Soul Sittin'


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Soul Sittin’ Retreat:

Come to the mountain and do some Soul Sittin’ with a group of like-minded seekers and believers who desire the space to see what God has for them next, personally and/or professionally. In a weekend of fellowship through structured and unstructured time, you will have the opportunity to stop, reconnect with yourself and God, work on co-creating the next phase of your life, and discover how to articulate your story as it is unfolding.

Start your journey with The Empty Front Porch: Soul Sittin’ to Design Your porch to Porch Plan

Tailored Workshop or Retreat:

If you would like to tailor a retreat for a particular group: women’s retreats, men’s retreats, church retreats, church staff, sabbaticals, professionals in transition, young professionals, Christian business leaders, etc.; or if you would like to mix in leadership development with soul sittin’ aspects for young professionals, we can co-design the content for your needs.

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Soul Sittin’: Designing Your porch to Porch Plan
“All you have to do is sit at the keys and be ready to receive.” — Lionel Ritchie

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Join the author on the porch for some Soul Sittin’ to spark your renewal. Come to the mountain in the storm, travel the back roads to the farm, and share the wanderings that shaped a journey.

As we roam together, remember, and retrace the steps of your story. Connect porch to Porch, and co-design your life over and over again, with the Source as your touchstone. Do the work, and you’ll have a plan that will provide you more hope, security, and fulfillment than you have ever dreamed. Accept the invitation to do some Soul Sittin’. We’ve saved you a seat.

Participants will work on their porch to Porch Plan with the author providing guidance throughout the workshop or retreat.

Start your journey with The Empty Front Porch: Soul Sittin’ to Design Your porch to Porch Plan

Living through Spirit: Soul Sittin’ to Reconnect, Redesign & Renew
“You can be a host to God or a hostage to your ego.” — Wayne Dwyer


We can go it on our own, or we can travel with the best Navigator to ever sit in the passenger seat. We can close our eyes, ears, and hearts, or we can open them to more possibility than we could ever dream. We can draw inside the lines, or we can paint extravagant masterpieces that leave indelible impressions for generations to come. We can live fully and completely, or we can accept gray outlines of a life that never matched the best that was waiting for us. What is the difference in our experience? How can we master a life well-lived? Who can walk with us on the journey? How do we shape a life Living through Spirit?

Listen to a brief podcast on “Soul Sittin’ to Reconnect, Redesign, & Renew”

Download the Soul Sittin’ to Reconnect, Redesign, & Renew Worksheet

Transforming Lives into Callings

Transformation is a process, and as life happens there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery – there are moments on mountaintops and moments in deep valleys of despair. —Rick Warren


Some have a knowing from childhood – a compelling sense of purpose. Others’ journeys unfold, and gifts are unveiled along the way. God speaks in our experiences if we seek Him, listen for Him, and we observe ourselves in our interactions. Discovering our gifts and their best use is a daily act of humility and obedience. Choosing a life of service is a choice to not be in charge. How do we know we’re living the life God has called us to? Against the backdrop of a personal journey, examine 6 Steps to Transform Your Life into Your Calling.

Listen to Elisa Gary interview Cynthia about “Transforming Lives into Callings”

Listen to Cynthia’s presentation on “Transforming Lives into Callings”

Who is Calling & Do I Want to Answer?
I was living an extremely burdensome life, because every time I prayed, I became more clearly aware of my faults. On the one hand, God was calling me. On the other, I was following the way of the world. Doing what God wanted made me happy; but I felt bound by the things of this world. — St. Teresa of Avila

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My Dad, the Rev. Spraker, tells me of the three times it took for him to realize that he was being directed into a life of supporting the mentally ill as part of his ministry. Hindsight yields clarity in the rear view mirror as we notice the road signs, the messages, and the opportunities that are placed before us that we overlook, as we rush to the life we want or the one others think we are supposed to live. First, have you accepted that you have a reason for being alive? Second, have you acknowledged that you are accountable for how and whether you answer the Forger of your life? And most importantly, what is your answer going to be? Are you ready to walk away from a life in order to walk towards THE life that is waiting for you? Come explore your choices and consider your options.

“The Stained Glass of York Minster”
People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. — Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Cynthia is the first person to write a definitive work on the stained glass of the East Window in York Minster’s Chapter House, located in the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, while earning an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York, England. She also studied and authored work on the stained glass in The Lady Chapel and enjoys sharing her love of York Minster and its history in the beautiful walled medieval city of York.

York Minster CM & York Minster Chapter House
Thank you, thank you, Cynthia, your presentation was so interesting! We were dreaming about the whole PEO chapter going to York. I went home and told my husband that I wish I had heard your presentation before we went to Yorkshire.

Carol McPhee
PEO, Charlotte Chapter
He Stayed for Her: Extraordinary Men in the Midst of Alzheimer’s and Chronic Illness

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” —Tia Walker


Cynthia has watched two grandfathers, her father, and her husband care for the women they loved in the midst of chronic illnesses, life-changing experiences, and the powerful after-effects that transform lives. Today’s society has diminished the role of men, fathers, and their extraordinary ability to be the foundation and stability of the family during ordinary and difficult times. Journey with Cynthia as she celebrates the men who have demonstrated being loving “in sickness and in health” and the women to whom they were a blessing.

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