We’ve been tremendously blessed by both the high caliber of our guest speakers and the participants at our retreats! Below you’ll find information about some of our past events.
Consider It All Joy!
How can we find joy amidst our struggle? Why does God want us to seek joy in all circumstances? How does God use trials to produce a life of joy?
Guest Speaker: Shannae Rickards Anderson, PhD
Shannae Rickards Anderson is a licensed Christian psychologist in private practice in Thousand Oaks. She is also a professor at Fuller Seminary and a former Teaching Director of Community Bible Study in Westlake Village.
October 25, 2015
Guest speaker: Allie Marie Smith, Wonderfully Made
Allie Marie Smith is the Founder and Executive Director of Wonderfully Made and co-author of both Bible studies in the WM Series. Wonderfully Made is a voice of love to today’s generation of young women. We exist to share the truth about your value and worth. To spread the simple, life-changing message that you are not an accident — that you have been lovingly and wonderfully made by God for a beautiful purpose.
Guest speaker: Tennille Fadel, Freelance Fashion Designer
Through her walk with Jesus she became a fashion designer because she wanted to merge her faith and creativity. Her tag line “handmade to build up and heal” comes from her belief that she was handcrafted to use her gifts for that very purpose, working with her hands and being a tool to help heal.
Guest speaker: Linda Adams, Certified Color and Image Consultant and Mary Kay Sales Director
Linda enjoys empowering women to reach their full potential and realize the God-given gifts they have within them. She began her Mary Kay business in 1984 while she was working as a high school Spanish teacher. She continued with both for five years, then left teaching to pursue it full-time. She has earned the use of twelve company cars and has been honored in the company’s National Sales Court for 21 years. She appreciates the company’s values of God first, Family second, and Career third and she enjoys empowering women to reach their full potential and realize the God-given gifts they have within.
October 18, 2014
Guest speaker: Janet Hyun, Christian Artist
Artist Janet Hyun strives to impact this generation to live in a Christ-based culture. Her art work is known all over the world and is made into various products such as calendars and billboards. She is a professional advisor of the Pan Pacific Film Festival, the founder of Luminosity 21, a group of artists that seek to bring light to the world through their visual art.
In 2008 she was featured in “Art For The Nations”, an art auction hosted by the Global Children’s Movement that brought food for African Orphanages during the winter. She has painted at many Christian gatherings and conferences, such as The Call, Spirit West Coast, Bethel School of Kingdom Creativity, A Line In the Sand, The Cry Hollywood and K.E.Y.S. Her paintings are displayed in New York, Texas, California, and Taiwan. She has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles for her work and testimony.
Janet Hyun studied Fine Arts at the institute of Chicago and Graduated from Art center College of design in Pasadena, CA 1998.Janet lives in Upland, CA with her husband and three children. For more information about Janet Hyun, visit her website at www.JanetHyun.com
Guest Speakers: Laura Sharpe and her teen-age daughter Estelle, Founder of Artists for Trauma
After a horrific helicopter accident on Catalina Island six years ago left Laura Sharpe with the devasting effects of disfiguring and disabling trauma, her use of art helped her undergo a remarkable physical, emotional and spiritual recovery.
Laura fought her way through 4-6 weeks in a coma, endured 43 broken bones, burns over more than 40 percent of her body, multiple skin grafts, the near-loss of an eye, and the partial amputation of her foot. For more than two years after her near-death experience, she endured excruciatingly endless physical pain and 40 – 60 weekly hours of medical treatment and therapies re-learning to walk, talk and see again.
Focusing on the future, and feeling grateful for all the love and support she was blessed to receive, Laura embarked on a journey of re-discovery through a personal engagement with the arts. From her 3 years of collaborative work with esteemed artist friends in the areas of photography, film, dance, sculpture and music, Laura was able to rise above and beyond her all encompassing pain and dramatically improve the quality of her recovery through the creative interaction between herself, the art and the artists. She created and produced The Laura Project- “Remembered – Interpretations of Reconstruction” a highly successful, multi-media event held in Santa Monica, California, March 2011, for the recognition of the multiple efforts of the Los Angeles medical community, art community and friends who directly participated in her miraculous recovery.
In 2012, Laura Sharpe founded Artists for Trauma, where Recovery is an Art! Artists for Trauma has worked with over 700 trauma survivors in the short time frame of 2 ½ years.
Mother/Teenage Daughter National Retreat in California
Guest Speaker: Kristen Cummins, MFT & Bible Teacher
The chaotic feel of everyday life can leave us feeling unsatisfied with a surface approach to our mother-daughter relationships. But deep are the waters of women’s hearts, both young and old. Treasured Time invites you to learn to be still in order to delve deeper with your daughter, assisting both of you in discovering the treasures of each other’s hearts and enjoying the bountiful riches of God’s promises of healthy relating.
October 20, 2013
Born and raised in Hollywood to parents who both worked in show business, singer-songwriter/actress Caitlin Crosby rebelled from the self and image driven messages
that surrounded her. Courageously choosing to follow God and live out her faith, Caitlin learned at a young age how to endure not fitting in and still builds her adult career with these same counter-cultural messages.
While in a production at Beverly Hills High, Caitlin was asked to audition and then become a member of the all-girl pop group Foxy Nova, where she co-wrote material for the group. But the songs that meant the most to her were the ones urging self-esteem and self-empowerment, which were contrary to her label’s desire for songs that were racy, sexy, and pushed the envelope. Fed up with the music business that went against everything she stood for, Caitlin headed off to school and focused on acting alongside her studies, appearing in
several TV series, including Malcom in the Middle, That ’70s Show and Seventh Heaven.
She continued to write songs, mostly as a creative outlet and eventually found herself back in the studio. Now a solo-artist who plays guitar and piano on her latest album, Caitlin has a message to send that she’s explored throughout her work; loving yourself despite your flaws; the struggle to protect your soul from a predatory, materialistic world; the power of love and spirit to lift us out of even the direst circumstances.
Caitlin not only shares her messages through her music, but through two websites, thegivingkeys.com, which employs the homeless to create jewelry made from vintage keys that spread a positive message and has helped participants to transition out of homelessness and loveyourflawz.com (which encourages visitors to celebrate their flaws rather than trying to live up to impossible, unfair standards).
Teen to Teen, Inspired to… DREAM
Guest Speaker: Dani Germann
Come hear from and interact with a panel of young adults who dream big, go against the grain and are set apart in the way they pursue their dreams. Hot topics to be discussed include: choices about boyfriends; dating and marriage; bringing your passions to your college or high school campus; and fulfilling life-long dreams using your own “design”. Real teens, real life, and real answers.
February 3, 2013
Designed to… GET LOST
The Key to Experiencing True Love
Guest Speaker: Dannah Gresh, purefreedom.org
Beloved speaker, best-selling author, and friend of Inspired31.org, Dannah Gresh returned to teach us about guys and God and how we get them mixed up. If you reach for a guy’s love before you fully experience God’s love, you may never find true love. The way to true love is simple: A girl has to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find her. Come hear this critical teaching before you “fall in love”.
January 18-20, 2013
Mother/Teenage Daughter National Retreat in California
Guest Speaker: Kristen Cummins, MFT & Bible Teacher
Designed to be… CROWNED
Daring to Surrender to His Royal Love
CROWNED invites you to come away on a life-changing journey where you will meet the power of God’s love in ways that will help you surrender in obedience to His calling, as you receive your identity as a precious and Crowned daughter of the King, your heart will be released to receive the depths of His love, the holy and redeeming love of a Bridegroom King. Kristen’s heart is to invite you to surrender to this overwhelming love of God whose radical affections can heal your heart, set you free, and empower you to live life as His beloved.
October 7, 2012
Designed to be… FAITHFUL
Truth, Purpose, Freedom, Fulfillment, Healing
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Strickland
Before she discovered the meaning of true beauty, former Giorgio Armani runway model Jennifer Strickland battled an eating disorder, drug abuse, loneliness, and a suicide attempt while at the peak of a career that left her empty. A familiar face in the ’90s on Glamour, Vogue, and Seventeen magazines, she now speaks to teens across the country with a life-changing message on the real meaning of BEAUTIFUL and the myth of the “perfect girl”.
September 16, 2012
Inspired to… RESCUE AND RESTORE
Guest Speaker: Shannon Sergy, ForeverFound.org
Shannon found her passion in fighting the horrors of child sex slavery and now runs a non-profit organization to aid in this fight. Through a partnership with artists, ForeverFound.org is playing a huge role in the rescue, healing, and restoration in the victims of this modern day form of slavery — both in the United States and abroad. Her story will inspire you… One person can make a difference!
Guest Speaker: Susie Shellenberger, Mother-Daughter Relationships
March 20, 2012
Guest Speaker: Stacie Adams, Author of “Who Speaks To Your Heart?”
February 20, 2012
January 16, 2012
From Producer to Poverty
Shelene Bryant, Missionary, skip1.org