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Creating Cards to Share: A Retreat Activity

At our last retreat, “Living Joy to the Fullest,” we asked the participants to think of ways that they could do things for others. We were looking to ways to focus on how our actions can impact others, and bring joy to their lives, as well as our own. Kim and I are both big fans of card making, and so we decided to have a little creative breakout session. Instead of making cards for ourselves, though, we found three worthy causes to share our cards with: The St Raymond’s Eucharistic Ministers, Nana’s Box, and Afiveohfouruplifting. We let the retreatants know that we’d be donating the cards to these groups. Everyone was excited to create something beautiful to share with other people, even though these were people we’d never meet!

Here’s the whole set of cards we made, which I will ship out on Monday!

Cards for Charity

And some lovely details on some of our cards. The man who made this card thoughtfully placed tied ribbons on the front to go with the “connection” theme in the quote:

Card Close up

I love this message because it reminds me of my friend, Father Rusty. He likes to reflect on the metaphor of dance and relationships. In order to dance, you have to agree to lead and follow, to listen, to move together, and all of it changes every second. He likens this to the relationships we have with each other, and with God. Isn’t that lovely?

Card Close up

I’m super inspired by these and it’s really got my wheels churning on an idea…

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  • Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne
    April 17, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Such a fun and meaningful activity for your retreat! Can’t wait to hear what’s your next idea. 🙂

  • Bubby Makes Three
    April 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    what a lovely idea…

  • Liz
    April 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

    What a great activity! I bet it was a ton of fun!

  • AngiDe
    April 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Oh Paula what wonderful cards you all made!! Thank you for choosing Nana’s Box to be one of the reciepents of your wonderful cards. I am very excited to add them to the boxes.