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Continuing the Journey to a New Normal with Hope – Women’s Retreat

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - December 9 @ 4:00 pm


Friday, December 8, 7pm – 9pm and Saturday, December 9, 9am – 4pm

WTC 100

Detachment and transformation are processes that take place as God continues to lead us on a journey to our true selves.  Stops along the way often greet us with multiple losses such as illnesses, death, empty nest, loss of a job or relationship.  Though these events are different, they share something in common: a personal invitation to pause and tend to the new spirituality being given life within us. Becoming aware of the losses and cooperating with God, we learn to grieve the losses and limitations of our perspectives in a renewed way that embraces our experiences.  With Hope, our travel guide, we become renewed and transformed to the fullness that God created us to be. This annual, experiential women’s retreat offers space to pause together and explore what is giving life to us during this time. We will gently explore thresholds and conversion through relaxation, prayer, journaling, the arts, and group spiritual direction.

NOTE:  This is not a repeat of the first retreat in 2016 and attendance at first retreat is not required.

Retreat Facilitators

Tina Karagulian is an artist, poet, spiritual director, wife, and mother of one son. Throughout her life, she explored ways to integrate healing of the mind, emotions, and spirit. Currently a retired counselor, Tina received a Masters in Social Work degree from Boston University in 1992, and incorporated art collage, dream exploration, and poetry in her walk with others. A speaker and facilitator at the Summer Institute, contemplative events, and women’s retreats at Oblate School of Theology, Tina is also the author of the memoir It Is Time, books of poetry New Skin: Poetry and Prayers, and Under the Papaya Tree: A Book of Love Poems, and her prayers are included in the following anthologies: Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World and Sustaining Abundant Life. In 2012, Tina received her Spiritual Direction certificate from Direction Ministries, and found herself releasing her mind and life stories to enter more deeply into the sacred heart through quiet contemplation, paint on canvas, and various forms of sound healing. Tina offers space to drop into your heart and your joy through creativity, meditation, and music. http://www.tinakaragulian.com/

Christina (Tina) M. Guerra is a poet, spiritual director, widow, mother of one daughter and grandmother to two grandchildren.  She graduated with honors from Wayland Baptist University with an Associates Degree of Applied Science, specializing in Criminal Justice.  Guerra was a 2002 Nominee—Outstanding Women in State Government (Texas) and in 2003 received an Honorable Mention—Good Housekeeping National Award, Women in Government, for her community outreach and underage alcohol prevention efforts through a community-led psychodrama called Shattered Dreams, adopted by several states and still impacting Texas communities.
After retiring with 30 years service with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Guerra transitioned her instructor gifts to spiritual direction to serve varied populations in numerous capacities, such as, a Soul-Friend with Haven For Hope (facilitating grief and loss retreats for its residents), a lay chaplain with the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (certified Respecting Choices facilitator who works with the chronically/terminal patient and their families), and as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator.  She completed studies with Oblate Grotto & Direction Ministries, San Antonio in 2009, The Center For Spiritual Growth And The Contemplative Life, San Antonio in 2012 and is a 2014 Associate of The Shalem Institute in Washington, DC.



Fee includes Saturday lunch.

For information or to register by phone, contact Brenda at (210) 341-1366 EXT 212


Continuing Education events are free* to all enrolled OST students.

All other students, 50% off with student ID.

Register with Brenda Reyna at breyna@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 212

*Does not apply to meals and lodging.


All refunds subject to 10% processing fee.



December 8 @ 7:00 pm
December 9 @ 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Continuing Education
210-341-1366 x 212


Whitley Theological Center
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio , TX 78216 United States
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(210) 341-1366 x 406