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“Am I Enough?”; Encountering Shame in Spiritual Direction

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Marylake Retreat Center

13760 Keele Street

King City, ON L7B 1A3


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A Gathering for Spiritual Directors and those in Spiritual Formation Ministries

Some of the clearest evidence of the brokenness of this world reveals that all who are capable of empathy struggle with the feeling of “Am I enough?” No one likes to talk about this feeling, but the power of it is alive and well in every relationship—including that of Spiritual Direction.

Come, find rest in your busy world and discover . .

  • What is shame? and What is vulnerability?

  • How vulnerability impacts all relationships.

  • The 3 self conscious affect.

  • The impact of shame on yourself and ministry

  • Tools to recognize the impact of shame on directees, directors and ministry during the converstion

  • Opportunities to reflect on the redemptive and healing power of the Gospel

  • How to develop shame resilience and pursue wholeheartedness.

Our Hosts

During this sacred time away

Carolyn Klassen is an author, therapist, speaker, based in Winnipeg. She is a Certified Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™Facilitator, working with curricula developed out of the research of Dr. Brene Brown. Carolyn is a registered Occupational Therapist, and a clinical fellow with Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Life has taken many turns for Carolyn as a prolific author, extensively writing on her blog: "A Thoughtful Look at Life" (conexuscounselling.ca) and "Nice to a Fault: Redefining Kindness in Mariage available at Amazon.

Mary Reimer is a Pastor and practitioner of spiritual direction. A teacher for 20 years, Mary received a call into ministry and is the a founder of FaithWorks. She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University(Michigan) in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. Mary was drawn to the practice of Spiritual Direction and has been practicing ever since. Mary has been a director in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and draws on the wisdom of both Ignatian and Benedictine teaching in her practice of direction. Mary provides leadership to a local contemplative prayer group (Imago Dei Winnipeg). Mary is committed to the importance of having and being a spiritual companion in the journey of life. This commitment has led her to accept a position as board member and regional director for the Canadian Fellowship of Christian Spiritual Directors.


Within a short drive from the complexity and commotion of Metro Toronto lies the simplicity and serenity of the Augustinian Retreat Centre at Marylake. Nestled amid 800 acres of pastures and woodlands, Marylake offers an atmosphere in which one can become attuned to God’s creation and alert to God’s Word. The community provides a setting conducive to peaceful reflection,

Formerly the country estate of Sir Henry Pellat, whose Toronto residence was Casa Loma, Marylake has been for over sixty years a vibrant centre of Augustinian spirituality and renewal. Come and experience the 14 Stations of the Cross along The Rosary Pathin installed during the summer of 2018. These steel-framed artworks of glass at each station were created by artist Stuart M. Reid. Embedded in the ground next to life-size crosses at various points throughout the path, it is another profound way for you to pray and contemplate the wonders of your faith.


Can I attend this gathering?

This gathering is primarily for those involved with/in spiritual formation; including those in Clergy, Pastoral Ministries, Parachurch Ministries, Spiritual Directors, Spiritual Counsellors. If you would like to attend but unsure if this time away is for you, please email: fellowshipcsd@gmail.com, prior to registering.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Bring comfortable clothing, Bible, pen and journal. In Ontario rural settings, early October may be chilly during the evening, you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket with you. All other materials are included with your retreat package.

Try not to bring, Cell phone, laptop, iPod, work, or anything else that will be a distraction or barrier to getting the most out of your retreat experience.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable casual clothing. October brings cooler weather and if you are enjoying the many outdoor experiences provided with this year's gathering, dress accordingly.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Canadian Fellowship of Christian Spiritual Directors at “fellowshipcsd@gmail.com.” Your email will be answered within 24 hours. Can't wait that long, telephone Cathy McMulkin @ 905.397.6520.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

  • YES

Is the Double Registration payment inclusive of two people?

  • YES - one payment for 2 people

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What is the refund policy?

Please provide as much advance notice as possible so that we can offer your place to another retreatant. If a request for cancellation is received thirty (30) or more days prior to the start date of this retreat, a refund of the retreat cost minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. If a cancellation request is received less than thirty (30) days prior to the start retreat, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. NO refund if cancellation request is received less than seven (7) days prior to the start of the retreat. All retreat registrations are transferable at any time. No refund will be given if a retreatant leaves early or arrives late. Please note the Evenbrite registration fee is non-refundable. If you have any questions, or if you would like further assistance in registering for the 2019 Sustaining the Scattered Retreat – Am I Enough?; Encountering Shame in Spiritual Direction, please contact us at 905.397.6520 or fellowshipcsd@gmail.com

Will there be opportunity to purchase books?

A relevant and applicable book list will be given out. Some items will be on sale - cash or cheque only.

Can I register with a cheque?

Yes. Let us know a cheque is your preferred payment by contacting the Registrar directly at fellowshipcsd@gmail.com. Credit cards are accepted via Eventbrite on this site.

Can I register via monthly payments?

Yes, most definitely! Contact the Registrar directly at "fellowshipcsd@gmail.com" to activate a periodic or scheduled payment plan.

Are the accommodations single?

Accommodations include single/double rooms and linens.

Double Room Accommodations are for two people.

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Marylake Retreat Center

13760 Keele Street

King City, ON L7B 1A3


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