Finding your life's calling is no small matter! Each of us seeks this discovery through our work, relationships, and personal pursuits. Frederick Buechner says calling is found in “the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
My deep gladness has been found in times and spaces where I have gotten out of the everyday busyness of life and to be still. Being outdoors in the woods or near water has typically made this experience even more meaningful. Times like these have shown me where my personal rhythms and relationships needed to be put in balance or reshuffled. These experiences have profoundly shaped me and made my life better in countless ways.
I am convinced every person needs this sort of experience. People need times and spaces to discover how their rhythms and relationships need restoration. They need a place where they can be shaped and be able to thrive in life. Each year I take steps towards my long term dream of creating a Retreat Center to provide the people of Bloomington–Normal a retreat center that provides experiences that enable them to thrive in life.
My first visit to a retreat center was in Spring City, TN when I was 7 years old, and I've wanted to implement something similar here in Central Illinois ever since. Over the past 15+ years, I've had a variety of opportunities to move forward with a retreat center project, but hadn't had the perfect opportunity — until recently. I've been feeling like the time is now to move forward with a retreat center project here in Central IL, which is something I've wanted to be a part of for a very long time.
The challenge with this project, so far anyway, has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to materialize. I've also been challenged in learning the needs & opportunities for this type of space to best benefit the community. We're hoping to see results from this development project soon. We're in the beginning stages of formalizing our vision for this; our goal is to create a space for people to connect with themselves, with others, with world, & with God.
For now, take a look at our vision document. I would love to connect with anyone who resonates with the concept!