Frequently Asked Questions
- those wanting authentic connection with other Catholic / Christian women!
- those ready for a day away after Christmas!
- those desiring freedom from any habitual behavior pattern that feels out of alignment with the Lord’s call (i.e.: playing the role of victim, self-critical inner dialogue, treating oneself as “less than” others, addiction, etc).
- those grieving a loss or struggling with anxiety, depression, feeling overwhelmed, anger.
- those desiring a deeper relationship with our Lord.
- those ready for the great adventure of living life led by the Holy Spirit!
Simply because we are human beings who have lived this long into adulthood, we undoubtedly have experienced one or more adverse circumstances. Some circumstances result in wounds – intentional or unintentional – with lingering pain and discomfort. Resilient creatures that we are, we survive and we learn to cope with our anxiety, self-doubt, and fear. Yet, the Lord’s plan for us is not simply to cope and muddle through! His plan for us is freedom! Even freedom from our anxiety, self-doubt, and fear.
“Just as our bodies mobilize for healing when we have been physically injured, we can be confident that this same energy for wholeness is expended on wounds of emotion and spirit. In this context, discomfort or pain or anxiety are certainly not imaginary, but are a sign that something is pushing for resolution inside…We trust our inner process precisely because the Holy Spirit is at work in it, for the drive toward wholeness is written into our very beings by the One who created us.” – Tilda Norberg in Consenting to Grace, an Introduction to Gestalt Pastoral Care.
Made New Healing Retreats present us each with an opportunity for healing emotional wounds, for strengthening spiritually, and for leaning into Jesus as we take authority in His name to reject any influences and patterns that are not of the Holy Spirit. In a word…Freedom.
We expect you…
- to come with an open heart and an open mind, ready to listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit!
- to be supportive of other participants.
- to adhere to our confidentiality pledge (shown below), which will be read aloud and agreed to at the start of each retreat.
- Recognizing that growth and healing necessitates our willingness to become vulnerable, know that you will not be required to share any details of your life or circumstances that you do not wish to share.
You can expect…
- our retreat activities to begin and end with Jesus, as we begin with the celebration of Mass and close with a time of praise & worship in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
- the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconcilitation.
- group and individual activities designed to promote personal reflection and raise self-awareness, as well as foster a sense of belonging and community.
- the opportunity to participate in communal healing prayer.
- the opportunity to do “Hot Seat Coaching” and work on a particular issue or behavior pattern.
Hot Seat* Coaching is…
- individualized attention and coaching, within the circle of our Sisters in Christ.
- an opportunity to explore stuck patterns and places within, guided by De Yarrison, CPCC.
- a way to invite Jesus into our pain, anxiety, adverse patterns, etc., and receive His healing touch through prayer and visualization.
- an opportunity for expanded self-awareness and for taking steps towards greater integration or wholeness.
- something that needs to be witnessed and experienced to grasp its full power and healing potential!
*The term ‘hot seat’ comes from Gestalt therapy and refers to the chair next to the one that the coach is sitting in. An individual indicates that she is ready to do individual work by taking the ‘hot seat.”
“We define Gestalt therapy as…a lively and holistic experiential approach to healing and personal growth that emphasizes the development of awareness — emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual, and the capacity to make healthy contact with one’s self, others, and the environment.” – Mariah Gladis, Gestalt Psychotherapist, founder of the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center, and my (De’s) teacher and mentor.
In order for our Healing Retreats and Freedom Conferences to remain safe spaces to share openly and authentically with one another, we ask all participants to agree to our confidentiality pledge:
- I will maintain the confidentiality of who was in attendance at Made New Ministry Healing Retreats.
- I will not reveal details of another retreat attendee’s experience to anyone who was not present at the retreat.
- I will not take photographs or video of anyone during the retreat without their expressed agreement.
The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation, even among her own members.
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1421
…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…
– Ephesians 1:18-19
Notes from Participants
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