Upcoming Retreats:

Waiting for the Light – An Advent SoulStream Day Retreat

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A facilitated day retreat offering worship, instruction, periods of silent reflection and prayer, and voluntary group reflection.

It is often a struggle to wait, especially when we’re waiting for good things to come to us or for bad things to come to an end. Yet a posture of waiting is a hallmark of our life with God. The context of Advent provides a rich medium for our exploration of worship and contemplative practices that not only redefine what it means to wait but can reorient our expectation toward the One in whom “the hopes and fears of all the years are met” — God-in-the-flesh, Jesus Christ.

SoulStream partner John Lunn and Julee Botting who are on the leadership team at Marineview.

Advent-facilitator-John_LunnJohn Lunn is a spiritual director and pastor who loves to create spaces for people to experience the love of God and be transformed. He holds a BA in Psychology, an MDiv from Regent College, and has served in the not-for-profit and public sectors as well as in full-time ministry.

Advent-facilitator-Julie-BottingJulee Botting is a worship facilitator who delights in shaping opportunities that inspire people’s participation and imagination toward encounters with God. A skilled pianist and vocalist, she has been creating worship environments for the past 15 years as a regular Sunday morning worship leader and through contemplative services and retreats.

Registration: Register using the form below.
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Times: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Cost: $50.00. All proceeds go to SoulStream Initiatives. Please bring a bag lunch. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.
Marineview Christian Community Church
4000 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Registration here

Questions? Please contact Audrey at


Holy Is God’s Name: Advent retreat with Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div.

Sat. Dec. 9, Vancouver. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, St. Mark’s Parish.

Join Catherine in a prayerful invitation to the Advent season.  Enter into the stories of the Annunciation, the Visitation and the Magnificat using scripture, poetry, art, music and imagination.  Time for quiet prayer and faith sharing.  Retreat includes coffee and light lunch.


Please save these date for 2018 retreats with Catherine:

  • Sat. Feb. 17, Food for the Soul Student Retreat, 9 am – 12 pm, St. Mark’s Parish, Vancouver
  • Sat. March 3The Way Lenten Retreat, 12 pm – 5 pm, St. Mark’s Parish, Vancouver


More SoulStream retreats coming soon!

SoulStream will be offering a weekend silent retreat “Introduction to Ignatian Prayer,” facilitated by Chris Chiu and me, March 9-11 at the Little Flower Monastery in Deroche, BC and more one-day retreats facilitated by SoulStream partners in the coming months.

Details will be posted here and on the SoulStream website.


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Schedule Esther to speak at your next event!

Esther Book signingLooking for a speaker for a small gathering, retreat, or large event? Author and spiritual director, Esther Hizsa, is a gifted communicator and facilitator. Sharing stories from her everyday life, she helps listeners open to God’s love, deepen in prayer, and find God in their everyday life.

More about Esther

More about Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim


Esther is available for:

  • Readings from Stories of an Everyday Pilgrim
  • Men’s or women’s breakfasts or evening gatherings
  • One-day or half-day retreat
  • Preaching
  • Weekend retreat
  • Day retreat co-led with spiritual director, Chris Chiu, “God: Closer than We Imagine”


  • Finding God in Our Everyday Lives
  • The Transforming Power of Compassion: From God, For Myself, For Others
  • Praying in Silence
  • Praying with our Emotions
  • Our Deepest Shame & God’s Deeper Love
  • Ignatian Spirituality
  • Love Mischief for the World

Contact Esther

Photo Credits:
Banner: “Hummingbird” by Ed Dahl. Used with permission.
Waiting for the Light photo (c) John R Lunn. Used with permission.
Book signing photo by Farida Somjee. Used with permission.

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