How can I be substantial if I don’t cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.
— Carl Jung
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Embracing Our Shadow Retreat

November 3rd, 4pm ~ November 4th, 4pm

...there is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection. To round itself out, life calls not for perfection but for completeness; and for this the `thorn in the flesh’ is needed, the suffering of defects without which there is no progress and no ascent.’
— -C. G. Jung

The shadow is a psychological term for everything we can’t see in ourselves. Individually, we must face our own shadows to avoid projecting pain onto others. It's easy to see the impact of our collective shadows in societal issues of today. Here in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, our history of slavery and the legacy of racism must be faced if we are going to heal and become whole as a community.

But the shadow contains more than just darkness. By embracing our shadow side we can also claim many good qualities we often fail to see in ourselves or recognize in our community. Shadow work is about embracing the fullness of who we are and can be.  

Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or negative aspects of our life to the side... we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.
— Jeff Bridges

Join Mimi Weaver and Joel Blunk* for this 24-hour Retreat at Richmond Hill to consider the wholeness that genuine shadow work can bring both individually and to our community.  

The retreat will include: 

To register, contact Mary Lewis at retreats@richmondhillva.org or call her at (804)783-7903. The cost is $95 and includes meals and lodging. Space is limited. 

This offering meets continuing education requirements for Richmond Hill adjunct ministers. 

*Joel Blunk is co-pastoral director of Richmond Hill and an ordained Presbyterian minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to moving to Virginia in February of 2016, Joel served a congregation for 21 years in central Pennsylvania, one block from the Penn State University campus. He has extensive experience as a spiritual director, leading retreats, and working for social change. He is an accomplished singer/songwriter and involved in international men's work with Illuman. His wife, Kristen Saacke-Blunk, lives with him at Richmond Hill and the two of them have three grown sons.

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You must have shadow and light source both. Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.
— Rumi