Who We Are
We have been moved by the Spirit to accompany those who desire to discover and respond to their calling. Our ministry empowers people to be more aware of themselves and of God, embrace the realities of life, and journey with an authentic community for spiritual transformation.
In these trying times, we are one with the poor in spirit who are seeking the Lord. We welcome all pilgrims and offer a safe space for spiritual nourishment regardless of one’s faith tradition, status, gender, or political views. As we form communities in our desire for healing, we journey together holding each other up through the mountaintops and valleys. We utilize the gifts of accessibility and connectivity offered by modern day technology. These are new passageways that form and strengthen relationships.
We seek to embody God’s mercy and love for those in the peripheries, those who feel left out even amid the crowd, those who long for the divine therapy. We pitch our tent outside the camp where the hurt and the heavily laden can find some healing and rest. We accompany those who are trying to navigate their liminal spaces and know God’s presence.
Man Fully Alive.
- To help seekers develop greater God-awareness and self-awareness so they can deepen their intimacy with God.
- To guide seekers in their road to freedom from attachments that hinder them from responding freely to God’s call.
- To assist the seekers in the process of discernment to know and
fulfill their calling.
- To continuously accompany followers on their journey towards wholeness.
- To provide a place for transformation and renewal.
I commit to living a life fully present to God as he is fully present to me. I spend time with God in nature and in the scriptures. I am intentional in setting aside time for daily examen. I am committed to trusting God in my transformation as I follow God more closely.
I commit to a life of balance, rythm, and moderation. I will be present to the season where I am in. I honor the commitments I make with God, myself, and others will be discerning in the face of change.
I commit to actively and willingly take part in a community of co-pilgrims in this journey. I do my part in keeping mutual love and respect alive. My community is my safe and sacred space where I can be authentic and vulnerable. I allow my community to speak into my life and help me see my blind spots. As we travel along this path, we keep each other isnpired and faithful to our calling.
I commit to being open to learning something new everyday through my readings, conversations with other people and daily grind. I try to be mindful of every learning opportunity God sends my way. I am committed to using my wisdom as God intends.
I commit to being hospitable to God, myself, and other people. By being present to the now, I am able welcome life as it comes, in whatever form it appears. I am being hospitable to God by letting him be God, not wanting to take his role in my life. I am being hospitable to myself by listening to what my body, soul, and spirit need. I am being hospitable to others by making space to welcome them as they come knocking at my door and by showing them mercy and compassion.
I commit to continuously discern my calling and be faithful to it by striving to live it out. I let go of anything that stands in my way of responding to that call. I try to be an instrument who can help others discern their own calling.
I commit to allowing myself to engage in creative expressions of my being. I use my gifts to create something as my way of giving thanks to my creator. I am present to the beauty around me, appreciating the creativity of my God. I am committed to using my creativity as I respond to my calling.
The Three Pillars of the Ministry
Every step we take as a ministry is founded on these three pillars:
The inspired writings in the Bible guides our lives as true followers of Christ. The gospel stories, wisdom from the prophets, and the lives of Biblical characters enlighten our minds and hearts, speak to our unique experiences, give us joy and consolation, and draw us closer to Him who is Word incarnate. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and all our retreats and recollections all involve the reading of the sacred Scriptures.
Everything that surrounds us is a reflection of God. Through His creation we are able to feel God’s presence and experience His boundless love. Creation includes nature and all life forms in it, the natural forces at work, and the beautiful landscapes and sceneries that all speak of God’s greatness. The Eco-Spirituality & Retreat Center where we hold our retreats is our sacred space where one can connect to God. The silence and solitude in a beautiful place all contribute to enriched prayer life and greater self and God awareness which ignite one’s creativity. Creativity, in all its forms, is a big part of being fully alive.
Our psychospiritual approach allows for a more holistic view of the human person. Through the help of psychology, we can have a deeper understanding of human behavior and its physiological and sociological influences. As we talk about faith and movement of the spirit in each person, we also take into account some important considerations such as developmental stages, consciousness and unconsciousness, personality types, and coping and defense mechanisms.
The Core Team
Founder & Executive Director
Fully alive and wild at heart, Lita has been designing programs for retreats and courses since the ministry started nine years ago. She prepares sacred landscapes that inspired her to become a contemplative activist who focuses on caring for the planet. Lita practices radical creativity through mosaicing and creating artscapes around the eco-spirituality center she founded. Lita is an experienced spiritual director trained in various local and international institutions. She holds a master’s degree in ministry major in spiritual formation, and certificates in spiritual direction and formation.
Deputy Executive Director
Jo-ed serves as spiritual director and oversees the programs and operations of the renewal, formation, and the retreat center. He is trained at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation. He has been co-teaching various modules and accompanying participants in the ministry’s Spiritual Formation and Zest Programs. Jo-ed holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing his masters in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology in the UK. This is an emerging discipline in spirituality and psychology which is at the core of OTTD’s thrust.
Jac has been called to be a Companion. She was a College Guidance Counselor and a Lecturer at La Consolacion College, Manila, for 8 years. Jac has been trained in retreat-giving and spiritual direction at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. As co-founder of The Reading Companion she designs and does intervention for children with learning difficulties. Having a second lease of life after surviving a pulmonary embolism, she is now committed to accompanying other people in their spiritual walk and is managing the programs of OTTD..
Osep is a free spirit who advocates for Philippine culture and heritage through his travel company, Culture Shock PH. As a tour pilot traveling to various parts of the country, he has developed a deep connection with nature, the country’s landscapes, and its people. He helped develop Pananahan, an eco-spirituality retreat adapted by OTTD from Christine Paintner’s book, Earth: Our Original Monastery. This is a special program designed to strengthen the practice of creation spirituality in the country. Osep completed the two levels of spiritual formation in our ministry and finished courses on spiritual direction from the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He currently serves as a spiritual director and teacher.
Daisy Santos, IMSA
Daisy is a councilor at the Secular Lay Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation, resident staff and spiritual director at the Galilee Renewal Center in Tagaytay City, and senior associate at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. She has been giving the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises since 2001 and has been conducting preached retreats for the urban poor, mothers, widows, and youth.
Certified Enneagram Teacher
Joey is the first and only certified Enneagram teacher of the Enneagram Institute. He trained under Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, two of the leading figures in the study and development of Enneagram. Joey also serves as a spiritual director and spearheads various basic and advanced Enneagram courses in OTTD. Concurrently, he is a program associate for Enneagram trainings at Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation. Joey has been teaching the Enneagram since 2004 to principals, supervisors, public school teachers, seminarians, priests and religious, lay leaders, and formators of different religious orders and congregations.
Sr. Lalie Banawis, RVM
Sr. Lalie is a nun of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. She is a teacher, workshop facilitator, mentor, retreat master, and spiritual director. She serves full time in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreats. Sr. Lalie received trainings on spirituality and spiritual direction from various institutions in the Philippines and abroad.