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Event:**ON SITE**5-Day Silent Directed BioSpiritual Focusing Retreat
Date:January 9th-14th, 2022.


5-Day Silent Directed BioSpiritual Focusing Retreat


A Silent BioSpiritual Focusing Directed Retreat is about presence to self, others, and God. It is a component and pathway to a holistic approach to spiritual growth.

Our bodies are more than physical and biological systems. They are our direct connection to our environment and make our interaction with the entire Universe possible. Our bodies hold the energy of all our life experiences and contain the potential of a life of fullness, authenticity and compassion. In other words, our bodies are our direct link to Spirit.  

When you focus from a BioSpiritual perspective, your tap into the inner wisdom held in the body. The “felt-shifts” that may occur in the BioSpiritual flow can be a direct experience of the “grace” of the Divine.  

BioSpiritual Focusing is part of a holistic approach to spiritual transformation and conscious living. Through the practice, you may find new ways to think about places in your life where you are stuck. Old patterns and habits can be transformed. New resolve can be discovered around issues related to carrying negative emotions in your body. 

The Retreat will guide you to the deepest levels of awareness inside your body. You will have a focusing session each day with your director. Prior BioSpiritual Focusing experience is required. 


I have a client who fought cancer for some years. Last week during treatment, I helped him listen to some tears that had leaked from the eye corners. Suddenly he realized how harshly he had pushed against the cancer when what he most needed was to hold in a loving way how his body carried the cancer. In that moment of realization his entire body relaxed and a pain that had been felt in his shoulder for years lessened dramatically. We can now not only achieve very satisfying treatment results, but continue an inner journey that was blocked because of fighting vs holding in a loving way how his body carried the cancer.   ~ Massage Therapist, BioSpiritual Focusing practitioner


$500. Private room and meals. 


Facilitated by Donna O’Connor and Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP (Pictured L-R)


Donna O’Connor completed the Spiritual Direction Internship Program in Bloomfield, CT in 2006.  She has focused her 1:1 work entirely at Genesis since that time. Having taught fitness/yoga classes for over thirty years now, Donna has a particular interest in helping people who struggle with weight, body image and disordered eating, and is experienced in 12-Step Spirituality.

Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, foundress of Genesis, is an experienced retreat and spiritual director and BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator. Sr. Elizabeth has a background in pastoral counseling.  She studied Centering Prayer with the Trappist Monks in the 1970's. She is also an eco-spirituality resource person.

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