Bethany Retreat Center

The Spiritual Practice of Wonder: Appreciating the Gift of our Bodies

The Spiritual Practice of Wonder

 Appreciating the Gift of our Bodies

October 20-23, 2022

Presenter:  Award winning author, Anne Kertz Kernion

Our bodies are incredible gifts. During this retreat, we will explore new research on our brains and bodies, discoveries that quite possibly will leave you awestruck. We’ll review the qualities of “Wonder” and “Awe,” and why experiencing these are so good for our spirits, minds and bodies. We will spend time with the recommended practices, ones that help us sleep, nurture our health, recover from all of life’s challenges, and honor the gift we’ve been given. 

Anne Kertz Kernion (BS in Environmental Engineering, Penn State; MA in Theology, Duquesne University, Certificate in Science of Happiness, UC Berkeley, graduate certificate in Positive Psychology, U. of Missouri) is the owner/ artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. She is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics combining neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality to groups across the United States and Australia.  

Her book, (published by Loyola Press) Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Body, Mind and Soul, has won several awards for Spirituality, Science and Wellness.    For 14 years, Anne taught “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning” at Carlow University. For seven years, she was also an adjunct professor at CCAC, teaching courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics. Her first book, “A Year of Spiritual Companionship,” was published in 2016. Anne is married to Jack and they have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren.


Offering: $298.00 (Cost includes accommodations, all meals & retreat)
Deposit: $75.00
Arrival: 3:00-5:00 pm on Thursday
Departure:  12:00 pm on Sunday

*Commuter Option Available. Call to inquire.

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“To be with other people on the same journey as I, was so refreshing and encouraging. I made some new connections while learning that creative and spiritual practices are good for us physically.”

~2021 Retreat Attendee

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