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Tending Our Inner Garden: Soul Time - Spiritual Direction Colorado Retreat

  • September 21, 2015
  • 2:00 PM
  • September 23, 2015
  • 1:00 PM
  • Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, 4801 North Highway 67, Sedalia, CO 80135-0185


Registration is closed


Using “inner garden” as a deep metaphor for our souls, we will use this retreat time to explore the ground, particularly our images and experiences of the divine, that hold our soul; the soul plants, especially those deep soul gifts, thriving or perhaps struggling in our soul garden along with whatever weeds that may be interfering with our soul plants.  We will explore those practices that nourish or diminish our souls, and finally look at what it might mean to take the energy and wisdom of our soul work into the world.  This retreat is designed to allow participants to do their own deep soul work with teaching times and group sharing as guides.  

Margaret F. Arms, MSW, PhD

Retreat leader

Dr. Arms is a spiritual director in Colorado who has taught in the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program, and is a graduate of that program.  She also supervises spiritual directors.  She has led retreats in Colorado, Alaska, and New Mexico.  She holds a joint PhD from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology in religious and theological studies.  Prior to spiritual direction, Dr. Arms practiced psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker.


Cost of the retreat is $225. Please register online for the full amount or by submitting a deposit of $125 with a Balance of $100 due by sept, 16. If you do not want to use your credit card online, please register and then mail a check to the registrar: Sandy Grundy, 9345 Carr, St. Westminster, Co. 80021. Please make the check to: Diocese of Colorado. Call Sandy at 303-902-4664, cell, for questions. PLEASE INDICATE if you are asking for a first floor room. 


This fall retreat has been a tradition for Spiritual Direction Colorado for many years. Spiritual Direction Colorado is a Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and an ecumenical group of spiritual director’s. Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House has provided a beautiful setting for the three retreat days. Located in Sedalia, Co. it provides easy access from the Denver Metro area, yet in a tranquil and rural setting. Please check the center’s website for photos:


Cost to register is $225. You are invited to register online by either paying the full amount, or by submitting a deposit of $125.00 with a balance of $100.00 due by Sept. 10. If you do not want to use your credit card online, please register and then send a check to: SDCO Retreat, C/O Evans, 1551 S. Trenton Court, Denver 80231. Please make the check to: Diocese of Colorado.

SDCO encourages spiritual directors and those involved in ministry to take advantage of this opportunity for rest, and relaxation. Scholarships are available and please contact the registrar.


Sept. 21: 2pm registration begins, 4:30pm welcome reception, 5:30pm dinner, 7:00pm session.

Sept. 22: all day retreat and individual quiet time.
Sept. 23: Retreat closes after lunch at noon.
Sacred Heart is a quiet facility: with quiet meals and in public places. We will talk in our retreat room.
For any additional questions, please contact the registrar at 303-902-4664, NOT the retreat center. Scholarships are available

Each person will have a private room, but bathroom facilities are shared. Three balanced meals are served daily by the kitchen staff and a full salad bar is provided for lunch and dinner. If you have special needs, (need for a first floor room) please let the registrar know.

Please bring your Bible, journal and dress for changeable weather. Sacred Heart has a small book store on site.

Spiritual Direction Colorado's Mission Statement:
We envision a Colorado where spiritual guidance permeates peoples’ lives, faith communities and human organizations, transforming life for all, especially the most vulnerable.

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