Light from the Shadows

The Chapel at Honey Creek as Morning Prayer was about to beginThis second of three Journey to Wholeness retreats, called Light from the Shadows, taught techniques for greater self awareness about negative aspects of our personality using dream work, personality types, artwork and even the annoying people in our lives. Joan leads a Visual Journaling breakout sessionThe event was well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy and benefit from the program (and the time at Honey Creek). We even got to share Friday evening's Celtic Evening Prayer liturgy with the Deacons of the Diocese of Georgia as their conference coincided with the retreat.

Below are pictures of the weekend, click on any photo to see a larger version of it. Then further down you can see the information on what was covered and who presented.


A wine and cheese reception began the retreat.


Jacqui Belcher speaks in the opening session on Shadow work.

The chapel at Honey Creek during the breakout session on Centering Prayer.

A participant makes a mandala, art created within a circle
which is made freely and then interpreted.


Breakfast in the Honey Creek dining hall.

A group dream exercise in the Saturday general session.

The theme for the Advent 2007 retreat was Light from the Shadows. During this retreat, retreatants discovered how Jung's concept of your shadow can help one take the next step on your own spiritual journey.

The basic idea is that each of us has aspects that remain hidden. These parts of ourselves both good and bad come out in dreams. They also manifest in hidden strengths we are afraid to tap into. This retreat used dream work and information gleaned from personality type and other methods to help participants come to better understand more about her or his self. It was an overnight journey into tools for better self awareness so that one can more fully become the person God created you to be.


Friday, November 30, 2007

5:30 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Opening session
8 p.m. First break out sessions
9 p.m. Celtic evening prayer

Saturday, December 1, 2007

7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Morning general session
9:30 a.m. Saturday break out sessions
11 a.m. Final general session
12 noon Lunch
1 p.m. Celtic Eucharist
2 p.m. depart for home

The Light From the Shadows retreat opened with a casual wine and cheese reception prior to dinner at 6 p.m. This gave those of us who have already arrived for the event a chance to know each other a little better.

The main sessions began at 7 p.m. and  introduced the concept of the shadow with several of the presenters tag teaming the introduction.

Following the main session, about 45 minutes was devoted to break-out sessions. Breakout sessions Friday evening were:
Judy Carter: Faithbooking
Linda McCloud: Centering Prayer
Victoria Logue: Intro to Dreamwork
Joan Killian: Visual journaling

The evening concluded with Celtic Evening Prayer at 9 p.m.

Saturday morning began with optional Celtic Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast. The main session began at 8:30 a.m. and was devoted to collective dreamwork, using dreams from the previous night as well as those that occured since registering for the retreat. This session was led by Carlene Taylor.

Following the morning general session, we held the Saturday break out sessions, of two 45-minute sessions on:

Judy Carter: Faithbooking
Linda McCloud: Centering Prayer
Frank Logue: Enneagram Personality Typing
Victoria Logue: Symbolic Art and Mandalas
Jacqui Belcher: Virgin Mary

The last Saturday general session at 11 a.m. told how to benefit from the annoying people in one's life and offered an opportunity for reflecting on the weekend and giving feedback. The closing Celtic Eucharist followed lunch.

Below you will find brief bios and descriptions of some of the breakout sessions below including links the the home work which preceeded the retreat.

Retreat Leaders

The Rev. Frank Logue is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary. In June of that year, he and his family moved to Camden County to plant a new Episcopal Church in Kingsland. As part of the vision for this church plant, Frank recognized the importance of offering a variety of ways for people to experience spirituality—from the Labyrinth to Anglican Prayer Beads to Stations of the Cross and more. This has since expanded into the vision of the Journey to Wholeness Retreats, which allow the Diocese and beyond to explore spirituality.

Frank led a breakout session on the Enneagram, another form of personality typing that is a wonderful tool in working with one’s shadow aspects. To discover your Enneagram type, you can take a free online test at: Then use the free RHETI sampler.

Victoria Steele Logue is a Tertiary in the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis. A trained labyrinth facilitator, she holds a Lay Degree in Theology from Virginia Theological Seminary. She has attended numerous retreats on both Celtic Spirituality and Dreamwork.

Victoria led breakout sessions on an introduction to dreamwork on Friday and on Symbolic Art and Mandalas on Saturday. The dreamwork session included one method for working with one's dreams in addition to the introduction; the art session allowed participants to use various materials to create a piece of art followed by a discussion on what the piece symbolizes for the artist as well as the opportunity to create mandalas and some of the symbolism behind this form of art that was so important to Carl Jung.

Carlene Holder Taylor, LPC, NCC
, is a partner at Family Matters Counseling, an outpatient psychotherapy practice in St. Marys, Georgia. She has been involved for more than ten years in the Journey into Wholeness conferences and seminars, which explored the relationship between modern spirituality and the psychology of Carl Jung, and recently ended its program after 30 years.

Carlene is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association – Past Board of Directors Member, and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.

Carlene led a breakout session on the Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II, which helped participants understand their personality and its shadows. To find out your Temperament type, you can take a free online test at:

The Rev. Linda McCloud
is Founding Pastor of The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek. Prior to moving to Waverly, Linda served as Vicar of St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church, Moultrie, Georgia.

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee and did additional graduate work at St. George’s College, Jerusalem. Before attending seminary Linda was instrumental in the formation of the Atlanta chapter of Contemplative Outreach, International.

Linda led breakout sessions on Centering Prayer which included a brief discussion of the method as well as the actual practice of Centering Prayer for twenty-minute intervals. Time was allowed for discussion after the prayer time.

Those who have practiced Centering Prayer for many years recommend that we pray in this way twice a day for twenty minutes at a time. This is easier said than done, and easier for some than for most. But the rewards are great as eventually Centering Prayer gets “into your bones” and you will find yourself more able to go about your daily tasks with a sense of calm and a sense of the presence of God. Developing this practice as a habit of the heart is really is worth the effort.

The Rev. Joan Kilian
is the rector of Trinity, Statesboro. Prior to that, she served at The Church of Our Savior, Martinez as both assistant rector and interim rector. She helped create the labyrinth garden at Our Savior and has led workshops and retreats involving the labyrinth, icons, spiritual gifts, and art & spirituality.

“Visual Journaling is a practice that allows individuals to be reflective in a way that goes deeper than words are able,” she said. “Images, like music, can often express far more than what we can articulate. Drawing on the right side of the brain, the individual is able to explore thoughts, feelings or even emotions through images and shapes and colors that reveal truths that might otherwise be only abstractions, out of reach of words. This workshop was a brief introduction into the process that unlocks what is deep with us.”

Jacqui Belcher
has been studying and speaking on fascinating, faithful women found in the Bible and throughout Christian history for several years. The Blessed Virgin Mary is her favorite, perhaps because of the mysterious nature of her life and legacy. A former teacher and Franciscan Tertiary, Jacqui moved to Savannah 27 years ago to work for the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. She has been its Communications Officer since 1995.

Jacqui led a session on Mary: Living in the Shadows of the Gospel.

“The mother of Jesus is but a shadowy figure for one who has such a key role in this powerful event – the redemption of humankind. Was it cultural mores that stopped the hand of the gospel writers from saying more, or did Mary, herself, keep to the shadows? And what finally put her into the spotlight? It’s all a bit of a mystery. Become a scripture detective for an hour or so and let’s see what unravels!” she said.

Judy Carter
, a Creative Memories and Faithbooking Consultant, led breakout sessions on Faithbooking as it relates to working with one's shadow.

Judy explained, “While experiencing my husband’s call to the priesthood, I came to enjoy documenting our journey with photos, writing journal entries and collecting memorabilia. In 2003, Creative Memories Co-Founder introduced the concept of “Faithbooking” as a sideline to our direct sales business, giving it title. In 2004, when Will graduated seminary, I had completed two volumes of albums titling them: Journey to Priesthood.”

To register, contact Honey Creek at (912) 265-9218 or honeycreekga[at]

For more information, email shalom[at]


Power for the Forgiving
This fall weekend on forgiveness was a big success, click on the link above to see photos from the event, which will give you an idea of the setting and accommodations for future retreats.

Light from the Shadows

Learn how the concept of your shadow
can help you see God’s light.
November 30-December 1, 2007

Water in the Desert
Explore ways to become a tree planted by
a stream in the desert places of life.
February 1-2, 2008


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The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia + 611 East Bay St. + Savannah, Georgia

Honey Creek Camp and Conference Center + 299 Episcopal Conference Center Rd. + Waverly, Georgia

King of Peace Episcopal Church + 6230 Laurel Island Parkway + Kingsland, Georgia

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