Steve Saavedra’s ancestral roots are in Galicia, home to Saint James’ remains. Having visited over 50 countries, he is an experienced bilingual (English/Spanish) traveler but always loves returning to Spain to share the experience with others. With a degree in Christian Education and a certificate from Renovare Institute’s two-year program in Christian spiritual formation, his passion is participating first-hand in developmental and transformational processes. He loves to engage in meaningful conversations and is a keen listener. For fifteen years he was a senior leader at an international Christian not-for-profit organization which gave him many opportunities to lead workshops and retreats around the world. He understands at a deeply personal level the challenges of leadership, including burnout, but also knows the life-giving possibilities of retreat. Steve enjoys an active, outdoor lifestyle and lives in Ecuador with his family.
Steve will be leading the following walking retreats on the Camino Primitivo:
Dr. Adéle Booysen’s passion is to help people see the thread of God’s presence so that life with God becomes an epic adventure. She has a doctorate in ministry (focused on transformational leadership) and has taught graduate classes in church history and research. However, she prefers in-person, in-depth conversations about life and issues of faith. Adéle is a graduate of Larry Crabb’s School of Spiritual Direction. She leads life-planning seminars in various locations. Adéle has traveled to more than 80 countries and speaks multiple languages. Currently, she is working on learning Spanish by living in Antigua, Guatemala, her eighth country of residence. Adéle loves any adventure. She also enjoys capturing beauty through photography. She’s a freelance writer and editor by profession.
Adéle is currently planning trips to Spain and Israel. Stay tuned!
Mark Yeadon’s passion is to help others thrive in all aspects of life. Recently retired from a 25+ year executive leadership role with a large international development organization, Mark coaches and mentors others typically in ministry-oriented leadership roles who also feel the incessant demands of leadership. He believes it is possible to hold demanding roles and still thrive in life. Mark studied Accounting and International Development and is in the process of completing a Certificate in Spiritual Formation through the Apprentice Institute at Friends University. Mark lived in numerous Latin American countries and is fluent in Spanish, English and is conversant in Portuguese. Throughout his career he hosted and led teams in many countries around the world and used every free moment to hike them as well, with his first experience on the Camino de Santiago in 2018. Mark currently lives in the state of Colorado with his wife of over 40 years, 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren.
In 2021, Mark will be leading the following retreats:
Camino Frances in August:
Mark is also planning a retreat on the Canterbury Trail in England. Check back soon for exact dates!
Laura Rasmussen loves assisting people to experience God through nature, adventure, exploration and reflection. For 13 years she worked at a wilderness camp for at-risk youth in the greater Yellowstone area and she also served the Métis people of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota. Laura has led missional teams to Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Egypt, India, China, Brazil and Mexico. She’s pastored churches in Los Angeles, CA and Charlotte, NC, and led retreats, workshops and conferences around the world. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament with the Presbyterian Church (USA), she is also a certified Spiritual Director (Christian Formation and Directional Ministries) and has a spiritual formation certificate from the Renovare Institute. Laura first walked the Camino de Santiago (Frances) in 2018. She currently lives in Paris and offers spiritual formation and direction ministry.
Laura is currently planning a retreat for the Camino Ingles.
Michael Warden hails from Texas, but makes his home in the high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. His love for adventure has taken him on multi-day treks through varied landscapes across the world, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Peru, Slovakia, and of course many states within his own home country. Having spent the last two decades as a professional coach, working with faith leaders, visionaries, and artists from all walks of life, his passion lies in helping people uncover the truth of who they really are, and the deep purpose they are called to fulfill in their lives. A lifetime student of personal transformation, he loves the richness and courage that come from having a real conversation, and the way such encounters can transform our lives. His ongoing work with faith leaders and their organizations afford him regular opportunities to lead retreats and engage in long-term work with teams. Through these experiences as well as his own journey of faith, he has learned that cultivating a real, life-giving, intimate connection with God is essential to creating a life of true meaning and purpose.
Michael is in the process of planning his retreats. Stay tuned for the dates!
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