Risk to Bloom

Tammy Devine is excited to share her passion for health, healing and wholeness.  She is a leader in whole person well-being and continues to live out her call of walking with God’s people as a retreat leader, consultant and coach (ICF). She served as the ELCA Wellness Manager with Portico Benefit Services.  Devine joined Clergy Life Coaching a year and half ago and launched Devine Coaching where she walks with groups supporting their journey to live as whole and holy people of God.

“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.”  Anais Nin

What or who has helped you claim who God has created you to be?

I am a late bloomer!  I was stunted by self-doubt, co-dependency, low self-worth. I truly believed I wasn’t enough.

It wasn’t until I was able to prune myself of unhealthy relationships and negative self-talk, that I began to bud, blossom and bloom. It took intentionality, hard work and was not a quick process. I recognized I couldn’t navigate these changes alone. I sought healing through a coach, a spiritual director and friends who believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.  I developed an intentional prayer life.  Slowly I grew more confident, saw myself as loveable and boldly trusted that God who had never abandoned me would not abandon me now.

 For too long, I was like the rose that florists refer to as bullets – those that don’t open. They are discarded because they will never bloom. They are so turned in on themselves they will never release their fragrance. As spirits in bodily form, we have the opportunity to bloom more than once.

Walking with God’s people to claim their God-given gifts, to open and bloom is been central to my work. Whether working with individuals in a coaching relationship, small groups or as a consultant and retreat leader, identifying and living from a place of giftedness and strength fosters healing and wholeness.

 Recently, I led a retreat called, “Risk to Bloom”. For some it was their first experience of retreat. One retreat participant, said,” I’m so glad I gave myself the gift of this time for me.”  Another commented, “I have never thought of myself as gifted.” We often struggle to give ourselves space to step away from our busy lives, to rest, renew and refuel. Yet, as we push ourselves to keep going, to keep doing, we forget the value of being – of taking time to be filled.

Twenty women gathered to connect with God, self and one-another. They shared their story and God’s story.  Together, claiming their gifts, they identified their strengths. Seeking to grow more resilient they identified practices of self-care (physically, emotionally and spiritually) that would nurture them. Each participant discerned a mantra they would use to replace their negative self-talk and remind them to cultivate their inner resilience so they could blossom and bloom.

Retreats allow individuals space to reflect and listen. They can be fertile ground for self-discovery and group connectedness. We can’t be healthy alone, being in a safe space to share and listen builds community.   

You may want to create space for sabbath, creativity, conversation or spiritual growth. A retreat can provide a space to listen with intention, process with one-another, consider what a proposed change may mean for individuals, or the collective whole.  A retreat offers an opportunity to grow in your faith practices while honoring sabbath practice.

 As a retreat facilitator I have a variety of tools that support reflection, conversation, and invites you to open and see God at work in your life.   Here are a few of the tools that are often requested. I invite you to build your own retreat selecting the components that would serve your group best. Gatherings can be customized to your needs from 2 hours to a day and half retreat. I look forward to walking with you and your group. 


I am excited to be facilitating the Region 3 Fall retreat “Led by grace; I am who I am” in Alexandria, MN. I am excited to be with colleagues. I began my journey as a Parish Nurse Coordinator in Bloomington, MN.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Deacon Tammy Devine – 952-200-5183

If you are interested in inviting teams to retreat below are a few of the components that are possible for your retreat.

Build your retreat…

  • That You May Be Well

That You May Be Well is an introductory conversation to embrace whole person well-being and our call to live well as whole people of God. An opportunity to pause, reflect on personal well-being, impact on community and identify what you will do to create lasting change.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       About 2 hours

  • Dependable Strengths

Through story, identifying good experiences, and small group conversations; individuals discern their top 5 strengths.  This tool was developed by Articulating Strengths Together and based on the same research as Strengthfinders2.0.                                   About 2 hours

  • Values

Using value cards participants will identify their values. Time provided to clarify core values and those that are accumulated.  And assess life alignment around values.                                                                                                                                                                             About 30 minutes

  • Risk to Bloom

This retreat helps individuals define resilience; identify their gifts, sustainable practices, and strategy to live a life as a resilient leader.  An opportunity to reflect, ponder and connect with scripture, story and one another.                                                                               

About 4 hours

  • Healthy Boundaries

Using dimensions of whole person well-being and wellness practices, small groups discuss questions around: Relationships, Finance, Health, Power and Authority, Social Media and Spiritual Disciplines.

About 1.5 hours

  • Spiritual Autobiography

Individuals will be invited to review their life journey.  They will be asked to identify the people, places, experiences that have shaped their lives, and reflect on when they felt a strong presence of God walking with them, or times they were carried.  This prayer practice invites individuals to identify their life theme, a parallel scripture story and discern their life/faith legacy.

                                                                                                                                 About 2.5 hours

  • IOPT,

IOPT stands for intake, output, processing template. After taking a short survey, individuals receive a report that helps them identify their preferred way of processing information.  Multiple reports can be generated from Leadership Report, Emotional Impact Report, Communication Report, Coaching Report, Two-person and Team reports.  This tool has been helpful for individuals, teams, supervisors, marriage preparation…

                                                                                                                                 About 1.5 hours

  • Prayer Practices

Introduction to various practices:  Lectio Divina, Ignatian Contemplation, Lament, Unburdening, Movement Prayer, TRIP… Examples of these prayer practices will be woven throughout retreats.

  • Devotions, Worship, and Sending

Prayer, worship and blessings are woven throughout the retreat offerings.

  • Faithful Innovations Facilitator
  • Healthy Start Facilitator
  • Boundless Compassion Facilitator

One Comment Add yours

  1. pbelpna says:

    Thanks so much Tammy for adding your information to this blog. I hope others will get excited about sharing their ministry,


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