Jane J. Young (1937?2020) was a retired teacher who taught preschool, elementary, middle, and high school grades. In her middle and later years, Jane enjoyed writing. She wrote Settling Estates in North Carolina: a Step-by-Step Guide and coauthored Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches and Private Settings. Her poetry appeared in several publications. Jane's retirement interests included singing, liturgical dance, and planning spiritual formation and peace conferences at Lake Junaluska Conference Center.
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Contemplative by Design

Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings  
Jane J. Young, Gerrie L. Grimsley
It's hard to hear yourself think in today's culture, much less refresh your soul. Sights and sounds—from ads placed on toilet stall doors to loud ringtones or cars pulsing with bass—assault us every day. Peace and quiet seem out of place in 21st-century everyday life. It's time to mute the cacophony. Meaningful and serene contemplative silence is possible. And it doesn't require an expensive trip to a spa. "We yearn for rest, and our souls hunger to be fed, yet we seldom give ourselves permis...