A Joyful Connection Day Retreat
April 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm CDT$80.00
Renew Your Relationship with Mother Earth
with Leslie Wagner and Dianna Amorde
Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day!), 9:30am* to 4:30pm
“The Earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to Earth.” –Chief Seattle
Whatever your faith tradition or background, there are gifts to be had in deepening your connection with all that Mother Nature offers us. On Earth Day 2023, you’re invited to renew your relationship with Earth in a beautiful, warm, welcoming retreat space.
Often referred to as our mother, research and our own intuition tell us spending time resting in, walking on, and connecting with the energy of our planet home is rejuvenating and healing.
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” –Khalil Gibran
With plenty of time for solitary walks, journaling on the porch, rich conversations with like-hearted souls, or exploring the labyrinth, Leslie and Dianna will offer reflections, poetry and more to support you in listening to or sensing what the earth wants to give you this day and what you can do to support and honor her.
Come and rest awhile in the sheltering arms of Mother Earth and a circle of new friends. Leave renewed and refreshed in body, mind, and spirit.
Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day!)
9:30am* to 4:30pm
Stillwaters Retreat Center
9409 Granada Hills Drive
Austin, Texas 78737
Investment: $80 (includes lunch, snacks, and all materials)
*The formal program begins at 10am; however, we encourage you to arrive as early as 9:30am to see the grounds, enjoy a cup of coffee, and get settled for this restorative day.
Arrive between 9:30am and 9:45am to ensure plenty of time to get settled and ready for a restorative day.
The opening program begins promptly at 10am.
- How can you make the most of this time today?
- What questions might you ask the Earth to offer you guidance about?
- Possible themes to explore will be offered through poetry and reflections.
Time to yourself to explore, journal, or walk the labyrinth from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Lunch with the group at 12:30pm. Take more time to yourself or in small groups until 1:30pm.
The afternoon session begins at 1:30pm.
- Time for optional sharing about what you’ve received so far today.
- A relationship implies giving and receiving. What more do you desire to receive from the Earth today? What does she ask for from you either today or going forward?
- Time on your own to listen and explore.
Dessert break at 3:30pm.
Closing Session and Reflections on the day at 3:45pm.
Final Blessing of the Earth and each other outside at 4:20pm.
ABOUT OUR FACILITATORS
Leslie Wagner facilitates Eremos’ Contemplative Morning sessions every other month and is currently retired with a special interest in reconnecting to the divine through nature and creativity, both individually, as well as through leading small groups in meditation and connection with nature. With prior careers in IT Project Management, Chaplaincy and Mental Health counseling, her vocational focus has been on helping others along their path in life. She currently lives in Cedar Park, Texas, and enjoys camping, hiking and painting. She also serves on the Eremos Board of Directors.
With more than 20 years leadership experience and ten years as Eremos’ Executive Director, Dianna brings her passion for helping people trust their inner knowing to her work at Eremos. Author of Aha! Moments: When Intellect & Intuition Collide and the weekly reflections in Eremos’ newsletters, Dianna views her service with Eremos as a natural part of her desire to inspire people to trust their inner wisdom. She has witnessed the profound life changes that taking time to go within to connect with Spirit can bring to people and their communities. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California. Time among the trees and birds on early morning walks continues to renew her in these challenging times. And she always makes time to greet any four-legged friends she sees along the way.