Illuminated 2020: An invitation into the heart of Christmas

SoulStream Presents:


An invitation into the heart of Christmas

Led by Jan Richardson
November 29-December 26, 2020

In a chaotic time, this retreat will offer a space of elegant simplicity. Intertwining reflection, art, music, and community, this four-week online retreat provides a distinctive opportunity to journey through Advent and Christmas in contemplation and conversation with others along the way.

We are excited that this year, for the first time, the Illuminated Retreat will be based on Jan’s book Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas. Whether you are new to this beloved Advent classic or are someone who returns to it each year, we invite you to join us for this unique chance to travel through it together.

How we will enter the sacred space of this season

This online retreat is not about adding one more thing to your holiday schedule. It is about helping you find spaces for reflection that draw you deep into this season that shimmers with mystery and possibility, solace and hope. Each week of Advent we will open a new door—

Week 1: In the Darkness, There Are Many Ways to Go
On shadows, mystery, and the God who meets us in the dark.

Week 2: All Desires Known
On longing, dreaming in a difficult time, and preparing the way for the One who longs for us.

Week 3: To See All the Stars in Our Own Sky
On the stubbornness of hope, the recipe for manna, and taking ourselves to the Festival of Lights.

Week 4: Welcome, Welcome, Welcome
On Incarnation, hospitality, and Christ, is it you, again?

Here’s what you get

You will receive three emails each week (Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday—Plus some bonus content along the way!) These emails will feature reflections, artwork, and blessings from Night Visions particularly selected by Jan for this retreat, along with questions she has created especially for this year’s Advent journey.

Music from Garrison Doles will weave through the retreat, drawing you deep into the gifts of this season with his original songs and reflective instrumental pieces.

An optional online forum will be available for you to participate in as much or as little as you’d like, as it fits for you. The forum is a space where you can offer responses and engage others during the retreat. Jan will host the forum and the ongoing conversation that will take place there.

Registration Form

After completing the online registration form below, you will be directed to either a reminder page if you selected e-transfer payment or to Paypal where you may pay using your Paypal account or any major credit card.

Questions? please contact Audrey at