The Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, CA
Advent...that time of waiting, hoping, expectation and longing. But waiting in life can be extraordinarily difficult too. At Advent 2015, we explored the purpose of waiting and God's intention and care for us when we feel we might not be able to hold on a minute longer. The crisp air and beautiful surroundings at the Temecula Inn reminded us that even nature waits at times; for warmth, for cool, for Winter and Spring. (Summer and Autumn too!)
Nicole invites us into a weekend of art, beauty, and contemplation.
We gather for a time of sharing between the team and the participants. It's a time of reflection and joy!
Amy Cella, product specialist and Terry Glaspey, SW art curator
Dr. Curt Thompson, our resident neuro-biologist, theologin, and psychiatrist. What a combination!
Our community continues to grow through the participation of our attendees
Nicole Johnson confers with her long time director and friend, Pepper Sweeney (who also serves as our program director!)
Noah Needleman and Nicole Carter serve as our worship leaders. Their music brings a richness, depth, and beauty to the weekend.
The air was crisp and cool at the amazing surroundings of the Temecula Creek Inn.
Wendy Allee serves as the President of our Board of Directors and helps us with our non-profit status and finances.
Jay & Katherine Wolf share their continuing journey of healing and hope.
Melissa Maimone shares about the "scary ghost stories" of Christmas.
We read Scripture and prayed as we lit the Advent candles.
Shanelle, Katherine, and Amy!
Nicole always give us things to think about and contemplate.
Pepper and Melissa emcee the weekend and have a great time doing it!
Merchandise from each member of the team is available throughout the weekend.
Is Pepper doing a James Bond move? We're really not sure...
Jay introduces John, a miracle of miracles!
Terry Glaspey is our resident curator and tour guide to the arts. His presentations are always filled with conversation, exploration, and new perspectives.
A time to gether together and break bread.
The meal times allow us an informal yet crucial time to meet one another.
A Seasons Weekend Advent gift -- do not open until Christmas!
Writing a Christmas note to ourselves.
The Seasons Weekend team is a tight-knit family who has plenty of room at the table for all who want to join in.
The team poses for some final shots before ending the weekend.
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO
Winter was the perfect time for quiet and stillness. While a blanket of cold covered the ground and the earth drew from deep within to sustain life underneath the frozen surface, such our journey was as well. We enjoyed the warmth of a long weekend getaway that gave us insights on facing cold winds and dark nights with peace. Here are just a few glimpses of our weekend together.
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Nicole Johnson Welcomes Us!
Nicole welcomed us with a vision of what peace in the midst of chaos might mean for our souls, for our lives, and for our relationship with God.
Nicole, Katherine, and Jay Wolf
Nicole with Jay and Katherine Wolf of Hope Heals. Throughout the weekend, Jay & Katherine share stories from their own life of strength and weakness, brokenness and beauty, and the lessons they are learning along the way.
Friday Night-Meet the Team!
The Seasons team opens up about what comes to their minds about the topic of peace, and how the desire for peace is first acknowledged in the chaos of life.
Nicole welcomes our participants
People came from California, Washington DC, Oklahoma and more to attend Seasons Weekend Winter 2015. It was a joy to welcome them all!
Laughter is the best medicine!
As the weekend unfolds, laughter is an important element that brings us together.
Dr. Curt Thompson
Author of the book "Anatomy of the Soul", Curt leads us in an exploration of our pain and longings,and how God is ever present and active in every moment.
Christy (left) has attended almost every one of the Seasons Weekends! Every time participants and the team reunite, it's a deepening of friendships and love. (with speaker and tech director Melissa Maimone)
Breaking bread together
Every Seasons Weekend features opportunities for the participants and team to share in a delicious meal, dessert, and so much more.
Nicole Johnson and her longtime director, Pepper Sweeney teach the group the importance of Improv. Life is never what we expect, right? So learning a bit about Improv is a skill worth learning!
We painted and listened to Bach and enjoyed the experience of allowing creativity to flow as a result of all we were taking in over the weekend.
Pepper Sweeney is a prolific storyteller who draws us in with a cadence and wordcrafting that sparks our hearts and imaginations.
Touring the Broadmoor
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is one of the premier logins in the nation! Breathtaking views, gorgeous rooms, and exquisite paintings are all around. Terry Glaspey took us on a tour of the artwork that lined the halls.
The Seasons community is rich with people from all backgrounds and experience.
Noah Needleman and Nicole Carter
Longtime friends Noah Needleman and Nicole Carter brought the beauty of music to our weekend in soulful, rich ways. Noah Needleman is an accomplished musician and the Seasons Weekend musical director.
Jay & Katherine Wolf
Katherine suffered a life altering stroke at the age of 26. It was miraculous that she even survived. And now, 5 years later, she shares with the group that she and Jay are expecting their second child! As Katherine likes to say, "Woo Hoo!"
At several intervals during our time together, we join in conversation groups to process what we are learning.
A warm environment
This is a weekend for both men and women, in any stage of life, who desire a deep walk with God and refreshment for their souls.
Nicole yucks it up
Nicole has a good belly laugh!
A few of the Seasons girls!
Amy Cella (Director of Merchanise), Wendy Allee (participant), Shanelle Doughlin (Registration Specialist), and Nicole Carter (Worship Leader) are enjoying an amazing breakfast on Sunday morning. What a fantastic way to start the day!