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 instruction and integrated care in order to live a more fully embodied, whole-hearted life—the καρδία, kardia life!

One 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.

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. The Rooted & 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 peaceful shores of Pleasant Hill Lake. Limited to nine 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

There are four retreats held each year revolving around themes that creatively explore the following paths: 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: Mindful Movement including Movement-based Scripture Meditation, Candlelight Dance, Sacred Dance, YogaFaith, Nature Walks and other Embodied Spiritual Practices; Mindful Coloring, Music, Movies, Color Exploration, and other Creative Spiritual Practices; Teaching, Bible Study and Devotional Times; and One-on-One Spiritual Direction with a Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care certified spiritual director.

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.

EMBODIED: 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)
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.

KINTSUGI: 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)
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.

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

Individual REtreat Cost: $350 each
Includes Friday evening through Sunday afternoon retreat, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, snacks, programing materials, and special gifts including The Creator’s Healing Power and God’s Creative Gift.
Lodging, breakfast, dinner and additional reading not included.

Lodging Options:
Lodging is not available in the retreat cost. It is available at Mohican Lodge overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake…

…or arrange to stay with others retreatants at local homes through Airbnb or VRBO.

Private Group Option:
Come enjoy a Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care REtreat for your group alone! If you have a group of up to nine people who would like to experience this retreat together, please email Jody at for more information!

Due to the coronavirus, the Rooted & Reaching Embodied Care REtreats are on hold until 2021. Please check back or email Jody at for more information.

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