Dr. Edward Santana-Grace’s training is what we really need; we don’t need any new philosophies or theologies. We really need something like this that works and can help us become aware and actually LIVE our beliefs, our theologies and our philosophies. I have found this even more effective in some ways than Zen Buddhism. It puts reality in front of you right now and you can deal with it immediately.
[Dr. Edward Hughes, PhD. Prof. of Religious Studies, at California State University, Long Beach, CA; 2007 ]
The program makes you aware that anger is beautiful. The beauty of the program is it teaches you how to make “anger” your friend and describes a path of release rather than a way of guilt or a road of denial. To stay in touch with the energy of the mind is to build a present not a partial retreat into the past or a withdrawal into the imagination. No program equips you better to live the human processes.[ Dr. Edward Hughes]
This program helps greatly with becoming aware of the unconscious, internal reactions that affect our interactions with others as ministry leaders. It helps build more positive family relations as well, which certainly makes one a more focused, centered leader. [Karen Sapio, Pastor, Claremont Presbyterian Church, Claremont California]
The class is full of never ending surprises even for one who thinks they know it all already. It is a very real experience in which you, as a participant, can bring your current life issues. It weaves together so many threads of approaches from psychology, leadership, science, spirituality, Christ and common sense that it actualizes help and healing in one’s life. The class also creates a forum to present your life issues in a community of support, while reflecting and working out life issue. It gives deeper meaning to the gospel. It is an essential program for every church. Mary Hughes, Member CPC, Teacher of Art at Cardon Arbor View School, Upland California
I have learned that leadership is primarily about self-awareness and self control. The program is holistic and loving. I still have so much to learn. Although the principles are truly basic, that does not mean they are easy to implement; there is just so much yet to master. Self management is a huge lifetime challenge and in faith it is a doable task. Michelle Curtis, member CPC.
2005 - Pastors
The two day REST-C2 program brought new understanding of how we became who we are. In the process, I became very conscious that we need to move beyond that to recognize we are persons with worth, value and indignity and that what we were cannot determine who we need to become. Rev. Paul Sandin, Retired United Methodist Pastor. Slatebelt Ministerium
The workshop can lift your spirit to where God wants you to be in live –living in His worldview. All the skills learned in REST will help you serve others, while you serve yourself in fulfilling God’s will. Cindy Weaver-Bortz, East Bangor lay leader UMC Slatebelt Ministerium
I recommend this workshop for learning how we operate in our relationships with one another. The REST program has helped me
to process not only my own personal relationships, but also how this can be applied at church and in the world to bring us all into healthier lifestyles. Rev. Janet Brown, Pastor East Bangor United Methodist Church Slatebelt Ministerium
Within days after the REST workshop, I began to teach some of the skill sets to my confirmation class. It is exactly where they are and they were excited. [Janet Brown] Slatebelt Ministerium