A Weekend to Wonder – Crieff Fall Women’s Retreat

November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016
Puslinch ON

A Weekend to Wonder – Crieff Fall Women’s Retreat

November 11th (5:00pm) – November 13th (1:00 pm) 2016


Cost:   $235.00 / person (double accommodation)

              $295.00 / person (single accommodation – limited number of single rooms)

              $170.00 / person (commuter)


When we were children, we encountered the world with awe …

We could lay for hours watching an ant carrying twice it’s weight on its back as it made it’s way through the long grass of our backyard, or finger paint a castle in the sky and tell the story of those that lived within its kingdom. As we got older, we lost this sense of wonder and mystery, becoming more practical and sensible instead. But wonder and awe have not gone away. In Psalm 77, the Psalmist describes God by saying “You are the God who works  wonders.” (Ps 77:14 NRSV) Throughout scripture, we are encouraged to approach God and God’s world with wonder and with awe. We ought to expect to be amazed at all the Lord has done.


Fred Craddock, preacher and New Testament scholar used to go walking with his wife on Sunday afternoons. He called it “going marvelling.” Each Sunday they came home with a new experience of God at work in this marvellous world. Together, we will “go marvelling” this weekend. Through scripture, some brain research and many fun and creative activities, we will discover (or rediscover) our own sense of wonder and awe in our creator and in the world around us.

Go marvelling …                                                                      Download Brochure


Speaker: Dr. Tori Smit

Tori Smit is a Diaconal Minister with the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) and is presently serving as the Regional Minister for Faith Formation for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda (CNOB). Tori has been a professional Christian Educator for over thirty-four years, serving congregations in Milton, Hamilton and Guelph, Ontario, and in Orlando, Florida. She has also served the PCC as the Associate Secretary of The Vine.


Tori has led many workshops across Canada and the United States on behalf of the  PCC and the PCUSA, The Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators, and LOGOS/GenOn Ministries. She has written a broad variety of curriculum for the PCC, youth conference curriculum for Montreat Conference Centre (PCUSA), and adult leader’s guides on Amos and Hosea, and Matthew for Kerygma Bible Studies.


Tori has recently completed her Doctor of Educational Ministry degree through Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, doing her research with congregations of the synod and writing, Will Our Faith Have Children? Planting A Fruitful and Sustainable Ministry With Children In Congregations With Ten Or Fewer Children.”