O my soul, come, praise the Eternal with all that is in me—body, emotions, mind, and will—every part of who I am—praise His holy name. Psalm 103:1

καρδία (kardia) is Greek for “Heart” — and yet it is all-encompassing in meaning. According to Strong’s Concordance: “universally, καρδία denotes the seat and center of all physical and spiritual life and the vigor and sense of physical life. [It is…] the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors.” When Paul wrote “let the eyes of your heart (καρδία, kardia) be opened” he meant for our entire being—every part of who we are—to be open to the movement of God’s Spirit within us.

Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care: Integrated Spiritual Direction and Caregiving for Mind, Body, Spirit & Soul is designed to provide spiritual direction, compassionate care and integrated instruction in order to live a more fully embodied, whole-hearted life—the καρδία, kardia life!

lakeOne of the ways we do this is through Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care REtreats, hosted by Jody Thomae, author and teacher on creativity, spirituality and embodiment, at her private home studio, Rooted & Reaching Lakeside, at Pleasant Hill Lake near the Mohican Forest in beautiful Northcentral Ohio.

In this incredible soul-renewing location, our greatest hope is to provide a safe and sacred space for you—the whole of you—to come home to your own self, to embrace your body as a BEaUtiful part of your spiritual journey, and to nurture the creative spirit within.

Studio 1Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care REtreats are designed as an opportunity for you to withdrawal from the demands of daily life and set aside sacred time for rest and reflection, prayer and worship, movement and mindfulness, creativity and exploration. Together we journey with sacred rhythms—again and again—in Christ-centered community, spending time in embodied prayer, mindful creativity, YogaFaith practice, Biblical teaching and exploration, and worshipful movement—all along the shores of Pleasant Hill Lake.

Limited to six participants, the REtreat is designed to encourage deep connection with others also on the path seeking to live a more fully embodied, whole-hearted life—the καρδία, kardia life! Each participant will also spend personal one-one-one time in embodied spiritual direction with a certified Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care spiritual director.3 laughing

This series of four Christ-centered retreats each year revolve around the embodied and creative exploration of the following four themes: EMBODIED (embodiment); WOVEN (identity); KINTSUGI (healing); and BEHOLD (purpose). These retreats are a chance to withdrawal from the busy-ness of everyday life and set aside time to return to the heart—the καρδία, kardia—of who you are, in your fullest embodied expression. Spend time in the beauty of creation as together we explore a sacred rhythm that allows both our embodied selves and creative selves to play a greater role in our spiritual lives.

Retreat activities include:Lake 3

  • Mindful Movement including Movement-based Scripture Meditation, Circle Dances, Candlelight Dances & Sacred Dance
  • Christ-centered, faith-based slow, energetic flowing movement (YogaFaith)
  • Nature Walks and other Embodied Spiritual Practices
  • Creative Spiritual Practices including Mindful Coloring, Music, Movies, and Color Exploration
  • Teaching, Bible Study and Devotional Times
  • One-on-One Spiritual Direction with a Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care certified spiritual director.

You’ll notice we capitalize the RE in REtreat around here. The prefix “RE” is used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion. REtreats are planned with this in mind, and as you’ll see, themes reflect this as well. 

REtreat Themes:
While they do not have to be attended in the order below, you are highly encouraged to attend the EMBODIED REtreat first, as it sets the stage, explains our rhythms, and provides the foundation for all the other retreats.

1 EmbodiedEMBODIED: the journey of RElease, REverence & REclamation (Embodiment)
For too long we have moved through many aspects of life (work, play, church) with less than our whole selves. But God wants us to worship him with our heart, soul, mind and strength. Come join us on a journey of reclaiming, revering and releasing our embodied selves.

WOVEN: the journey of REmembrance, REvelation & REformation (Identity)2 Woven
Beloved of God, it is time to walk in your true identity! Come join us as we journey together towards remembrance, revelation and reformation as we remember and re-form our identity in Christ as God reveals who we are created to be in and through him… fearfully and wonderfully woven together by the hands of the Master Creator into the trUly BEaUtiful creation you are!

3 KintsugiKINTSUGI: the journey of REscue, REdemption & REstoration (Healing)
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold-infused epoxy. Rather than discarding the damaged and broken, the pieces are mended, and cracks are filled with precious metal and, in many ways, make the object more beautiful than it was at the start. As a philosophy, it is rooted in the inherent beauty of all objects, no matter what they’ve endured. Come join us on a journey of rescuing, redeeming and restoring with Jesus, as we explore the connection between healing and creativity, prayer and redemption, surrender and beauty, worship and wholeness.

BEHOLD: the journey of REsurrection, REnewal & REaffirmation (Purpose)4 Behold
You were created for a purpose! Are your ready for God to do a new thing through you, your life and ministry? Join us as together we explore our personal mission, serving Christ in the kind of incarnational ministry that brings heaven to earth. Together we will resurrect, renew and reaffirm the plans and purposes for which God has uniquely created us as his trUly BEaUtiful masterpiece.

CampfirePlease come join us for this creative, embodied, spiritual journey!

Individual REtreat Cost: $450 each
Includes Friday evening through Sunday afternoon retreat, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday, healthy snacks, programing materials, two nights of lodging and special gifts including The Creator’s Healing Power and God’s Creative Gift. Breakfast and additional reading not included.

Lodging Options:
Lodging is available at one of two beautiful and comfortable private vacation rental properties within 15 minutes of the retreat site. Cost of lodging is included in the retreat price. You will need a car (or to carpool) for transportation to/from the lakeside retreat location (Rooted & Reaching Lakeside Studio).

Private Group Option:
Come enjoy a Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care REtreat for your group alone! If you have a group of four to six people who would like to experience this retreat together, please email Jody at for more information. Limited private group REtreat dates are all booked for 2022 —reserve your group’s date now for 2023!

Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care REtreats dates for 2022:
EMBODIED: the journey of RElease, REverence & REclamation (Embodiment): Feb 25-27
WOVEN: the journey of REmembrance, REvelation & REformation (Identity): Apr 29-May 1
KINTSUGI: the journey of REscue, REdemption & REstoration (Healing): TBD
BEHOLD: the journey of REsurrection, REnewal & REaffirmation (Purpose): TBD


Looking forward to hosting you or your group for an EMBODIED REtreat at Rooted & Reaching Lakeside sometime soon!