Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat




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Reflect, Regroup, Recharge

A Retreat for Spiritual Directors and Companions

April 17, 2023
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come and join other spiritual directors and companions for a day retreat to Reflect, Regroup and Recharge.   Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gathering of Spiritual Directors International (SDI), this will be a day to leave behind our Zoom boxes and be together: seeing old friends, making new friends, having contemplative silence together, connecting with nature, and building skills.  

Workshop Details

Exploring Group Spiritual Direction

Margot Eyring, PhD, will invite us to explore foundational principles for group spiritual direction, then lead the group to practice some creative ways of being together for group listening and direction.

Margot has been leading different kinds of contemplative groups for over 40 years.  She is a life-long learner and contemplative activist who offers creative ways to welcome those seeking a place to be known and to belong. She practices radical hospitality in diverse places as artist, chef/caterer, college professor, workshop and retreat leader, spiritual director, coordinator for a community of spiritual directors, and partner.

Friendship for the Wild Earth

This after-lunch workshop is a practice to refresh a sense of your own unique self, walking the Earth. Gathering outside near the center’s labyrinth, Maria Barrera and Elizabeth Tippett will guide a brief ceremony to honor the Spirit of the Holy in all creation. Then, embracing the invitation from Wild Earth, we will cross a threshold into a silent walk of healing friendship.

The Reverend Dr. María R. Barrera, EdD, LPC, CRC, CCC (She, her, they, them) Maria has been engaging in advocacy for the spiritual care for those in prisons, veterans’ affairs hospitals, substance abuse rehabilitation, with disabilities, in hospice, mental health, HIV/AIDS, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, cyberbullying and missing & murder Native American relatives.

Elizabeth Tippett has been a Spiritual Companion since 2011. Honoring beauty in all, she offers a variety of practices grounded in Eco-Spirituality. Her focus is on companioning individuals as they listen for the Holy.  Elizabeth co-founded Wild Church: James River and is a graduate of the Seminary of the Wild and Shalem Institute for Spiritual Guidance.

Navigating the Impact of Trauma & Mental Illness Within Spiritual Direction

During this program, time will be spent dialoguing about trauma and mental illness and how to be present to and meaningfully engage those whose spiritual journey includes these painful realities. Use of journal prompts, meditation, and other creative exercises will be incorporated for spiritual directees/companions to explore and connect with ways/tools for compassionately accompanying others with these experiences.

Gordon Creamer (he, him) has been involved in healthcare programming and operations since 2001. He currently serves as Program Director at Well for the Journey in Lutherville, MD and is also a retreat guide, spiritual director, end-of-life-doula, and Reiki practitioner.


About Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center

Located just off Route 70 at the border of Howard and Carroll Counties in south central Maryland, the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours is easily accessible to the Baltimore/Washington Region. The Center sits at the highest point of 313 acres of pastures and woodlands adjacent to Patapsco State Park and commands spectacular views of some of Maryland’s most beautiful countryside. Our facilities are fully air-conditioned with spacious and comfortable meeting rooms of various sizes as well as 70 individual overnight rooms with private bathrooms.

Getting to the Retreat Center

From Baltimore

Beltway (695) to 70-West (Exit 16). Go about 8 miles, take Exit 83 (Marriottsville Road), turn right onto Marriottsville Road, proceed North 1½ miles to our drive on right (sign reads Sisters of Bon Secours).

From Washington

Take Rt. 29 North to Rt. 70 West to exit #83 and turn right on Marriottsville Road. Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center is approximately 2 miles on the right.

From Washington, DC via Rt. 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway) or Interstate #95.

Exit at Rt. 100 (towards Ellicott City). Take 100 to Rt. 29 North to Rt. 70 West to exit #83 and turn right on Marriottsville Road. Bon Secours is approximately 2 miles on the right.

From Westminster

Rt. 97 towards Sykesville to intersect with Rt. 26 (Liberty Road). At top of ramp onto Rt. 26, make a right onto Rt. 26 (Liberty Road). Follow Rt. 26 to the intersection with Rt. 32 and make a right. Follow Rt. 32 to the intersection with Rt. 99 and make a left onto Rt. 99. Follow Rt. 99 to the intersection with Marriottsville Road (about five miles) and make a left onto Marriottsville Road. Proceed 1½ miles to the Center’s drive on right (sign reads Sisters of Bon Secours).

From the West 70-East to Route 40 (Exit 82)

Take Route 40 for about 2 miles to the first signal (Marriottsville Road), turn left and proceed North about 2 miles to our Center on right (sign reads Sisters of Bon Secours).

By Plane

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is the closest airport: www.bwiairport.com

By Train

Amtrak Station at BWI

There are many car services available to/from BWI airport. Advance reservations (24 hours) are generally necessary. One recommendation is“The Airport Shuttle” at (410) 381-2772 or (800) 776-0323 or www.theairportshuttle.com

Option 1 - $85.00

Come for the day only

Arrive at Bon Secours on April 17th for breakfast, which starts at 8:00 a.m.  Register for the retreat and join with others in the activities.  This includes lunch on what the retreat center calls “Meatless Monday.” The day will end at 4:00, in time to get on the road before rush hour.

Option 2 - $225.00

Come on Sunday afternoon, stay overnight, attend retreat Monday

Arrive at Bon Secours Sunday afternoon on April 16th between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. to check-in, and join other overnighters for dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Have the evening free for time by yourself, walk the grounds or labyrinth, or mingle with others before going to bed in a comfortable, private room with bath.  Have breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. and join others for the retreat.  You will need to check-out by 11:00 a.m. and can store your bags.  This includes lunch on what the retreat center calls “Meatless Monday.” The day will end at 4:00, in time to get on the road before rush hour.

Special Dietary Restrictions – Please request a Dietary Restriction form upon registration. If your restriction is severe and cannot be met, a refrigerator and microwave are available for your use.

Register Now

Option 1: Come for the day only
$ 85
Option 2: Stay the night before
$ 225

Additional Questions?

Please contact [email protected] or telephone 01-425-455-1565.

Additional information


Day Only Retreat, Retreat plus Sunday night


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