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Illustrating and writing about the defining moments in my life is one of my spiritual practices. Tending The Fire: The Story of a Marriage and The Mother Daughter Dance are testaments to a core belief of mine: In our closest relationships, our best and worst selves are revealed, and in those relationships we are offered the lessons we need in order to grow.  

As a retreat leader, I welcome the opportunity not only to teach, but to listen deeply as participants begin to name sacred moments their lives. The focus of my curiosity and vocation continues to be: What are your portals for deepening the mystery of your life? What are the conditions that might allow you to "unclench" and cultivate an ever-softening heart? I believe that living these questions invites us into deeper relationship with wonder, gratitude, and grace.


Jeannie DuBose, MS is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Tending the Fire: The Story of a Marriage and The Mother Daughter Dance. As an experienced facilitator and retreat leader, Jeannie works with a variety of groups, including health and wellness centers, faith communities, women’s associations, prisons, and schools. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she also received a master’s in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and a certificate in spiritual formation from Columbia Theological Seminary.  

Jeannie and her husband raised their three children in Atlanta; they currently make their home in Montreat, North Carolina.