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Feeding the soul and the body

Our guests come to us during snow, sleet, gloom of night, and spring-like days seeking a quiet place to nurture their spirits. The seasons may be changeable, but we here at TSC are stalwart in our desire to receive our guests, regardless of what Mother Nature may throw our way. We appreciate the challenges it may take for some to get to TSC, and we want to be sure you receive a welcome worthy of the journey.  
To ensure our guests are appropriately greeted and space is available, we encourage individuals to book a stay (for daytime or overnight) at least 24 hours in advance. We encourage groups to contact us for reservations as far ahead as possible. Of course, we are always willing to work with our guests to try and fulfill their needs. Requests for bookings can be made by email at ctretreats@gmail.com or via phone at 513.771.2171. Our usual office hours for taking reservations are 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.


Our kitchen staff, comprised of both full and part-time folks, understands that food is an extension of the nurturing that goes on in the midst of retreats. 
Photo by Faith Lang

Full time kitchen staff are pictured. 
(Left to right) 
Mary Lewis joined the Convent staff in 2011 and moved to the TSC kitchen in 2015. Her connections at Transfiguration are long - the longest serving staff member in the Convent infirmary, Dorothy, is her sister's godmother.  Mary is the mother of 3 grown children, and has 2 grandchildren with one on the way.
Matthew McGuire came to TSC in November 2011 after years in restaurant kitchens. He has a lifetime batting average of .328 in his baseball career, and today uses his arm during his leisure time to toss Frisbees to his dogs.  Want to talk baseball while you are here? Matthew is the person to find!
Sharon Thompson has been familiar with the Community of the Transfiguration since her youth in Painesville, OH. She began working for TSC in 2012, after having served on the staff of Bethany School. She spends some of her off time playing the dulcimer with Sr. Priscilla.

When you are coming to TSC, please make us aware of any dietary restrictions or food allergies well in advance of your visit, so we can prepare food accordingly. 

It is our joy to have the food experience be part of the overall nurture and hospitality here at TSC.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE FOR TSC-SPONSORED EVENTS
As of March 1, on-line registration is available for all of the events sponsored by the Transfiguration Spirituality Center. Simply go to our website Events and click on the retreat for which you wish to register. We still offer our PayPal link, where you can pay as a registered PayPal user or as a guest. 
 
Pilgrimage to Assisi June 3-11, 2017

Deadline to sign up for Pilgrimage is March 31.

Led by Gillian Ahlgren, leading scholar in Church History and Christian Spirituality, pilgrims will walk in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. The trip intentionally recreates the progression of the movement that the two saints began. Deposit of $800 is due March 31 and the Enrollment Form is linked here.  Contact ctretreats@gmail.com for additional information.
 
Still time to register for
a Self-Directed Quiet Day March 15

Self Directed Quiet Day
9.30 am to 3.30 pm
$25 including lunch
 
As Winter edges into Spring, we invite you to take the opportunity to come away for a day of reflection and renewal. Whether you need a place to read, write, or rest, come for the day. 

To reserve a spot, contact ctretreats@gmail.com, call 513.771.2171, or register  on line.

April 13 - 16, 2017 
Journey in the path of Jesus with the Community of the Transfiguration 

Maundy (Holy) Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are three of the holiest days of the Christian year, referred to as "the Triduum" because it encompasses the three days prior to Easter.
 
Throughout the three days, the Community of the Transfiguration, like other Christian communities, holds worship services in the tradition of the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer. The sisters wrap these liturgical celebrations in 24 hour prayer vigils.
  Rood screen chapel
If you would like to pray at the 'garden' and at the 'tomb' between Maundy Thursday and the Easter Vigil (on Saturday night), or if you would like to come to a quiet place to experience any part of these three days and Easter Sunday, we welcome you.  You may register on line  or contact ctretreats@gmail.com or call 513.771.2171 by April 10.  Rooms will be available in Beth-Anna Cottage at no charge. Donations are welcome.
 
 
Kathleen Dowling Singh 
returns May 19-21
  


Kathleen's newest book, 
The Grace in Living, follows on her two previous books, The Grace in Dying and The Grace in Aging. In the November/December issue of Spirituality and Health Magazine there is an article about her new book. You can hear a conversation between Kathleen and Rabbi Rami through this link 


She will spend time with us to share her freshest insights and help us recognize the ever-presence of grace in our lives.

When we recognize the grace in living, we can begin to trust it and then consciously abide in it.



   
Kathleen's retreat runs Friday evening through Sunday morning, May 19-21, 2017. 

Overnight guest rate is $250 for single room and all meals, with Early Registration Discount of  $210 if registered and paid in full by April 1, 2017 .

Commuter rate is $140, Early Registration Discount of $110 if registered and paid in full by April 1, 2017 .

Space will be limited -- we sold out our Overnight spaces for Kathleen's 2016 event and expect to do the same this year!

Contact TSC to make your reservation today at
(513) 771-2171 or CTRetreats@gmail.com, or register on line.

The Art of Living Yoga group spent a weekend at TSC last month. We share the image of this painting, the result of one participant's reflection during the group's time here.
 

As we look ahead to Springtime, our grounds are beginning to show signs of renewal. May your month ahead be a reflection of the new life we see emerging every day.
(The Rev.) Anne Reed
Director of Engagement
 
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SUPPORTING NAVAJO MICRO-ENTERPRISE
SHIMA' of Navajoland offers 'Soaps from the Earth', and we sell small bars of soap here at TSC. Blue Corn, Grandmother Mountain, Navajo Tea, Mint Clan and Blue Canyon soaps incorporate local sacred plants found in the land of the Navajo. All proceeds go to support the ministry of the Navajo community in Fort Defiance, Arizona.