Joy is a long-time retreat facilitator, offering programs for spirituality and wellness throughout the US and Canada. Joy pursued her studies at Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Life Center, in Narragansett, RI and with the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in Saugerties, NY. She is on staff at the La Salette Retreat & Conference Center in Attleboro, MA where she offers formational programs and spiritual direction throughout the year. Joy blends a strong foundation of Catholic tradition with current contemplative spirituality, including days of reflection on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. She has also worked within the field of yoga therapy, teaching yoga for depression, anxiety, and trauma, in workshops throughout the New England and New York region, such as the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, MA and the Javits Convention Center in NYC. This work has informed how she presently engages her retreatants and spiritual directees toward a more complete experience of self.
Bristol RI 02809
In this one-day program, Ignatius heads to Walden Pond, MA to visit Henry David Thoreau in his tiny cabin. There, they share their common understanding of consolation/desolation, the call to service vs solitude, and their contrasting experiences of connection to the Divine Source.Their processes of discernment are made evident throughout this day of reflection which includes lecture and learning, journaling, and small group sharing/discussion.
Take the day to examine the lives of two great figures of the Church...Mother Teresa’s life of service in the streets of Calcutta, and Thomas Merton’s life of solitude and contemplation. How did each of them arrive at their calling? How did the gospels impact their choices? We’ll examine these contrasting paths, and ponder your personal calling:
Life of active service? Life of contemplative solitude?
Which path do you feel most called to embody in your life and relationship to Christ? Or do you feel drawn to both paths? This retreat may inspire you to reconsider your identity in the Heart of God.
Whether you've learned a lot or a little about St Therese, there's bound to be something to engage your heart and mind during this day of prayer/reflection. You'll review three distinct periods of Therese's life before she entered Carmel, then zoom in on specific events and circumstances that enabled her to develop her "Little Way" to sanctity after her entrance to the cloister. You'll reflect upon this "Little Way" which contained the discernment and wisdom that earned her the title "Doctor of the Church", discovering insights that are attainable to everyone as you chart the personal contours of your course to Christ.
During this day of prayer/reflection, we'll review the life of Ignatius, and examine specific aspects of the Spiritual Exercises which he developed through his experiences in bringing others to a true experience and relationship with Christ. We will include the Ignatian principles of Imaginative Prayer, Consolation/Desolation, the Process of Discernment, and use of the Daily Examen.