Self-Care Retreat

Sponsored by the office of Pastoral Care and Counseling, the Self-Care Retreat is for IGRC clergy and spouses and will be April 21-22 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. Cost is $25 per person. Childcare will be available at a cost of $10 per family (regardless of how many children) and will be provided at Belleville St. Matthew UMC, just minutes from the Shrine. Parents must pick up and drop off children as no transportation will be provided. The Retreat registration deadline is April 5 and the Childcare registration deadline is April 1.

If registering as a couple, fill out the top information as a contact for the group. Then list both participants individually below, which will give each person questions to answer individually. DO NOT REGISTER any children. For child care services, register at:

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Chair massage opportunity

Chair massage will be available on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be a sign-up sheet for the chair massage schedule at the registration table. However, please indicate your interest here to insure adequate staffing for those times.

Continuing Education Credit

While attending sessions is always up to you, BOOM is offering .8 units of Continuing Education credit to those who attend all sessions. Regardless of whether you plan to attend all workshops, this retreat does qualify for Continuing Education funds. If you attend a workshop at each session, you can bring back a CE certificate.The IGRC Board of Ordained Ministry will grant 0.8 hours of Continuing Education credit to any participant who attends the ENTIRE Self-Care event. Check the box to be eligible for CEU's.

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*Saturday morning workshop

Although workshop attendance is optional, please indicate your choices so as to ensure adequate seating for each session

Wake Up Your Life!
Chair Yoga and Healthy Living
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*Saturday early afternoon workshop
Marriage Self-Care
Finding Your Treasures
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*Saturday late afternoon workshop
"What My Spouse Doesn't Tell Me" Benefits Education
Understanding Stress and Management of Chronic Stress
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Retreat Schedule

Friday, April 21

2 to 3 p.m. -- Registration

3 to 4 p.m. -- Do We Encourage or Discourage Self-Care as a Culture? -- Shauna Summers

4 to 5 p.m. -- Our Healthiest Selves with Nutrition and Exercise -- Dr. Jerry Felts

5 to 6:30 p.m. -- Dinner provided on-site

6:30 to 8 p.m. -- Sacred Spaces: An Experiential Faith Exploration -- Deborah Pollex

6:30 to 8 p.m. -- Chair massages available

Saturday, April 22

7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- Chair massages available

7 to 9 a.m. -- Breakfast provided on-site. Coffee -- coloring -- connection

All Saturday workshops have two options to choose from:

9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Wake Up Your Life! -- Vicki Kamhi, LCPC or Chair Yoga and Healthy Living -- Angie "Eunjoo" Lee

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Lunch on your own -- The Shrine has a restaurant on-site and off-site restaurants are just a few minutes away

1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Marriage Self-Care -- Curt Keller, DMin., LMFT or Finding Your Treasures -- Vicki Kamhi, LCPC

2:30 to 3 p.m. -- Snack provided

3 to 4:30 p.m. -- "What My Spouse Doesn't Tell Me" Benefits Education for Clergy Spouses -- Rick Van Giesen or Understanding Stress and the Management of Chronic Stress -- Bob Mitchell

Hotel Accommodations

Overnight hotel accommodations are available on site at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. The rate is $75.85 plus tax. Please call 618-397-1162 or 800-682-2879 to make your reservations BEFORE April 5 when event registration ends.


Shauna SummersShauna Summers is a licensed professional counselor with master's degrees in both developmental psychology (Illinois State University) and clinical mental health counseling (Bradley University). She and her daughter are members of Dayspring Native American UMC and enjoy being a part of the church family.

Shauna will talk about what self-care is, how it can help you be and feel healthier while asking us to think about if American culture encourages or discourages self-care and relaxation. How close is your personal narrative to which possible answer to that question? Perhaps more importantly, how does what you say to yourself about relaxation and leisure affect your ability to engage in self-care?

There are multiple factors to consider from our fast-paced, "be the best you can be" culture to our portable technology that we can access 24 hours a day and everything in between. Culture shapes how we perceive and understand life. Asking the question about how we think about self-care and relaxation is important in figuring out why self-care and relaxation might be such a challenge to achieve. If we don't reassess how we think about something, how can we grow?

Dr. Jerry Felts


Dr. Jerry Felts has more than 40 years’ experience as a natural health care doctor. He graduated with honors from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. He began practice in 1973 and specializes in clinical nutrition, family practice, and clinical neurology.  He has included brain based therapy and Neurobics into his practice and has opened a Health & Wellness Center in his office. He has also appeared on local television and talk radio shows, and has made countless speaking engagements as an advocate for preventative and wellness care!



Rev. Deborah PollexRev. Deborah Pollex has been involved in creating prayer stations for many years. She has done them for children, youth, adults and with her appointment at United Methodist Children’s Home she is now creating them for teens who have experienced severe trauma in their lives.

What exactly makes her so passionate about creating prayer stations? For Deb, setting up prayer stations is a way to help and allow people to ‘be’. This definition may sound vague, but prayer stations enable people to engage with God using all the senses – hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch – and these more often than not connect in surprising and powerful ways to the mind, body and spirit. Traditional models of worship and prayer work for many people. However, they can be difficult if you struggle to communicate with God merely using “words.” All of us have had the experience of being asked to sit quietly and pray, only to find our mind ‘wandering’ and writing a mental to-do list. Prayer stations can provide an alternative to sitting quietly with hands crossed, eyes closed and word focused. Words from scripture suddenly become visible and real when using tangible objects.

If we talk about the “soil” of our hearts, it helps to feel dirt in our hands and see the stones that must be removed before planting a garden, or eating grapes and tasting bread when we talk about the “Fruits of the Spirit” or the “Bread of Life.” One of my greatest joys is when people share an experience (feeling, insight, thought, conclusion, vision) that they had from visiting a prayer station that amazed or surprised them in a deep and transforming way. This is the kind of prayer station experience that I am looking forward to creating for you at the PCC Self-Care Retreat April 21.

Vicki Kahmi


Vicki Kamhi is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with 10 years of counseling experience working in Palliative Care and addiction treatment. She currently works as a Palliative Care counselor at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Vicki’s passion is to share the power of mindfulness in: strengthening our ability to be truly present for others, cultivating loving kindness and compassion, as well as taking care of ourselves. Vicki will facilitate two workshops: “Wake Up To Your Life: Using mindfulness to be present to yourself, others, and the world” and “Uncovering the Treasures of Your Life: Using mindfulness to enhance your gratitude.”

Rev. Angie "Eunoo" Lee


Angie "Eunjoo" Lee was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She is a graduate of Ewha Women's University. Lee received her Master's of Divinity in 2004 from United Theological Seminary, was ordained an elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and is currently serving as associate pastor at Bloomington Wesley UMC.

Lee has been practicing yoga for 12 years. Yoga improved both her body strength and flexibility and relieved stress, giving her a sense of peace and awareness in her ministry. As part of ministry, she has been teaching an intensive course, Yoga for Transformation and a gentle course Chairs and Prayers for more than a year at Bloomington Wesley. Her teaching philosophy is "Breathe, move and become alive."




Rev. Rick Van Giesen

Rick Van Giesen is an IGRC pastor whose appointment for the last 20 years has been to the Conference Finance and Administration Team (FAT). His areas of expertise include clergy pension and benefits, clergy tax issues, insurance and finances.  

Very often, clergy spouses are the chief financial officers of the household, but all of our communications are with the clergy person! Does that information ever get filtered to the spouse? No it doesn’t. The "What My Clergy Spouse Doesn’t Tell Me" workshop will help you understand what you need to know for successful family financial planning. And clergy are welcome for a refresher!



Dr. Curt Keller



Rev. Curt Keller has been serving under appointment in The United Methodist Church since 1983. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist 28 years' experience and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20 years' experience. As a marriage and family therapist, he leads workshops at state conferences and other venues and supervises many therapists working toward licensure. Keller is a former president of the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. His work as a marriage and family therapist has often been helping couples strengthen their relationship and their bonds. Self care of a marriage is essentially learning and practicing that which helps strengthens the marital relationship. Most often these are simple and enjoyable, we just get too busy and forget to take advantage of the positive interactions that strengthen our marriages and reduces our stress.


Robert Mitchell

Robert C. Mitchell, MSW, spent 40 years as a psychotherapist, 30 of which were in private practice. In his years of experience, he has become very familiar with the consequences of stress on the mind and body. He is a current Pastoral Care and Counseling Board member and has taught for Murray State University and Southern Illinois University. In his session, "Understanding Stress and the Management of Chronic Stress," Robert will talk talk about stress in general as well as talking about the many ways to relax and combat distress.

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