The Grand Embrace II Retreat
The Grand Embrace II
with Wm. Paul Young, Dr. Brad Jersak, Lorie Martin, and Cathy AJ Hardy – Songs & Concert
A Three Day Retreat/Workshop Experience & Conference/Concert Evening
THURSDAY March 15th – SATURDAY March 17th, Aldergrove, BC
A WEEKEND OF STORY, SONG & SOUL CARE.
Enter into a weekend of hope, healing & transformation. Experience being recalled, remembered, restored and renewed! A retreat like experience with a limited number of people (100) entering into a community setting as we receive inspiration, sing, interact and open our hearts. Our weekend will end with a concert experience by Cathy AJ Hardy & Band and Wm Paul Young sharing stories and reflections from his life.
RETREAT/CONFERENCE – Venue: St Dunstans Anglican Church 3025 264th St. Aldergrove
Thursday evening (7-9) Friday & Saturday (9:30-4:30) Saturday Concert Evening Event (7pm)
Inspirational Messages. Stations of Prayer and Reflection. Small Groups of Conversation. One-on-one Soul Care. Inspirational and Healing Music
Limited to 100 participants
Lunches & Refreshments included. Lodging not included.
Some scholarship funds available upon request.
CONCERT EVENING: OPEN TO PUBLIC – St. Dunstans Anglican Church 3025 St Aldergrove
Saturday 7-9:30pm (ticket included for retreat/conference participants)
TICKETS: $ 30.00 for concert evening only.
For concert only please go to this link: http://grandembraceevening.eventbrite.ca
Refunds: $75 non-refundable upon ticket purchase. No refund is available 7 days before event.
Paul is author of The Shack, Cross Roads,The Shack Reflections, Cross Roads, Eve and newly released 25 Lies we Believe about God. He was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was Netherlands New Guinea (now West Papua). He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his growing family in the Pacific Northwest. Facts never tell real stories. The journey has been both incredible and unbearable, a desperate grasping after grace and wholeness, the pain of trying to adjust to different cultures, of life losses that seemed too staggering to bear, of living with an underlying volume of shame so deep that it constantly threatened any sense of sanity, of dreams not only destroyed but obliterated by personal failure, of hope so tenuous that only the trigger seemed to offer a solution. A few facts also do not speak to the potency of love and forgiveness, the arduous road of reconciliation, the surprises of grace and community, of transformational healing and the unexpected emergence of joy.
Lorie is a spiritual director, creative writer, and offers contemplative retreats. She lives in Abbotsford, B.C. with Dwight, her husband of 39 years. Together they raised 5 children and now have the joy of being grandparents. Lorie has journeyed through the deepest of waters in a series of losses including the death of their youngest daughter. In these raw experiences she has learned to authentically embrace both the grief and the grace that impact us deeply, crack us open to our core, and change our lives. Lorie accompanys others through the arduous and mysterious landscapes of life & faith. Her passion is for our awareness and experience of Divine Presence in all suffering, dying, waiting, and in the new risen life that emerges. She is author of “Invited” 80 Simple Prayer Invitations for Solitude and Community, “Choose Love” (love), “Grace upon Grace” (loss), and coming soon “Next Dawn” (life).
Dr. Brad Jersak
Brad teaches NT, Patristics and Classics in Contemplation at Westminster Theological Centre (UK). He is editor in chief of “Christianity Without Religion” magazine, and is the author of many books, the most recent being, A More Christlike Godand the children’s book, Jesus Showed Us. Brad lives in Abbotsford and is married to Eden, his wife of 30 years with whom he raised 3 sons and pastored for twenty years. Today Brad is a much sought after teacher/speaker and theologian who shares his deep research and inspired messages in a fresh and easy to understand way. He is willing to tred into new and ancient paths where he uncovers the life-changing paths of ‘listening prayer’ and the Beautiful Gospel. Brad is a friend to many, a lover of contemplation and justice, and has walked a deep road of personal healing and wellness.
Cathy AJ Hardy is a singer-songwriter and offers contemplative retreats, spiritual direction, workshops and musical events. She has created and led ecumenical evenings of sung prayer for the past 20 years, writing liturgy, prayers and songs. Her music has been nominated for several awards with the Gospel Music Awards of Canada. She sings from soul’s depths from her own personal journey of loss and transformation. With Brother Roger of Taize as inspiration, she has sought to live a life of ‘drinking deeply from the well-springs of life’ and learning to live a life of joy and freedom.