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Finding joy alongside life’s difficulties: Tending to Life retreat

Most of us experience some degree of pain and suffering that makes it difficult to be present with and enjoy life. This suffering can also bring us home to ourselves, where the Divine can teach us.

Blog post author and retreat facilitator Sister Corbin Hannah, SP

The suffering that led me home most recently was a traumatic brain injury. This injury dramatically altered my life and left me with relentless pain and fatigue. All of my usual ways of dealing with my physical and emotional life did not help. In moment after moment of surrender, I yearned for and sought after another way. Slowly, the path unfolded before me.

Life in the midst of suffering

Over the last few years, through Divine guidance, I have learned new approaches to life. I have picked up new practices that help me tend to my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life. The Tending to Life retreat was born from this journey. I hope to offer what I have learned with others, so that they too may find Life even in the midst of suffering.

This retreat is for anyone who is looking for another way to engage with life. Whether you are experiencing overwhelm, burn out, chronic health issues or are just feeling lost, this retreat will offer you the space to discover a path forward. Together we will explore practical ways that I have found to accept and allow life just as it is. We will develop the capacity to tend to our life with care and compassion. Finally, we will lean into practices that help us find joy, gratitude and connection alongside our difficulties.

Thriving and not just surviving

I want retreatants to leave with skills to navigate their lives. Skills that will help them thrive and not just survive. I have learned that when we learn to tend to ourselves, our whole world benefits. When we are more capable of being present and kind to ourselves, this ripples out into all of our relationships.

Most importantly, my desire for each retreatant is to find connection with themselves and the Divine. I hope that they will leave with a deeper relationship with the Life that is living through them and know that they are not alone. We all have unique journeys and no one skill or practice is going to fit everyone. It is through this relationship that we can listen and move with the Divine, no matter what our personal or communal journeys look like.

Are you ready for a change? Are you willing to step up and show up for your life, even when it is painful? Are you open to listen to and partner with Divine Love, allowing your life to unfold in ways you never imagined? Then I invite you to consider joining us as we choose to tend to the life within so that we can better tend to the life of the world.

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Sister Corbin Hannah

Sister Corbin Hannah

Sister Corbin has been a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods since 2009. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and is currently ministering at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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  1. Avatar Mary Tomlinson on April 19, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Corbin. Your retreat sounds very fulfilling. I’m not in town that weekend. If I were , I’d consider attending. Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly a Providence Woman willing to be transparent and learning from your journey. Thank you.

  2. Avatar Connie SP on April 19, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks Corbin for all the inner work you have done to be able to find joy in your life. Such an example if the paschal mystery. I pray that those who most need to join you for this retreat will do so.
    Connie SP

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