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Welcome to Desert Sojourn Retreats! 

Spirit in the Desert is honored to welcome the “Bishop Biker” – Bishop Jim Hazelwood to host this “Everyday Spirituality” retreat on February 18-20, 2020! 

Jim’s path to ministry was unconventional. Before becoming bishop of the New England Synod of the ELCA,   Hazelwood was an ice cream scooper, disc jockey, professional photographer and a parish pastor! While at California Lutheran University, he revitalized a college radio station, launched an underground newspaper and brought the first punk rock concert to a Christian college auditorium. As an “unchurched” summer counselor at a Lutheran outdoor camp, he became interested in environmental education, politics, justice, and Christian mysticism. These varied experiences all helped him formulate the concept for his new book, Everyday Spirituality…Discover a Life of Hope, Peace & Meaning, encouraging readers to “reverse-engineer” spirituality–that is, to discover how God is a part of simple, everyday activities.” His book was released August 27, 2019, and will be at the retreat for only $11 each!

What’s happening at this Everyday Spirituality Retreat? Using the concepts from his book, Jim will help us discover that spiritual life can be found in our everyday ordinary activities like: Laughing – Cooking – Walking – Breathing – Tasting – Gardening—all of the above—are expressions of the sacred and holy in our lives. After an introduction to this ancient/future way of understanding the spiritual life, we’ll spend our time practicing this spirituality through photography and writing–neither of which you have to have any expertise–amateurs welcome!

This retreat will be marked by a delightful mix of laughter, good food, exercise and connecting with new friends! We’ll wrap it all together as Everyday Spirituality. It is open to all: Lay people, Pastors, Church Leaders-–anyone wanting to explore what it means to practice Everyday Spirituality. Listen to Jim at: http://bishoponabikepodcast.com/

For the brochure click here for more info, including costs, current schedule, etc.

To Register: contact Cyndy Warnier, Program & Development Director (480) 488-5218 — cyndy@spiritinthedesert.org