Healing Ground is a retreat center that supports the mission of the Servant Leadership School. It is a place for renewal and nourishment of spiritual strength. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with an outdoor labyrinth, a prayer path through the hardwood grove, and many meditation areas by the pond and in the woods and gardens. Personal retreats can be guided or unstructured. Small groups (up to 15) can gather to explore dimensions of the inward journey of personal transformation and the outward journey of offering our gifts in the world in which we live. A skilled group of retreat leaders is available to facilitate retreats and are willing to tailor programs to meet the needs of individual or group.
7628 Penns Grove Rd.
Summerfield, NC 27358
Click here for more information or to register for one of the offerings described below:
First Fridays in the Garden
1st Friday of each month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Healing Ground is part of an international Quiet Garden movement (quietgarden.org). Join us at the beginning of the month as we take time to slow the pace and enjoy a quiet place to pause and let our bodies and minds rest and our hearts awaken.
Convened by: Pat Bailey and Dee Irwin, partners in Healing Ground
Suggested Donation: $20 - Register
Please bring a bag lunch or something to share; beverages and dessert provided.
Wednesday Wisdom Circle
Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m., from January 11th to March 15th
Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives Through the Power and Practice of Story, tells us that "We make our lives bigger or smaller, more expansive or more limited, according to the interpretation of life that is our story." Whether we speak or write our stories, they tell the perspective from which we view our lives and the world around us. Join us as we explore a variety of themes, questions, issues, and challenges through the power of story, both our own and stories told by master storytellers.
Facilitated by: Dee Irwin, partner in Healing Ground who loves to meet people at the intersection of their lives and questions.
Suggested Donation: $125 - Register
Being Open to Living Deeply/Deliberately/Deliciously
Friday, February 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
All of us are aging; some of us are already old but resist using the “o” word, living as we do in such a youth-oriented society. So let’s talk and reflect and write about our fears, about our joys, about the gifts and drawbacks of being old. Let’s explore together the many facets of aging—physical, emotional, spiritual. Let’s be a daring community together.
Led by: Linda Faltin, Lutheran pastor, writer, speaker, and former registered nurse and hospice director
Suggested Donation: $40 - Register
Soup, beverages, and dessert will be provided.
Zentangle© Classes: Feeding Your Inner Artist
Anyone who can hold a pen can create a Zentangle. It is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful designs, and it is also a great stress reducer. Participants should be familiar with the basic technique of Zentangle for the following classes:
Monday, January 16th from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: "Zendalas"
The Sanscrit word for "mandala" has several definitions, most often a circular shape reminding us that all is One, but it is also translated as a container of essence. So let's play with the essential message you will create with your circular zendala. We will begin with a prestrung zendala and then will create our own zendala.
Monday, February 20th from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Colorful Backgrounds
Explore what happens when you begin by applying color and letting it inspire your tangles. Several different color mediums (water color, colored pencils, splash inks, gelatos, even beverages) offer fun ways to experiment with applying color, and it's fun to see where it leads you. Monochromatic, primary, complementary, and analogous color schemes all offer exciting opportunities - see which ones invite you to explore.
Monday, March 13th from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Color Me Beautiful
Investigate color and tangles from a different approach, creating the tangles in color with a variety of gel pens, colored micron pens, or even markers. Experiment with black, white, tan, or gray paper or tiles to see how color enhances each background.
Facilitated by: Dee Irwin, Certified Zentangle Teacher and intrepid explorer of different mediums of expression
Suggested Donation: $40 (includes materials) - Register
Lenten Quiet Day
Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Come spend a day of reflection and sharing to prepare for the sacred season of Lent. Together we will sit in silence, read sacred writing, and engage in the ancient practices of Lectio Divina and chanting. We will also experience a sense of Presence through creative expression and teh walking meditation of the labyrinth. Register early, as space is limited to 12.
Led by: Marilyn Wolf, M.Ed. spaceforconsciousliving.com
Suggested Donation: $65-95 - Register
Lunch is included.
Full Capacity Joyful Living: A 3-Day Workshop
Thursday, March 30th from 7-9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 31st from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, April 1st from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Today is the best day of your life. In fact, now is the best moment. The next moment of each day will be even better. Research shows that we experience the world and our lives within it as a function of the “lenses” of our mind. In this workshop you will learn more about how to manage your mind by your aware self and, thus, attain more mastery over your body and emotions, leading to greater happiness and joy. This workshop will include cognitive models, shared discussion, meditation, and other experiential and shared learning.
Led by: Kevin Haggerty, M.S. in counseling psychology, teacher, and executive coach
Suggested Donation: $225 per person / $395 per couple - Register
Soil and Sacrament: Dinners, Discussion, & Work Day
Monday, March 20th, Communal dinner & discussion with the author
Saturday, March 25th, Morning work day in a local garden
Food is a basic human need. Currently within our culture there is a growing interest in the connection between food, faith, and the spiritual journey. Soil and Sacrament by Fred Bahnson tells the story of how people of faith all over America are re-rooting themselves in the land and reconnecting with their food and each other. Through his journeys to four different faith communities - Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Jewish - Bahnson explores the connection between spiritual nourishment and the way we feed our bodies. Join us around the table as we share a meal and dialogue about this beautifully written memoir. A complete list of dates and homes for dinner and discussions can be found on the Healing Ground website.
Organized by Monica Citty Hix, minister, musician, artist, writer, and retreat leader, and Pat Bailey, co-director of Healing Ground.
Donations gratefully accepted. - Register
Putting Mindfulness at the Center of Health & Healing
Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Are you looking to make improvements in your life? Do you want to lose weight or quit smoking? Exercise more? Make career changes? Be a better parent? Minimize stress and anxiety? Pray more? These are only a few of the issues that you may face and wish to change. Using the Duke Integrative Health model for creating change, we will explore our current situations, and create a vision for a healthier future.
Led by: Jacqueline Messick, a Duke-trained Integrative Health Coach. She holds a Master of Pastoral Studies and is a childbirth doula.
Suggested Donation: $40 - Register