Aug 25, 2023 to Aug 26, 2023

06:30 pm - 04:00 pm

920 Market Street
La Crosse, 54601

Event Website

(608) 791-5295

AUGUST 25-26
Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Presenter: Diane M. Millis
Overnight: $165, includes private bedroom, breakfast and lunch on Saturday
Commuter: $95, includes lunch on Saturday
Registration deadline: August 21

What if instead of hiding the breaks in our lives, God is inviting us to make them more visible and beautiful? Author and educator Diane Millis believes that God is inviting us to tend and befriend the brokenness in our lives. As a spiritual director, she sees how often people embark on spiritual paths to bypass their pain – hoping that by drawing near to God, they will overcome
their wounds. Yet, as the late theologian Henri Nouwen reminds us in his book “Life of the Beloved,” most of our brokenness cannot be simply taken away. The deepest pain we suffer often stays with us all our lives and we are called to embrace it. Through various forms of prayer, poetry, personal writing and sacred conversation in small groups, Diane will introduce us to practices for befriending the tender, painful places that arise in our heart and in our lives.

Diane M. Millis, Ph.D., loves to accompany people as they explore how God is at work in their lives—through their hopes, their dreams, their heartbreaks and their disappointments. She is the author of “Conversation—the Sacred Art, Deepening Engagement, and Re-Creating a Life” (named one of the best spiritual books of 2019). She has taught at the University of Minnesota, the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, St. Catherine University and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and she offers retreats throughout the United States and Canada. Diane lives in Minneapolis and
shares her life with Mark and their son, Ryan. To learn more about her ministry, visit