Ever feel as if life is just going by too fast? That you’re constantly responding to other people’s needs, but never your own? That you wouldn’t know your Inner Self if you ran into her on the street? Rev. Karen S. Wylie invites you to stop, take a deep breath, and return to the stillness of the Self in a daylong retreat on the grounds of La Casa de Maria, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Recently returned from her own holy encounter at the “House of Mary” near the ancient ruins in Ephesus, Turkey, Rev. Karen’s daylong workshop retreat is called “The Holy Encounter,” by which she means an encounter with the Divine Self.

“In our busy lives, we typically don’t get enough time to step away from the distractions of the world to reconnect with the Self,” Rev. Karen explains. “That’s where the Holy Encounter takes place. So often we’re focused on the external, on answers outside of us, that we forget to turn within. Being on the sacred grounds of La Casa de Maria helps us remember our Divine Connection, as does being with others who are committed to dropping into that deep place.”

Rev. Karen visited the House of Mary in Turkey this summer, where she powerfully resonated with the spirit of comfort and compassion that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has historically embodied. Though the retreat is non-denominational, it is this spirit of comfort and compassion she wishes to extend to participants. Rev. Karen will lead processes designed to bring participants to awareness of the Creator within. The day will also include quiet walks on the grounds, meditation, reflection, and heart-felt sharing. Participants will leave the retreat with a greater appreciation of who they are and a greater awareness of themselves as the co-Creator (with the Divine) of their lives, rather than the victim of circumstances.

The retreat is open to people of all faiths and the cost is $75 before Nov. 1, $90 afterwards, and includes a wholesome, organic lunch. La Casa de Maria is located at 800 El Bosque Road, Montecito. For more information, contact Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or register online at www.karenswylie.com.


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