Retreats, Book Clubs, and Workshops

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Melanie carries a unique voice that is both grounded and imaginative. Her ability to foster conversations where personal experiences transform into profound life lessons makes her a captivating speaker and thought leader. I am incredibly grateful for voices like Melanie’s, whose willingness to lead with courage, wisdom, and empathy has undoubtedly impacted my life and many others.

-Natalie Brown, author of Fifty-Two Cups of Coffee and former Sojourners fellow

I’m thrilled to announce that I am starting to offer some poetry and prayer workshops, retreats, and book clubs! I always share these opportunities first in my newsletter (hint: sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page to be the first to know about future options :), and then I post them here, on the website.


“Communing with Trees” Day Retreat

Trees are Kin. Trees are Prophets. Trees are Medicine and Haven, Witness and Beings. They have much to offer us in these challenging times. Join us on Saturday, September 24th from 10am-3pm Eastern for a spacious day of deepening our awareness of the Sacred through time among the trees of a private home located on 100 acres in Leesburg, Virginia, 38 of which constitute an arboretum with many large trees and specimens collected from the Pacific Northwest. The arboretum sits on a hilltop with sunrise over the Catoctin mountains, sunset over the Blue Ridge, and beautiful vistas in all directions.

Our time together will include introductions to each other and to the topic, suggested practices, and small group discussions; and, of course, we’ll enjoy spacious time to wander the forested grounds in individual quiet reflection. We hope to continue weaving connections with these amazing beings who offer beauty and wisdom to meet our hearts’ longing.

Our day together will be informed by articles from Geez magazine Issue 57, Co2Conspirators: Communing with Trees. A copy of this issue is included in the registration price, and will be mailed to participants ahead of the retreat, time permitting.

Participants should bring a journal, water bottle, lawn chair, and lunch. Just as our hosts and leaders will be fully vaccinated, all participants will need to show proof of full vaccination upon arrival.

As Lydia Wylie-Kellermann advises in Geez 57, “Breathe. You are feeding the trees.” We hope to see you on September 24th.

For more information on this “Communing with Trees” Day Retreat, and to register, please click here.

Previous Workshops and Events I’ve Offered

To give you a feel for the types of events that I like to facilitate, here is a running list of previous events and workshops I’ve offered. You are always welcome to invite me to lead one or more of these events for your group. Feel free to contact me to inquire about crafting an event for your own context.

I will also likely host some/all of these events again in the future. Sign up for my newsletter below to be the first to learn about the next time I host one of these events.

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