(440) 967-4861 info@bbeach.org

Beauty For Ashes Retreat

September 6-8, 2019 // Adoptive & Foster Moms // $230
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Beauty For Ashes is a restorative retreat that nurtures foster and adoptive moms so they can parent from a place of wholeness. You will connect with other moms who understand the unique joys, and struggles you face as an adoptive or foster mom. During our breakout seminars you will hear from experts teaching on a wide range of topics such as attachment and bonding, trauma, life in a transracial family, and healthy relationships with birth families. Most importantly, you will touch the heart of Jesus through creative quiet time, meaningful worship, and Biblical teaching that will renew your soul.

You’re one click away from a wonderful weekend of renewal

Retreat prices: $195 before July 1 and $230 after July 1. Cost includes lodging, seminars, and meals.

 

Sample Schedule

Friday

6:00 pm – Registration

8:00 pm – Opening Session with Victoria Gutbrod

9:30 pm – Restorative Movement

Saturday

7:00-7:45 am – Run with Allyson

8:00 am – Breakfast           

9:00 am – Main Session

10:30 am – Snack Break & Shopping           

11:00 am – Breakout Sessions Rotation 1

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions Rotation 2

3:30 pm – Adult Adoptee Panel   

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:30 pm – Main Session/Creative Worship   

9:45 pm – Bonfire & S’mores    

Sunday

8:30 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Closing Session

11:30 am – Check Out

Sample Schedule

Friday

7:00 pm – Registration

8:00 pm – Opening Session

9:30 pm – Pin It Party

Saturday
7:00 am – Restorative Stretch/Run

8:00 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Main Session

10:30 am – Snack Break/Shopping

11:00 am – Breakout Sessions I

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions II

3:00 pm – Free Time

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:30 pm – Main Session

9:00 pm – Bonfire and S’mores

Sunday

8:30 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Closing Session

11:30 am – Check Out

Retreat Speakers

Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You and Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted, is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. Shannan, her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, and their kids, live as grateful
neighbors in Goshen, Indiana.

Shannan Martin

Shannan Martin

 

Victoria Gutbrod MA. LPCC-S is a licensed counselor that specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD and attachment based disorders. She is employed at Emerge Counseling Agency and oversees the team of clinicians that have advanced credentials in the treatment of trauma. She is trained in EMDR as well as other forms of expressive arts and experiential interventions.

Victoria Gutbrod

Victoria Gutbrod

 

Breakout Sessions

Hearing, Healing, & Hope

It can be discouraging to feel like God has been silent, it’s hard to hear Him, or you are unsure of His voice, especially on difficult and burdening situations and struggles, overcoming past trauma, and understanding for the future. Our thoughts, lack of understanding, and the pressure we carry within, can disrupt our peace, quality of life, and relationship with others. Kerrie Oles, Christian author and speaker, says, “We only rise to the level of our unprocessed pain and experiences”. Our backstory can inadvertently bleed into our present, even when we are trying to effectively seek Him.  In Hearing, Healing, and Hope encounter and practice the presence of God through prayer and conversation with Him, gain insight and understanding of the root of stuck places, and experience freedom, direction, and hope through the work of the Holy Spirit for a transformed heart and life.  

Leigh-Ann Brisbin

Leigh-Ann Brisbin

 
Speaker Bio

Leigh-Ann Brisbin is the Executive Director of Free to Be Ministries, a ministry helping individuals to live whole, empowered and free in Christ through spiritual formation and integrative processes that move inward toward the heart then outward to the world. Free to Be recognizes God’s sovereignty over the whole person and addresses the relationship between the mind, body and spirit to help people who find themselves unable to walk in freedom because of past trauma, present pain or future fear. Leigh-Ann has experience in both clinical and ministry settings, counseling, teaching/speaking, writing, leading and training women, couples, and ministry leaders. She is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, formerly on staff with Emerge Counseling Services.  She has extensive training in spiritual formation and in a variety of treatment techniques and therapies. She is passionate about the integration of faith, neuroscience, and counseling, the power of prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit over the whole person to bring freedom from the past and hope for the future. She has a heart to walk with women in their faith journey and work with/train leaders in ministry for restorative, unifying, and effective leadership. Leigh-Ann is the author of My True Reflection; Freedom from Eating Disorders, which chronicled her own journey of faith in recovery. 

Journey With Adoption

Jennifer will be speaking on her unique journey as a Birth Parent, including her circumstances leading to placement, her chosen agency and Adoptive Family as well as post placement experiences. Jennifer will be taking questions at the end of this session. Please feel free to come prepared with things you have always wanted to ask a Birth Parent. She is an open book and eager to open the line of communication to bring empathy and healthy relationship to Adoption as a whole.

Jennifer Cothern

Jennifer Cothern

 
Speaker Bio

Jennifer Cothern is a Christian, wife, mom to three, an Adoption Coordinator at Spirit of Faith Adoptions, Social Work Student at BGSU and a Birth Mom. She placed her child for adoption fifteen years ago at the age of seventeen. She has been a proud advocate for ethical, Christ-centered domestic infant adoptions for the past several years. She has spoken at Anne
Pierson conferences, Foundation for Life meetings and talked with hopeful Adoptive Couples about how to best relate to their Birth Families. Her next endeavor is underway in a Birth Mother’s Retreat, called Fireweed, at Beulah Beach in 2020. Her desire is to bring hope and healing through Jesus to Birth Mothers from all ages, races and socio-economic statuses. You
can find Jennifer and Fireweed Retreat on Facebook @Fireweed2020.

Raising a Multiracial Family in a Racialized Society

In this session Meg will explore the statistics and research on transracial adoption and highlight concerns with the practice. The first group of adoptees to be adopted transracially are now adults, and listening to their experiences is invaluable. Meg will discuss ways that families can increase their cultural competency, diversify their social circle, and support their children in developing a health cultural identity. There will be signficant time for open discussion and questions, and this will be a very interactive session. 

Meg St-Esprit

Meg St-Esprit

 
Speaker Bio

Meg St-Esprit, M. Ed. is a writer and adoptive mom based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has four children via adoption, ages 7, 5,5, and 1 (at the time of the retreat haha).  Meg has experience as a developmental specialist and a post-adoption support worker and ran the transracial adoption support community for Pittsburgh for several years. She is passionate about educating other adoptive families about the importance of developing a strong racial and cultural identity in our transracially adopted children. 

African American Haircare 101

Shukela has grown to be a multi-cultural stylist adapting to meet the needs for all clients of all ethnicities. One of her passions is educating transracial families on the deep-seated value of hair care while helping them grow in confidence using the best techniques for their child’s unique hair. In this class, Shukela will specifically speak about African American hair, how to determine your child’s unique hair type, which products to use on what types of hair, and she will teach you how to accomplish age-appropriate styles for your

Shukela Smith

Shukela Smith

 
Speaker Bio

Shukela Smith, has owned Shulon’s Personal Touch Salon, in Cleveland, Ohio for over 10 years. Shukela has received her Associate’s degree in Small Business Management and holds an
instructor’s license in cosmetology. Shukela uses her wide range of experience to teach at Raphael Cosmetology School and at various salon workshops.

Safe Families

No everyone can foster or adopt, but everyone can do something! With Safe Families, there are so many opportunities to serve children in the foster care system.  From Hosting, being a Host Family Friend, a Resource Friend, a Volunteer Family Coach, helping in our Intake office, hosting a Home Gathering to spread the word, or talking to your church about becoming a Safe Families church. Join the conversation as we discuss the different ways to get involved and hear stories of the impact Safe Families is making.  

Mandy Litzke

Mandy Litzke

 
Speaker Bio

Born into the tragedy and hopelessness of addiction and abuse, later entering info Foster Care, Mandy Litzke shares her story of rescue and redemption; experiencing God’s healing grace allowing her to triumph over adversity and transforming what could become bitterness into blessings. Called to an unimaginable journey of faith and obedience to live out loud.

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Although the devil had lots of obstacles trying to prevent me from enjoying the retreat to see God’s children and fellow mothers on this journey come together to support someone they just met was/is one of the most amazing things I’ve witnessed. Ashlette, Attendee

This retreat was so amazing! I was able to connect with so many other that “get it”. I was refreshed and God spoke to my heart through our incredible speaker. I felt as if each message was just for me. Molly, Attendee

This retreat was fantastic! It was such a blessing to meet other women who are going through some of the same things. Such beautiful women and stories. I came home so refreshed and relaxed and ready to take on my day to day life. The best part is being able to keep in touch with these ladies through the Facebook page! Can’t wait for next year! Lynette, Attendee

God met me exactly where I was. I left rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to love. Julie, Attendee

 

Contact Us

6101 W. Lake Rd. Vermilion, OH 44089

(440) 967-4861

info@bbeach.org

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We believe in the power of camp and we exist to see lives forever changed for the Kingdom of God.

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