We recently partnered with Dharma Chasers to offer two podcasts about spiritual direction, ecological grief, and how Refugia came to be. Listen here!
To find out more about the retreats we are currently offering please check out our Calendar
We create our retreats out of a desire to listen more deeply to ourselves, to each other and to the earth. We believe that taking time out of the busyness to reflect, to examine alternative ways of being and to acknowledge the sacredness of our lives is an important practice.
At Refugia, our retreats are 1-3 days long, and usually incorporate solitude, group time, good food, intentional resources, and time in nature.
With this in mind, we offer a variety of opportunities for retreat throughout the year, including:
Ecological grief & eco-anxiety retreats
New Years retreats
Seasonal ecological rituals
Please check back frequently, as we are constantly updating this list.
"As a first time retreater - I was heading into the day with uncertainty of what the experience would hold. The organizers and hosts created a well-structured and safe space to be vulnerable and to allow the day and conversations to be organic. The experience was one-of-a-kind and I'm thankful for the opportunity to have been part of it. I highly recommend this retreat/other retreats!"
-- Dayna H.
We offer facilitation for community groups, Board retreats, healing ceremonies, conferences, and more.
Interested in facilitation for your event, workplace, community group, or spiritual centre? Have an idea of an event but not sure if it fits? Contact us! We'll work with you to see how Refugia can support. We offer sliding scales and negotiable fees-for-service.
"Jodi and Amy did wonders. Great respect and introspect of wounds and healing."
- a guided process of learning to be present to one's life.
- an opportunity to explore notions of self, spirituality and meaning in a safe and non-judgmental way.
- sacred journeying through one's story with a focus on the journey.
- a process of awakening to the sacred in one's everyday life.
- an exploration of the way that silence, solitude, reflective questions and safe space can provide fertile ground for a deeper discovery of one's spirituality and the way that it connects to mind, body and spirit.
Jodi Lammiman is an Interfaith Spiritual Director. She completed training at Anam Chara Centre for Spirituality and was on staff as a Spiritual Director at King's Fold Retreat and Renewal Centre three years. She is passionate about offering safe spaces that allow individuals to reflect, deconstruct, reconstruct and be present to their journey.
Her personal philosophy of Spiritual Direction is:
"I believe that God is in the heart of each one of us and within all of Creation. I see Spiritual Direction as a guided "safe space" that allows the directee to explore the voice of the Divine in their inner world while cultivating awareness of the Divine in the exterior world. Direction integrates one's inner thoughts and feelings with an active practice of living one's values. This is done through facilitated exercises in awareness, the art of asking reflective questions, and a practice of active listening that develops the directee's capacity to discern the sacred in their life."
"If you attempt to act and do for others or for the world without deepening your own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love, you will not have anything to give others". Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect?
- an hour session typically once a month.
- an opportunity to listen deeply to your journey and have your journey mirrored back to you.
- thoughtful questions.
- opportunities for silence, solitude, engagement with different styles of prayer, art or play.
- a director whose stance is non-hierarchical with a focus on active listening.
- process-oriented companionship. Spiritual direction is not goal or result-oriented but instead focuses on the journey.
What if the word "God" has negative connotations for me?
- That's perfectly ok! Many of us have baggage when it comes to our language of or notions around God. In direction you should feel permission to use any language you would like to for God, Spirit, The Divine, Sacred, Creator, Christ, etc. This time is about your journey and learning to listen to your inner voice.
What if I don't know what to say or bring to direction sessions?
- Each session will look a little different. Some days you might have a lot to explore and others might be punctuated with silence, guided prayer, listening postures, art, music or play depending on the comfortability and desire of the directee.
- Just bring yourself and a willingness to explore.
For more information or to arrange a direction session, Jodi Lammiman can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"In a time when I sensed a need for spiritual connection but had no idea where to begin, Jodi wisely and thoughtfully guided me to a deeper understanding of what was already inside of me, waiting to be found. Without judgment or bias she listened, asked questions and helped me to listen to my spirit. I look forward to her continued guidance in my spiritual journey, it has been an invaluable asset. Thanks Jodi!" - Jennelle
"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." Now and Then, Frederick Buechner.
"Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat....Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully for that."
Thoughts in Solitude Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk.
Mission & Values
Curiosity: we value new ways of thinking and questioning the status quo.
Natural spaces: all life is sacred, in the city and in wilderness.
Retreat & thoughtful dialogue: we value the chance to think, reflect, and rest.
Creating life-sustaining communities where we connect to ourselves, each other, and the web of life.
A province where all life flourishes: the ecological, the communal, and the personal.