CLM 4-Day Spring Healing Retreat
April 23-26, 2020 ~ San Rafael, CA

THEME: "Seeking The Secret Place"

Four Day Retreat

Please join Padre Paul and special guest presenters George Lopez, Dana Duryea, Robert Bearden, Virginia Chapin-Sheff and Kerry Chinn, along with our musicians Angelika Schafer, George Lopez, Ryan Rigoli.  CLM invites you to be our guest as we walk the path of healing and restoration for new beginnings in our lives. Our spiritual community offers a place to heal and restore those areas of your lives that need the touch of the Divine. Come experience it with us.

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CLM Spring Healing Retreat - Embassy Suites San Rafael, CA
Apr 23, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020 with Padre Paul Funfsinn & CLM Community
$425.00 $325.00  
<b>CLM Spring Healing Retreat - Embassy Suites</b>

CLM's Spring Healing Retreat
Registration Fee
April 23-26, 2020

Embassy Suites Hotel
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA  94903


MEAL PLAN Package - Embassy Suites San Rafael, CA
Apr 23, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020 Includes 3 Dinners + 2 Lunches + Tips
MEAL PLAN Package - Embassy Suites

CLM's Spring Healing Retreat
Meal Plan 

April 23-26, 2020

Embassy Suites Hotel
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA  94903


3 Steps Necessary to Attend the Spring Retreat

Step #1Register to attend the event ($325/person). After March 23rd, $425/person. Registration is REQUIRED.
Step #2 - Purchase your Meal Plan Package ($200/person) by April 12th. The Meal Plan Package is OPTIONAL but highly recommended.
Step #3 - If you are choosing to stay at The Embassy Suites Hotel you must make your lodging reservations directly with them. The instructions are shown below. To ensure you receive the special CLM Group Rate you must make your hotel reservations by March 23rd. NOTE: Parking for the Hotel guest will be discounted from $10 to $5 per day, by the hotel.
TIP: Why should I consider staying at The Embassy Suites or at another Hotel and purchasing the Meal Plan?

CLM suggests staying at The Embassy Suites Hotel and doing the Meal Plan. Because the work often goes very deep and the schedule is unpredictable, being able to walk up to your hotel room at breaks, instead of having to drive home, makes things easier and more efficient for you to receive the fullest benefit of your retreat experience. Please tune in to see what is best for you, but please know that the hotel requests that no outside food is to be brought into the hotel.
Print a Spring Flier: "In The Secret Place"

Step #1 - Registration Fee (required)

The cost to attend the 2020 CLM Spring Retreat is $325 per person. It represents a 100% donation to our Ministry and as such, is tax-deductible. After March 23rd, the price increases to $425
Please register and pay using the Registration Fee ticket item shown above.
If you wish you may alternatively pay by sending a check or money order in the amount of $325 per person payable to: Celebrating Life Ministries, PO Box 1064, LaSalle, IL  61301

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that a cancellation fee of $100 towards the CLM Retreat Registration Fee will be charged for cancellations received in writing prior to March 23rd. There will be no refunds after that date.


Step #2 - Meal Plan (optional)

Celebrating Life has created a delicious Meal Plan for those who desire to EAT IN during our 4-day retreat. A wide selection of foods will be served; including vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. The Meal Plan Package includes Buffet Style meals that are served with complimentary coffee, tea, or ice tea. The 5 meals included are: Thursday evening dinner; Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner. All meals will be served in a separate dining room.
Please pay for the Meal Plan ($200) using the ticket item shown above.
The Embassy Suites will be accommodating our group with more gluten-free, vegan/vegetarian options. The Hotel desires to inform each guest that should they choose to order anything “extra” (sodas or different meals, etc.) they will be charged individually by cash, credit card or room charges.

IMPORTANT: While the Meal Plan is optional, CLM advises ALL participants to purchase the Meal Plan to enhance and deepen their retreat experience, the cost is $200/person. This price includes all service fees and applicable taxes. This price does NOT include breakfast. Breakfast is available for registered Embassy Suites Hotel guests ONLY! The Meal Plan is non-transferable and any unused meals will not be refunded. 

Meal Plans must be purchased by April 12th at the latest. No Meal Plans will be sold after that date and no Meal Plans will be sold at the retreat.

Any questions concerning the Meal Plan, email Maya Paul at or call 415-686-1311.


Step #3 - Hotel Reservations (optional)

The CLM Spring Healing Retreat will be held in San Rafael, CA at the following location:

Embassy Suites (by Hilton San Rafael Marin County)
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA  94903
For a virtual tour Click Here
Toll Free: 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667)
Outside the US: +1  415-499-9222
IMPORTANT: We have negotiated a Special Group Rate of $195/night for a king suite; $215/night for a 2-queen suite. It is advisable to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.
CLM has contracted to reserve a limited number of rooms for this retreat at these prices. Once these rooms are sold out you can still reserve a room, but only at the higher non-contracted rate. Cut-off date to make hotel reservations at these prices is March 23, 2020. The last five years we "sold out" our contacted rooms!  
Celebrating Life Special Group Rates are:
*CLM STANDARD KING SUITE is $195 plus sales tax of 9.25%, and the hotel occupancy tax of 12%. 
*CLM QUEEN/QUEEN SUITE is $215 plus sales tax of 9.25%, and the hotel occupancy tax of 12%. 
*Additional adults in a room is charged $15 per person, per day.
Individual Guest Deposits/Confirmation To confirm a sleeping room within your Room Block, the sleeping room must be secured with a valid credit card provided by the guest attending your Event, along with a first night's deposit.
Check-In/Out Time:  Our check-in time is 4:00 PM, check-out time is 12:00 PM.  All guests arriving before 4:00 PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. Hotel’s Front Desk Staff can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.
Early Departure Fee: If a guest who has requested a room within your Room Block checks out prior to the guest's reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early checkout fee to that guest's individual account (currently, $75.00).  Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.  The Hotel will inform your Group attendees of this potential charge upon check-in and requests that you also inform your attendees of this obligation.
Want to Share a Room: For those wishing to share a room at this retreat, please contact Cecelia Walsh at or 732-556-8151 (New Jersey). There is no guarantee of finding a suitable roommate for you, however, she will do her best to network with others wishing to share a room and to let you know of the possibility.

Embassy Suites Hotel Guidelines

The following are requests from The Embassy Suites Hotel and Celebrating Life Ministries:

  1. All individual room and food charges are the responsibility of the retreat participant and registered guest of The Embassy Suites.

  2. No smoking is allowed.

  3. No food is allowed in the Conference areas.

  4. Hotel Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Check-out is 12:00 noon.

  5. The Embassy Suites and Celebrating Life Ministries do not assume any liability for the damage or loss of property or merchandise left in the hotel, prior to, during or following the retreat.

  6.  Parking for Hotel Guests will be discounted from $10 to $5 per day, by the hotel. The Embassy Suites and Celebrating Life Ministries do not assume liability for any damage, lost or stolen items while in the parking facility.

  7. The Embassy Suites and Celebrating Life Ministries does not assume any responsibility for personal injuries suffered due to accidents while on their premises.

NOTE: We are looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions concerning this or any other aspect of the Retreat, please feel free to contact CLM Coordinators.


Travel Information

The Embassy Suites by Hilton
101 McInnis Pkwy

San Rafael, CA 94903

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel in San Rafael, CA is located 45 minutes north of the San Francisco (SFO) International Airport or 45 minutes northwest of the Oakland International Airport (OAK). Convenient to theaters, restaurants, and shopping in and around the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.


There are two choices of Airports to fly into for the retreat:
1) San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
2) Oakland International Airport (OAK)
San Francisco International Airport - Directions
Take Hwy 380 to Hwy 280 North - it will turn into 19th Ave
Follow 19th Ave to the Golden Gate Bridge, as you cross the bridge it turns into Hwy 101 North
Exit right onto N. San Pedro East
Turn left on Civic Center Drive
Turn right on McInnis Parkway
Distance from Hotel: 33 miles
Drive Time: 45 minutes
Oakland International Airport- Directions
Take 880 North to 580 West, across the Richmond – San Rafael Bridge to 101 North
Exit right onto N. San Pedro Road East
Turn left on Civic Center Drive
Turn right on McInnis Parkway
Distance from Hotel: 29 miles
Drive Time: 45 minutes
Shuttle, Taxi and Rental Car Service 
Bus Service Call Hotel for information
Limousine Call Hotel for information
Rental Car Call Hotel for information
Taxi $100 approximate total
Super Shuttle $20 per person (makes multiple stops)
State Shuttle

$100 total - SUV 5 passengers
$150 total - VAN 10 passengers

Super Shuttle
Western Eagle Shuttle
415-342-6444 or 415-533-4466

Our Presenters

Padre Paul Funfsinn

Padre Paul FunfsinnPadre Paul Funfsinn is co-founder of Celebrating Life Ministries with Ron Roth. Paul has a presence and power that moves people to tears when they are near him because of his relationship with the Divine. Experience his Love of the Father and Divine Mother and then watch your spiritual gifts begin to manifest in your own innate healing gifts. Leading prayer & healing services is his strength where signs and wonders follow.

Padre Paul has studied and worked along side of his spiritual mentor, Ron Roth, for over twenty-eight years until his passing. Paul now assumes the role of Spiritual Shepherd of Celebrating Life Ministries and continues to honor the healing legacy of Ron Roth. At this Four Day Healing Retreat, Padre Paul will share healing stories of how God has used him to "heal the sick" and "set people free" from oppression and negative energies.  He will lead participants on this inner healing journey in finding where Heaven illuminates the Earth.

Come and let your hearts be set aflame with love!


Dana Duryea

Dana DuryeaBishop Dana Duryea is an Ordained Spiritual Healer, a devoted Monk and serves as a Bishop within our Celebrating Life Community. He is also the Founder/Director of the Foundation of Spiritual Development in San Rafael, California. Dana is a great teacher that keeps audiences on their toes as you never know what he might do next in his presentations.  

Dana's love for science and the mystical adventures he undertakes has demonstrated to him that there is a Force, a Power and a Presence that leads us every single day by our senses, by our intuitions, and by tuning into the Universe where miracles happen. Dana's calming energy and wise observations of how energy works will change the way you see things and help participants find ways to tap into this fire that burns within always.


Robert Bearden

Robert Bearden

Bishop Robert Bearden is a crowd favorite here at CLM and other venues. Because of his devotion to the Divine in all that he says and does and the joy he brings to so many souls, he has been invited back to present some healing techniques from his travels to India earlier this year.

Robert is a Professed Monk, an Ordained Minister and serves as a Bishop within our Celebrating Life Community. He is also an Awakened Oneness Trainer from his studies at the Oneness University in India and resides in San Fransisco, California.


Kerry Chinn

Rev. Kerry ChinnRev. Kerry Chinn is a long time Monk and Ordained Spiritual Healer with Celebrating Life Ministries. His all embracing nature and down-to-earth style make him a frequent and popular presenter at CLM events. An Intuitive Healer by profession for over 20 years, Kerry works as a Medium to help people connect to their Higher Self for guidance, healing, wisdom and comfort.

Kerry is also a graduate of the Jaffe Institute of Spiritual & Medical Healing and an Awakened Oneness Trainer by Oneness University. His spirtual pursuits have taken him to John of God in Brazil, Oneness University in India, and numerous sacred sites in Europe and around the world. For the past 12 years Kerry has made Sedona, Arizona his place of work and residence. To learn more about his work visit or email:


Virginia Chapin-Sheff

Virginia Chapin-Sheff

Virginia Chapin-Sheff, MA is an Ordained Minister and the Education Director for Celebrating Life Ministries (CLM). She is also a noviate in the Spirit of Peace Monastic community with CLM. After graduating with her Masters in Holistic Counseling and Human Development, she returned to the University and taught a variety of classes in the Graduate Department on Spirit, the Mind/Body Connection, and Counseling Women and maintained a private counseling practice for 29 years. Virginia experienced the presence of Christ when she had a near death experience at the age of 9, which subsequently shaped her life in helping others remember the Love and the Light that truly are the essence of our being. She spent her adult life studying numerous healing modalities and spiritual beliefs, including Native American, Spiritism and Oneness. She believes there are many paths that lead to the Divine. She became devoted to the Blessed Mother in 2005 when she saw a painting of Mary that spoke to her heart. She consecrated her life to the Blessed Mother in 2014.

Virginia is a walking example, for each of us, of the power of God to heal. She has experienced profound “miraculous” healings that can be attributed to the Divine. Numerous travels to Brazil and Medjugorje and to other sacred holy sites, all over the world, have opened her heart to these healings in the presence of Grace.

Virginia looks forward to inspiring everyone in their own personal devotion to God.


George Lopez

Monk George Lopez

George Lopez is a monk with Celebrating Life Ministries and is also blessed to be a part of the music ministry for CLM. He has been a spiritual seeker since a very young age. God has gifted him graciously with multiple creative abilities; music, sewing, cooking.

In the act of creating he finds some of his deepest and most direct connection to God. Life has taught him that in the end, connection and the path to God is what matters most.




Retreat Schedule

The Spring Retreat will be held April 23-26, 2020 in San Rafael, CaliforniaThe following schedule is intended as a guide only and is subject to change. NOTE: There will no physical tickets sent to those who register for this event. Instead, your name will be listed at the Registration Table upon entering the conference room.

Thursday: April 23

4:15pm Check-in and Registration
5:00pm - 5:30pm Prayer Service (optional)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner (for those who purchased the Meal Plan Package)
7:00pm -11:00pm Evening Healing Service

Friday: April 24

8:00am - 8:30am Early Morning Prayer Service (optional)
8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast (for those who have a room at the Hotel)
9:30am - Noon Speaker Presentations
Noon - 1:30pm Lunch (for those who purchased the Meal Plan Package)
1:30pm - 5:30pm Speaker Presentations
5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner (for those who purchased the Meal Plan Package)
7:00pm - 11:00pm Evening Healing Service / Family & Friends Night

Saturday: April 25

8:00am - 8:30am Early Morning Prayer Service (optional)
8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast (for those who have a room at the Hotel)
9:30am - Noon Speaker Presentations
Noon - 1:30pm Lunch (for those who purchased the Meal Plan Package)
1:30pm - 5:30pm Speaker Presentations
5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner (for those who purchased the Meal Plan Package)
7:00pm - 11:00pm Evening Healing Service

Sunday: April 26

7:30am - 8:00am Early Morning Prayer Service (optional)
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast (for those who have a room at the Hotel)
9:00am - 10:30am Communion Service
10:30am - Noon Community Wrap Up
Noon Retreat Ends

Fragrance Free Environment

Upon your arrival please refrain from wearing frangrances of any kind out of respect for those who are allergic. Thank you.


Sacred Objects for the Altar

Please remember to bring sacred objects (pictures, statue, rosary, bracelet, etc.) to help build our altar of devotion on Thursday evening. Your object will be blessed throughout the weekend and should be retrieved by you BEFORE your departure on Sunday. 

Please bring your written PRAYER REQUESTS too, as there will be a Prayer Basket available at this four-day event as we lift up these prayers unto the Lord for healing and restoration.

There will also be opportunities during the retreat for you to help bless Celebrating Life Ministries' mission with your prayers and financial support. Donation envelopes will be made available on the registeration table for your convenience. Thank you.


Audio and Video Recording

All Celebrating Life Ministries events may be recorded and or photographed. Your participation, in whole or part, may be included in an audio or video program or a media publication to be published by Celebrating Life/Isaac Books. Your completed registration grants permission to Celebrating Life Ministries and Paul Funfsinn to publish or use the recordings or your picture.  

IMPORTANT: NO PROFESSIONAL cameras, video or recording equipment are allowed at events unless approved by Celebrating Life. Feel free to use your digital cameras, smartphones and tablets to post to your Facebook, But NO videos will be allowed to be posted on any media boards/pages of any parts of the Healing Services, which includes Twitter and Instagram accounts.  


Retreat Coordinators

Retreat Coordinators:
Renee Plendl: (Illinois) 773-908-4965
Maya Paul: (California) 415-686-1311
Jenai Lane: (California) 415-786-3817
Cecelia Griffith Walsh: (New Jersey) 732-556-8151
Hotel Liaison - CLM representative:
Maya Paul: (California) 415-686-1311
Embassy Suites Representative:
Lori Levy: (California) 415-499-5908 

CLM Information

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Retreat. If you have any questions concerning this or any other aspect of the Retreat please feel free to contact CLM.

Celebrating Life Ministries
P.O. Box 1064
La Salle, Illinois 61301

Phone: 815-224-5730

CLM Contact: 
Susan Wallace:

About Celebrating Life Ministries:
The CLM Retreat Registration Fee of $295.00 is a 100% donation to our Ministry and is tax deductible. 

The Meal Plan Package Fee is NOT a tax deductible donation, but rather a business expense!

Celebrating Life Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions to our organization are tax deductible, as CLM is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.


What others have said...

  • "This was my first event. I'm so grateful I was able to attend. Thank you for this life changing weekend. There are no words on how powerful this was for me."

  • "The Spring Retreat was a moving, heart-filling, life changing event this past weekend. Thank you! Thank you!"
  • "I feel my personal connection with God so strongly again. I feel him flowing through me and in me and as me and as the world and everyone else. My heart is open to God again and I am in a flow of his love. When I pause and revel in His presence I find myself smiling and laughing for no reason. At the retreat I was able to sing again like my young self, ecstatically praising Him and loving him. My body was moved by Him and I wanted to cry from joy many times."

  • "It was an incredible 4 days! You probably don’t remember, with everyone leaving at the time, but I shared with you that it had a profound effect on me. I have indeed been able to return to “stillness” and sit with the Divine… MUCH more easily than prior to the Retreat and also really have internalized Jesus… much closer … a true friend. Thank you, thank you!"

  • "The first night of the retreat you talked about being broken in order to be rebuilt by the Holy Spirit. Both my brother and I were amongst the first to be called up to receive a blessing.  Somehow we ended up standing next to each other, both of us in a bit of a daze and neither of us knowing what to expect.  I remember holding onto his hand, my eyes closed. When you came to me, you said something like,  "Let go of his hand.  We come as individuals, not to carry our family.  Surrender, let it be."  I began sobbing and shaking, because some of my biggest fears are around separation, responsibility for my loved ones and potentially losing them as I continue on my spiritual path.  When you asked me to let go, I fell to the floor in tears and couldn't move my body for quite some time. After the retreat, upon returning home I noticed that my "normal" triggers weren't lighting me up.  I was also aware of an increase in the flow of love between myself, my children and my husband.  Today Divine Presence is with me at work.  I learned that God is good, that he is everywhere and that he truly wants what is best for each of us."

  • "I experienced a feeling of Love for God and Self that was stronger than anything else/all secondary relationships, and this Love is getting stronger.  It was the first time I experienced such a palpable feeling that had such strength, knowingness and grace with it, that I know that I am fully supported in my journey of living centered in my relationship with God. I love witnessing how God works in such playful and unexpected ways, yet always hearing us as we are learning to better hear Him/Her.  I learned that just being Me is enough, and that is my service."



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