poem I had named “Four Preacher Boys." When I made the remark that I was not a “real” writer,” they said, “Elaine, if you write you are a real writer!” They offered soul-connecting responses that made me believe they meant what they said. All week I kept telling myself, “I have found my gift! It’s not huge or showy. But I believe it is what I was created to do. I am a writer!” That bit of confidence caused me to give a copy of my first ever published poem to my pastor. He was Preacher Boy Four. I placed his copy in a huge basket full of lots of handwritten note cards as part of his retirement celebration. I had been shy around him, as I am with many people I admire. But now we talk whenever I bump into him and his wife. The "Four Preacher Boys” poem was published in the latest Retreat House book, House of Compassion.
Join Deanna and other presenters at the Compassion Conference 2019 in Richardson, Texas - in 11 days!
Thought this might be of interest to those who attended the Elephant in the Living Room discussion on Racism
I am very interested in your community but am unable to attend the June 11th event will there be another in June?
This is a wonderfully spiritual and hospitable place of peace!

Retreat House is day retreat center and contemplative community of spiritual directors and spiritual formation leaders. Programs have been moved ONLINE. Please shelter in place and stay well during Covid-19. Together we will flatten the curve.

Mission: Retreat House, Inc. is an intentional spiritual and religious, contemplative community of spiritual directors and spiritual formation leaders working in a covenant relationship to serve individuals and groups who wish to deepen their relationship with God through spiritual direction, education, prayer and retreat offerings.

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** House of Courage Pre-Sale (June 2020 with matching donation) — Retreat House

11 Minutes left. Buy-one, get one. And, bogo for Gretchen Martens' happiness book.

https://www.retreathousecommunity.org/productsrh/house-of-courage-book

retreathousecommunity.org ** Though June 19, 2020, all pre-sale orders of House of Courage will be matched with a book donated to COVID-19 Front Line Responders.

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House of Courage: Soundbites on Race and I Am Them and They Are Me by Gretchen Martens

Gretchen Martens reading "Soundbites on Race" (from a white woman in the ghetto) and "I Am Them and They Are Me." Written after the death of George Floyd while Soul searching about what I need to do in response.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPLPIq3rTAU&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=22&t=0s

House of Courage author Gretchen Martens reads two submissions.

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House of Courage Michael Popovici

Michael is a new House of author and we are so blessed with his beautiful poetry. Take a listen to Michael reading "The Storm."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKnBnnYQUZ8&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=21&t=0s

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House of Courage: Three Faces of Courage by Karen Romestan

Karen is such a gift to our community and the House of books. Here, she writes so poignantly about three people impacted by COVID. Karen Romestan reading "Three Faces of Courage."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqAV-ougjXM&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=19&t=0s

House of Courage author Karen Romestan reads her submission.

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House of Courage: The Foundation of Courage by Jackie Linden-Schade

So, can I tell one on my dear friend and Soul Sister, Jackie? She always sends her stories with a disclaimer about how they probably aren't good enough for the House of books. And, consistently, she blows me away with her brave vulnerability. Here, Jackie Linden-Schade reads "The Foundation of Courage."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfYPfIlSjK4&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=20&t=0s

House of Courage author Jackie Linden-Schade reads her story.

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House of Courage: Songbird by Elaine Johnson

Elaine Johnson is another long-time House of author. She is such a wonderful storyteller, and Songbird is no exception. Elaine Johnson reads "Songbird."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMiTvHwaXC0&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=18&t=0s

House of Courage author Elaine Johnson tells her story

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House of Courage: The Prayer Shawl by Cynthia Helton

Cynthia is one of our new poets and she is so gifted! Here she reads one of my favorite of her poems, "Prayer Shawl."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u09xPuj3hE&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=17&t=0s

House of Courage author Cynthia Helton reads her submission

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House of Courage: Broken by Suzanne Guinn

Suzanne Guinn is another long-time poet contributor to the House of Books. Here, she reads a beautiful poem about what it means to be broken, and how we treat "broken people."

Suzanne Guinn reading "Broken."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGtYxjfVOyE&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=16&t=0s

House of Courage author Suzanne Guinn shares her poem

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House of Courage: The Warm Heart of Africa by Megan Gardner Flores

Our wonderful new author, Megan Gardner Flores, talks about her trip to Africa in "Warm Heart of Africa"

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House of Courage author Megan Gardner Flores reads her submission.

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House of Courage: R.I.P. My Friend, the Thistle, Clay Brantley

If you're followed our other House of books, you know that Clay Brantley is a wonderful storyteller! He so often draws from his deep experiences with nature. Clay Brantley reads "RIP My Friend, the Thistle"

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House of Courage author Clay Brantley reads his submission .

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Are you curious about the Zoo broadcast? Here's the link if you want to join the community. We have 20 folks on Zoom!

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** House of Courage Pre-Sale (June 2020 with matching donation) — Retreat House

Don't you LOVE our cover? Is that inspiring you to buy House of Courage? We're still doing a buy-one-give-one for first responders. Here's the link:

https://www.retreathousecommunity.org/productsrh/house-of-courage-book

retreathousecommunity.org ** Though June 19, 2020, all pre-sale orders of House of Courage will be matched with a book donated to COVID-19 Front Line Responders.

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House of Courage: A Mighty Oak by Emily Turner

And, our wonderful Zoom co-host interviewed Marjorie about the cover and was inspired to writer a poem about her! Emily Turner reading "Marjorie: A MIghty Oak."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awb6W8MChiw&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=13&t=0s

House of Courage author Emily Turner reads her submission. It is a companion piece to Marjorie Whitner's story, The Might Oak.

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House of Courage: The Mighty Oak by Marjorie Whitner

Marjorie Whitner is our wonderful cover artist! Learn about what the painting means to her! Marjorie Whitner reads "A Mighty Oak"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13wpjtVmoa4&list=PL_E4RnweaVKXYQ9h_R1hwuMxC_ThuB2lp&index=12&t=0s

House of Courage author and cover artist Marjorie Whitner talks about her journey of courage.

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House of Courage: An Unexpected Gift of Pilgrimage by Lynn Walters

And, Lynn Walters shares her beautiful pilgrimage in Mexico. You never know where the journey will take you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad435tQQzrQ&t=105s

House of Courage author Lynn Walters shares her submission

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House of Courage Linda Anderson Little Heads Up

Want a story of hope and inspiration? It starts with a penny. Listen to Linda Anderson Little read "Heads Up"

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RH Online Store — Retreat House

Wait! "What about your other books," you ask! Well, here's the link to our full bookstore. We're matching all book purchases during the House of Courage launch. So, if you buy any of our six titles, or two journals, we will donate a copy of House of Courage to first responders!

https://www.retreathousecommunity.org/productsrh

retreathousecommunity.org RH Products emerge from community gatherings. The “House of” Series emerged from our Writer’s Gathering. We hope you enjoy this selection of writings from our house to yours.

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** House of Courage Pre-Sale (June 2020 with matching donation) — Retreat House

Wondering how you can buy a book? It's buy one give one to a first responder. We'll ship by Monday. Here's the link. . . .

https://www.retreathousecommunity.org/productsrh/house-of-courage-book

retreathousecommunity.org ** Though June 19, 2020, all pre-sale orders of House of Courage will be matched with a book donated to COVID-19 Front Line Responders.

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House of Courage: A Man Named Frank by Sherry Ward

Sherry is a longtime House of author. She writes beautiful small poems that would put e.e. cummings on alert. Here, she reads one of her heartwarming stories. Sherry Ward reading a "A Man Named Frank"

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House of Courage author Sherry Ward reads her submission

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House of Courage: This Is What Courage Looks Like to Me by Deanna Hollas

Deanna Hollas is a brave and fearless woman who is the gun violence prevention minister for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Her story challenges us all to stand up for what we believe in. Deanna Hollas Reading "This is What Courage Looks Like to Me"

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House of Courage author Deanna Hollas talks about courage

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House of Courage: What Is My Name by Reginald Thomas

We were SO honored to have Reginald Thomas as a first time author all the way from St. Vincent and Grenadines West Indies. And, I had the privilege to interview him! Gretchen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycYf6KvivnE&t=2s

House of Courage author Reginald Thomas reads his submission.

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RH Writer's Gathering Promo

Curious about the writer's gathering? Take a peek at our video!

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RH Writer's Gathering Promo

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House of Courage: Utterance Emily Tipton Williams

Emily Tipton Williams reading "Utterance"

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House of Courage: Courage to Sail in a Pandemic by Lil Smith

Lil Smith Reading "Courage to Sail in a Pandemic"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUSwp0ZDrgk&t=7s

Retreat House Spirituality Center presents our next publication: Courage to Sail in a Pandemic by Lil Smith

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Retreat House, Inc. is an intentional spiritual and religious, contemplative community of spiritual directors and spiritual formation leaders working in a covenant relationship to serve individuals and groups who wish to deepen their relationship with God through spiritual direction, education, prayer and retreat offerings.

Our Vision: So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. - Colossians 1:10

Our Rule of Life:

Prayer


  • We will pray daily.

  • We will tend the house rhythm of prayer: morning, midday, evening.

  • We will stop and pray with those seeking prayer.

  • We will invite and honor all offerings of prayer.
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  • We will welcome all to the table.

  • We will provide a safe space for authentic relationship.

  • We will provide time and space for relationship with God and one another.

  • We will invite compassion and play into our work.
  • Spiritual Companioning


  • We will accompany one another to take a long loving look.

  • We will tend the interior garden of the soul.

  • We will seek and savor the fruit of the Spirit in all things.
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