Leslie Leyland Fields

Leslie Leyland Fields is the multi-award winning author/editor of eleven books, including The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength and Crossing the Waters, which won a Book of the Year Award in Christian Living from Christianity Today. Leslie speaks internationally at conferences, universities and churches on matters of faith, writing, food and culture. She has taught in undergrad and graduate programs for more than 20 years. Since 2013 she's been leading The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop (with guest writers Ann Voskamp, Philip Yancey, Bret Lott, Luci Shaw, Jeanne Murray Walker) On odd-numbered years, Leslie leads The Lake Michigan Writer's Workshop, teaching all levels of writers the craft and art of spiritual memoir. She lives on two island in Alaska with her (dwindling) family and her aging dog, Sophie, who doesn't realize that the doggie middle years, too, are the best years of life!

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Your Story Matters: How Finding and Writing Your Story Can Save Your Life (and someone else's)

We're often urged to "write our story." What is "our story," why does it matter, and how on earth do we go about this daunting task, especially if we're not a writer? Leslie will get us started in this profound means of preserving family history, spiritual transformation and public witness. (From a forthcoming book, Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing and Living the Truth of Your Life.)

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)
Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 

Michelle Van Loon

Michelle Van Loon has been blogging and speaking for more than a decade about spiritual formation at midlife and beyond. She’s published five books, and is the author of Becoming Sage: Cultivating Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality at Midlife (Moody Publishers, releasing Spring, 2020). She’s contributed to Christianity Today's women's blog, In Touch magazine, theologian Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog, and is the co-founder of ThePerennialGen.com, a website for midlife women and men. Michelle recently earned a graduate certificate from Northern Seminary, and has served as a writer and communications consultant for a church and several ministries. Visit her web site at http://www.michellevanloon.com for a full list of her published credits and recent blog posts.

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Growing Up 2.0: How God Forms and Re-forms us in the Second Half 

The Bible calls us to maturity. What does that really mean – and how do we get there? This workshop will offer an interactive, engaging look at how we grow emotionally and spiritually as well as exploring some of the reasons why midlife is so often a time of pruning, change, challenge, and redirection.

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)
Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 

Patricia Raybon

Patricia Raybon writes top-rated books that help believers move big mountains. An award-winning journalist and essayist, Patricia was a feature writer at The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News for more than a dozen years, then joined the journalism faculty for 16 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She now writes bridge-building books "to inspire people to love God and each other." A regular contributor for Our Daily Bread Ministries and (in)courage at DaySpring, her award-winning books include My First White Friend, I Told the Mountain to Move: Learning to Pray So Things Change, andUndivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she and husband Dan make their home in Colorado. Join her on the journey at patriciaraybon.com 

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Lavishing Your Prodigal With Love — Loving Our Adult Children As God Loves Us

Prodigals happen even in the "best" of families. Some children stray—sometimes extravagantly—no matter how they were parented. In her candid and searching way, Patricia Raybon shares the story of her daughter leaving the Christian faith she was raised in and converting to Islam, becoming a Muslim. What can their journey teach families who can't find a way out of the struggle and conflict they're in? For answers, Patricia offers the path she's on to heal broken relationships in ways the Lord heals us. 

Upcoming Gatherings

Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 

Elisa Morgan

Elisa Morgan was named by Christianity Today as one of the top fifty women influencing today’s church and culture. She has authored over twenty-five books. For twenty years, Elisa served as CEO of MOPS International and now is President Emerita. She speaks internationally and co-hosts Discover the Word for Our Daily Bread Ministries. She also writes for that devotional and her blog, Really, reaches thousands. With her husband of forty years, Evan, she has two grown children and two grandchildren who live near her in Denver, Colorado. Wilson and Winslo, her Rottie-wannabes, take her on walks daily. Connect with Elisa at www.elisamorgan.com

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Hello, Beauty Full

We struggle under the ongoing weight of “not-enough-ness” In our eyes, we’re broken and therefore unlovable and unusable. But God sees us as beautiful creations because he sees us through Jesus. Redefining beauty through God’s perspective frees us to be the women we were always meant to be. 

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)

 
 

Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is a multiple award-winning author of more than a dozen books and co-author of numerous others. She is co-founder of PTSDPerspectives.org, founder of Caregiving Journey on Facebook, a Prison Fellowship seminar presenter to incarcerated women, and speaks and consults across the nation. Shelly can be found at PTSDPerspectives.org, PTSDPerspectives and Caregiving Journey on Facebook, and ShellyBeachOnline.com.

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Jesus’s Lessons for Long-haul Caregiving

Learn how understanding our identity In Christ as we draw strength from The True Vine gives us the wisdom, endurance, and hope to care for our loved ones through the seasons, challenges, and changes of caregiving. Shelly relates personal experiences caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, brain cancer, cerebral palsy, and complex PTSD as she shares principles drawn from Jesus’s ministry of caring for others.

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)
Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 

Judy Douglass

Judy Douglass is a writer, speaker, encourager, advocate. She loves to encourage God’s children—especially His daughters—to be and do all God created them for. She partners with her husband, Steve, to lead Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ globally, is the author of six books and speaks all over the world. Known for her “realness,” Judy writes at www.judydouglass.com. You can find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @judydouglass417. She has three children and nine grandchildren.

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Treasures in the Wilderness

By the time we reach The Wonder Years, we have encountered life’s wilderness—events, losses, betrayal, illness, failure, disappointments that bring confusion, pain, hopelessness, fear and more. But it is in those wilderness spaces of our journey that we discover God at new depths as He provides immeasurable grace and invaluable treasures for our lives. 

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)
Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 
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Recent Books

Making Marriage Beautiful

Marriage in the Middle (working title, 2020)

Dorothy Greco

Dorothy Littell Greco spends her days making photographs and stringing words together. She is the author of Making Marriage Beautiful and the forthcoming Marriage in the Middle (IVP, summer 2020). Dorothy’s work has appeared in Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Missio Alliance, Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives, among many others. She writes about the intersection of faith and contemporary culture, marriage and relationships, leadership, and race. 

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Marriage in the Middle

Midlife is a time unprecedented change. Our parents will pass away, our children will move on, our intimate lives will be affected by the process of aging, and our faith will be tested. Marriage in the middle of life can become more joyful, more intimate, and more satisfying provided that we do our relational and spiritual work.

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)
Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 

Jill Kandel

Jill Kandel grew up in North Dakota, married a man from the Netherlands and spent ten years living in Zambia, Indonesia and England. Her essays have been published in The Missouri Review, Gettysburg ReviewBrevity and Image. Kandel’s work was anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (Penguin Books) Becoming: What Makes a Woman (U of Nebraska), and The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength. Kandel’s first memoir, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village won both the Autumn House Nonfiction Prize and the Sarton Women’s Literary Award. Kandel is currently completing her second memoir which circles around the life of her Dutch father-in-law and his choice of euthanasia to end his life.

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Loving Life after Children

The workshop, Encore: Loving Life after Children, will explore the multiple transitions in a woman’s life as her children leave home, moving from the grief, loneliness and loss experienced to an exploration of self, gifts and passions. A woman’s encore, her next performance, awaits. This second half of life offers her unequaled opportunities to be Christ-like in the world. She has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Upcoming Gatherings

Mt. Hermon, CA (Feb 21 - 23, 2020)
Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 

Sheila Wise Rowe

Sheila is a writer, counselor, spiritual director, and speaker. She writes and speaks about emotional healing, racial trauma, and reconciliation. Sheila is the author of Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience (IVP) and co-author of The Well of Life. She is the Executive Director of The Rehoboth House and co-founder of The Cyrene Movement. Visit thecyrenemovement.com and therehobothhouse.com for more.

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Trauma and Resilience in Every Season

In Genesis 8:22 we read about seasons; "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." In this workshop, Sheila Wise Rowe shares how we cycle through these seasons in mid-life and how these are opportunities for Jesus to transform our trauma into resilience.

Upcoming Gatherings

Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)

 
 
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Lisa Whitaker

Lisa loves life, experiencing different cultures and meeting people. She has traveled to 76 countries and counting!  She earned her Master’s Degree in Christian Formation and Discipleship and is currently staffing a co-hort of Master’s students with on-site intensives in England and South Africa. Serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 28 years she is active in teaching, training and leading discipleship schools, seminars, workshops and retreats. She has experienced and extended hospitality in a very personal way in the 8 countries where she has lived. She loves to tell stories and listen to other’s stories. Currently she is living in New Jersey and inviting others around the table as she cares for her mother.

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ComforTABLE: An Invitation to Create

You are invited to join us in this interactive, brainstorming time filled with stories, concrete ideas and out-of-the-box inspiration! How can you in this season of life create safe and inviting places for others - family, friends, and yes, even strangers? What does a comfortable TABLE look like? What would happen if you let go of the Martha Stewart/Pinterest perfect idea of hospitality?

Let’s embrace the real life, down-to-earth hospitality God may have in mind that can be both simple AND beautiful? Come explore how you can be yourself, have fun and create life-giving, memory-making experiences around the table! (Hint: It’s not really about the table!)

Upcoming Gatherings

Green Lake, WI (Oct 16 - 18, 2020)