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Spiritual Journaling & Retreat with Vonda Drees

Inspired by the Wholeness Wheel, spiritual wellness is living a centered life focused on God to affect each aspect of our well-being through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music.  In this exploration we come to know more about ourselves and our God.

This Lenten season we are offering a variety of opportunities to help you live spiritually well starting with the following activities featuring Vonda Drees, Venice Williams and Heather Lee:
Thurs, Feb. 11, 3:00-4:30 and 6:30-8:00… Holy Grounds Cafe at Mt. Carmel Lutheran, Milwaukee… two offerings of the same session. These sessions will provide in-depth conversation about the practice of spiritual journaling. You’ll have an opportunity to page through Vonda Drees’ journals and have hands-on, step-by-step lessons through the process. All materials are provided, unless you’d also like to bring your own.
Cost: $20
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You are also invited to attend these related events:

Fri, Feb. 12, 11:00-1:00… Body & Soul Healing Arts Center, Milwaukee
As Venice Williams reads one of her Lenten devotions, Vonda will do a live demonstration of the journaling process. Then, with a little guidance we all will try our hands at creating a journaling response as another devotion is read. A time to listen, create, share and eat!

Sat, Feb. 13, 1:00-3:00… Kingo Lutheran, Shorewood
This is a Moment of Retreat on Valentine’s Day Weekend to explore the dimensions of love in the depths of winter. It will be a creative and restorative afternoon of silent meditation, Lectio Divina, spiritual journaling, light yoga, contemplative dialogue, and song grounded in First Corinthians 13. Vonda Drees is delighted to be joining Heather Lee in this moment of retreat.

Vonda Drees

About Vonda Drees:

Vonda Drees uses her artistic gifts and passion for art journaling to create images and stories that she freely shares with others through her blog and through LEAD resources that support faith practices for individuals and congregations. Vonda is a connector between leaders across the world using collaborative art projects to teach and inspire. Vonda is also a popular retreat leader, walking beside participants as they embark on their own journaling journeys. In Vonda’s own words:

Art journaling is a way for me to process the Spirit’s stirring via scripture, reflections, poetry, and music. If it catches my attention, I do my best to listen and respond.

To see more of Vonda’s work, visit:

About Venice Williams:

Venice Williams is the Executive Director of Alice’s Garden and its visionary leader.  She calls herself a cultural and spiritual midwife, strongly believing she was put in Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people and places.  She has been doing just that in Milwaukee for the past twenty-three years.

Heather Lee

About Heather Lee:

Heather Lee Schmidt Albinger is a member of Lake Park Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation in Milwaukee where she is an active lay leader.  She is the author of the book This Moment of Retreat, which encourages listening to healing song being sung in all that is now. Heather is a Benedictine oblate at the Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, a teacher, a retreat facilitator, a wife, and a mother. She is particularly interested in cultivating deepening connections to God through contemplative practices of silent meditation, lectio divina, contemplative dialogue, personal retreat, and listening with the ear of the heart.  Her book, songs, and other work can be found on her website at

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