"When there is a crisis in the church it is always here: a crisis in contemplation."

-- Carlo Carretto

Leaders for this retreat-style conference will journey with you through the week, providing one-on-one spiritual direction as requested, offering contemplative morning and evening prayer and guiding relaxed table discussions over lunch.

Camp Arrah Wanna, June 4 - 8, 2018

Leadership Team: Jeff Savage, Karen Gygax Rodriguez, Joyce and David Reed

and Brad Berglund

Jeff has been a pastor for more than thirty years and has served the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Oregon, since 1988. A strong advocate for life together, Jeff says, “This has been my faith community for the past twenty-seven years, and many of these brothers and sisters have taught me much about the rhythms of the Spirit.” In addition to earning a BA in history and a Master of Divinity degree, Jeff’s Doctor of Ministry degree centered on spiritual formation and leadership. A retreat leader with a focus on contemplative practices, Jeff and his wife, Janet, also offer retreat space for clergy colleagues at their home above the McKenzie River at Vida, Oregon. Jeff is currently engaged in spiritual direction training and serves as a leader in the Transformed by the Spirit initiative. When home, Jeff finds balance in gardening, watching the sunrise, fishing, and being “Pop Pop” to four wonderful grandchildren.

Rev. Karen Gygax Rodriguez  has been a pastor for 25 years.  Throughout her ministry Karen has always valued the shared spiritual journey.  Karen has done extensive work with Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal, the practices of Circles of Trust and learning to ask open, honest questions, which seek to create the atmosphere for a person’s soul and inner knowledge to surface as a resource for that person.  Through the presence of the Holy Spirit in each one of our lives, we have the potential to search within to hear and know God’s voice.  Karen’s primary work as a spiritual director has been to her congregation, and the gathered community of Green Lake.


A classical guitarist, an ordained American Baptist minister, and an adjunct seminary professor, Brad Berglund works ecumenically leading retreats and pilgrimage experiences around the world. The author of two best-selling books on the topic of worship renewal, Reinventing Sunday and Reinventing Worship, Brad is an internationally recognized worship designer and leader. When he is at home in Denver, Brad can be found leading an ecumenical contemplative worship experience called “The Threshold.” Visit Brad at: www.illuminatedjourneys.com and www.thethreshold.us


Joyce and David Reed are American Baptist Regional Missionaries to Ibero-America & the Caribbean in the area of Spiritual Renewal and Spiritual Formation.  With their Latino partners, they design spiritual formation curriculum for theological schools, lead renewal retreats & offer spiritual guidance for church leaders. They also mentor young people who feel called to ministry & mission.  The Reeds are currently engaged in spiritual direction training which they will complete in December 2016. Joyce shares, “Threshold, pilgrimage, liminal spaces, trusting God in the dark, and silence have become key words and phrases in our journey together. One of our greatest joys is creating safe, sacred spaces with others to discern the Spirit’s voice."


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