Well-Being Respite

Well-Being Respite is a unique learning opportunity that offers spiritual renewal for members in a convenient, partial-day, remote format. Respites are offered twice each year in addition to the annual in-person Well-Being Retreat.

Well-Being Respite
"Having just finished the August respite, I can see how important it is for me to do this regularly. Normally, I am caring for the church, my family, and my community. This gives me an opportunity to care for me." 

"I am thankful for … the framing of the workshop in worship and prayer from start to finish, creating a safe and loving atmosphere for learning."

— Well-Being Respite attendees

Well-Being Respite is a unique online opportunity to step away from your daily routine and foster spiritual renewal and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry as you contemplate God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.

Available at no cost to all active and retired members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), their spouses, and surviving spouses, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. Each offering focuses on a different dimension of wholeness — financial, spiritual, vocational, and health — and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.

Each respite comprises the following:

  • centering prayer
  • an engaging workshop
  • a panel discussion
  • break-out conversation with other participants

The event concludes with a charge and blessing as you return to the rhythm of your day. 

2024 respite schedule

Registration for each respite opens a few weeks before the event.

TitleRegistrationPrimary presenter
May 29, 2024
Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It
Registration is closed
Dr. Lorrie Miller
Oct. 16, 2024
I’m a Survivor: Harnessing Resilience Amidst Uncertainty
Registration opens Sept. 18, 2024

Recordings of Well-Being Respites are available as stand-alone courses in the Board's e-learning site content library, which you can access by logging on to Benefits Connect.

Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 1-3:30 p.m.
Registration is closed.

Join us as we discuss mental health — an issue that is often hidden in the shadows of stigma. In this Well-Being Respite, we will debunk myths and misconceptions about mental health, address barriers to treatment, and delve into the essential steps for identifying the right mental health professional for you. We will also discuss avenues for seeking support when needed, and how to effectively support others in their mental wellness journeys.

Award-winning licensed therapist Dr. Lorrie Miller and Rev. Dr. Regina Groff, Director, Education for Wholeness, invite you to be part of this safe space to explore perspectives and practices for fostering mental wellness.

About the speaker

Dr. Lorrie Miller is an award-winning licensed therapist, on-site EAP provider, and the COO of Emind Wellness & Training Institute (EWTI), in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has extensive experience working with large and small organizations across the country and overseas. 

Dr. Miller has been in practice since 2009 and specializes in helping individuals manage the pressures and expectations of high-stress work environments.  She understands that individual wellness is more than physical health, and therefore, she provides effective tools to integrate mental and emotional health strategies into the fabric of the work environment.  

Dr. Miller has a passion for helping others and is always excited to manifest her talents and skills in service to all persons.


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