Return to the One

Reflect on the Past • Illuminate the Future • Deepen in the Present



Join your colleagues and leaders from the Southwest Region for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Highlights of this year's conference include:

Keynote Presenter - Rev. Dr. John StricklandKeynote Presenter - Dr. Rick TamlynMusical Inspiration - Faith Rivera​​

  • Labyrinth Walk
  • Sacred Ceremony
  • CEU's offered

Enjoy a retreat-style experience in the serene monastic setting of the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center.

Embrace the ocean breeze, explore beautiful gardens, and relish in the camaraderie of colleagues, with beaches just a stone's throw away.

For the greatest benefit and the most economical option, stay on the grounds and fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Engage in social time to connect and share with colleagues, all while focusing on rejuvenation, relaxation, and inspiration for Ministers, Spiritual Directors, LUTs, and board members.

Don't miss this opportunity for growth and connection. See you there!

About our Guests:

Rev. Dr. John Strickland

"Generational Diversity in Unity"

(CEU Credits - DEI)

Rev. John Strickland grew up in Unity Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University in 1974, with a major in Mathematics and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. He graduated from Unity's Seminary at Unity Village, Missouri and was ordained at the age of 23, in 1976. He served as Senior Minister for two years each, in Jacksonville, Florida and Santa Rosa, California, before moving to Unity Village, Missouri. There, he served as Assistant to James Dillet Freeman ('79-'84), and succeeded him as Director for Silent Unity('84-91).

Rev. John served as Associate Minister with Eric Butterworth at Unity Center of Practical Christianity in New York, for six months, before moving to Hawaii to serve as Senior Minister in 1991. In 2001, John became the Senior Minister of Unity Atlanta, where he served for nearly 17 years, before retiring in 2017.

John was Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Unity School of Christianity for nearly ten years, Chairman of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches ('98-'99), and was the Unity Movement's only delegate to the Parliament of the World's Religions, in Cape Town, South Africa (1999).

In 2003, he received Unity's highest honor: The Light of God Expressing Award. He was both humbled and honored to receive this award from his colleagues. He is a beloved author and speaker in the Unity Movement.

John was a delegate to the Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona, Spain, in 2004 and, in Melbourne, Australia in 2009.

John served as President of North Dekalb Rotary Club, Atlanta, GA (07-08). He has served on the Board of Atlanta's Interfaith Community Initiatives(ICI) and is past Chair of GANT (Georgia Association of New Thought).

John retired from Unity ministry in 2017. In 2018, He received his Doctorate in Religious Studies from the Emerson Institute, Oakhurst, California..

John and his life partner Sandra Solomon spend their winters in Tucson, Arizona, and their summers in Cleveland, Georgia.  John and Sandy love to hike, bicycle and travel.

Dr. Rick Tamlyn

"Playing Your Bigger Game"

(CEU Credit - General)

Rick Tamlyn inspires you to be your best.

He teaches that every experience, emotion, reaction, and relationship is All Made Up. As an author, activational keynote speaker, co-active trainer and thought leader in the inspiration business, Rick has delivered his message around the world to people and organizations from all walks of life.

He is a trusted advisor for Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, nonprofits and churches, and has engaged audiences both small and large in 22 countries and counting. Participants leave feeling enthusiastic, confident and focused… and ready to create a bigger and brighter future.

In 2001, Rick co-created The Bigger Game: a tool that inspires people from all walks of life to get out of their comfort zones and invent the lives they want. He is the author of Play Your Bigger Game: 9 Minutes to Learn, a Lifetime to Live (Hay House 2013).


Faith Rivera

Inspiring Us Musically!

From the sunny shores of Hawaii, Grammy-nominated, Emmy award-winning Singer, Songwriter, Speaker and Podcast Host, Faith Rivera, opens hearts and transforms lives around the globe through the power of music.  Fans say her inspiring songs are like having your best friend, who knows your biggest dreams & your hardest struggles, sing the perfect message right to you. Whether it’s a healing ballad, an affirmation dance song or a feel-good chant for kids, Faith’s warm soulful style moves listeners & elevates the energy in the room.

You can hear her voice & songs on TV and Film from NCIS: Hawaii to The Voice and more.  She’s been featured at the Hollywood Bowl to the House of Blues to stages in Tokyo to Rome where audiences of all ages are engaged & energized through upbeat messages, music and dance.  This island girl is a multiple Posi Award winner and a Grace Note Award recipient for her contribution to New Thought Music. She is featured in multiple documentary films like As a Man Thinketh with Michael Beckwith, Joe Vitale, & more empowering teachers.