Habits of Presence: AB Conference Prayer Retreat



June 7 - 9, 2024


Come apart and rest awhile.  In this retreat, you will be invited to cultivate habits of attention to the presence of the God who is always present to us.  Begin the weekend learning how to foster an awareness of God in our daily routines.  On Sabbath, explore what it means to desire God’s purposes in ourselves and the world around us.  Discover a simple, yet profound structure of intercessory prayer.  Refresh your spirit through praying alone in nature.  Discover repentance as opening yourself to God’s healing love.  End the weekend with hearing blessings on both the small and the momentous times of our lives and finish with creating blessings of your own. 


Sheila Clark, our retreat leader, is the University Librarian at Burman University.   Upon completion of a two-year spiritual direction program, she co-taught a course Christian spirituality for eight years at Burman University.  She has led groups in the College Heights Church on topics such as, the history and spirituality of hymns, Ruth: 12 moments in every woman’s life, and Ten Ways to Pray.  As a spiritual director believing that God is present and active in every moment of life,  she finds profound joy in providing a welcoming and hospitable space for fellow spiritual travellers to be attentive to the presence of God in their lives. 


The cost for the weekend is $250 per person which covers accommodation, meals, snacks, meeting spaces, handouts, etc.  Pioneer Ranch is one and a half hours from both Edmonton and Calgary.  The registration form has details for etransfer, the address of Pioneer Ranch Camp, and space to share your needs regarding diet.  Please register by May 24.  Your registration will be complete when we have your form and your deposit.  The balance will be due the first week of June.  Once you have registered you will receive an email with details of what to bring.