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Don’t Skip Recess Pre-Festival Offering
Thursday July 11

A pre-festival camp for mental health practitioners and spiritual directors

Childlikeness ● Awe and Wonder ● Presence ● Trust ● And, of course, Play!

9 am – 5 pm

cost: $59.00


What is it? What happens when two former youth ministers become a therapist and spiritual director? Especially in the realms of trauma and addiction?

Oddly enough, Don’t Skip Recess happens. The emotional burden that mental health practitioners and spiritual directors can carry tends to be heavy, gloomy, isolating, and stressful. Can you relate?

Don’t Skip Recess is devoted to delving into the lands of
Play | Presence | Innocence
This magic medicine is for those who consistently hold space for seekers and sufferers alike.

Drawing from ancient wisdom sources such as Rumi, Stay playfully child(like), and the Gospel of Matthew (the Message), Start over like children, as well as integrating intelligence from shame researcher Brene Brown and play expert Dr. Stuart Brown, and fun theorist Bernard Louis DeKoven, Don’t Skip Recess rummages through stacks of:

  • Childlikeness
  • Awe and Wonder
  • Presence
  • Trust

And, of course, Play! Duh.  Who can play? Don’t Skip Recess is open to humans who work as mental health professionals or spiritual directors.

Don’t Skip Recess includes:

  • Games
  • Song
  • Experiential experiments of experience (i.e., nonsense!)
  • Wanders
  • Potential high fives
  • Giggles
  • Story and Sharing
  • Renewal (not guaranteed!)

Your Hosts

Angela Spearman
is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She founded a private practice The Center For Well-Being, LLC. serving adults & children impacted by addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and other mental and relational wellness concerns.

Matthew Ray Lyda is a goofy goober who drives a 2012 Honda minivan sporting a unicorn license plate. Secondly, an inhabitant of the foothills of South Carolina, the former hunting grounds of the Cherokee people, and thirdly, a fan of many Kevin Cosner films (esp. Robin Hood & Dances with Wolves).

He’s served overseas in Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, and Kolkata. Married to his best friend and college sweetheart, he fathers three glorious children who could not care less about the credentials and post-nominals that tag on like a caboose to his name.

Check In for pre-festival events will be available on Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and Thursday from 7am to 9 am.

If you’re tent camping, there’s no additional campsite charge for Wednesday night.
Some campsite locations are restricted due to large venue tent construction in several areas.
RV campers will need to purchase an additional night.

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