Cultivating brave and safe spaces for transformation and healing for individuals and groups, online, in-person, and outside.Connect with Me
Whether you’re here because you’re ready for transformation in your life or your team’s, I’m just glad you found your way here.
You’re passionate about healthier systems, justice and equity, and changing ourselves to change the world. I look forward to connecting with you so that we can create change together.
Moving theological ideas and knowledge into tangible, embodied practices.
Honest, raw, and vulnerable conversations and connections.
People and places to practice together.
Utilizing a wide range of tools and experiences that reflect specific needs.
Team and staff retreats, workshops, and experiences
Helping communities navigate change
Reimagining church and empowering dreams
Steve Thompson | Executive Director, Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center
From the masses of young people spurning organized religion to faithful followers of Jesus, there is a deep hunger across gender, age, socioeconomics, and denominational backgrounds for practical, tangible ways to live a life of love, mercy, and justice in our divided, fragmented world.
Centered on the practices of healing, listening, loving, equalizing, including, advocating, mourning, failing, resting, and celebration, Practicing is for individuals and groups on a path to discover that we have more power to change the world than we realize—and it starts with changing ourselves.
Filled with honest stories and practical insights, Faith Shift gives language to what many experience as their faith evolves. With a blend of vulnerability and hope, it addresses the painful losses that come with spiritual shifts and offers tangible practices for reimagining life and faith after it unravels.
Down We Go is a practitioner’s guide for creating and cultivating incarnational community. Based on the idea of living into the Beatitudes and 12 steps of recovery, it explores what it means to follow Jesus into the hard places of suffering, inequality, and injustice to cultivate hope, beauty, justice, equality, generosity, and healing.
During the holidays, many of us suffer for all kinds of reasons. The magnitude of our weary world weighs on our hearts and minds. We wrestle with chronic pain, broken relationships, shattered dreams, fragile faith, and unexpected losses. While for some it’s the “most wonderful time of the year”, for many it’s a season of dread.
This accessible book includes 4 weeks of raw and honest reflections centered on honoring reality, practicing honesty, embracing paradox, and borrowing hope for individuals and groups experiencing a Blue Christmas. It includes discussion questions, practices, and creative contemplative ideas for communities.
Whether you are reading the material alone or with a group, workshops, team retreats, special events and online classes are available to illuminate learning, build community, and move ideas into practices.
"I can’t count the times people have come to me saying their faith is falling apart and they have nobody safe to go to for help. I wish I could send them all to spend a few days with Kathy Escobar, a wise pastoral presence who understands, accepts, and works with people wherever they are. Short of that, now I can send them to Kathy’s powerful, practical, honest, sensitive, and intelligent book. It’s just what so many of us have needed and couldn’t find."
"Tender, weary, disoriented ones take heart: here is your pastor. Kathy is a faithful companion to those who wander, stumble, and against all odds, continue to hope."
"I don’t go to Kathy for the latest social justice hot take. I go to her to learn how to translate meaningful ideas into meaningful action—to move from speaking truth to living out the truth in sustainable ways among the complicated realities of human lives intersecting one another. She never promises quick fixes but advocates for the slow labor of practicing in the direction of justice."
Find your way forward. Connect one-on-one or in a group of kindred spirits to share your messy and beautiful stories, gather tools to get unstuck, and reimagine life and faith in unique ways.
Individual and Group Experiences: Virtual, In-Person, and Outside
Faith Sh*t Midwife Sessions: Six One-on-One Virtual Sessions
De-Churchifying: Online Gatherings and Special Events
Mere Mortals: Life and Death Considerations Workshop
On-demand videos, reflections, practices, and engagement for individuals and groups
Raw conversations and real practices with Kathy Escobar and Phyllis Mathis.
Hosted by Kathy Escobar and Jo Douglas, stories from the Refuge community as we learn, dream, and practice together.
Coming Summer 2023 – Life and faith beyond boxes, binaries, and borders with videos, reflections, and embodied practices.
A four-film series with a discussion guide on honoring reality, practicing honesty, embracing paradox, and borrowing hope.
A film series.
A 6-week e-course.
A four-week online cohort to unpack church baggage.
Susan Rogers | Pastor, The Well at Springfield
I’m Kathy Escobar! I’m a community cultivator and a change catalyzer. I believe in the power of human connection and that healthier people make healthier families, communities, and systems. I help create safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing for individuals and teams in real life, online, and outside.
I’m passionate about creating inclusive spaces centered around people who are marginalized. I believe in equity, justice, relationships, transforming communities, healing in nature, recovery, and tangible practices.More About Kathy
The vision for #communityheals is simple–we want to make spaces for transformation accessible for all.
Through water sports, the beauty of the mountains, and simple friendship, #communityheals is dedicated to breaking down barriers–financial, emotional, physical, and practical ones–so that people can experience healing, hope, and connection with others in transforming ways.
The Refuge is a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration serving in North Denver since 2006. Inspired by the ways of Jesus, The Refuge’s work is centered around shared values of presence, engagement, transformation, welcome, creativity, and celebration.
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