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Upcoming retreat in Spokane to focus on the 12-Step Program


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Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will be offering a Serenity 12-Step Retreat June 3-5 with the Rev. Thomas Weston. The title of the retreat is “Practical, Simple, and Basic: The Genius of the 12 Steps.”

According to a press release, during the retreat guests will look at the steps and traditions of the 12-Step Program, “and help women and men to become more familiar with the simple behaviors which change our lives.”

Weston has lived in Oakland, California since 1981. He has been an active member of the recovery community since 1976, was ordained a priest in 1978, and is a reader, a gardener, a member of the Jesuit community, and does some pastoral work in Oakland. He presently travels nationally and internationally giving 12-Step Retreats and assisting addicts with spiritual direction and guidance.

Cost of the retreat is $192 per person, and $294 per couple, $107 commuter.

For information call (509) 448 -1224, ext. 109 or email [email protected],

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.


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