This creative weekend retreat organized by the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre, Calgary, will focus on understanding the grief of the loss of a loved one due to a worldwide pandemic. New ways of seeing life following a loss will be explored and healing practices will be introduced to foster a sense of peace. The spirit of the retreat is making space for God through art, nature, meditation and journaling.
* Please note, this is not suitable for anyone bereaved in the last month.
Directors: Sr. Ger fcJ is from Ireland and joined the FCJ Centre Resource Team in the fall of 2015. Ger has worked as a counsellor for the past 27 years in various settings. Before that, she served as a school administrator and teacher in a high school in Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Before qualifying as an accredited Counsellor, Ger completed a master’s degree in Family Counselling from the University of Iona, New York. Since coming to Canada, Ger is working in the areas of counselling, interfaith matters, and helping refugee families. She is a member of the Calgary Interfaith Council and Calgary Council of Christians and Jews.
Suzanne Clease, MPS-AT, CCC, PCAT, BEd. Suzanne is a psychotherapist, professional art therapist, facilitator and fibre artist who dabbles in acrylics and creates mixed media representations. Suzanne discovered the power of the arts after the premature loss of her mother and brother. Her dream of offering programs that foster healing pathways through the arts was realized after earning a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy and Spirituality with Art Therapy Specialization. She is a registered member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Her community experiences have included Roots of Empathy, Calgary Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer’s Society, WP Puppet Theatre, Creative Aging Calgary Society and Pastoral Care. Suzanne integrates her professional and volunteer experiences and graduate studies to provide counselling and transformative retreats.