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Becoming Re-storied :
A Weekend Retreat of Story, Self-Exploration, and Empathic Encounter

Bethany Retreat House, Dickson, TN

February 22-24, 2019
August 16-18, 2019
November 15-17, 2019

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Cost per person: $350 suggested cost (sliding scale payment options available). All expenses included, including five meals. Limited to 8 people.

Description: Our stories are drowning in the noise of our world. We are not listening well to each other, or to ourselves. Despite our global connectedness, we often feel estranged from even our neighbors. And yet, the call is clear for the need for us all to play our part in healing the divisions around us. It can be difficult to know where to begin—especially if we do not know and own our story. But we all have medicine to offer the world, and we can find it through story.

Over a weekend at the gorgeous Bethany Retreat House in Dickson, Tennessee, you are invited to join author, facilitator, and storyteller Michael T. McRay for an exploration into story. With a group of eight, we will consider our sense of vocation, delve into our own personal narratives, encounter with empathy the stories of each other, practice deep listening, and envision how our stories can lead us toward a fruitful engagement with the needs of our world.

What the world truly needs is more people who are awake and alive to themselves. Learning our stories is part of what will help us to get there.


What Retreatants Have Said

“Becoming Re-storied is a retreat like no other. It is at once a reconnection with your personal journey through life embracing its beauty and ugliness, and a rite of passage of sorts where you capture glimmers of who you are meant to be in this world, and how you can use your gifts to affect positive change … Michael is a rare gift of a facilitator, and this retreat was one of the most worthwhile weekends I have ever spent.” – Julie from Maryville

Perfect mix of internal exploration and reflection in small group setting. I can honestly say I will never listen to someone’s story the same way again! My heart grew…” – Sherri from Chattanooga

“A fulfilling and mind calming retreat. I now know how I can convey my personal story to others and receive and honor others’ stories as a gift from them to me.” – Sherry from Nashville

 “Amazing retreat … Michael deftly guided us as we found our stories. So rewarding and thoughtfully constructed. Honored to have shared life [that] weekend with such amazing humans. Just what I needed to reconnect with myself.” – Kim from Nashville

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