The whole experience was life-giving, especially Mary Ellen's wise observations and vision. I also enjoyed the wonderful companionship and making friends.
— Holly, Seattle

I came away with a sense of love and support, and lots of new wisdom.. I laughed until I cried, and felt the presence of God.
— Sharon, Seattle

Mary Ellen is a welcoming and skilled facilitator with a capacity to accept the movement of the group and make alterations when they fit.
— Mary, Seattle

Retreats and Workshops


Usually when we think of growing we think of doing, yet the paradox of spiritual growth is that it often requires less striving and more allowing. A favorite Buddhist saying reminds us, "Our doing flows out of our being." For most of us we are so busy doing we rarely take time to connect with our inner being.

Whether it is for a day, a weekend or longer, a retreat provides an opportunity to step out of our daily routines and reflect on how we are being invited into deeper relationship with ourselves, with others and with God. Once we quiet the outside voices clamoring for attention we begin to hear the still, small voice within, which is the first step toward living in alignment with the Divine Presence — the very ground of our being.

At every retreat I combine spiritual practices, teaching, group discussion and sharing, individual reflection time, prayer, silence and, of course, "breaking bread together" (aka eating!).

Contact me to design and facilitate a meaningful retreat for your group or church. Here is a sampling of retreats I have facilitated:

• Moving Through Transition with Intention and Grace
• Awakening in God
• Images of God
• Prayer as a Way of Being
• Living from the Inside Out
• Letting Go Into God
• Becoming Real — The Gift of the Spiritual Journey