Women's Retreat: "Journey of Living: We Were Made for These Times"

Friday, February 24, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017

Inspired by "Women of Wisdom: Empowering the Dreams and Spirit of Women", by Kris Steinnes. Limited quantities of the book are available in the bookstore.

Investment: $295, $325, $355.
Registration in Fellowship Hall. A deposit of $75 will hold your space for this event.

Held at Alton Collins Retreat Center, 32867 SE Highway 211, Eagle Creek, OR 97022

"One of the most calming and powerful actions that intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, and causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to demonstrate compassion; both are acts of immense bravery and the greatest call. We were made for these times!" Translated from "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.


Rev. Barbara Wuest

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Guest Minister
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Rev. Barbara Wuest graduated from Western Oregon University in 1982 with a teaching degree in Mathematics & Physical Education, along with a minor in Psychology. After working as a teacher for 3 years, she changed focus to work in a computer company in Beaverton.

1989 was the “new beginning” for Barbara. Her father had just died, she was going through a divorce becoming a single parent of a 4-year old, and then an amazing God moment occurred! “It is amazing how there was a door open for me, that I never saw until I decided to begin walking again on this Spiritual path.” Walking through this door, Barbara began taking numerous classes at her Spiritual church, becoming more and more comfortable with New Thought and how perfectly it fit into her life.

After two years of classes, Barbara went to a new spiritual community to be in leadership on the board, and then created/gave Sunday sermons during the ministers’ vacations. Naturally this led Barbara into the desire to further her studies and in 2000/2001 she became a licensed and ordained minister.

Rev. Barb began volunteering at NTCSL in 2010 and was then hired as the assistant minister by the end of that year. In addition to her work at NTCSL, Rev. Barb is fortunate to have the opportunity to speak in a variety of churches in Oregon, mainly on the coast. “I love meeting people from many different denominations and sharing our stories of spiritual growth! I am truly blessed.”

In June 2016, Rev. Barb begin a new chapter in her life. She will be spreading hugs and joy everywhere she goes now!

“Joy is the way it is! I love to have fun, laugh and share the many things I have learned from my life experience AND I enjoy hearing about how others have come to their own spiritual awareness in their lives.

Come into my life and live JOY! Let’s laugh, cry and BE together. That’s what I truly want!”

Susan Buckley

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Guest Speaker

Susan Buckley’s work and service in the world are based in two things: Love and the Truth of Our Divinity. Susan is an educator, mentor, author, compassionate listener and inspirational speaker. Through her work as the "Voice of Enthusiasm," she evokes each person’s unique nature and natural opening to remembering and expressing their divinely guided lives. Since early childhood, she has known and communicated with the Presence of All That Is. Her life is dedicated to sharing the wisdom she receives in passionate, practical and playful ways.

While having been a business manager and owner for more than 30 years, Susan’s heart and personal practice has always focused in the realms of spirituality and wellbeing. Studies throughout her life in Nature, Ayurveda, Reiki, Human Energy Systems, Science of Mind/New Thought, Core Energetics and Body Psychotherapy, inform her unique perspectives and approaches to life and service.

Susan also facilitates women’s groups and retreats and has provided training, mentoring and worldwide community connections for self-publishing authors; having served more than 1,000 authors, from 20 countries, in finding and sharing their unique voice and messages with the world. “Each of us is born with a unique gift and legacy for our family, our community and world. It is my great honor to inspire others to find that gift and share it with the world.”


I love this community

– Sue B.

I am so grateful for this beloved community. We are so blessed!

– Phil M.

My heart overflows with gratitude, love, and joy as I remember the countless magical moments I have shared with my spiritual family.

– Chuck W.

I embody the principles of New Thought in my everyday life and it makes such a positive difference in all that I do and all that I touch -- in my counseling practice and in my spiritual practitioner practice.

– Dave K.
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