Exploring Darkness and Light and Our Resistance to the Unknown

Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2023
Facilitator(s): Betsy Gonwa


Exploring Darkness And Light And Our Resistance To The Unknown Website


We tend to have an ambiguous relationship with the unknown. While we sense the Spirit drawing us into the unknown, we resist, staying where we are comfortable rather than allowing ourselves to be led toward the light, or to give birth to something new. Through the lens of darkness and light, you will explore your resistance to the unknown as you are guided through spiritual practices that enable you to move into and through the darkness. Time will be spent in reflection, sharing, guided and independent practice. Spiritual practices used will include Three Conscious Breaths, Bio-spiritual Focusing and the Examine of Consciousness. These practices attend to feelings, actively listen to the body’s language, and promote awareness of the Divine Presence in daily life. Learn how to befriend the darkness and move into the unknown with gentleness and grace as Betsy shares from her training and life experience.

Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 3, 2023
The retreat begins on Friday at 6:30pm and concludes with the noon meal on Sunday.
Cost of $345 (includes overnight accommodations and meals)

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button above, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center.” Payment must be received to complete registration.

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About the Facilitators

Betsy GonwaBetsy Gonwa

Betsy Gonwa holds a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University with a certificate in spiritual direction. She has training in biospiritual focusing and grief support companioning. Her work has been teaching and ministry, including two years in mission in rural Panama. She companions others as a spiritual director, blogger, singer/songwriter and music minister.