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A Weekend of Healing

October 23, 2019

Trees ablaze with fall color at the Claggett Center

On a recent October weekend, parishioners from across the diocese gathered at the scenic Claggett Center for the Visions of Healing Fall Weekend Retreat. The Rev. Dr. Robert Philips, Director of Leadership Development and Congregational Care for the diocese, led participants through a program that addressed healing from personal brokenness using the Lament Psalm structure, empathic communication techniques, and introspective exercises.

Retreat participants put learning into practice in one-on-one listening sessions

Some of the creative healing activities included walking the labyrinth, meditation, and the opportunity to practice active listening skills in a series of one-on-one small group sessions.

The labyrinth (photo courtesy of the Claggett Center)

“It was a transformative experience,” says Rev. Philips. “Some folks came not knowing what to expect and left feeling energized and encouraged to navigate some of life’s more challenging roads.”

Learn more about the purpose of these retreats

Fog and rain on Sunday helped set a contemplative mood for the group

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