Retreat in Daily Life
Retreat in Daily Life
hosted by the International Anglican Church
March 16 – March 22, 2014
A week-long opportunity for busy people to find spiritual rest and renewal
in their daily schedule.
What is a Retreat in Daily Life?
This week-long session gives you the opportunity to experience a contemplative retreat with daily spiritual direction, without traveling to a retreat center and leaving your daily routine
You will be taught different prayer styles and forms, provided with Scripture to use in prayer, and given a daily session with a spiritual director. The spiritual direction that you will receive is not counseling, but is similar in that it takes place during a one-on-one conversation, and does often result in healing.
Spiritual direction is about listening to our inner movements as we read, reflect and meditate on Scripture. It is about the ancient art of spiritual listening, one to another. For centuries men and women, both lay and ordained, have been recognized as having a specific calling to help others draw closer to God. They are gifted in the movement of the Spirit and helping us discern where God is present and working in our lives.
A group of spiritual directors will guide us through this retreat. They come from a variety of denominations, each with the call to spiritual direction.
Meet The Spiritual Directors
Tara Owens, MTS, CSD is a spiritual director and supervisor with Anam Cara Ministries and the Senior Editor of Conversations Journal, a spiritual formation journal based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She teaches at the Benet Hill Spiritual Formation Program and at Tyndale Seminary in its Spiritual Direction Practicum. She teaches and speaks in the area of spirituality and the body, and has an upcoming book out with InterVarsity Press in December 2014. She has been a practicing director for more than seven years. Tara has participated in and lead the Retreat in Daily Life as a spiritual director and speaker for six years running.
For over twenty years my calling has been in ministry (with Young Life, The Downing House—a retreat center and Women’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church.) I hold a Masters in Theology, am ordained through Evangel Ministerial Association and have been trained in Life Coaching. I hold a certificate in spiritual direction from Benet Hill Monastery.
I started Awakens Ministry with a desire to companion others on their spiritual journeys. Currently that involves facilitating retreats, speaking for different faith communities and listening deeply to people one-on-one to help them know, hear and see how God is moving in their lives. My passion is for spiritual formation and relationships. My desire on the journey with Christ is transformation—from the inside out.
Jennifer Brukiewa, SD is blessed to have been a part of all of the RDL experiences at IAC since the first one 4 years ago. It is a joy to serve the hearts of those that God calls to this wonderful retreat for yet another year. She received her training through the Spiritual Formation Program at Benet Hill Monastery and has been practicing spiritual direction formally for 5 years. Previous to that she had over 15 years of experience walking alongside others in their heart spaces as a mentor, small group leader, and wife of an associate/youth pastor. A few of her passions include creating safe places for others to explore the depths of their soul and practice listening for the whispers of the Spirit, providing her family with “real food” and experimenting with traditional food preparation methods, and home-educating her three daughters.
Margie Byington, SD, lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Bruce. Margie is a Registered Nurse and holds an MA in Counseling as well as a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. She was on staff at a local church for a number of years leading the Women’s Ministry and providing counseling services. She currently has a Spiritual Direction practice in her home. As a Spiritual Director, she loves to share in those sacred moments of awe when God’s presence is recognized in the heart of another. Margie is an avid reader, a runner and recently earned her certification as a Yoga teacher. She loves hiking and camping and being outdoors. She is the mother of 3 adult sons.
David Sachsenmaier, SD, is the Vice President of Ministry Development at Potter’s Inn here in the Springs. David and his wife Margaret moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 with their six children. They are both graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David also has a Masters in Divinity with a concentration in counseling. David is also a certified spiritual director. He has spent the last 25 years working in both banking and full-time pastoral and counseling ministries in the US, France and the UK. David helps lead retreats, meets with individuals and couples in Colorado Springs for counseling and spiritual direction and leads our new vocational ministry called Vocation Care.
Todd Spencer, SD, lives here in Colorado Springs with his wife, Debi, and their two sons. He has served as a spiritual director for adults in a formal fashion for 10 years. One of the things he likes most about leading spiritual direction is when a person notices that God has been “right there all along” in everyday kinds of things. As Todd puts it, “We don’t have to become other-worldly or anything other than human to experience God’s love and guidance. But it helps to become more awake and aware of those Divine fingerprints that are just about everywhere you turn.” Todd is a graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, did his spiritual direction training at The Shalem Institute and is an ordained United Methodist minister. He has served in ministry to youth and young adults for 27 years and is the creator of the weekly podcast, Lectio Divina (when in doubt) (www.lectiodivinatodd.com).
What will my participation look like?
• Attend an Orientation on Sunday, March 16 from 6-8 pm at IAC
• Attend a Closure Celebration on Saturday, March 22 from 4-6 pm at the International Anglican Church
• Each day spend 30 minutes in directed prayer as provided by your spiritual director
• From Monday to Friday, meet with your spiritual director for 30-45 minutes each day during one of three flexible time slots. These meetings will take place at IAC, the Annex offices, or a mutually agreed upon space with your director.
Who is this for?
If you can identify with any of the following, this week might be helpful to you:
• I long to know Jesus more deeply, especially in this Lenten season.
• Meditation is something that I have always been interested in. How do I meditate on the Scriptures?
• I only pray in church. I would love to be able to pray throughout the week.
• My work life is one thing and my Christian life another. How do I bring them closer together?
• I need to pray about a situation towards which I feel resentment or bitterness
• There is a situation or decision in my life that I need discernment and wisdom about
• God feels so distant, but Scripture says that God is also close. I would like to experience that.
• I feel like my prayer life is one-way, I’m wondering why I don’t hear from God.
• Silence is hard for me, but I know I need more of it. I need help and structure.
Retreatants can expect to:
• Learn more about prayer and various prayer forms
• Learn about spiritual direction
• Discover what it is like to share your spiritual journey with another person
• Experience a different prayer rhythm in your life
• Deepen your sense of community
• Experience the refreshment that retreat time offers
Registration Fee: $100 by cash or check payable to IAC. Please write RDL on the memo line.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please speak with Tara Owens for details.
Please return your form and payment on or before March 12, 2014.
Listen to what people who have attended the RDL say about their experience
of the Retreat In Daily Life:
Listen to what spiritual directors say about their experience of the Retreat In Daily Life:
Space is extremely limited,
please register early in order to avoid disappointment.
For more information, or to reserve a space, please email Tara Owens at
tara at anamcara dot com.
To register, please download this Registration Form and return it via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.