Encounter Desire Retreat

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When we make decisions, we most often seek guidance from everywhere but within. And yet it is through our own deepest desires that God calls – drawing us into authentic lives of service and love.

Tamara Shantz and Patricia Wagler are facilitating an intergenerational retreat focused on sacred listening and the spirituality of desire.

This retreat is intended for those in a season of transition and discernment, whether about what to do for work/retirement, the future of an intimate relationship, or sensing an invitation to deeper contact with God and one’s own soul.

“The more honestly we try to identify our authentic desires, the more we can identify who we truly are, and who God is calling us to be.”
Philip Sheldrake

What to Expect:
  • With an emphasis on listening within, this retreat will have large spaces devoted to silence and personal prayer.
  • Sessions exploring the spirituality of desire through teaching, dialogue, and contemplative practices.
  • Small group spaces for reflection and sharing
  • As desired, the opportunity to meet for individual spiritual direction with Tamara or Pat
  • An intergenerational group. We hope this retreat will include folks from all ages! We will, however, reserve half the spaces for young adults.
Registration Fees:

Full Price – $205
Employed but need some help – $150
Students/Unemployed – $100

Registration Deadline: October 4, 2017

Our space is limited to 22 people, so if you are interested, don’t delay in registering!
To register – go to our registration form, found HERE.

Everyone is invited at arrive by 7 pm on Friday night, and the retreat will end after lunch on Sunday around 2 pm.
For further information, please contact Tamara Shantz.


Details about Crieff Hills Community:

Crieff Hills is a retreat centre located just outside of Cambridge. Crieff provides a beautiful space to explore and engage including walking trails, an outdoor labyrinth, and a small cabin devoted to prayer.

We will be staying in St. Luke’s Lodge. Rooms will be shared with one other person. Meals will be taken in the main dining hall at Crieff with other conference groups.

Retreat Facilitators:


Tamara Shantz is serves as a pastor with PiE. She is also a spiritual director and Enneagram teacher in the KW community. Tamara trained as a spiritual guide through the Ignatian Jesuit Centre of Guelph where she was introduced to desire as a central theme of prayer and discernment. 


Patricia Wagler loves to walk alongside others as a spiritual director, retreat leader, and labyrinth facilitator. She is also an ordained pastor in the Mennonite Church. After farming for many years, working in retail, and raising three amazing children, Pat returned to school. She studied at Emmanuel Bible College and trained in spiritual direction through the Ontario Jubilee Program.