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Agape Bay Area Retreat: Living Gratitude

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM (PST)

Agape Bay Area Retreat: Living Gratitude

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single Shared Multi   more info Nov 8, 2018 $549.00 $0.00
Private Room-Single   more info Nov 8, 2018 $699.00 $0.00
Private Room-Couple   more info Nov 8, 2018 $1,099.00 $0.00
Saturday Workshop Pass Nov 10, 2018 $99.00 $0.00
Friday Workshop Pass Nov 9, 2018 $99.00 $0.00

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 Agape Bay Area Retreat: Living Gratitude

• Connect with a loving mystical community. 

• Awaken to a deeper experience of gratitude. 

• Surrender to a life filled with more love and connection.

Facilitated by Rev. TJ Woodward and Rev. Joan Steadman

With special guest workshop facilitator Rev. Verona Garland

Thursday, November 8th at 5:00 PM until Sunday, November 11th at 1:00 PM 

Ralston White Retreat Center

2 El Capitan Ave, Mill Valley, CA

We will enjoy EXCLUSIVE use of the 14,000 square foot mansion and 43 acres of private redwood forest. There are several hiking trails on the property leading to a pond and to expansive views of San Francisco and the Bay, Mt Tamalpais and surrounding ridges. Connecting trails lead to the top of the mountain. Other recreational activities include croquet on the lawn, ping-pong and horseshoes. 

Our wonderful retreat location is just above the town of Mill Valley – a 20 minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. 


Rev. TJ Woodward - Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman 

With special guest workshop facilitator Rev. Verona Garland

Rev. TJ Woodward (Senior Minister of Agape Bay Area)

TJ Woodward  is a revolutionary recovery specialist, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and awakening coach who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings.

As a spiritual author and inspirational speaker he enlightens and entertains audiences around the world. Utilizing his captivating and authentic style, TJ assists people in literally changing the way they exist. As an awakening coach and recovery specialist, TJ works with individuals, couples, and in group settings, equipping people with the internal resources to lead their lives intuitively, strategically, and intentionally. With over 25 years’ experience in the fields of human potential, new-thought ministry, and addiction treatment, he assists his clients in reconnecting with their Essential Self and achieving brilliant results in everyday living.

TJ currently serves as the senior minister and spiritual director of Agape Bay Area in Oakland, which is the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA.

For more than a decade, he has served as spiritual counselor or spiritual director of prestigious top-tier, high-end addiction treatment centers. From the get-go, he got rave reviews. Clients who reluctantly come to treatment for short-term programs are excited about working on themselves and want more of TJ's unique approach in assisting them to live inspired and connected lives.


TJ published his first book, Conscious BEING: Awakening to Your True Nature in 2015, and his second book, Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction was released in December of 2017.

In 2013, he launched the Awakened Living TV and Awakened Living Radio shows.


Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman (Assistant Minister of Agape Bay Area) 

“I am here to be the field of Love in which individuals realize their magnificence, thus awakening to their infinite potential and transforming their lives.”Rev. Dr. Joan Steadman is a spiritual counselor, speaker, and facilitator of workshops and retreats. She was the Spiritual Leader at the Oakland Center for Spiritual Living for fifteen years.  A founding member of the Agape International Spiritual Center with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, she served as an assistant minister and a spiritual practitioner.  At an early age, her spiritual roots were fostered as a nun in the Immaculate Heart Community for nine years.

Rev. Joan is widely known as an authentic and skilled facilitator and a dynamic speaker.  She has spoken and facilitated workshops and retreats nationwide and at New Thought conventions and conferences. She has written curricula for Centers for Spiritual Living and has authored articles and meditations in the Science of Mind Magazine, New Thought Magazine, and Inner Visions.

 She has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and received the Gandhi King Ikeda Award for fostering the spirit of peace and unity in community.  She has received honorary doctorates of divinity from both Centers for Spiritual Living and the Agape International Spiritual Center.  In February of 2014, Mayor Jean Quan presented her with the Mayor’s Proclamation from the City of Oakland, and Representative Barbara Lee honored her with a special congressional recognition.

Joan is the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three granddaughters, all of whom have been her greatest teachers of what it is to love unconditionally and live in joy. 


Verona Garland (Staff Minister of Agape Bay Area)

Rev Verona Garland is an Emerson Theological credentialed Interfaith and Religious Science Minister. She serves as the founding minister of Blossoming Truth Global Ministries-a ministry dedicated to joyously opening to Spirit's Invitation of Delight, Play, and Transformation ; as Treasurer at Authenticity Journey of Renewal-a focus ministry of Centers for Spiritual Living, and as a licensed Practitioner of the Centers for Spiritual Living.

Rev Verona's ministry encompasses classes, workshops, spiritual exploration, global cultural learning, prosperity mentoring, and spiritual counseling. Her speaking includes: Awakened Living, The Lighthouse Center for Spiritual

Living ,The Gathering, Pleasant Hill Enlightenment Fair, Unity Center for Inspired Living-Brentwood , 1st Church of Religious Science Vallejo, Corinthian Baptist Church, and Oakland Center for Spiritual Living.

 Rev Verona's effervescent enthusiasm is sourced in her desire to bud, blossom, and bloom in Spirit. She serves playfully, boldly, wondrously, and joyously opening to the Divine Potentiality within each and every expression of the One.




5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Check-in and Community Greeting Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Opening Ceremony



7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Morning Meditation Practice

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Morning Check-in Group with Rev. TJ

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Workshop 1 - facilitated by Rev. Joan
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshop 2 - facilitated by Rev. Verona
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Silent Nature Walk and Integratrion Time

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Fireside Chat...Games...Private Time



7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Morning Meditation Practice

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Morning Check-in Group with Rev. Joan

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Workshop 3 - facilitated by Rev. TJ

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshop 4 - "The Grateful Life" facilitated by Revs. TJ, Joan, and Verona

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Silent Nature Walk and Integration Time

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Sacred Chant with Amitabhan


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Morning Meditation Practice

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Morning Check-in Group with Rev. Verona

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Sunday Celebration Service

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch



The weekend will include access to a wide array of experiential workshops, silent nature walks, morning meditation and check-in groups, Sunday Morning Celebration Service, sleeping accommodations, (shared and private rooms available) 9 meals. (Dinner Thursday through Lunch on Sunday) 

...and an opportunity to make deep and powerful connections with other openhearted spiritual explorers like yourself!


Single shared multi (Twin bed in room with up to 3 people) $549

Private room (Queen bed in private room) $699 single/$1099 couple 


SPECIAL DAY PASS available for all workshops and activities on Friday OR Saturday only for $99 (Does not include meals) 


We are so grateful to be hosting this amazing retreat and we look forward to deepening our authentic connection with you in November!

Much Love, 

Revs. Joan, TJ, and Verona

Have questions about Agape Bay Area Retreat: Living Gratitude? Contact Agape Bay Area

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Ralston L White Retreat
2 El Capitan Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM (PST)

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Agape Bay Area


Agape Bay Area is a 21st century movement for people who consider themselves spiritual explorers and have a divine impulse for personal and global transformation.​ Our mission is to encourage and inspire the awakening of human consciousness.


The essence of Agape is best described by its founder, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith:


“When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center and community in 1986, we 'visioned' it as a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet." That’s why it was named “Agape,” which in Greek means unconditional love. Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of the One indefinable yet unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and soul.


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