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Thoreau believed that most people live lives of "quiet desperation." This desperate life he describes is characterized by a soul-killing lack of curiosity, purpose, and agency. Many of us feel as if we are caught in cycles of unending exhaustion. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. Our lives demand much, and we feel out of sync. When we feel off-balance and tired, tired all the way down to the bottom of our souls, how do we find renewal? This is a space where you may find tools and opportunities for holistic renewal. You are invited to pause, peruse, and breathe. 


November 27 – December 27
New for Advent 2022!

In a chaotic time, this new retreat will offer a space of elegant simplicity. Intertwining writing, art, music, and community, this online journey creates spaces of reflection and rest that you can enter into from anywhere you are, in the way that works best for you.
This online retreat is not about adding one more thing to your holiday schedule! It is about helping you enter deep into a season that shimmers with mystery and possibility, solace and hope. It is especially designed to fit easily into whatever your Advent days might hold. I love hearing from people who say this retreat helps them breathe and engage the season.

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If you would like to participate in the Retreat:

  1. Contact Mary Lou McMillin by November 11.

  2. IF you want to contribute to offset the cost: Send a check to Trinity Presbyterian Church at 725 S. High St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 with Centering Space-Advent Retreat noted in the MEMO line.  A suggested amount would be anywhere from $20-$50 per person. You may also drop a check off at the Church office.

  3. Share this information with others whom you think would enjoy participating and have them contact Mary Lou at