ABOUT OUR LEADERS
Charlotte is a founding partner of Beyond These Shores, a retreat ministry serving the Church since 1996 (formerly known as Eagle's Wings Ministry). As a full-time spiritual director and retreat leader, she created the Come Away™ retreat, a monthly spiritual practice incorporating silence, solitude and contemplative prayer. She also offers longer retreats: the 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and workshops in Christian Spirituality. She creates spaces to help others deepen their intimacy with Jesus.
After leaving a career in human resource consulting, Charlotte received her spiritual direction and supervision training from Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. There, she completed three programs: the Spiritual Direction Institute, Group Spiritual Direction and an Internship in Retreat Direction as well as the Intensive in Spiritual Direction Supervision. She continued training at The Haden Institute in Spiritual Direction, specializing in Christian mysticism, Jungian Psychology, Celtic Christianity and Dreamwork. She successfully completed the Narrative Focused Trauma Care I training, a certificate program in a narrative approach to trauma, at the Allender Center of the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, Washington.
After 28 years of youth/young adult pastoring he came to California to co-pastor a congregation, and along with Charlotte, create a retreat ministry for evangelical pastors and volunteer-leaders. In the fall of 1996 they began Eagle’s Wings Ministries. In 2017, Eagle's Wings Ministries became Beyond These Shores. In 2000 Don became, first interim, then Lead Pastor at local university church, in Santa Cruz, California. He resigned that position in July of 2011.
Most of Don’s training in classical spiritual practices has come through extensive reading, seminars, workshops, classes, and daily personal practice. Don received his spiritual director’s training from Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. He successfully completed the three year Spiritual Direction Institute program, and the Internship in Retreat Direction. He continues to participate in available ongoing educational opportunities to deepen his spiritual practices and develop his spiritual direction skills.
Through the ministry of Beyond These Shores he and Charlotte have designed and conducted contemplative retreats/workshops for church leadership teams, denominational leadership, ministerial associations, the Spiritual Formation Forum, Christian colleges and universities, Mission organizations, and local congregations across the United States, Canada and the Europe.
The Ferris's have been married since 1975, and have two daughters, Stephanie and Shannon who both live too far away from their parents. Stephanie and her two sons, Christian and Colbey live in Oregon, while Shannon and her husband Dan, with their children, Grey and Phoenix, live in Southern California.
Charlotte and Don live in Boulder Creek, California. They love discovering new places, good conversations, reading, watching movies, eating great food and exploring the California coastline.