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Learn the Ropes for Leading Effective Retreats

by Lifelong Learning Staff

 Learn how to plan and lead a meaningful, life-transforming spiritual retreat, during a four-day  Retreat Leadership course at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina.

“We will explore why retreats can be life transforming, and we will cover the practicalities of planning and leading a successful retreat,” says Julie Johnson, instructor for the event.

Life-transforming retreats provide participants with safe community, where rest and renewal open the door to examining challenges and experiencing new growth through open discussions, prayer, scripture reading and quiet time with God, says Deedra Rich, Spiritual Formation program director.

 “We will look at designing retreats for various ages, agendas, and localities ,” says Johnson, who has extensive experience leading retreats for clergy, staff, and congregations. “You’ll learn how to plan a retreat for a group or for an individual.”

As a final project, each participant will plan a weekend retreat, explaining the rationale and theory for his or her retreat’s design.

“We hope the retreat you plan will actually take place, so you can benefit from what you learn during your own retreat,” Johnson says.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Purdue University, a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.

She has earned the certificate in spiritual formation from Columbia Seminary and a diploma in the art of spiritual direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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