Do you feel as if your year passes by in a blur? Would you like to practice being more present and centered during 2017? Come join Dena and Jason for this two-day retreat designed to give you tools to help you be present in each moment. We will have periods of practicing multiple mindfulness meditations and times for discussion of these practices. The hope is to not set a resolution for the new year, but an intention that will lightly and graciously guide your year, viewing each day as a gift.
Facilitators: Dena Douglas Hobbs and Jason Hobbs
Dates: Friday, January 13 through Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Schedule: We will begin gathering at 6:00PM on Saturday, with an official start at 6:30PM. The evening meeting will last until 8:00PM. We will gather again the next morning at 8:30AM, starting our practice at 9:00AM. We will have multiple periods of practice, discussion, and eating together with the retreat ending at 1:30PM.
Food: There will be snacks and a light breakfast offered during the gathering times. There will be a lunch included on Saturday. If there are dietary considerations, please let us know ahead of time.
Location: The Saint Francis Arts Center is located on the campus of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Macon.
Materials: All materials will be provided although you are welcome to bring a notebook if you like.
Registration: You are welcome to register through Eventbrite, although you will be charged their fee. If you wish to pay by check, please contact Jason or Dena first to ensure that space is still available.
Dena Douglas Hobbs, MDiv, served as an ordained United Methodist minister in the South Georgia Annual Conference for six years before leaving parish ministry to raise her two young children. She continues to lead small groups and ministries in her church communities as well as occasionally preaching. She began practicing yoga in Richmond at age 25 when she was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. After coming to know the benefits of breath, movement, and relaxation in her yoga practice, in 2007 she completed a four-month program certifying her as a yoga teacher. She has also completed additional training in yoga and senior adults at Duke University. Dena continues to teach yoga multiple times a week so that she may share these gifts with others. She has walked with several friends and yoga clients through their struggle with anxiety and panic and would love to be able to help a broader audience with her experience. Dena holds a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary (formerly Union Theological) in Richmond, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia (Cum Laude). Last year she released Lighten the Darkness, a devotional for the season of advent. She blogs at Centering Down and other blogs.
Jason B. Hobbs, LCSW, MDiv, is a licensed clinical social worker at Wellston Behavioral Medicine, a private outpatient mental health clinic. He has been in private practice for over ten years in addition to having worked in hospice and homeless services. Jason also pastored a small United Methodist congregation near Savannah for three years. His sermons (edited for the blog) from these years can be found at http://jasonhobbs.blogspot.com/. Jason has led mindfulness training groups in his practice using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. He has been trained in Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy in addition to other therapeutic modalities. He has also presented continuing education courses for the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Meeting in Atlanta. These workshops were entitled Spiritually Sensitive Clinical Practice: Understanding and Honoring Diverse Religious and Spiritual Traditions and Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, and the Therapist: Knowledge and Practice for Clients and Clinicians and Integrating Spiritual Disciplines into Direct Practice. Jason holds a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He has also attended a week long workshop at Duke University on research in spirituality, religion, and health.