WHOLE: Exploring Wellness in the Blue Zones – November 16, 2019

Sharon and Bob Oliver invited us into their home once again to share their knowledge about how to eat more mindfully and healthfully. They focused on 5 areas of the world (blue zones), where people live longer, happier and healthier lives. Common themes across these cultures include physical activity (natural movement), purpose, wise eating with an emphasis on plant-based nutrition, and community. We shared a light meal and blue zone recipes and left inspired. 

Thrive – November 6, 2019

We gathered at the beautiful Hideaway Retreat Center to learn about practices to enhance wellbeing and lightness of spirit. We connected with one another and the natural beauty of the Hideaway grounds. Our facilitators, Rev. Sallie and Renae Parra, presented a wellbeing model from the University of Minnesota that helped us to identify a “next step” to move toward enhanced wellbeing. 

CSE Breckenridge Women’s Weekend – September 27-29, 2019

An intergenerational group of women headed to the mountains on a crisp, sparkling fall Friday morning. We cooked together, enjoyed great food together, laughed together, danced together, played games together, hiked together, and savored the beauty of a peak Fall Colors Colorado weekend. Renae Parra provided wonderful spiritual reflections that helped us deepen and honor our unique journeys through life’s changing seasons. Suzanne Rainey offered the ultimate yoga experience to gently “tuck us in” at the end of a busy traveling day.

WHOLE: Exploring Wellness in the Blue Zones – July 20, 2019

Sharon and Bob Oliver invited us into their home once again to share their knowledge about how to eat more mindfully and healthfully. They focused on 5 areas of the world (blue zones), where people live longer, happier and healthier lives. Common themes across these cultures include physical activity (natural movement), purpose, wise eating with an emphasis on plant-based nutrition, and community. We shared a light meal and blue zone recipes and left inspired. 

Advanced Enneagram Workshop - June 4, 2019

Sallie Suby-Long and Schawn Kellogg helped us gain a greater depth undertaking and application of the Enneagram . We learned about "wings" and our personal instinct preferences, which help to  define further our individuality.  


Practicing Compassion - April 24 - May 22, 2019

Jenita Rhodes and Sam Leahy led a five-week book study on Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. "Compassion is more than a sympathetic feeling - it's the bond of human connection." - Frank Rogers, Jr.

On Purpose - April 12, 2019

Sallie Suby-Long and Renae Parra facilitated a day retreat at the Hideaway Conference Center assisting participants in identifying, discovering or celebrating purpose.  

Deeply Rooted, January, 2019

Jenita Rhodes and Sam Leahy engaged a people in conversation based on the book Deeply Rooted, knowing self and growing in spirituality and connection. 


Melinda's Conscious Cooking – January 19, 2019

Melinda Davidson invited us into her gracious kitchen to learn to prepare simple, nutritious meals. Her most recent class, One Sheet Pan Suppers, offered recipes for preparing a complete meal in a single sheet pan, minimizing time and cleanup for busy cooks. Her expert use of fresh herbs make the meals we prepare both savory and aromatic. The best part always is that we are able to connect with one another as we cook and sample our delicious meals. 

Enneagram and You - Advanced Enneagram Workshop – January 13, 2019

Rev. Schawn Kellogg and Rev. Dr. Sallie Suby-Long offered a workshop for those who have a foundation with Enneagram and want deeper learning with this powerful tool!  Look for future Enneagram offerings.

On Purpose - September 15 and October 26, 2019

Sallie Suby-Long and Renae Parra facilitated a day retreat at the Hideaway Conference Center in September and at Shadow Light Retreat House in October.  The invigoration process assisted participants in identifying, discovering and celebrating purpose. The first retreat in October filled quickly so we added a second experience.


Melinda's Conscious Cooking – October 6, 2018

Once again, Melinda Davidson invited us into her gracious kitchen to learn to prepare simple and easy one-cooking-pan dinners. She provided the recipes and how-tos for adjusting recipes to feed a family or just 1-2 people. We cooked together and shared a delicious lunch.

WHOLE: Eating for Mind, Body and Spirit 
Taking the Next Step with Sharon and Bob Oliver – August 25, 2018 
Sharon and Bob Oliver continue to to learn about and to share their knowledge of the benefits of whole plant-based eating.  We savored whole plant-based snacks and shared recipe ideas.  Sharon and Bob hold certificates in plant- based nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies. 
Simple Truths & Sacred Spaces with Sam Leahy and Sallie Suby-Long – June 2018
We invited reflection on simple truths in beautiful outdoor spaces, June 13 we gathered at Highlands Ranch Mansion Lawn and June 20 at Hudson Gardens. 
Spirituality 101 with Bryan Hutchinson – Wednesdays in April, 2018
We engaged in conversation about spirituality, what it means, and how it adds depth and meaning to your life.  The class was based on Mike Singer's book, The Untethered Soul. 
The Wisdom of You – March, 1, 8, 15, 29, April 5, 2018
​Using the power of story and reflection, we listened to each other and shared our life experiences – affirming who we are and celebrating the wisdom of our journeys. Facilitated by Renae Parra and Sallie Suby-Long.
Conscious Cooking – March 10, 2018​ 
Led by Melinda Davidson, participants learned how cooking and entertaining are rooted in gracious space and hospitality. Melinda shared her techniques and tips to inspire the group to create space for connection in their own homes.
Simple Truths – January 24 & 31, February 7 & 14, 2018
​As we began the New Year, Sam Leahy and Sallie Suby-Long invited honest conversation about matters that evoke meaning – connection, authenticity, courage, and transformation. The conversations were inspired by the writing of Mark Nepo in The Book of Awakening.
Whole: Eating for Mind, Body and Spirit – January 24 & 31, 2018
Sharon and Bob Oliver facilitated conversation on a holistic way to view food in alignment with a person's spiritual values. Sharon holds certification in whole food plant-based nutrition through Cornell. Sharon and Bob shared their collective knowledge and practices.
Simple Truths – November, 2017
​Sam Leahy and Tami Canaday invited honest conversation about matters that evoke meaning. The conversations were inspired by thought-provoking readings.
Whiteboarding Your Why: Couples Edition Retreat – September 17-19, 2017
Rev. Ryan and Tami Canaday led seven couples through an intensive process of discovering their “why” as a couple.  Using their recently published book “Whiteboarding your Why” as a guide, they spent the weekend in a beautiful home in Breckenridge working with the couples to strengthen their relationships. The couples also developed new friendships with one another while enjoying food, coffee tasting, creating art, and even spotting a bear in the backyard.  
Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks, Saturday – July 29, 2017

We enjoyed a yoga experience surrounded by the beauty of Red Rocks. Afterward we shared a tailgate breakfast.​

Reiki Level 1 Training with Suzanne Rainey – July 9, 2017 

Suzanne, an advanced Reiki Practitioner, demonstrated the benefits and practical uses of Reiki ("ray -key") healing energy, and how to share this gift with friends and family.​

Rituals of Restoration Gargi Agarwala – June 28, 2017

Gargi Agarwala, author, yoga instructor, and certified life coach, shared with us how mindfulness practices and daily rituals can restore us and help us become better friends with ourselves. Our gracious partner and host, Capital Tea, provided teas and delicious desserts.

Summertime Effortless Entertaining with Melinda Davidson – June 24, 2017

Melinda provided gracious hospitality as she guided us to create a delicious multi-course dinner, perfect for summer entertaining. (You always get to eat what you prepare at Melinda’s.) We also learned how to create a nature-inspired “tablescape” for a gracious dining experience.

Book Conversation: Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water by Brian Luke Seward
– 4 weeks beginning January 29, 2017

Sallie Suby-Long and Julie Polikoff facilitated this discussion to explore spirituality, honor life experiences, connect personal stories and celebrate the restorative power of connection with all humanity.

Enneagram II Workshop – March 4, 2017

Rev. Schawn Kellogg and Shani Jones returned to provide a greater depth of understanding of Enneagram styles and how they work together, including "wings" and "complete type.”

Melinda’s Conscious Cooking: Winter Squashes – February 25, 2017.

Gracious Melinda showed us how to care for ourselves from the inside out with heart-healthy and heart-warming Winter Squashes, the new comfort food.

Group Lyfe Coaching: Level 1 – Jan. 12-March 16, 2017

 Our certified Life Coach, Gargi Agarwala, lead this powerful 6-week experience in which we accessed our inner inner wisdom, honored our passions and gifts, and cleared paths to claim an authentic, purposeful and joy-filled life.

Enneagram I Class – Jan. 28, 2017

Rev. Schawn Kellogg and Shani Jones introduced the Enneagram, a time-tested model for understanding our unique way of being in the world. There is a follow-up class, Enneagram II in March that will provide a deeper exploration of Enneagram styles.

Healthy Relationships Class – Jan. 15 – Feb 19, 2017

On Sunday evenings Carl Cleveland facilitated interactive discussions about how understanding relationship systems can improve important personal and professional relationships.

Soul of a Pilgrim Class – January 18-March 8, 2017

Jenita Rhodes and Sam Leahy facilitated discussion of the book Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Valters Paintner. The book provides intentional steps that can lead readers on a transformative journey within. 

Melinda's Conscious Cooking: Superfoods – June 25, 2016 & September 10, 2016

Melinda taught us about Superfoods, as we prepared delicious recipes using Chia, Quinoa, Seaweed, Kale and Amaranth. Melinda provided tips on using kitchen tools, grocery shopping and meal prep. The morning ended with a feast of our healthy creations!​

Morning Yoga with Gargi – Sept. 2015-May 2016

Thursday morning yoga classes with Gargi Agarwala provided sanctuary, healing, and blessings to those who attended regularly, as well as those who “dropped in” as their schedules allowed. 

Mindful Travel: New Mexico – May 2016

We offered a Mindful Travel opportunity to explore the meaning of pilgrimage in beautiful Northern New Mexico. Travelers experienced the arts, music, architecture, food, and the stunning beauty of this lovely land, as they connected with one another and others they encountered along the way. Sacred Travel is our newest effort to provide the St. Luke’s community with opportunities to connect, to be inspired, and to experience transforming possibilities.

Ballroom Dancing Class – February 2016

Many thanks to Steve and Cathy Collins for their fun, often hilarious, and always elegant instruction in the basics of the Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing/Jitterbug, Rumba and the Cha Cha. We hope to offer more dancing options in the future, and we invite your ideas and engagement.

"Your Story" Retreat – Oct. 23-24, 2015

We traveled to the beautiful and peaceful Hideaway Inn and Conference Center for the “Your Story Retreat” facilitated by Julie Polikoff and Sallie Suby-Long. We spent our time engaging in individual reflection and sharing our stories as well as building relationships and authentic community. It was a time of renewal and inspiration!

Living a Wholehearted Life – Sept. 16-Oct. 14, 2015

This 5-week class, facilitated by Julie Polikoff and Sallie Suby-Long, engaged in discussions of authenticity, worthiness, being enough, and the power of living a wholehearted life, using Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection.

Energy Yoga with Gargi Agarwala – Summer 2015

We welcomed members of the St. Luke’s community as well as participants from the greater Denver area to this summer yoga series. Gargi’s wonderful leadership helped us to achieve a deep sense of self-connection, internal calm, and balance through these sessions.

Women’s Spirituality and Wellness Retreat – August 7-8, 2015

During this two-day, one night retreat we experienced deep connections and spiritual renewal in the lovely, tranquil Franciscan Retreat Center. Available activities included walking the labyrinth, creating blessing jars, yoga and mindfulness, learning to write Haiku, hiking, reading and communing with nature and ourselves.

Journaling Experience – August 2015

Jenita Rhodes facilitated three journaling sessions in August. In St. Luke’s gazebo, against the backdrop of the Labyrinth and our steadfast Colorado mountains, we focused on Air, Water, and Earth as we opened our senses, reflected quietly, recorded our thoughts, enjoyed readings and scripture, and shared our experiences. We also talked about how to carry our experiences into the coming week.

World Labyrinth Day – May 2, 2015

On this lovely spring day we joined others around the world in walking the St. Luke’s labyrinth. We were encouraged to pay attention to our journey, with its twists and turns, as they mirror our personal spiritual walk, and we reflected on how we can create peace in our troubled world.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown – March/April 2015 

A book conversation facilitated by Rev. Sallie and Julie Polikoff. We had deep and lively conversations about authenticity, shame, being good enough, and Brené’s powerful “Guideposts” for living a wholehearted life.

Women's Spirituality & Wellness Adventure – February 2015

Eighteen women from St. Luke’s traveled to Devil’s Thumb Ranch near Tabernash to enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and renew their spirits. Facilitated by Sallie Suby-Long, Renae Parra, Jane Staller and Jenita Rhodes, participants were invited to choose from a variety of activities, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, yoga, spiritual direction, group and individual reflection, and journaling, in order to pursue their unique goals for this experience.  Group activities created opportunities for authentic connection and communication. 

Embracing Spirituality – September-November 2014

A continuation of the Engaging Spirituality class using the book A Faithful Heart; A Daily Guide for Joyful Living by Sally Dyck. During this 8-week journey, we will strengthen our spiritual center and experience God in powerful new ways. Will explore the faith of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Contemplative Writing – September-November 2014

​Learn to create a story from a life experience. Class emphasizes individual instructor coaching and will help you develop the significance in your experience with texture and nuance.

Contemplative Writing - Creating Story From a Life Event – January-February, 2014

This course enables participants to take an autobiographically based event and write it in short story form. It emphasizes individualized instructor interaction and coaching and includes personal coaching sessions via telephone.  

Daring Greatly: Authenticity, vulnerability, and Courage – February-March, 2013

Rev. Sallie Suby-Long facilitated a series of brown bag conversations about vulnerability, authenticity, and courage, using the text of Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

Daring Greatly:  Wholehearted Parenting 

Inspired by Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, this class stimulated conversations that focused on how we can enhance our parenting through modeling authenticity, courage, and faith. 

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