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Women’s Retreat – The Yellow Brick Road of our Becoming: The Great Summon of Sobriety

January 19 @ 3:00 pm - January 22 @ 12:00 pm


Guest House in conjunction with ICAP

invites you to a retreat for Women Religious in 12 Step Recovery.

“The Yellow Brick Road of our Becoming: The Great Summon of Sobriety”


January 19-22, 2017

Fort Myers Beach, FL



This 3 1/2-day seminar will be held at the Diamondhead Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Space is limited, so register today! Due to the generosity of our Guest House benefactors and a $50 subsidy from ICAP (Inter-Congregational Addiction Program), a large portion of the retreat expense for each attendee will be underwritten. The registration fee for this event is $449 (a $875 value) and includes all presentations, three nights’ lodging and 7 meals. To ensure a room, registration must be received by December 16.  After December 16 all remaining rooms will be released back to the hotel and registration will be accepted on a room availability basis.

Retreat Leader

Avis Clendenen 2015Avis Clendenen – Avis joins celebrating recovery for the sacred hours of “The Yellow Brick Road of our Becoming: The Great Summons of Sobriety” as part of an evolving ministry over the past number of years as she prepares to retire from university theological and ministerial education and move into the art of offering retreats. She is professor emerita of religious studies and the Sister Irene Dugan, r.c.  Scholar in Spirituality at Saint Xavier University in Chicago where she continues to serve as special assistant to the President.

Avis is a long time Mercy Associate with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas/ West Midwest Community. The reflections she will share arise from her 35 years on the journey in recovery, distilling wisdom from the striving, struggle and delight in living the blessings and challenges of the great summons to life and life abundant.

Retreat Theme Description

“The Yellow Brick Road of our Becoming: The Great Summons of Sobriety” is an imaginative retreat that takes seriously the legendary French Jesuit-scientist, priest and mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin conviction that “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” During these days we will explore and celebrate working a program of recovery that restored us to sanity and more—like Dorothy, once a-twirl in a whirlwind of terror and confusion, we found the road and the ruby slippers to take us home to ourselves. We think and feel and laugh again. We will do these things these holy hours. We will dream of continued new beginnings. There is safety at our tables of hope where we step each day into a new future; finding enough for our journey on the yellow brick road of our becoming women of serenity in sobriety.

Hotel Check-in time 3:00pm and check-out 11:00am.

The closest airport is Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).  The commute from the airport to the Hotel is approx. 1 hour.  Recommended Transportation Company to and from airport: Comfort Transportation-www. comfortontheweb.com or 239-745-2845. Please arrange transportation prior to arrival; mention Guest House for a rate each way of $45. This rate is a per vehicle rate for up to three passengers.


January 19 @ 3:00 pm
January 22 @ 12:00 pm


Colleen Richards


DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa
2000 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 United States
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