Offering Connexus/Thrive Classes, Retreats and more

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:18



Get Your Life Back Class

January 2021/Saturday Mornings/8 sessions

Beginning in January on Zoom -  Eight sessions

If you are wanting MORE of the Lord, and less technology, anxiety, depression and chaos - this class is for you!

For class descriptions & more info click here.

THE JOURNEY WITH JESUS Class - Spiritual Stages, Practices & Prayer as You Grow

January 2021/Thursday Mornings/10 sessions

     We are all on a spiritual journey our entire lives from separation and distance from God - to experiencing oneness and union with Him. This is the Good News! and our greatest joy, yet also seemingly are most arduous task. Understanding what is happening in your spirit and prayer life can be really helpful.

More info here.

Contemplative Prayer Class 101

Coming April 2021 !

What is contemplative prayer? How does it differ and why from other types of prayer? What are some practices that can deepen this way of being with God? Do I choose this type of prayer or does God choose it for me as an invitation?

Summer Drop-in Groups/with Christ-centered Spiritual Exercises and Practices

Coming Summer 2021!

An easy summer gathering of life-giving spiritual exercises.  Just drop in each week. 

Each week we will offer a variety of spiritual practices, guided meditations, and opportunities to enliven and deepen your relationship with God.

Save the Date for our In-person Summer Retreat

The weekend of June 18-20th, 20201

More info coming soon.

One-on-One Sacred Space appointments.  Each week I have openings to meet one-on-one with you for Spiritual Direction, or a more directed time of Discipleship/Mentoring or an Immanuel Prayer Session.   The first meeting is complimentary to see if it is a good fit for you. You can simply email or call to find a time that will work for us to meet.  Meeting Locations:  in Palatine and Wheaton, IL and surrounding areas.  Online sessions with Zoom are also available.

Please let us know your intentions by the RSVP date.  Thanks so much!

Fees are non-refundable.



The Connexus/Thrive classes bring that missing link for many Christians in their spiritual journey.  After years of trying everything they are told, like studying their Bibles & praying, having their "quiet time" and serving faithfully -  many still find themselves struggling with the same thing year after year or exhausted from all that effort.   Those that find their way to the Connexus/Thrive materials say "Finally, I understand what was missing and now I know better what I am responsible for and what only God can with and for me." 


These excellent materials are designed to help develop resiliency and life skills, teach the differences between human & spiritual maturity, alongside scriptural studies and an integration of the latest neuroscience.  12 week courses are run by a trained facilitator.  They include DVD teachings and exercises in class and at home, all while building a joyful and safe community.



Restarting is for everyone and wonderfully integrates the Scriptures with the latest neuroscience and psychology.  Whether you think you struggle with addiction or not, you probably know someone who does.   Understanding how our brains are wired for attachment and relationships helps us learn how the effects of trauma, stress and the lack of quieting can actually rewire our brains.

Connexus Restarting is designed to provide a revolutionary new approach to recovery from trauma, addictions, and character issues.

You don't have to be addicted to drugs or alcohol to struggle with using "things" to quiet cravings and emotions.  Fake joy creates similar brain chemistry and can be stimulated by addictions to even such things as food, shopping, busyness, the internet & social media, perfectionism, etc.   All keep us away from the abundant life Jesus offers us.

God created us to live in true biblical joy, which comes only from joyful healthy secure relationships with Him and others.

If you have or want to help others with cravings or addictions and want to acquire or repair relational brain skills & maturity, that were either missed or somehow damaged by the bumps and scrapes of life, Restarting is the class for you. 

  Learn how to heal from life's traumas and find ways to become unstuck in negative emotions- these are just two of the skills you'll acquire here.

Forming is a spiritual formation class for those wanting to grow closer in their relationship with the Lord.  It is also for those who are growing in the spiritual life or for those feeling they are ready for something more or are having a hard time connecting personally to the Lord or hearing His voice.

Forming is for those interested in seeking more intimacy with God and in being formed to be more like His Son our Lord, Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 

Forming is designed to help people move away from performance-driven efforts to live the Christian life and demonstrates how to develop a relationship with God that has enough substance to change us from the inside out.

Belonging is a class that combines people from Restarting and Forming.  It is a level two course that is taken either after you've completed Restarting and/or Forming.  Here we come together to learn how to create belonging and build a thriving relational and joyful community around us.  Instead of always looking to others to help us fit in, we now create a place around ourselves where others can belong.

Belonging helps break down the we/them mentality that often happens when the “weak and strong interact” and helps us all learn how to create belonging around us.  It incorporates relational brain skill training, along with biblical principles and over 60 practical exercises and tools. 

Connexus Belonging is designed to help you grow deeper, life-giving relationships with God and others.

Joyful Journey; Listening to Immanuel - Experiencing God’s presence brings healing, peace and connection. But like any other relationship, experiencing God’s presence takes practice and presence. 

Joyful Journey will teach you how to practice God’s presence every day. Discover how you can enjoy daily guidance and friendship with God, using methods grounded in scripture, spiritual disciplines and cutting-edge neuroscience. 

   Surprising joy. Profound healing. Intimate connection. 

“I have personally used the method often and have been ‘spreading the news’ widely. It has been life changing for so many people!” - Jane Willard, wife of the late Dallas Willard and co-founder of the Shepherd’s House. 


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality & Emotionally Relationship Courses:

Many wonder what is wrong within our churches today.  Why are people not changing and growing more loving?  These two courses have a key concept that "It's impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature."  The course EHS challenges you to look beneath the surface with God and experience lasting transformation in your relationship with Him.  The EHR course gives practical relational skills to love as Jesus loves.

Sacred Rhythms- Spiritual Practices that Nourish Your Soul and Transform Your Life 

Join us for this six session gathering, as we draw on the imagery found in the natural rhythms of the created order.  "Sacred Rhythms explores the practices that spiritual seekers and growing disciples have used throughout history to grow closer to God." -Ruth Haley Barton

Hearing God Curriculum

This series & class features teachings with the late Dallas Willard, and also includes conversations with friends Richard Foster, as they discuss biblically based concepts and practices around hearing God's voice. 

"Is it not, in fact, more presumptuous to undertake human existence without hearing God?" - Dallas Willard

We often facilitate retreats for times of quiet, connection and community.

ALL RETREATS ARE subject to the Covid 19 restrictions.

Due to the recent increase in numbers, all retreats will be held online with Zoom currently.

Upcoming Retreats!

Save the Date for our Summer Retreat/In-Person

Weekend of June 18-20th, 2021




“. . . it is presumptuous in me to wish to choose my path, because I cannot tell which path is best for me. I must leave it to the Lord, Who knows me, to lead me by the path which is best for me, so that in all things His will may be done.” 

St Teresa of Avila; Interior Castle


"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes."  Eph 4:11-16

Some photos from our Retreats... Each one is unique!

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