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
The Work That Reconnects
New Years retreats
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 are currently reading Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. We will be starting a new book club in fall 2017. More information coming soon!
Do you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of Climate Change? Are you interested in journeying with others in ways that are meaningful, authentic, and hopeful? Consider joining us as we study Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. We read two chapters a month and meet together the first Thursday each month, 7-9 PM. Whether you are already immersed in the practices of "The Work that Reconnects" or just curious what all the fuss is about, we invite you to join us!
Please email us with any questions and to find out the location: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!
December 1st: Chapter 1
January 5th: Chapters 2 & 3
February 2nd: Chapter 4
March 2nd: Chapters 5 & 6
April 6th: Chapters 7 & 8
May 4th: Chapters 9 & 10
June 1st: Chapters 11 - 13 & celebration!
Want to follow along but can't join us in person? Each month we will post the discussion questions used.
Reflecting on Chapter one:
1. Where do you find yourself getting caught up in the business as usual narrative? What are some examples of this in Calgary or Canada?
2. What other core assumptions do you see of this mentality?
3. Where do you see the Great Unraveling happening?
4. Are there ways that we fall into the 'overshoot and collapse' mentality?
5. What changes (if anything) when we see this as the essential adventure of our time?
6. Where do you fall in the three dimensions?
7. How can we deepen our sense of belonging in the world?
8. Reflecting on the past few weeks, where or when have you experienced hope?
Reflecting on Chapter two:
1. The Spiral and Work That Reconnects has been around since 1978. Is it still appropriate for 2017? Is another stage necessary? Does one need to be changed?
2. Which thread (if any) seems most helpful right now? The Thread of Adventure, Thread of Active Hope, or Thread of the Spiral?
Reflecting on Chapter three:
1. "Gratitude is a social emotion" (p.45). What are some other social emotions?
2. Macy and Johnstone suggest gratitude as a source of motivation for tackling climate change. Is it? What other emotions or sentiments are necessary?
3. How does Canada's seemingly polite culture ("thank you", "sorry", "please" abound) affect the way we experience and communicate gratitude?
4. "Trust levels are falling; surveys show that people are about half as likely to trust others as they were 50 years ago." (p.50) How do we become a trusting society? What do you trust?
5. "Affulenza" is an affliction of consumerism. What is the antidote?
Reflecting on Chapter four:
1. Which ways of 'blocking' resonate with you? Are there any that you can think of that are NOT listed in the chapter?
2. How can we foster a culture and collective consciousness where compassion to suffering is celebrated as strength? How do we open negative feedback loops?
3. What gets in our way of 'noticing the smoke'?
4. The chapter talks about 'digesting' information to understand the condition of our planet? How do you digest information and stay balanced?
5. What are some ways you've seen compassion celebrated in the midst of recent chaos?
Reflecting on Chapters five & six:
1. Do the rhythms of our lives match with the rhythms of the seasons?
2. What types of 'allyship' have you encountered? How can we walk alongside the oppressed without exacerbating oppression?
3. What gets in the way of recognizing our connectivity?
Reflecting on Chapter seven:
1. Is climate change the type of crisis that can increase a sense of community? How is community influenced when the crisis we are facing is intangible?
2. Where do you see (or feel) communities in your life? Which communities do you feel like you make a contribution simply by showing up?
3. We seem to be in a frenzied era of innovation. How does creativity develop in an innovation-obsessed world?
Reflecting on Chapter eight:
1. How is social and environmental change work similar and different than the metaphor of building a chapel over generations?
2. Does parenthood influence our ability to think and grapple with the concept of deep time? What other life events influence our experience of deep time?
3. Do we have a moral responsibility to those not yet born? How much weight does inter-generational justice hold in our society?
Reflecting on Chapters nine & ten:
1. What do you think of the principle of beginning with the end in mind?
2. Joanna says to remain motivated during difficult times, we need to really want our vision to happen. Do you think this is a realistic statement? What else do we need?
3. What do you think stands in the way of catching an inspiring vision? (and action?)
4. How can we reframe frustration and failure as natural?
5. What does the want inside of you desire to see happen?
Reflecting on Chapters eleven to thirteen:
1. What are some practices you practice?
2. What relevance does the Work That Reconnects have in 2017?
3. Do you feel your work falls within one of the three dimensions (Holding Actions, Alternative Structures, and Shifts in Consciousness)? Have you ever moved from one dimension to another? What inspired this shift?
4. Who in your life deserves your gift of Active Hope? Do you have active hope?
- 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.
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: email@example.com
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"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.