The early Celtic Christians in Ireland and Scotland knew a faith that acknowledged the immanence of God. His presence was recognized at every turn, and ordinary places were celebrated as sacred.
Perhaps your life of prayer has been rather dull of late, or the presence of God has been elusive. Join us for this year’s retreat as our teacher, Tracy Balzer, leads us in the life-giving discovery of Celtic prayer.
Our fall retreat is set for week: October 5-6, 2018! And we’re back at the beautiful Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights.
Also keep this in mind: This retreat (not an overnight event) is open to the Sacramento Christian community– not just Epiclesis members– so it’s a perfect opportunity to invite friends and co-workers.
Schedule: There will be a single session this Friday night (from 7-9 PM), a session Saturday morning (9 AM), lunch together at the Center, then an afternoon session (concluding at about 4 PM). Tracy will also teach at Epiclesis on Sunday morning following the retreat. Find a handy map to the Retreat Center here.
On Friday night: Our start time is listed as 7 PM, but we’re recommending that you arrive at 6:30 to find your parking spot and get settled.
Costs? The cost per person is $40 (helps to cover the use of the facility and lunch on Saturday). We don’t want cost to keep anyone from coming (Let us know if you need, or would like to provide, a scholarship).
You may pay by check made payable to Epiclesis and marked “Fall Retreat.” Bring a check with you to the retreat on Friday night, OR you may also use our handy, online giving page. Please note: If you use the online giving page, kindly add $3.00 to offset electronic fees.
Here’s a map of the facility and important contact numbers. (Zoom in if the map is small on your screen).
We are incredibly blessed to have Tracy Balzer (right) as our fall retreat leader. She is the long-time director of Christian Formation at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She is the author of Thin Places (Leafwood 2007), A Listening Life (Pinyon, 2011), and Permission to Ponder: Contemplative Wisdom for the Spiritually Distracted (Leafwood, 2015). She holds a Master of Ministry degree, is a certified spiritual director and advocate of Celtic spirituality, and is an oblate at the beautiful Subiaco Abbey, also in Arkansas. Tracy regularly leads spiritual pilgrimages and study trips to the British Isles for adults, having a special interest and affection for the Isle of Iona, Scotland.
Her interests also include calligraphy and discussing books and movies. Tracy received her undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University, and her Masters of Ministry degree from John Brown University. Her husband, Cary, is a theology professor at JBU; other important people include their two daughters and sons-in-law, and their new granddaughter, Lizzy.