Surrender and Live: A Serenity Retreat

Friday, Mar 23, 7:00pm
Saturday, Mar 24, 4:00pm

Tom DeZell

Closed retreat for people in recovery.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results." Those of us who struggle with addiction know this pattern well. We have literally handed our lives over, and we are prisoners to those things that we cannot live without. This disconnect from reality is so powerful that we have come to see this imprisonment as our only reality. This serenity retreat will share a story of light and hope. It is a paradoxical story of surrender to those things that bind us in order that we might become free of them. We will focus on the spiritual treasure map that is the first three steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The format will include shared experiences, discussion, quiet reflection and prayer.


Full: $145, includes overnight stay and all meals

Commuter: $95, includes lunch on Saturday

Registration deadline: March 9

Limited to 20 participants.

  • Commuter

    Full price $95.00

  • Single

    Full price $145.00

In order to protect anonymity, this retreat is closed to men and women who are members of a 12-step fellowship and active in their recovery from alcohol or drugs. Confidential financial assistance is available to those who would like to attend but do not have the means to do so.


Tom DeZell
Tom DeZell has been clean and sober for 10 years, having come to accept and understand the devastation caused by his alcoholism and drug addiction. He has found blessing in all the changes that have taken place in his life. With surrender and saying “yes” to “living life on life’s terms,” he has come to understand the transformative power of the God of his understanding. Tom is a trained spiritual director, having recently graduated from the FSC’s Spiritual Direction Preparation Program.