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The Valley of the Mother of God

Christian Retreat Centre

Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z2


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CALLING Pastors, Clergy, Spiritual Directors

and those in Pastoral Ministries

Are you longing for wide open space with God?

Come away, enrich your soul, engage your mind, and refresh your spirit!

Journey in retreat with others in pastoral and spiritual care ministries who desire spiritual companionship, rest, encouragement and a deeper, richer experience with God, in the context of a contemplative community.

Retreat Theme: Our Heart, God’s Home; Henri Nouwen on the Spiritual Life

This retreat includes substantive teaching and exploration into Henri Nouwen’s insights on how we can cultivate a more intimate, centered and attentive heart. It invites your tender heart to take courage and be still, creating space for God, as we explore the personal, community and leadership implications of the theme. The goal is to deepen our relationship with God such that it’s bound to impact those we serve in ministry and the world around us. We will engage in personal solitude, individual heart reflections, small group interaction, and significant engagement in community with other leaders.

Dates & Times:

Sunday June 17 (5PM) through Tuesday June 20 (1 PM)


A Christian Retreat Centre, well-known as “The Valley,” is a place dedicated to offering spiritual renewal, Christian teaching and physical rest. Nestled on top of one of the highest hills of Hockley Valley, participants will soak in the beauty and tranquility to renew, relax and rest amongst 308 acres of pristine pastures, hills and woodlands. A physical address of: The Valley of the Mother of God, 953376 – 7th Line EHS, Mono, ON, L9W6E8.

Our Heart, God’s Home Retreat includes:

  • A nurturing community of sacred companions who desire time to learn, grow and share together

  • Scripture, prayer, reflective and sustaining disciplines which keep us focused on biblical, contemplative and Trinitarian means of grace

  • Prayerful spaces for deep reflection

  • Times woven throughout the retreat of solitude and silence for personal and spiritual reflection

  • Significant engagement in community with other Pastors, Clergy, Spiritual Directors and those pastoral ministries

  • Large and small group sharing, fellowship, prayer, teaching and worship

  • Pre-retreat networking opportunity; gathering of spiritual directors starting at 3:30 PM Sunday June 17th.

Featuring noted author, teacher and practitioner of spiritual direction,


Wil is the founder of CenterQuest and serves as its president and executive director. Born and raised in the Philippines, he came to North America to complete his master’s (Th.M in counseling ministry) and a PhD in practical theology with a concentration in spirituality from Fuller Theological Seminary. A lay Benedictine oblate, trained counselor, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Wil regularly travels across North America and abroad conducting seminars, workshops, retreats, and classes in the field of spirituality. He is the author of a trilogy of books on Henri Nouwen and is an avid promoter of Nouwen’s spiritual legacy. Besides being an active member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, Wil serves on the editorial panel of Presence, the journal published by Spiritual Directors International. A natural networker and passionate collaborator, he considers accompanying people on their sacred journeys his most rewarding personal investment of all.

This is a gift of rest and communion with God and one another.

Please consider joining us!


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

Bring comfortable clothing, Bible, pen and journal. In Ontario rural settings, mid June 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.

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?


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 will be given if a retreatant leaves early or arrives late or cancellation is received less that fourteen (14) days. 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 Our Heart, God’s Home Retreat please contact us at 905.397.6520 or by email at 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 or electronic transfer?

Yes. Let us know a cheque/electronic transfer 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?

Newly built accommodations include single rooms with ensuite and linens. Some double rooms and suites for married couples. Please bring towels.

Who is the sponsor?

The Canadian Fellowship of Christian Spiritual Directors (CFCSD) is sponsoring this retreat. CFCSDexists to champion Christian spiritual directors in their work, advocate the ministry of spiritual direction within Canadian churches and connect those seeking spiritual direction with trained spiritual directors and prayer companions. To this end, we offer those in pastoral ministries, access to spiritual directors who can help them paying attention to the movement of God in their lives, Soul Care Days & Retreats (intended to help each one rest, reflect and be refreshed as part of their ministry), training and continuing education opportunities and supervisory referrals. (www.canadianspiritualdirectors.ca)

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Orangeville, ON L9W 2Z2


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