Refugia retreats began in August 2016. It is a collaborative effort combining environmental concerns, spirituality, and self-discovery.

 WHY ‘REFUGIA’?

Refugia is a scientific term referring to places that become safe spaces for organisms and life to endure in the midst of upheaval. Author and professor, Kathleen Dean Moore, in her book, Great Tide Rising, describes it like this:

"What the scientists know now, but didn’t understand then, is that when the mountain blasted ash and rock across the landscape, the devastation never touched some small places hidden in the lee of rocks and trees. Here, a bed of moss and deer-fern under a rotting log. There, under a boulder, a patch of pearly everlasting and the tunnel to a vole’s musty nest. Between stones in a buried stream, a slick of algae and clustered dragonfly eggs. “Refugia,” they call them: small places of safety where life endures. From the micro-environments of the refugia, mice and toads emerged blinking onto the blasted plain. Grasses spread, strawberries sent out runners. From a thousand, ten thousand, maybe countless small places of enduring life, meadows returned to the mountain. "

At Refugia Retreats we are committed to creating safe spaces that foster life. Spaces where individuals are invited into deeper self-discovery, where ideas are fostered and nourished, and where communities are invited to re-envision the world around them.

Who is REFUGIa?

Jodi Lammiman  has worked as a community educator, wellness coordinator, youth pastor, retreat facilitator, artist, spiritual director, and library worker. Connecting each of these experiences is a deep desire to understand the intersections between personal change and systems change, where people find meaning, and ways to create spaces that invite people into self-discovery through community ritual, dialogue, silence and solitude. Jodi has a Bachelor of Sacred Literature, Master of Arts in Spiritual Leadership and a Certification in Spiritual Direction. She considers herself very fortunate to have been taught and influenced by eco-philosopher, Joanna Macy, whose work Refugia draws frequently upon. Jodi and Amy co-created Refugia Retreats out of a desire to integrate the emotional, spiritual and mental health aspects of environmental and social justice conversations with personal and community contemplative practice..   To hear more about Jodi's story, listen to her   interview on the Dharma Chasers podcast  .

Jodi Lammiman has worked as a community educator, wellness coordinator, youth pastor, retreat facilitator, artist, spiritual director, and library worker. Connecting each of these experiences is a deep desire to understand the intersections between personal change and systems change, where people find meaning, and ways to create spaces that invite people into self-discovery through community ritual, dialogue, silence and solitude. Jodi has a Bachelor of Sacred Literature, Master of Arts in Spiritual Leadership and a Certification in Spiritual Direction. She considers herself very fortunate to have been taught and influenced by eco-philosopher, Joanna Macy, whose work Refugia draws frequently upon. Jodi and Amy co-created Refugia Retreats out of a desire to integrate the emotional, spiritual and mental health aspects of environmental and social justice conversations with personal and community contemplative practice..

To hear more about Jodi's story, listen to her interview on the Dharma Chasers podcast.

Amy Spark  is an environmental scientist and advocate focused on the intersection between ecological and mental health. Her research in the Ghost River Valley highlighted patterns of ecological grief – the emotional experience after the loss of cherished natural spaces (read her full thesis   here  ). She loves her work as the Sustainability Coordinator at Bow Valley College, where she collaborates on environmental solutions that also aid in social cohesion and well-being. She is an amateur urban homesteader, budding writer, and lover of all things X-files. You will usually find her happily exploring Calgary by bike or digging into a good book.  To hear more about Amy's story, check out her     interview on the Dharma Chasers podcast  .

Amy Spark is an environmental scientist and advocate focused on the intersection between ecological and mental health. Her research in the Ghost River Valley highlighted patterns of ecological grief – the emotional experience after the loss of cherished natural spaces (read her full thesis here). She loves her work as the Sustainability Coordinator at Bow Valley College, where she collaborates on environmental solutions that also aid in social cohesion and well-being. She is an amateur urban homesteader, budding writer, and lover of all things X-files. You will usually find her happily exploring Calgary by bike or digging into a good book.

To hear more about Amy's story, check out her interview on the Dharma Chasers podcast.