Spirit of Beguines: Retreat Itinerary
Beguine Registration Information
About WholeHearted & Matthew Fox
About Creation Spirituality
CS Inspired Practices
The Four Paths
Germany Birthing Visions 2013
Four Retreats 2011-12

About WholeHearted and Matthew Fox

WholeHearted, Inc. was founded in 2007 to provide support for mind, body and spiritual wellness. 

Offerings of WholeHearted include;

  • Healthcare consulting: strategic planning, change management, facility design, programming, expansion protocols and budgeting to support financial and community success. 
  • Retreat planning and leadership
  • Spiritual Direction for groups and individuals

About Susan Coppage Evans, D.Min, MA - President of WholeHearted, Inc.

Dr. Susan Coppage Evans was a psychotherapist for a decade and then served in roles of Clinical Director, Administrator and Executive Director of psychiatric facilities.  She was a founding partner of the Eating Recovery Center (www.eatingrecoverycenter.com) in Denver, CO and currently serves on the Board of Lakeview Health (www.lakeviewhealth.com) in Jacksonville, FL. She founded WholeHearted, Inc in 2007 as a way to offer a variety of services directed toward creating opportunities for individual transformation – through developing healthcare centers of excellence, creating transformative employment experiences, and through supporting personal and spiritual growth through retreats, spiritual education and pilgrimages.  

Susan completed her Doctor of Ministry Degree at the University of Creation Spirituality in 2006 under the leadership and guidance of Matthew Fox.  In 2006 she worked with Matthew Fox and colleagues to create Creation Spirituality Communities, a non-profit organization that serves to Create, Network and Support Creation Spirituality Communities and individuals.  You can learn more about this at: www.creationspirituality.info

Dr. Evans has a passion for the blend of creativity, spirituality, ecology and social justice.  She enjoys opportunities to co-create health and wellness, whether it be via a retreat, a treatment center, a gathering of artists, through spiritual community or through collaborative projects with colleagues and with her husband, Leon, who recently retired from his medical practice of psychiatry.   

To request more information on the retreats or WholeHearted services please contact Susan at sevans@wholeheartedpartners.org


About Matthew Fox

“Matthew Fox might well be the most creative, the most comprehensive, surely the most challenging religious-spiritual teacher in America. He has the scholarship, the imagination, the courage, the writing skill to fulfill this role at a time when the more official Christian theological traditions are having difficulty in establishing any vital contact with either the spiritual possibilities of the present or with their own most creative spiritual traditions of the past….He has, it seems, created a new mythic context for leading us out of our contemporary religious and spiritual confusion into a new clarity of mind and peace of soul, by affirming rather than abandoning any of our traditional beliefs.”    Thomas Berry, author of The Great Work, The Dream of the Earth and The Universe Story.



Matthew Fox (b. 1940) is an internationally acclaimed theologian who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris.  Matthew Fox is author of 30 books that have been translated into 46 languages including Original Blessing; The Reinvention of  Work; Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet; One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths; A Spirituality Named Compassion; The Coming of the Cosmic Christ; Prayer: A Radical Response to Life; A New Reformation; The A.W.E. Project: Reinventing Education, Reinventing the Human; A New Reformation; The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors for  Awakening the Sacred Masculine, Christian Mystics: 365 Meditations and The Pope’s War.

Matthew Fox has been renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality that was named for him by his mentor, the late Father Marie Dominic Chenu, o.p., in his studies in Paris. This tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts and artists, wisdom centered, prophetic and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice. Fox’s effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas and the Cosmic Christ tradition as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics.  He has authored two books with British biologist Rupert Sheldrake.  He has worked closely with Native American leaders such as Buck Ghosthorse and  is currently working on a DVD and book project on “Mysticism East and West” with Lama Tsomo, a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and teacher.

He is visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico and lives in Oakland, California.

For more information and to donate toward Rev. Matthew Fox’s work please visit:  www.MatthewFox.org. For inquiries about lectures contact: 33dennis@sbcglobal.net  or call: 510-835-0655.


WholeHearted Partners


Stephanie Raffelock will be co-coordinating the 2015 Beguine Retreat in Belgium. She has a deep love for the Beguines and will be facilitating writing as a spiritual practice to help participants engage their own voice and imagination for a personalized vision of spiritual companionship and community.  Here is an introduction to Stephanie, in her own words:


“Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Naropa University’s Writing and Poetics program, I embrace writing as a daily discipline, a creative passion and my teacher in life. Through various community outreach programs I’ve been blessed to share my education by teaching creative writing in half-way houses and jails.  The message that I impart is that writing is not only a doorway into our personal stories, it can usher us into our fanciful imaginings as well as our intuition.  For me, writing is a practice of authenticity that expands perceptions and point of view, deepening the understanding of the human condition.


For the past five years I have created and produced retreats, bringing notable facilitators such as Joan Borysenko , Reverend Cynthia James and James Finley into my community. I have become a greater part of those retreats by teaching a writing component for the participants.


I am an observer of life and a collector of the stories that connect us all. I have been published sporadically in magazines and newspapers and I write a blog at: www.somanyblogssolittletime.com


Ashland, Oregon is home, where I share life with a gem of a husband, Dean, and a goofy Labrador retriever named Jeter.”


waking up  


waking up this morning, I smile.  

twenty-four brand new hours are before me.  

i vow to live fully in each moment  

and to look to all beings with eyes of compassion.  


thich nhat hanh     from painted prayers by jody uttal