Breathing Space

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We have a magical wonderland setting for our Advent Retreat!
12/04/2016

We have a magical wonderland setting for our Advent Retreat!

11/28/2016

There are still a couple rooms open for next Sunday's Advent Retreat of Silence. Do you want to come?

Registration is open for the 2016 24 Hour Retreat of Silence on December 4-5 at Bishop Lane Retreat House! Click below f...
08/29/2016
Welcome to Breathing Space - Retreats

Registration is open for the 2016 24 Hour Retreat of Silence on December 4-5 at Bishop Lane Retreat House! Click below for more details and registration information.

It is often said that we don't "drift" into growth. Growth and change requires intentional action on our part. While God is the only One who has the power to change us and grow us into the people He created us to be, we are responsible to put ourselves in the place where God has our full attention....

01/30/2016

Loving being with the women of West Ridge Community Church!

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12/14/2015

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50 women. 24 hours of silence. 14 spiritual practices and experiences. 24 massages. 15 worship dancers. 12 listening pra...
12/08/2015

50 women. 24 hours of silence. 14 spiritual practices and experiences. 24 massages. 15 worship dancers. 12 listening prayer appointments. 12 bedtime prayer appointments. 50 hearts prepared for Advent. :)

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09/15/2015

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Breathing Space's cover photo
09/15/2015

Breathing Space's cover photo

09/09/2014

"Among the practices that can help us attend to soul care at a basic level are solitude and silence. We practice these by finding ways to be alone and away from talk and noise. We rest, we observe, we “smell the roses”—dare we say it?—we do nothing. This discipline can be used of God as a means of grace. In it we may even find another reminder of grace—that we are saved, justified by His redeeming power—not by our strivings and achievements." Dallas Willard

Have you registered for the Advent Retreat yet? http://conta.cc/1afZYLE
10/26/2013
Have you registered for the Advent Retreat yet?

Have you registered for the Advent Retreat yet? http://conta.cc/1afZYLE

The 24 Hour Advent Retreat of Silence is only four weeks away! It will be held Sunday, November 24th to Monday, November 25th at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford.  There are still a few openings, and Sibyl Towner, Joan Kelley and I are excited about how God is leading and directing this year's...

10/15/2013

Just a reminder: tomorrow is the deadline for early-bird registrations for the Advent Retreat!

09/14/2013

The first 20 registrations are in! We are 1/3 filled already!

Advent Retreat registration is open! http://conta.cc/15QZ54t
09/09/2013
Advent Retreat registration is open!

Advent Retreat registration is open! http://conta.cc/15QZ54t

It is almost impossible for me to believe that the time is already upon us to begin planning for Advent... but summer is waving goodbye, and fall is approaching quickly with its invitation to begin preparing our heart for what lies ahead... Christmas.

For what is creation longing? (Or is it: What is creation longing for?) Either way, come find out! http://conta.cc/12orv...
06/26/2013
For what is creation longing? (Or is it: What is creation longing for?) Either way, come find out!

For what is creation longing? (Or is it: What is creation longing for?) Either way, come find out! http://conta.cc/12orvkn

Breathing Space Services Breathing Space offers spiritual retreats, one-on-one spiritual direction, the faciliation of small group experiences, and leadership consulting, team-building and renewal retreats for your ministry or staff team.  Tiffany is also available as a speaker or teacher for your c...

06/06/2013

Worship in the Gardens begins tomorrow morning at 7 am! It's beautiful, diverse and inspiring. And there's Panera bagels and coffee. :)

Have you ever worshipped in the Gardens? http://conta.cc/173AFux
05/29/2013
Have you ever worshipped in the Gardens?

Have you ever worshipped in the Gardens? http://conta.cc/173AFux

Breathing Space Services Breathing Space offers spiritual retreats, one-on-one spiritual direction, the faciliation of small group experiences, and leadership consulting, team-building and renewal retreats for your ministry or staff team.  Tiffany is also available as a speaker or teacher for your c...

05/13/2013

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
do more and become more, you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams

Give Yourself the Gift of a Retreat this Mother's Day! http://conta.cc/YVNItb
04/15/2013
Give Yourself the Gift of a Retreat this Mother's Day!

Give Yourself the Gift of a Retreat this Mother's Day! http://conta.cc/YVNItb

Breathing Space Services Breathing Space offers spiritual retreats, one-on-one spiritual direction, the faciliation of small group experiences, and leadership consulting, team-building and renewal retreats for your ministry or staff team.  Tiffany is also available as a speaker or teacher for your c...

03/08/2013

Jesus reminds his disciples that they cannot stay basking in the glory of God on the mountaintop. They must go down into the valley of human need. And so must we. But as we work to feed the hungry, we must also remember to draw our own sustenance from our glimpses of God. In all the activity that is required of us as God's partners, there must also be stillness, for in this stillness we can hear God's voice in our lives and the will of God working in the world." Desmond Tutu

03/08/2013

I am so looking forward to being with the USANA women tomorrow!

02/28/2013

"Great leaders are comfortable making others uncomfortable for a vision of a greater good. They understand that keeping others happy perpetuates the status quo. And they’re willing to risk being liked for being extraordinary." - Jenni Catron

02/08/2013

God of life, When our lives have no music in them,
When our hearts are lonely
And our souls have lost their courage,
Flood the path with light,
Turn our hearts to skies full of promise,
And quicken our spirits
With the memory of your heroes and saints;
Through Christ our Lord. -St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE)

01/15/2013

If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death.

Merry Christmas from Breathing Space http://conta.cc/Vgj0UJ
12/21/2012
Merry Christmas from Breathing Space

Merry Christmas from Breathing Space http://conta.cc/Vgj0UJ

 2012 Advent Retreat of Silence Ushered in Advent   The 2012 Advent Retreat of Silence brought together 62 women from more than 22 different churches. They arrived at Bishop Lane Retreat Center from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and even Germany... yes, Germany! (Okay, so she didn't come fr...

12/21/2012

God, we have heard it, sounding in the silence:
News of the children lost to this world's violence.
Children of promise! Then without a warning,
Loved ones are mourning.

Jesus, you came to bear our human sorrow;
You came to give us hope for each tomorrow.
You are our life, Lord God's own love revealing.
We need your healing!

Heal us from giving weapons any glory;
Help us, O Prince of Peace, to hear your story;
Help us resist the evil all around here;
May love abound here!

By your own Spirit, give your church a clear voice;
In this world's violence, help us make a new choice.
Help us to witness to the joy your peace brings,
Until your world sings!

-Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

12/11/2012

In Mary, the Word of God chose to be silent for the season measured by God. She, too, was silent; in her the light of the world shone in darkness. Today, in many souls, Christ asks that he may grow secretly, that he may be the light shining in the darkness. In the seasons of our Advent - waking, working, eating, sleeping, being - each breath is a breathing of Christ into the world. -The Reed of God

12/10/2012

"Advent is about making room in my life - my heart, mind and spirit - for God's blessing through Jesus' birth. When that holy day comes, I want to have a spacious heart ready for God's gift of love." Beth Richardson

12/04/2012

I who live by words, am wordless when
I try my words in prayer. All language turns
To silence. Prayer will take my words and then
Reveal their emptiness. The stilled voice learns
To hold its peace, to listen with the heart
To silence that is joy, is adoration.
The self is shattered, all words torn apart
In this strange patterned time of contemplation
That, in time, breaks time, breaks words, breaks me,
And then, in silence, leaves me healed and mended.
I leave, returned to language, for I see
Through words, even when all words are ended.
I, who live by words, am wordless when
I turn me to the Word to pray.
Amen.
- Madelaine L'Engle (The Weather of the Heart)

12/02/2012

Only hours away from the Annual 24 Hour Advent Retreat of Silence! Such a rich way to begin Advent... in community with 66 other women all in silence. Its a beautiful thing.

11/19/2012

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. - Indira Gandhi

11/15/2012

Okay, I have finally given in and started tweeting. :) For those of you "tweeters" follow me @tiffany_staman.

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