Advent Retreat - 2012 - Mary, the Reed of God: An Advent Retreat

Sunday, December 02, 2012 to Wednesday, December 05, 2012

$285, includes 3 nights lodging, all meals and program

Facilitators - Emily Wilmer and Katie Warren


Drawing on the book The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander (British 1901-1945) participants are invited to reflect on the images of a reed flute, bird nest and chalice as metaphors for Mary, Mother of Christ, how Mary can inform our experiences as modern people, and how we, like Mary, are invited to be Christ-bearers in the world. Using these images along with prayer, poetry, music, art, small group and personal reflection time undergirded by the gift of silence and rest, we will prepare ourselves for the season.


Emily Wilmer, offers spiritual direction, workshops, and retreats throughout the USA and the United Kingdom. She currently is co-steward with her husband; The Rev. David Keller, of Oasis of Wisdom, An Institute for Contemplative Studies, Practice and Living located in Asheville NC. ( She completed the two year course in individual spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC and trained with Lauren Artress in San Francisco in the facilitation of the labyrinth as a spiritual tool.


Katie Warren, MAEd., is a spiritual director and art facilitator. She provides individual spiritual direction and art and group spiritual direction as a provider with the Potter's Touch - a counseling and spiritual direction network of the United Methodist Church. Katie completed the Sursum Corda Spiritual Director's Formation Program. She is trained as a SoulCollage facilitator.


Come away to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this 3 day retreat in preparation for the season of Advent. All participants will have a private room (unless a roommate is requested). You will have full access to the beautiful grounds and our beautiful mountain and valley at Valle Crucis with our extensive trails, creeks and waterfalls. You can also walk our indoor and outdoor labyrinths or just rest and enjoy one of our many rocking chairs or a chair in front of the fireplace.