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Beauty For Ashes Retreat

September 10-12, 2021 • $195 Before August 1
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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.

Save The Date! September 10-12, 2021

$195 Before August 1. Cost includes lodging, seminars, and meals.

 

Sample Schedule

Friday

6:00 pm – Registration

8:00 pm – Opening Session 

9:30 pm – Evening Social Activity

Saturday

7:00-7:45 am – Optional Morning Activity

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 – Free Time  

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

6:00 pm – Registration

8:00 pm – Opening Session 

9:30 pm – Evening Social Activity

Saturday

7:00-7:45 am – Optional Morning Activity

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 – Free Time  

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

Retreat Speaker

Jamie Finn is the biological, adoptive, and foster mother of 4-6 children. She is the author of Foster the Family Blog, which is read by 100,000 people each month and has been featured in over 20 online and print publications. She also serves as the Director of Foster the Family which operates to bring support and
encouragement to foster and adoptive families. Jamie is passionate about encouraging and equipping foster and adoptive parents, inspiring people to get involved in foster care and adoption, and advocating for foster children.

Jamie is the biological, adoptive, and foster mother of 4-6 children. When she’s not homeschooling, changing diapers, playing Pokemon, making slime, and singing Let it Go, she spends her time blogging at Foster the Family and speaking to foster and adoptive parents. Jamie is passionate about encouraging and equipping foster and adoptive parents, inspiring people to get involved in foster care and adoption, and advocating for foster children.

Jamie Finn

Jamie Finn

 

Breakout Sessions

Openness is Okay

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.amily.

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.

Adoption Issues Into Adulthood

We will take a deeper look at common triggers for adoptees as they transition into young adult and adulthood. We will examine how adoptees may respond in unique ways to “normal” life transitions such as emancipation, marriage, parenthood, and the death of adoptive parents.

Jennifer Knight

Jennifer Knight

 
Speaker Bio
Jennifer Knight is an adoptee and a birth mother, as well as an adoption professional with more than ten years’ experience in the field. She has worked in domestic infant, waiting child, and international adoption, and has a passion for equipping adoptive families to be successful in supporting adoptees throughout their lifetime. She is committed to developing and providing post-adoption services that support all members of the adoption constellation.

An Adoptee Story Only God Could Write

Myrna Craig is an adult adoptee and passionate Bible teacher. Come sit at her feet and hear about the work God has done in her life as she struggled to find identity and peace on her journey– an adoptee story that only God could write. 

Myrna Craig

Myrna Craig

 
Speaker Bio
Myrna Craig is a licensed minister and official worker with the Christian and Missionary Church and is currently working towards Consecration. She has made a great impact through her gift of storytelling and humor and has been a speaker for various women’s and youth’s events. Her desire is to see people of every age experience a true encounter with Jesus Christ that will cause a wholistic transformation in their lives. Her hope is that they would then duplicate that experience with others through Jesus’s command to make disciples that make disciples.
Her current life verses are Numbers 23:19 “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Luke 1:45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Understanding Mental Health Diagnosis Within Adoption

Gain invaluable insight into the prevalence of mental health issues that take place in the adoption setting. You will look at the genetic and physiological components of mental health, and then gain an understanding of the formation for a mental health diagnosis & treatment.

Lynette Crow

Lynette Crow

 
Speaker Bio
Lynette Crow is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and adoption assessor. She began her helping career working in pregnancy centers by offering support to expecting parents struggling with unplanned pregnancy. While working at pregnancy centers, Lynette noticed there was a lack of information about the choice of adoption. Over time she developed programs and approaches that not only presented this option but supported expectant parents through the process by partnering with adoption agencies.
Eventually, Lynette was hired to manage the adoption program at Catholic Charities in Toledo. She worked with expectant parents and those hoping to adopt. Lynette now works with Spirit of Faith Adoption as an adoption assessor. She works mainly with expectant parents by helping them make the best decision for themselves and their child(ren). Lynette believes that expectant parents and those who are planning to adopt and/or who have adopted share more commonalities than differences such as: wanting the very best for the child, experiences of loss and grief, nervousness about the process, feelings of great joy mixed with deep sorrow, and faith that there is a plan for every child that includes love, care, and a promising future. Lynette is a gifted speaker and story teller. She is compassionate, kind, and able to talk about difficult subjects with truth and love. 

Parenting Transracially, Understanding Systemic Racism: The Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation

During the simulation, participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities—property ownership and education are just two among many areas affected—and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color. The simulation guides participants to an understanding of why racial equity is so important to ending hunger and poverty in the United States. Our hope is that participants, in becoming more aware of structural inequality, can support policies that undo and/or reduce disparities. This breakout is designed to help parents who are parenting transracially have a deeper understanding of racial issues that impact our children.

Nicole Schmidt

Nicole Schmidt

 
Speaker Bio

Nicole Schmidt is an advocate, organizer, and adoptive mom, working on hunger and poverty issues with Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our policymakers to end hunger at home and abroad. Nicole is a co-founder of the Beauty for Ashes Retreat and is passionate about orphan care and equipping families to parent their children well. Nicole believes that we must address root causes that have contributed to the orphan crisis, such as global poverty if we truly want to care for orphans. Nicole lives in Cleveland Ohio, with her awesomely bearded husband and four children, two of which were adopted from Ethiopia.

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 child.

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.

Healing Trauma Through Movement

In this 3 hour workshop you will be introduced to the significance that movement has in our early attachment patterns. You will learn about your own patterns of movement in your current circumstances, and how to better navigate your relationship and attachment wounds with your adoptive children(s).  As believers in Christ, Victoria and Elu will teach you how to develop a deeper level of intimacy with God our Father, the Holy Spirt and Jesus as you learn to move through this training workshop, and ultimately
through life with more intentionality and mindfulness.

Victoria Gutbrod

Victoria Gutbrod

 
Speaker Bio

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, in addition to participating in advanced trainings by leading trauma theorists Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Robert Scaer, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Laura Parnell and Dr. Jamie Marich.

Breakout Session TBD

Mandy Litzke

Mandy Litzke

 
Speaker Bio

Miracles of Love.  That sums up the story of my life. Born into a tragic, heart-wrenching environment of alcoholism, drug addiction and abuse, God’s first miracle was sparing my life. God then proceeded to put His plan into action.

One couple, led of God, responded to His calling to simply love me. Being adopted by my forever family led to my adoption into the family of God. My Heavenly Father, through His sovereignty, orchestrated my experiencing His love through my parents. Then by the acceptance of His grace and mercy I was adopted into the Kingdom of God when I took Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:5, NLT).

That was just the beginning. God who faithfully provided parents to love and adopt me called my husband Dave and me to be instruments of His love through adoption. We have been blessed with 16 beautiful children (2 biological daughters and 14 adopted children). A calling on our lives that would prove to bring the greatest blessings one could ever wish for…our children.

Media

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

We are a year-round camp and retreat center, focused on engaging guest to encounter Christ!

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

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