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The Carpenter's House
5148 Massachusetts Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20816-1709


The Carpenter's House is a place of spiritual hospitality for building relationships with God. We believe in the power of human connection to welcome and experience God.

We host others to foster intimacy with God and self as they ask who they are - and who they are becoming. We are in the Christian tradition, but welcome persons of any faith, or no faith, who believe we might be of assistance. Whatever your spiritual path, our desire is to walk with you on it - not convince you to walk ours.

Our ministries:

  • Spiritual Direction
  • Weekly Formation Groups
  • Pastoral Care, Consultation, Connection
  • Workshops, Speakers, Trainings
  • Weekly Meditation

To explore how Carpenter's House ministries can help you discern wants and needs please contact us

"Spiritual direction is something I was not familiar with, so I didn't really know what to expect. Since then, I've grown in intimacy with God, learning how to be silent and still and receive the gift of God's presence and attention." 
- Carpenter's House guest

Ann Dean

Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader

Potomac, Maryland

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Ann Dean, is Director of Shalem's Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Director of the Personal Spiritual Deepening Program Leadership Initiative. Ann is a spiritual director and nationally-known leader of retreats and conferences for deepening the life of prayer and developing new structures committed to contemplative prayer, Earth care and social justice. She has been a minister in the ecumenical community of the Church of the Saviour since 1994 and is a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group.

Patience Robbins
Accompanying Others On the Journey to Wholeness


Patience has an M.A. in Religious Studies from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at Shalem Institute For Spiritual Formation ( in 1988 and has been a spiritual director for twenty five years. Catholic by tradition, she has worked in parish ministry, campus ministry, and retreat ministry. She has led programs for over 15 years at Shalem Institute including: directing the Personal Spiritual Deepening Program for five years, teaching in the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program, the Spiritual Guidance Program and the Clergy Life and Leadership Program. She leads retreats and workshops on contemplative presence, embodying compassion, contemplative parenting and purpose in life. She has written a booklet entitled: Parenting: A Sacred Path published by the Center for Children and Theology (

Patience has been active in peace and social justice activites since she was a teenager and is deeply committed to world peace. She particularly enjoys making the connection between action and contemplation, and cultivates integration of this in her own life. She has experienced many healing modalities and has been drawn to Bio-Spiritual Focusing and Healing from the Core, both of which she incorporates into her spiritual direction and her teaching. She strongly desires to empower others to be fully who they are created to BE through:

  • spiritual direction
  • workshops
  • mentoring
  • sacred listening circles
  • retreats

There is an inner insistence toward wholeness and it is this that the moment, the experience of quiet, announces. It is a fearful announcement: "Bring in your scattered parts, be present at all levels of your consciousness. This is the time of togetherness. Only he who has come to a point of holy focus, may be blessed with the vision of God." Howard Thurman in Meditations of the Heart

    Michele Cosentini
    (Owner/Facilitator): I am a professional vocalist and artist, as well as a community volunteer who, along with facilitator Karen Kohr, has spent the last 5 years coordinating enrichment programs for children ages 5 - 11.

    After a 10 year career working for a major investment firm, I left to pursue a career that would allow me to align my skills with my passion for music and art and became the Creative Director for Journeys Community. As such, I create and facilitate programs that allow attendees to explore their spirituality, both personally and in connection with others utilizing contemporary art, video, music, literature, meditation and personal reflection.

    I have spent the past fifteen years studying the impact of nutrition on physical and emotional well-being. Consequently, I've experienced great success in the health of my family, particularly with my son, a special needs child who has responded to a nutritional healing approach in many surprising ways.

    truly understand the importance of balancing all aspects of life, the emotional, physical and the spiritual, in order to live life to the fullest. My personal mission is to create interesting, unique experiences that will allow people to deepen their self awareness, connect with others, and to live life with joy.

    Contact Michele Cosentini at (410)746-5767


    Angel Toes Music, LLC
    P.O. Box 103
    Kensington, MD 20895

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    Carey is an award-winning singer/songwriter and performer whose folk- and jazz-inspired music can bring your heart and mind to a better place through poetry, pathos and humor--with a little backbeat.
    The songs Carey performs are never preachy or doctrinaire, yet they invite the listener to dig deep--and you can hear both Saturday night and Sunday morning in her music.
    She has a lofty goal: to affect people the way one critic wrote about her work. "Carey Creed is...well, different. Thank God! She infuses [the lyrics] with such expression, such spirit, that they are literally transformed into some higher, more precious metal, and one is aware of witnessing a quiet miracle." (Anna Garris Goiser, Women Today).

    "Creed has a lovely voice, a soprano that brings a certain purity to the performances on 'Peace of Wild Things.' Creed's voice is as warm as it is naturally tuneful...Many well-known performers in the Washington area contribute to the album's charms..."
    Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

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    Gilda Oliver
    Oliver Painting and Ceramics
    Baltimore, MD

    1997 M.F.A. Cranbrook Art Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    1994 B.F.A. NY State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, NY


    telephone: 443-433-8975

    Gilda leads art workshops where she teaches groups at retreat settings how to make huge mosaic crosses or other religious symbols in pieces that assemble as a whole. She uses different art techniques in concert with spiritual retreats and workshops.

    As a spiritual companion, Kathy Spaar creates a sacred space and time that welcomes you to slow down, rest and be still. Her role is to provide a quiet presence throughout your retreat time and to be a soulful listener. Kathy is familiar with a variety of spiritual disciplines and can draw upon these experiences to help you discern what practices are meaningful for your individual journey.
    Contact Kathy by email
    Visit Am Kolel Sanctuary and Renewal Center

    Kathy Spaar is a long-time educator in spiritual practices and environmental studies. She has developed a variety of programs and workshops that nurture people's spiritual lives with contemplative practices and rituals as well as creative experiences in nature.

    Retreat Leaders

    Rondo Briscoe
    Organization: poetry of divine insight
    Address:1411 apt 302 southern
    Phone: 301-437-2988
    Oxon Hill, MD 20745
    Credentials:Help connect people to their inner divine self. Self awareness

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