"We Ain't Givin' Up": A Concert with Eileen and the In-betweens
7:30 pm19:30

"We Ain't Givin' Up": A Concert with Eileen and the In-betweens

  • Calgary AB

Join Refugia as we celebrate our first year! Our good friend and talented musician Eileen Shaughnessy is stopping in Calgary during her social change and music tour along with her amazing band. Eileen & the In-Betweens is an indie folk group based in Albuquerque, New Mexico with extensive touring experience across the U.S. Their music focuses on social justice, equal rights, and imagining futures. 

Location: House of Commons in Bowness (6435 Bow Crescent NW)

Cost: By donation (basket will be passed around)

Questions? Contact info@refugiaretreats.com

"Active Hope" Book Club
6:00 pm18:00

"Active Hope" Book Club

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?

Join us for our final discussion on Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. We will be reflecting on Chapters 11-13. Even if you haven't joined us before, all are welcome!

The location on June 1st will be weather-dependent. We will either be at Bowness Park, or at Amy's house (exact location TBA). E-mail info@refugiaretreats.com or call (587) 969 - 1856 for more information. 

If you'd like, feel free to join us for a potluck meal beforehand! Meal from 6-7PM, book club from 7-9PM. 

We have been reading two chapters each session and meet together the first Thursday each month (7-9 PM) beginning December 2016. 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. 

Hope to see you there!

Feast for the Common Good
Feb 4

Feast for the Common Good

  • Hillhurst United Church

Read NewScoop's article on how Feast for the Common Good went!


Are you eager to engage in dialogue about the difficult issues of our time?  Are you looking for a space to discuss topics such as climate change, inequality, and anti-oppression?  Looking for a group to connect with for action?  Join us for a weekend of community-building through food and conversation!  Feast for the Common Good and Refugia Retreats are partnering to offer a weekend event on personal and collective action.  We advocate for honest, respectful, open conversation as we delve deeply into issues of importance for our future.   

Friday, February 3rd, 6:30 - 9:30 PM: three-course vegetarian meal interspersed with open and guided discussion.

Saturday, February 4th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM: workshop on eco-philosopher Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects framework (lunch included). 

Please note, in order to attend the Saturday workshop, you must register for the Friday meal.  We want to build upon the conversations of the previous evening.  Tickets are $50 for the two-day event ($25 if you are only able to attend Friday).  

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/feast-for-the-common-good-tickets-30811528110?aff=es2



Friday: Bill Phipps & Ted Reeve

Saturday: Jodi Lammiman & Amy Spark

Bill Phipps was Moderator of the United Church of Canada, 1997-2000.   Retired, yet active with Calgary Citizens on Climate Change, Calgary Peace Prize, Living Into Right Relations, and Faith & the Common Good.

Ted Reeve is a United Church of Canada minister active with Faith & the Common Good, continuing education at the Toronto School of Theology, and leadership education.  

Jodi Lammiman is a retreats facilitator, spiritual director and advocate of The Work That Reconnects.

Amy Spark is an environmental advocate passionate about the intersection between ecological & mental health.  


This event is offered with generous support by Hillhurst United Church and EthniCity catering through the Centre for Newcomers.  

Listening to Your Life
9:30 am09:30

Listening to Your Life

Are you looking for a chance to rest and reflect after the busyness of the holiday season?  Come join Refugia as we embody our values of thoughtful dialogue, curiosity, and silence.  This one-day retreat will provide the opportunity to reflect upon 2016 and look ahead to 2016 while listening deeply to your life in the beauty of Alberta's eastern slopes. There will be time allocated for both communal and individual practices that will invite you to listen to your life and lean into 2017.  Please dress for the weather, as you will have the opportunity to spend part of the day outside.  Lunch will be served, and is included in registration fee.  


Amy Spark is an environmental advocate and science educator.  She encourages her students to learn with their hands, believing an environmental ethic is fostered best when exploring, observing worms, or canning rhubarb.  Interested in the intersection between ecological and mental health, Amy recently completed research on ecological grief in the Ghost River Valley.

Jodi Lammiman was a part of the King's Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre's Resident Community for three and a half years. During her time on staff she experienced a deep invitation into both communal and individual practices of silence, solitude, and self-reflection. These practices guide her work as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator and will also deeply inform this retreat.

Please direct any questions to: info@refugiaretreats.com

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Encounter the Labyrinth Retreat
Oct 23

Encounter the Labyrinth Retreat

  • King's Fold Retreat and Renewal Centre

Prayer is a way in which we journey closer to the heart of God. When we pray we listen, we speak, we respond. The Labyrinth is an ancient resource that has been used in various ways. It has been used to simulate pilgrimage, to slow down, to journey towards the centre of oneself and also to journey towards the centre, which is God. This type of prayer journey can be done both individually and as a community. In this retreat we will utilize the Labyrinth to pray while discovering more about ourselves and about God.

Facilitator: Jodi Lammiman was a part of the King’s Fold Retreat Centre Resident Community for over three years, where Jodi spent much of her time offering hospitality through cooking, facilitation and spiritual direction. As a spiritual director, Jodi is passionate about creating safe spaces that allow people to explore the inner workings of their souls. She is interested in metaphor and the myriad ways that the Labyrinth can speak to the spiritual journey.

For more information or to register please see:


The Work that Reconnects
9:00 am09:00

The Work that Reconnects

  • EcoTrust


"The Work that Reconnects" is an intensive framework created by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. It intersects deep ecology, spirituality, and psychology.  This one-day retreat utilizes this framework in order to invite participants into a space where they can be more reflective and connect with alternate ways of being in the world. This retreat will engage individuals by examining the realities of living in this time in history while moving through four stages: gratitude, honouring our grief, seeing with new eyes, and going forth.


Eileen Shaughnessy teaches courses in the Sustainability Studies Program at the University of New Mexico. Her courses focus on Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Feminism, Racial Justice and Nuclearism. Eileen is also a singer-song writer and multi-intstrumentalist for the musical group "Eileen and the In-Betweens." Her songs often reflect the complex material she teaches: feminism, racial justice, and concern for the earth. She is a frequent facilitator of "The Work that Reconnects."

Jodi Lammiman is an artist, facilitator, and spiritual director. She has facilitated retreats and workshops on topics like self-care, mindfulness, contemplation, peace and justice issues, and the Labyrinth to both youth and adults. Jodi was a part of the King's Fold Retreat Centre Resident Community for over three years, where she spent much of her time offering hospitality through cooking, facilitation and spiritual direction. As a facilitator, Jodi is passionate about creating safe spaces that allow people to explore the inner workings of their souls. She recently attended a ten day intensive with Joanna Macy on "The Work That Reconnects" and is excited to offer this retreat in Calgary.

The event will be held at Alberta Eco-Trust in Calgary, and has several outdoor portions.  Food will be provided.  A detailed schedule will be e-mailed to participants prior to the event.

Please contact us at info@refugiaretreats.com with any questions.

You can register below by following the link below: