Holy Listening: A Deep Hearted Presence to Our Lives as Sacred Text | May 12-14, 2023

May 12th, 2023 @ 5:00 PM
- May 14th, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

(All Event Times Listed are Central Standard Time)
St. Mary’s Sewanee
770 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

Holy Listening:  A Deep Hearted Presence to Our Lives as Sacred Text

Weekend Retreat led by Julie O’Connor

  • What might it be like to spend a weekend offering Holy Listening to yourself and others?
  • How might this type of deep hearted presence open you to the sacred in your life?

  • What are you being invited to further explore in this season of your life?

  • How might a weekend filled with more being and receiving and less doing and striving provide you with what you most need right now?

“Our experiences, our memories, our stories, all that we carry around within us: this is material for pondering, for reflection, for prayer. Inscribed with the word of God in our very being, we are ourselves sacred texts. In becoming prayerfully present to a layer of our lives, we may realize that God inhabited that layer in a way that we didn’t perceive at the time.”  Jan Richardson (artist, writer, and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.)

We will share our experiences in community with one another, open ourselves to  “the word of God in our very being,” and receive from and offer Holy Listening to others as we bear witness to our lives by “becoming prayerfully present.”

Though we might say there is nothing special or sacred about our stories, by sharing our real life experiences in community, we have companions to help us see more than we can see by ourselves.

During this time of retreat, there will be a rhythm of prayer, journaling, reflection, silence, conversation, movement, rest and a practice of presence in body, mind and heart while being surrounded by the beauty of the mountain vista…all creating space for Holy Listening.

If you want to explore your life in a deeper way and to do that as part of a community of others who are seeking the same, this weekend retreat may be just what you are looking for.

  • Please bring a journal
  • Complete a Pre-Retreat Information form to share a little more about yourself and interest in the retreat. Form will be sent to you after registration.
  • Wear comfortable clothes/shoes
  • Optional: Bring cushion and/or blanket if you want to sit on the floor (whatever allows you to be most comfortable).

Julie O’Connor is a spiritual director providing both individual and group spiritual direction, a certified Enneagram instructor/coach and a retreat facilitator.

Over the last year, Julie has facilitated the “Attending the Deep Heart: Our Lives as Sacred Text” online spiritual direction in community experience through St. Mary’s Sewanee.

Prior to her retirement, Julie served in Mission Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Ascension Saint Thomas in Nashville and Ascension Health National Office for 41 years. Her focus was primarily to help leaders and employees integrate their own sense of ministry, spirituality, and vocation into their lives and work and to help build true community to better serve the hospital’s Mission and Values.

Julie co-designed a program to certify facilitators to lead retreats at Ascension which prepared them to offer spiritual and formative experiences that are engaging, meaningful and transformational.

Her mission is to continue her own spiritual journey to wholeness in union with God and to assist others to grow into the fullness of who they were created to be as they awaken to their belovedness and respond to the unfolding path of their vocation. Julie’s  motto or phrase that frames her beliefs and  work is Formatio in Caritate: formation/formed in love.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Alabama.  Julie received her MA in Pastoral Theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Stillpoint, Inc. in Nashville and completed the Group Spiritual Direction training program from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

When not cheering for the Crimson Tide, Julie enjoys golf, kayaking, walking the Harpeth River Greenway, spiritual reading and porch pondering with her dog Jesse and a cup of tea.

Deposit & Cancellation Policies
St. Mary’s Sewanee-Sponsored Programs and Retreats:
A $100 non-transferable deposit is required to confirm your registration for an event. It can be fully refunded if cancelled within three (3) days of booking. The remaining balance is due seven (7) days prior to arrival. The credit card on file will automatically be charged the balance unless other payment arrangements have been made.
There are no refunds within 7 days of the event date and payments are non-transferrable.
If you are registering online, payment in full is required at the time of registration. If you prefer to only make the $100 deposit, please register by calling us at 931-598-5342


Select Lodging Options (choose one lodging space per booking)

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Anna House Package
Lodging in Anna House (motel style room, private bathroom, air condition), meals, program fees and materials included
St. Mary's Hall Package
Lodging in St. Mary's Hall (dorm style rooms, shared bathrooms, fans only no AC), meals, program fees and materials included
Commuter Package
No lodging; meals, programs fees and materials included

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