PCC sponsors Self-Care Retreat April 21-22


BELLEVILLE – The office of Pastoral Care and Counseling will host a Self-Care Retreat for IGRC clergy and/or spouses (ie: individual clergy, clergy groups, individual spouses, groups of spouses) April 21-22 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. Friday dinner is provided with event registration and Saturday breakfast is provided with Friday night hotel stay (rate is $75.85 before tax).

BOOM has authorized .8 CEU's for those wanting to attend all workshops beginning Friday at 3 p.m. through Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Otherwise attend the workshops you are interested in and enjoy the beautiful grounds at The Shrine or rejuvenate yourself as you see fit. We serve others best when we feed our soul.

Cost for the event is $25 per person. Register online before April 5 at: www.igrc.org/selfcare2017. Contact The Shrine for hotel reservations at 618-397-1162, 800.682.2879, or email hotel@snows.org, referencing that you are attending the IGRC PCC Self-Care Retreat.

Childcare will be available at a cost of $10 per family (not per child) and will be provided at Belleville St. Matthew UMC, just minutes from the Shrine. Parents must pick up and drop off children as no transportation will be provided. Childcare registration deadline is April 1 and reservations can be made at www.igrc.org/selfcare2017-childcare.

Topics of workshops during the retreat include:

  • Do We Encourage or Discourage Self-Care as a Culture?  Leader: Shauna Summers. There are multiple factors to consider from our fast-paced, "be the best you can be" culture to our portable technology that we can access 24 hours a day and everything in between. Culture shapes how we perceive and understand life. Asking the question about how we think about self-care and relaxation is important in figuring out why self-care and relaxation might be such a challenge to achieve. If we don't reassess how we think about something, how can we grow? Shauna will talk about what self-care is, how it can help you be and feel healthier while asking us to think about if American culture encourages or discourages self-care and relaxation.
  • Our Healthiest Selves with Nutrition and Exercise.  Leader: Dr. Jerry Felts. Felts has more than 40 years’ experience as a natural health care doctor. He graduated with honors from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo. He began practice in 1973 and specializes in clinical nutrition, family practice, and clinical neurology.  He has included brain based therapy and Neurobics into his practice and has opened a Health & Wellness Center in his office. He has also appeared on local television and talk radio shows, and has made countless speaking engagements as an advocate for preventative and wellness care.
  • Sacred Spaces: An Experiential Faith Exploration. Leader: Deborah Pollex. Traditional models of worship and prayer work for many people. However, they can be difficult if you struggle to communicate with God merely using “words.” All of us have had the experience of being asked to sit quietly and pray, only to find our mind ‘wandering’ and writing a mental to-do list. Prayer stations can provide an alternative to sitting quietly with hands crossed, eyes closed and word focused. Words from scripture suddenly become visible and real when using tangible objects.  If we talk about the “soil” of our hearts, it helps to feel dirt in our hands and see the stones that must be removed before planting a garden, or eating grapes and tasting bread when we talk about the “Fruits of the Spirit” or the “Bread of Life.” One of Pollex’s greatest joys is when people share an experience (feeling, insight, thought, conclusion, vision) that they had from visiting a prayer station that amazed or surprised them in a deep and transforming way.
  • Wake Up Your Life. Leader: Vicki Kahmi. Kamhi is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 10 years of counseling experience working in Palliative Care and addiction treatment.  Her passion is to share the power of mindfulness in: strengthening our ability to be truly present for others, cultivating loving kindness and compassion, as well as taking care of ourselves.
  • Chair Yoga and Healthy Living. Leader: Angie Lee. Lee has been practicing yoga for 12 years. Yoga improved both her body strength and flexibility and relieved stress, giving her a sense of peace and awareness in her ministry. As part of ministry, she has been teaching an intensive course, Yoga for Transformation and a gentle course Chairs and Prayers for more than a year at Bloomington Wesley. Her teaching philosophy is "Breathe, move and become alive."
  • Marriage Self-Care. Leader: Curt Keller. Self care of a marriage is essentially learning and practicing that which helps strengthens the marital relationship. Most often these are simple and enjoyable, we just get too busy and forget to take advantage of the positive interactions that strengthen our marriages and reduces our stress.
  • Finding Your Treasures. Leader: Vicki Kahmi. See description of Wake Up Your Life.
  • "What My Spouse Doesn't Tell Me" Benefits Education. Leader: Rick Van Giesen.  Very often, clergy spouses are the chief financial officers of the household, but all of our communications are with the clergy person! Does that information ever get filtered to the spouse? No it doesn’t. The "What My Clergy Spouse Doesn’t Tell Me" workshop will help you understand what you need to know for successful family financial planning. And clergy are welcome for a refresher!
  • Understanding Stress and Management of Chronic Stress. Leader: Robert Mitchell. Mitchell spent 40 years as a psychotherapist, 30 of which were in private practice. In his years of experience, he has become very familiar with the consequences of stress on the mind and body. He is a current Pastoral Care and Counseling Board member and has taught for Murray State University and Southern Illinois University. In his session, "Understanding Stress and the Management of Chronic Stress," Robert will talk about stress in general as well as talking about the many ways to relax and combat distress.