The Emmaus Road and the Enneagram

You are invited for an imaginative journey along the Emmaus Road during an experiential day retreat at Well of Mercy.

We will explore the wonderful Road to Emmaus story from the Gospel of Luke which is a poignant reminder of the ways we can miss God’s presence right in our midst.  This retreat is viewed through the lens of the Enneagram and is geared for individuals with some prior Enneagram experience.

Luke’s Gospel tells the story of grieving travelers walking from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus, still numb from the loss of Jesus. They have heard the hopeful news of the Resurrection, but are struggling with whether this can really be true. They walk for miles beside Jesus without realizing who he is. Not until he leaves do they realize that Christ has risen indeed.

During our day together, we will reflect on our personal journeys and connections we make through our study of the Enneagram. As we contemplate the Emmaus story, we will consider moments when we recognized Jesus with us and how movement towards a deeper awareness can be shaped by our Enneagram type.

An interactive format will offer opportunities to hear from others who, as the Enneagram describes, see the world  through different lenses. We will examine how our dominant and repressed centers influence our experience of God’s presence in our daily lives and how observing ourselves non-judgmentally can enable us to use our stress and security points to become healthier and more compassionate.

The retreat incorporates Well of Mercy’s natural surroundings, including an outdoor labyrinth, a meandering Prayer Path with inviting places to sit in silence, or walk along the stream as we journey on our own “Emmaus Road.”

Lunch and all retreat materials are included.

Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see.

This retreat is limited to 12 participants.

Meet the Presenters

Melanie Wilkinson is a trained spiritual director, offering spiritual nurture, companionship and guidance with individuals and groups through her Gently Tending ministry in Winston- Salem. She has done extensive study in the Enneagram and facilitates Enneagram small groups. Melanie has served as a deacon, Stephen Minister & Leader, and Companions in Christ small group facilitator in numerous congregations.

David Wilkinson retired in June 2020 as executive director and publisher of Baptist News Global, an independent, faith-based provider of news and opinion. He spent four decades working for national Baptist organizations in journalism and communications management and four years as minister of adult spiritual formation.

Want to Extend Your Stay?

Contact our office at 704-539-5449 to inquire about overnight reservation openings in conjunction with this event.

Office hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm.  704-539-5449


If you would like to attend this event but are financially unable to do so, please contact our office. There are a few partial scholarships available.

Wait List

If this event is sold out, you can be added to the WaitList by emailing our office with your name and retreat title to

Cancellation Policy

Well of Mercy is a ministry of hospitality and healing sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Begins: April 18, 2023 @ 10AM
Ends: April 18, 2023 @ 4PM

Maximum Attendees: 12

Cost: $75

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