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Check out the article, "Petting a wolf", by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery about her experience with Mohican, a red wolf, in the December 29, 2017 edition of the





 MAY 4 T0 May 6, 2018

For couples and individuals

Bridget Brennan and

Jerry Shenare are experienced and educated marriage presenters


Registration is open






             "My room...

my food,,,

what I learned...

all wonderful"

                        - KD




"I am writing to thank you for a special and meaningful visit to your wonderful retreat center in the beautiful

Smokey Mountains, 

You provided us with everything we needed and more"


"Thank you for the wonderful accomodations.

I was able to get more time for prayer, more "down" time and more sleep.  Above all, I feel so at home!"

                              -Sr E., OP


"I loved the mountains, creek, peace, quiet, people, and all that makes Maggie
Valley, Living Waters, a special place to fill up with God."

                                    - SCR


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                            May 4 - 6, 2018

Growing in Love With One Another

              Growing in Love With God

The Marriage Journey


Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen guide married couples and individuals in how to discover more deeply our love for one another as we discover more deeply God's love for us!

Their newest book:

Falling in Love...Finding God

Finding God invites readers to grow in intimacy with each other and with God.  The authors lead couples to discover and experience love, intimacy and God.

Practical tools such as communication, conflict resolution, and management of time, sex, and money are offered.  Ignation Spirituality tools such as Discernment and Examin are also detailed.


Bridget Brennan is the founder and president of the Cana Institute.  She holds Masters  Degrees in both Human Relations and Religious Studies.  She has more that twenty years experience as a Family Life Minister and is a Certified Family Life Educator and a Relationship Skills Master Coach.  She has also served as adjunct instructor at Aquinas Institute School of Theology and Spirituality of Marriage.  Bridget developed and directed Marriage Prep seminars for first and second time marriages.  Since 1977, when the program was implemented, Bridget has coached more that 5,000 couples preparing for marriage.

Author of The Marriage Connection, A Facilitator's Guide for Young marrieds Retreats,Bridget, along with Jerry Shen, her husband of more thatn 30 years, frequently travels throughout the United States presenting retreats and workshops for married couples.



 June 25, 7:00 PM - Friday,

June 29, 11:00 AM

        Wake up to Your Dream Wisdom

                                    Presented by Lynn Larson


The Divine Creator formed us as beings who dream with purpose

While our conscious minds are at rest, we experience dreams that provide a link between our personalities and our higher selves.  Dreams reflect rich inner processing of our life journeys -- not with judgment or blame, but with information, insight and inspiration.

Dreams emerge from within us to enliven our positive energy and transform our negative energy. As we open ourselves to the gift of dreaming, we can also use dreams to evaluate decisions, seek guidance and resolve conflict, 

Told through symbols and imagery, dreams literally reveal our feelings and offer concrete messages about personal growth, life purpose and relationships



Lynn Larson, MA has been studying dreams since 1975 and is formally trained in spiritual direction,  In 2004 she established retreats to offer seekers a time to set aside the demands of everyday life and come together for rest and spiritual renewal.. In addition to sponsoring centering prayer retreats, Lynn directs retreats and workshops on Julian of Norwich and the wisdom of the ancient Celtic tradition.  Her focus centers on a modern approach to heal the human condition through the constant reminder that God loves us without blame and is present in all.  She teaches and conducts dream workshops and works with individuals privately.  She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia