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2-Night Retreat: Healing Divisions – Ignatian Dialogue Skills for Engaging in Polarized Times (Semi-Silent)

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - March 13 @ 12:00 pm

Weekend Retreat

Directed by Brent Anderson


“I don’t know how to talk to him without arguing.” 

“Their views are so intense, and it’s hard to be in the same room.” 

“I just can’t relate with her anymore.”


Those who see the world very differently than we do can quickly knock life out of rhythm – leading to disagreements, distance, or isolation. Discover new freedom through grounded ways of “showing up” in difficult conversations or relationships.  This retreat weekend begins with stillness of mind and heart, oriented to the “still small voice.” Experience reflective practices to help you become aware of the roots of your own strong reactions. Explore neuro-biological and social-psychological factors that affect conflict between individuals.


Your retreat director will introduce four, research-informed pillars of dialogue and share case studies that illustrate how those pillars can transform common conflict into deep connection. Techniques will draw from the fields of chaplaincy, spiritual direction, and Ignatian spirituality to help you recognize with reverence the wisdom of one other’s unique life experiences.

The retreat will include periods of silence, connection, and humor with time for practical application and small group reflection that applies the dialogical techniques.


This is a semi-silent retreat.  Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted. There will be periods of discussion and dialogue as and when shared by the retreat director.


As a mission integration healthcare executive, spiritual director, and hospital chaplain, Brent Anderson has facilitated seminars on effective dialogue techniques, ethics, human trafficking response, the art of reflection, and leadership training for thousands of educators, physicians, nurses, and healthcare administrators. He has enjoyed working with leading resilience studies researchers  to  create  workshops  for  healthcare staff and contributing to the ongoing formation of chaplains and spiritual directors through mentorship, education, and retreat ministry. He authored “Tending Movements of Healing in Spiritual Direction” for Presence, Journal of Spiritual Direction, and is the co-founder of “Sowing Solidarity,” a nonprofit sustainable urban farm in Sacramento, CA where “care for the earth and care for the most vulnerable, are one.” Prior to domestic ministry, Brent served as a nonprofit consultant and Fulbright scholar in Uganda, which led to HIV testing, AIDS medication, and safe water access for rural villages. Brent has studied multiple philosophies of dialogue, and as the Chair of a hospital ethics committee, he honed the skills for dialoguing across polarities in highly charged situations.
Hallmarks of his formation have included a 30-day Ignatian retreat, 5-month monastic formation, and numerous contemplative meditation retreats. He received his theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and his spiritual direction training from the Mercy Center of Burlingame, CA.



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March 11 @ 6:00 pm
March 13 @ 12:00 pm
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Ignatius House
6700 Riverside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30328 United States
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