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.
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.
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.
Founder & Executive Director
Fully alive and wild at heart. Lita has been designing programs for retreats and courses since the ministry started eight years ago. She prepares sacred landscapes and is a believer and encourager of connecting with God through the surroundings. Lita also uses expressive arts in various forms to encourage her retreatants to know God and themselves more deeply. 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.
Jo-ed finished his training in spiritual direction at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He has been co-teaching various modules in the ministry’s Spiritual Formation and Zest Programs. Jo-ed holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been involved in the spiritual formation of Jesuit Volunteers. He also practiced guidance and counseling among the youth.
Head of Corporate Formation
Joey has been giving the Spiritual Exercises in retreats since 1987 initially as a Jesuit scholastic and now as a married lay person. He has been a counselor and spiritual director since 1990. Joey has trained under under Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson of The Enneagram Institute and has been teaching the Enneagram since 2004. He is also the program associate of Emmaus Center Psycho-Spiritual Formation for Enneagram Trainings.
Marie de Guzman
Marie received her training in the giving the Spiritual Exercises in its various formats from the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. She has accompanied seminarians and religious, widows and solo parents, members of faith communities, grade school and high school faculty, lay missionaries, formators, and other individuals who are seeking the Lord in prayer.
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.
Rev. Fr. Fred Saniel, SVD
Fr. Fred is an ordained religious-missionary priest of the Society of the Divine Word. He serves as the chairman of the Ongoing Formation Board of the Philippines SVD Central Province. Fr. Fred has been teaching spirituality and theology and has been giving spiritual direction to both religious and laypersons.
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.
Sr. Florita Dimayuga, FMA
Sr. Florita is a Salesian Sister of Don Bosco. She serves as spiritual director and retreat facilitator at St. Augustine Major Seminary in Tagaytay, at the Mornese Center of Spirituality in Laguna, and at various FMA communities in the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. Sr. Florita is a master of the Exercises and Director of Spiritual Life, a degree she earned from the University of Toronto.