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Faith & Grief Weekend at Highlands

June 23-25, 2017

A weekend retreat for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This retreat will provide men and women inspiration to look at things in a new way and to embrace the life we are left without loved ones by our side. You may click here to download the retreat brochure.

Accomodations and Meals

Participants will stay in single/double occupancy rooms in the Retreat Center. These lovely rooms feature private bathrooms, handmade quilts and all linens and towels. This event will begin on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to eat dinner before arriving. Meal service begins with breakfast on Saturday morning through breakfast on Sunday.

Retreat Costs

  • Cost of the retreat is $163/person if staying in a Retreat Center room at double occupancy and $271/person if staying in a Retreat Center room at single occupancy. These costs include lodging and meals.
  • Scholarships are available. Please contact Steven Bohn, Registrar for more information.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to confirm your registration. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the event will result in a $40 fee and the remainder of your deposit refunded. There is a 50% of the cost of event (your deposit) fee for participants who cancel within 30 days of the event.

Leadership for the Retreat

  •      Sharon Balch (Founder) began as a volunteer at Faith & Grief Luncheons. She worked at Texas Instruments for 27 years in marketing, communications and finance. She has an MBA and a Graduate Specialist's Certificate in Aging from the University of North Texas. She is a Stephen Minister and a Presbyterian elder.

 

  •      Fran Shelton (Founder) received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Her doctoral project was "Blessed are Those Who Mourn: Offering Comfort Through Worship and Theological Reflection." Recognizing a tremendous benefit of spiritual disciplines for those on the journey of grief, she obtained certificates in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.

 

  •      Cathy Monkman (Facilitator) is a retired Certified Christian Educator for the PC(USA). She is a trained Stephen Minister and Leader, a Presbyterian elder, and worked five years with Divorce Care for Kids. She volunteers for Faith and Grief in Texas and helped begin Faith & Grief in Colorado. Certified, also, in Town and Country Ministry from Warburg Seminary, she enjoys occasional preaching. At Highlands, she served on the Development sub-committee for three years.

 

  •      Jim Monkman (Facilitator) is retired from the U.S. Air Force and serves in Faith and Grief Ministry both in Texas and Colorado. Also trained in Town and Country Ministry, he joins his wife in pulpit supply. With Lutheran Men in Mission, he leads men's retreats across the country, proclaiming God's Word and watching how God transforms men's lives for the better when they know Christ. At Highlands, he enjoys volunteering in "manly" repairs and improvements that are needed on property.

 

Arts Camp Weekend

October 20-22, 2017

A weekend of art for adults who would like to explore Precious Metal Clay, Water Color, and Fused Glass. Join people just like you ... interested in new mediums of art.  You may click here to download the brochure for the retreat.

 Accomodations and Meals

Participants will stay in quad-occupancy rooms in the Retreat Center. These lovely rooms feature private bathrooms, handmade quilts and all linens and towels. This event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Meal service begins with dinner on Friday evening and continues through lunch on Sunday.

Retreat Costs

  • Cost of the retreat is $199/person. The participant cost includes one project in each medium, lodging and all meals. Studio time may allow time for additional projects to be completed. A list of costs for additional projects will be provided at the beginning of the weekend.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 50% deposit is required to confirm your registration. Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the event will result in a $40 fee and the remainder of your deposit refunded. There is a 50% of the cost of event (your deposit) fee for participants who cancel within 30 days of the event.
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