Healing Ground


Healing Ground

Healing Ground

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.

Healing Ground
7628 Penns Grove Rd.
Summerfield, NC 27358

Click here for more information or to register for one of the offerings described below:


Healing Ground is available to individuals for unstructured time away from the rigors of everyday routine. We encourage you to consider the benefits of true Sabbath time. Our environs and facilities are perfect for reading, writing, praying, reflecting or just being. A suggested day retreat is $25 per person. Visit www.healingground.org, or call (336) 644-0076 to learn more.



Convened by Pat Bailey, Dee Irwin and Healing Ground volunteers.

Join us any first Friday, 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. Beverages provided; please bring a bag lunch or something to share. Suggested donation: $20. Register


WISDOM CIRCLES (now offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays!)

Facilitated by Dee Irwin who loves to meet people at the intersection of their lives and their questions.

Wednesdays 9–11:30 a.m., Sept. 13–Nov. 15 or Thursdays 1–3:30 p.m., Sept. 14–Nov. 16

We live at a time when civility has come unraveled, prejudice and hate have been given open license, and bullying is glorified by talk radio hosts. One of the many lessons we are learning in these challenging times, is that we need a better understanding of “The Other.” Whether we grew up in families that defined who was Other in our communities or were on the receiving end of Other, we all are caught in its tangled web. Join us as we explore through short stories, essays and personal experiences who the Other is in our own lives and how we deal with the growing social complexity of who gets labeled as Other in our country. Suggested donation: $125. Register




Anyone who can hold a pen can create a Zentangle. It is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful designs with repetitive patterns. It is also a great stress reducer that increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction. Three separate offerings:


Monday, September 18, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

This two and a half hour workshop is a basic introduction to the Zentangle drawing method. Class will cover the history, applications, and steps of creating an original Zentangle tile. This class invites all levels and requires no artistic experience. This is a great starter class that is bound to leave you thirsty for more.


Monday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

It is easy to fill a tile with pattern, but there is also a dramatic advantage to leaving some white space on the tile, paying attention to the space between patterns (sort of like enjoying the unexpected pauses in our lives, the breathing space). We’ll explore together several strings that invite leaving empty spaces and also play with what happens when we change the tile color (white, black or Renaissance) or add color to the tile.


Monday, November 6, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

We become so accustomed to working with black micron pens or stepping out in color that we forget the subtle strength of letting sepia be our only addition to the color palette. We’ll play using brown or sepia pens, or markers, or adding a wash of brown watercolor, or brown paper. If you are just beginning to play with color, adding just one color — brown or sepia, is a great way to begin. If you are an old hand at color, stepping back and letting just the addition of one color is a good challenge.

Facilitated by Dee Irwin, Certified Zentangle Teacher and explorer of different mediums. Suggested donation: $40 (includes materials); Space is limited so register early! Register


Mondays 7–9:30 p.m., Oct. 2–Nov. 13 (7 weeks)

Dusty’s book represents the culmination of his life’s excellent work. In the words of a reviewer: “Every once in a while, a book comes along that touches your soul, moves you, and helps you grow… (This book) will help you open your heart to exercise greater courage, to view your life’s potential, and to fulfill the purpose of your soul.” Since I totally agree with this reader’s comments and have been likewise touched, I would like to lead you in the reading, meditating and discussing the issues in this book and how they touch you.

Led by Kevin Haggerty, M.S. in counseling psychology, teacher, and executive coach. Suggested offering is $135 per person, or $250 per couple. Register


Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.–3 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 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 also a childbirth doula.

Suggested offering: $55. Bring your lunch & we’ll provide beverages.