Making Space for the Spirit
Developing a Contemplative Christian Retreat Center
Imprint: Resource Publications
"In the midst of our busy, demanding, and pragmatic world, a new wind is blowing. This wind of the Spirit is hauntingly invitational. It invites us to come away, to be still, to be contemplative, to be inwardly revitalized. Jennifer Graves winsomely tells the story of two such places on Bowen Island--Rivendell and the Hermitages. In this story may you hear the invitation of the Spirit."
--Charles Ringma, Theologian; Franciscan Tertiary; author, Of Martyrs, Monks and Mystics
"Rivendell is a tranquil, spiritual, beautiful retreat center made unique by the volunteer community who makes it accessible to anyone seeking a place of transcendence and intimacy with the Divine. This book not only tells the story, but explains how the volunteer community functions so successfully in opening space to retreat attendees, thus inviting others to follow the path they have created over the last fifteen years."
--Irene Alexander, Spiritual Director; Formator, Brisbane, Australia
"Rivendell evokes a longing for rest, peace, and healing. In this personal reflection, Graves tells the story of one such Rivendell in our world. This Rivendell grew from a clear vision of spirituality rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. And because its roots are deep in the gospel, the realization of this vision offers a space and a spaciousness in which rest, peace, and healing occur."
--Jonathan R. Wilson, Author
"Rooted in the contemplative tradition, [Graves] brings to these pages the spiritual integrity and practice that is the lifeblood of Rivendell, and the assurance that its nurturing presence will be here for many generations to come. What a blessing!"
--Tim Scorer, Board Member, Rivendell Retreat