Good Samartian/Newman Center’s Women’s Retreat – Feb. 6-8, 2015

Date: February 6, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm

with The Reverend Babs M. Meairs, M.DIV., M.A., B.C.C.

“Exploring Your Unique Spiritual Path”

The Women’s Group of Good Samaritan and the Newman Center invite you to a weekend that will explore your personal spiritual journey through a variety of practices and activities.

Participants will return from this weekend, or day away enlightened by a new spiritual energy.*

Friday – Sunday – Feb. 6 – 8, 2015


SITE: Calvary Chapel Conference Center, 39405 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta, CA 92563. Telephone: 951-698-5031 –

CHECK-IN: Friday begins at 4:00 pm in the Main Lobby of the Conference Center and dining hall. Dinner will be served in the dining hall Friday evening at 6:50 pm.


No alcohol is allowed on site.  

Bring a BIBLE

Casual clothing wear layers; swim suit, bath towel (Conference Center has hot springs and pool).

Bring a sweater for air-conditioned areas. Weather in Murrieta is chilly at night in February.

Toiletries, etc. prescription meds, ear plugs, comfort items, cell phone chargers, flashlight, seat cushion, walking shoes, sandals for pool/spring access.

Facility “allows” NO Snacks in Conference Room. Refillable water bottle; camera, musical instrument, notepad, pen, journal, book.

Cash There is a book store with a broad spectrum of faith based books. There is also a coffee house. The surrounding area is quite urban.

Grounds are slightly rolling, walks are paved. There are many places to sit, outdoors, in a resort style setting.    A golf cart is available for transportation.


From San Diego: Take the I – 15 freeway north to the 215 freeway. Take the 215 to the exit on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, which is the first off ramp. Turn right and proceed about 1.5 miles. Turn left on Margarita and proceed to the front gate.

Ask for Main Lobby – Building 3.

ACCOMMODATIONS:   Each room has four single beds and one bunk bed set.   We suggest you bring your own beach towel(s). Linens/bath towels are provided. There is a large bathroom with separate toilet and shower.

ARRIVAL: Registration begins at 4:00 pm. Plan to arrive in time for the 6:50 – 8 pm Dinner; Saturday meals are Breakfast 7:50 – 9 am; Lunch 11:50 – 1 pm; Dinner 5:50 – 7 pm; Sunday Breakfast is 7:50 – 9 am with

Check Out Time at NOON in Main Lobby.

For information, contact:

Margaret Bookwalter @ (619) 665-6511/

Paula McMahon @ (858) 272-2486/

Emily Velez-Confer (GS) @ cell: 619 922-4745/

*Exploring Your Unique Spiritual Path

To be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

Welcome to the upcoming retreat February 6-8, 2015. This introduction is intended to help you prepare for our time together by introducing you to some ideas and terms that will be used throughout the weekend. In response to the survey, presentations will focus on helping you find ways to deepen your personal and communal spiritual understanding and practice, with emphasis on providing time and suggestions for individual reflection.

One of the tools which will be referenced is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Do not worry if you have not been exposed to this assessment, as a brief summary will be provided. The basic idea is to better understand one’s own personality in order to develop a spiritual life that is appropriate to one’s individuality as a child of God. The MBTI identifies four pairs of preferences that reveal information about “how individuals prefer to interact with their environment, how they perceive and process information, and how they draw conclusions or reach decisions,” (O’Connor, et. al.) There is no right or wrong way; rather appreciation of what makes each of us who we are is encouraged. Self-understanding leads to a greater relationship with our Source of Life.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator – select one of two links below to access this indicator.

Four traditional approaches to spiritual exercises will be related to the temperaments that emerge from personality types. Examples can be found throughout Christian history and offer suggestions for developing one’s own spiritual practices. Using the categories found in Prayer and Temperament we will consider Ignatian, Augustinian, Franciscan, and Thomistic Spirituality.

You may want to familiarize yourself with these terms and references ahead of time. Most important is that you come ready to refresh yourself and rest in the Lord.


Spirituality: Interior awareness which leads humanity into relationship with our Creator God and Creation; Christian spirituality is full human living in surrender to Christ and affirms communion with others.

MBTI typology: one’s dominant or preferred process in each of four personality dimensions, Extrovert/Introvert (emphasis on inner or outer world perception), Sensing/Intuition (emphasis on preference for taking in information), Thinker/Feeler (preferred mode of evaluation and decision making), and Judging/Perceiving (style of dealing in the world)


“Psychological Type,” O’Connor, Shewchuk, Raab, Hospital & Health Services Administration, 37:4 Winter 1992

Please Understand Me, Character & Temperament Types, David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates, 1978

Prayer and Temperament, Different Prayer Forms For Different Personality Types, Chester P. Michael and Marie C. Norrisey, 1984