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12-Step Retreat: First Things First – Faith in Recovery

May 4, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - May 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm


Recovery, the power of story, in the silence of Centering Prayer

This retreat explores the essential principles that formed the first steps of The Twelve Step program of recovery now known as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). As we view and discuss the engaging play, Bill W and Dr Bob, we see how the lives of two desperate men, their families and friends, and an historic convergence of events forged the foundation of faith integral in their recovery and in the formation of AA’s foundational first three steps. Through viewing, discussion, journaling, and reflection we see how these essential principles formed spiritual practices in their lives and established a program of recovery grounded in faith. During our time together may the voice of our stories contribute to the integrity of recovery’s indispensable first fruit of spiritual awakening.

Retreat presenter, Kenny Kohberger, is a member of COSEW’s Coordinating Team and a commissioned presenter of the 12-Step Centering Prayer meditation practice. His recent course of study at Virginia Theological Seminary supported his research which affirmed the significance of faith in twelve step recovery. “First Things First – Faith In Recovery” is the culminating project of his study. Before attending seminary Kenny had a rich career in the performing arts. Yet his eyes widen and emit joy when asked about his project. For Kenny, “First Things First – Faith In Recovery” is the creative manifestation, a crescendo, of a seeker’s journey.

This retreat is for people who participate in any 12-Step program, or those who support recovery, and desire to deepen their meditation practice and enrich their spirituality. There will be daily morning and afternoon periods of Centering Prayer meditation. In addition to the play, we will view a few of the videos from the series “The Contemplative Dimension of the Twelve Steps with Thomas Keating.” An Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat observes the contemplative practice of silence except when sharing at Twelve Step Meetings and during discussion at program sessions.

Please see the link below to register.


May 4, 2023 @ 5:30 pm
May 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
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Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Wisconsin
Ann Koerner, CSA akoerner45@gmail.com
Kenny Kohberger kennykohberger@gmail.com


Siena Retreat Center, Racine WI
5637 Erie St, Racine, WI 53402
Racine, WI 53402 United States
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(262) 898-2590
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