Pat Boehm is a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach International and currently facilitates two prayer groups in Lethbridge. Through Centering Prayer, Pat is passionate about bringing people closer to an intimate relationship with Christ. She is also a trained spiritual director having graduated from the Haden Institute, N.C., U.S.A. Music and Pastoral Care are her other areas of interest. Pat is a retired teacher and is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.
• Oasis Days
• Centering Prayer
• Book Study: The Universal Christ
• Introduction to Centering Prayer
• A Deepening, Intensive Retreat in Centering Prayer
• Exploring the Mandala for Insight and Self Expression
Bob Campbell holds a master’s degree in Adult Education and has led workshops and retreats focusing on healthy spiritual growth for many years. He has taken advanced meditation teacher training at the Bhavana Society Monastery in High View, W.VA under the guidance of Bhante Henapola Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain English. A former post- secondary and healthcare administrator, Bob is a past National President of the Canadian mental health Association and former Board Chair of the Alberta Public Health Association. Since retiring he remains actively involved in community affairs and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Book Study: “Julian of Norwich- Wisdom in a time of Pandemic and Beyond”
Book Study: “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”
Loving Kindness Retreat
Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat
CAT CHARISSAGE, B.A., M.Ed.
Spiritual Director, Educator
Cat offers Soulwork and Intentional Creativity as a contemplative educator, counsellor, and
artist, and helps others navigate the Depth Dimensions of life as a Spiritual Director/Companion, both individually and in small groups. She is a lifelong student of the world’s Wisdom Traditions, with a deep grounding in Catholic Christianity and a passion for Interspiritual dialogue and practices. With degrees in theology and education, she brings more than 40 years of experience, including as retreat presenter, post-trauma counsellor, and Executive Director at a sexual assault center. She has taught professional development sessions, university, high school, and as a private mentor. She has also studied in-person with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Jungian psychoanalyst and author of Women Wh Run with the Wolves, et al., for the past 9 summers.
• Recognizing Sacredness in Daily Life
• Book Study: “Women Who Run with the Wolves”
Barbara brings a passion for learning to all that she does. Prior to her retirement in 2002, she was a teacher, principal and consultant with Lethbridge School District No. 51. The excellence she displayed during her lengthy career was recognized when she received the Administrator of the Year Award from the Southwest Alberta Council on School Administration in 1999. In 2000, she was honored to be recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction for her work in founding the Parents as Teachers home visitation program which now operates in Lethbridge and communities in southwestern Alberta. Since her retirement, Barb has worked as an independent consultant, serving education and social service institutions as well as other government and non-profit agencies by providing guidance in strategic planning, leadership development, and project management and
evaluation. Her new passion is helping adults 50+ explore the many possibilities for their future - mind, body and soul.
• The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality – Series 1
• The Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality – Series 2
Sharon Hagel is well known for her ability to help others clarify the many intricacies they meet in knitting. She has enjoyed knitting for the past thirty years. She believes the experience of knitting prayer shawls for those recently experiencing loss, as well as those celebrating life, has blessed her with many hours of peaceful reflection and relaxation.
Programs: Knitting into the Mystery of Healing
Certified Meditation Teacher
Hailey is a Resilience Leadership Coach, and a Certified Meditation Teacher. Hailey started learning about resilience and meditation in 2015 when she was struggling with balance in her life. Her career and family life was very busy and at times very stressful. She wasn’t handling the lack of balance very well at all. Her mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing was neglected, and something needed to change. That began her practice towards resilience, peace and stillness. Hailey enjoys engaging with others in the practice of resilience, leadership and meditation. Hailey has also written a book called My Six Degrees of Meditation which is currently available on Amazon/Kindle.
• Six Degrees of Meditation
• Stillness in Writing
• Be Still and Know
ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS SYLVAIN LAVOIE
Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-The Pas, is a missionary Oblate who has spent over 40 years ministering among the Indigenous peoples of north-central Canada. His ministry includes conducting workshops and retreats on Indigenous ministry, spirituality, addictions awareness, faith renewal, healing and presenting Advent/Lenten missions. Past chair of committees on Indigenous ministry for both the Oblates and the Western Canadian bishops, he presently serves as chaplain and spiritual director at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, Alberta. He has authored four books: Drumming From Within, Together We Heal, Walk A New Path and Still Green and Growing.
Programs: Still Green and Growing
Vickie is passionate about integrating embodied movement, breath and stillness into spiritual practices that bring a sense of healing and wholeness to life. As a minister, long-time yoga and meditation teacher, and more recently as a Spiritual Director, she invites and teaches the “art of slowing down and listening deeply” to ourselves, to each other, to our planet, and to the Great Mystery that holds us all. Rooted in the Christian tradition, Vickie has an inter-spiritual heart that embraces the oneness of all spiritual traditions and works to build bridges of understanding through classes, workshops, retreats, and private spiritual accompaniment.
• Be Still and Know
• Awakening the Heart – Learning to Love Beyond Boundaries
• Nurture Your Roots: “Rooted…Connected….Growing”
Mark has retired from teaching and Chaplain ministry after 28 years at Catholic Central High School. He is married and has two children, one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Currently, he owns and operates Living Your Mission Consulting which specializes in Spiritual Direction, Attentive Listening through the Medicine Wheel and Mission Statement Based Bargaining – Getting to Us.
• Advent Twilight Retreat
• Lenton Twilight Retreat
Harley Packer and his wife Filomena have been members of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Coaldale AB for 20 + years. They have two sons. The eldest son is married and has give Fil and Harley two beautiful grandsons. When Harley and Fil are not working or spending time with family, you will often find them in the mountains camping, hiking and biking in the summer and snow shoeing in the winter.
Harley studied theology and psychology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio as well as education and world religions at the University of SK. He has held volunteer and paid positions in youth ministry. Harley travelled for two years with a Redemptorist mission team and offered parish missions all over western Canada. More recently he has put his faith to work on the front line with child and family services for fourteen years.
In 2014 Harley launched prayerfortheprodigal, a lay ministry based on the story of the prodigal son in Luke: 15. Harley now speaks regularly at parish missions, conferences, retreats and youth events. His goal is to help people overcome fear, anxiety and hopelessness with faith, hope and love.
Program: You’re Stronger Than You Think
Ellen Wagner is a spiritual guide for youth and young adults. She did her training in spiritual direction through the FCJ Centre in Calgary and spent over three years in deaconate formation with her husband, Ray, in the Calgary Roman Catholic Diocese. She frequently helps as a spiritual director at the Centre.
• Advent Twilight Retreat
• Lenten Twilight Retreat