Our Mission:


Providing tools for individuals & small groups to experience transformation in their lives & ministries.



It all started when…

Several years ago, I read a couple of books on Celtic theology: Listening For the Heartbeat of God by J. Philip Newell and Anam Cara by John O'Donohue. I became intrigued with the notion of "thin spaces" from Celtic theology, places where heaven and earth are so close they almost touch.

After walking the Fortner Ridge property nestled in a bend of Eagle Creek, Mark and I both agreed that this felt like a "thin space." We purchased the property in 2011, named it Anam Cara, and began to dream about sharing our "thin space" with others. By the end of January 2012, our home and retreat space were finished and in April of that same year we received our first guests.


We have always called our Fortner Ridge property Anam Cara based on the Gaelic for "soul friend" because I wanted our home to be a place of hospitality and healing. At the time, however, I didn't know the broader definition of Anam Cara as a friend on the journey who can guide you to listening for the heartbeat of God through spiritual direction. I count that serendipitous naming as God’s prophetic affirmation of the ministry that would continue to unfold here. Today, Thin Space Ministries is a non-profit Limited Liability Corporation with a singular mission and vision, but an ever- expanding menu of options to experience transformation through spiritual direction, retreats, and small group coaching.

While we deeply feel that Anam Cara on Fortner Ridge is a "thin space," my hope is that during your time here you will discover the "thin space" in your heart that comes from abiding in Christ and allowing Christ to abide in you. Along with hospitality, when you come to stay at Anam Cara you will always find a "soul friend" waiting to join you on the journey. May God refresh your heart for love and your hands for service!



Our Mission

The mission of Thin Space Ministries is to provide tools for individuals and small groups to experience transformation in their lives and in their ministries. Those tools include space primarily for personal retreats, coaching, and Spiritual Direction. 

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Thin Space Ministries, LLC has officially agreed to partner with The Center for Spiritual Formation, Inc. located in Pennsylvania as the location of the Kentucky cohort for the Spiritual Direction certification program. The Center for Spiritual Formation offers a two-year program which meets monthly, typically on the second weekend, except during the month of July. The Kentucky cohort will meet at Anam Cara Retreat located in Corinth, KY and connect with our faculty presenters via Zoom. For additional information, please click on the banner below or visit The Center For Spiritual Formation website:

“Centered on Jesus, focused on grace and spiritual growth.”


Year One focuses on the history, traditions & models, Biblical roots and theological foundations of Spiritual Direction. It stresses the differences between psychological counseling and Spiritual Direction, and demonstrating a contemplative approach to God.

Year Two focuses on the actual practice of Spiritual Direction: developing listening and assessment skills; becoming familiar with displacement and projection; transference and counter-transference; acquiring a working knowledge of the life-stages of faith development; cultivating an increased awareness of the power of prayer and healing; and learning the importance of supervision.


Prepare & Enrich has been the #1 premarital and marriage assessment for over 35 years. More than just a premarital assessment, Prepare & Enrich now also offers assessment tools in the areas of parenting and pre-adoption/foster care. If you would like to become a certified facilitator with the resources to engage couples and families in a process of discernment, email Judy at for the next training date.


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Susan Brown, certified Spiritual Director and Enneagram coach will be with us July 13th from 9:00 am EST to 3:00 pm EST to discuss the role of the Enneagram in Spiritual Direction. Two options are available for participants. You have the option of participating online via a Zoom link or you may register as a retreat guest of Anam Cara to share with Susan in person. Space is limited for retreat guests, so register early if you would like to meet Susan and participate in person! Cost is $30 for online participants and $40 for retreat guests.

To register, please send an email using the form to the right and indicate whether you will participate in person or via Zoom. Checks must be received by June 15 and should be made out to Thin Space Ministries, LLC. Please put Enneagram on your memo line and mail to Thin Space Ministries, LLC, 1260 Fortner Ridge Rd, Corinth, KY 41010.

Each participant will need to know their Enneagram type prior to attending our learning time. For information regarding the assessment, visit the Enneagram Institute at
Deadline to register is June 15. To learn more about our guest presenter, please check out her webpage at


Fasting is an ancient practice used by both religious communities and for its health benefits. If God is calling you to practice fasting as a spiritual discipline, we welcome you to join our fasting community using the fast traditionally described as the Wesleyan fast. You may also choose a fasting style that better suits your health status. Please check with your health provider before beginning any type of fasting. When you sign up you will receive a welcome email describing the Wesleyan fast. In the weeks that follow, you will have the opportunity to share words of encouragement, pieces of scripture, or prayers with the rest of the community as we share this sacred tradition. When signing up, please put "FASTING" in the subject line of your email.



Anam Cara is the perfect space for your small group or personal retreat. Bring your Leadership Team, Small Group, or Confirmation Class along with your own agenda and food.

SLEEPING SPACE: Anam Cara has 2 bunk rooms. Each room sleeps 6. There is also one private room with a queen bed. Additional space is available in the personal section of Mark & Judy's home with 2 additional private bedrooms, perfect for your guest speaker. Each bunk room has a kneeler and prayer shawl for personal prayer. Pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels are provided.

MEETING SPACE: The Fellowship Area has a corner fireplace and can comfortably seat 40 people for a daytime event. Five round tables and 40 padded, folding chairs are available for your use. For retreat guests, the Fellowship Area can be set up with a ping pong table, sofa, and rocking chairs. This area has free wi-fi and a large screen television with provided HDMI cable and Apple TV for your professional presentations.

EATING SPACE: The kitchen area is equipped with a farmhouse table which seats 10-12, refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, and all the pots, pans, dishes and serving utensils needed to prepare meals.

OUTSIDE SPACE: The property owned by Mark & Judy Stallons is approximately 24 acres, 22 of which are wooded. The northeast corner of the property nestles up against Eagle Creek with 500 feet of river footage. Separating the knoll where the retreat house sits and Eagle Creek is a small run-off stream affectionately called Anam Cara Creek. It is dry in the summer, but can swell to up to 60 feet during spring flooding. For the majority of the year, Anam Cara Creek is a gently moving stream that can easily be walked across to enjoy the property on the back ridge. Outdoor space includes a small labyrinth made from materials found on the property, a prayer trail and prayer guides, and a fire pit with seating area.

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Sunday – Saturday


1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010




Small group coaching is available for developing discipleship strategies and tools. This learning opportunity will focus on an L4 model developed by Judy: Life together, Learning together, Leading together, and Leaving. L4 is based on the model given us by Jesus when he invited followers to come and see, come and follow, and go and serve. Judy's research is built around not only the biblical text, but the educational philosophy of Lev Vygotsky and his work on the Zone of Proximal Development.




Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening


1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010



Rev. Dr. Judy Stallons is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and is equipped to be a trainer of facilitators for the state of Kentucky and surrounding areas. Opportunities exist for premarital consultations and marriage enrichment retreats, as well as for families considering adoption and foster care. See our Prepare & Enrich page for facilitator certification dates. For more information on Prepare & Enrich, please visit their webpage at:


Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening


1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010




Dr. Stallons is available for select speaking engagements focusing on:

  • "Following in Our Rabbi's Footsteps: Grasping What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ."

  • "The Women I Come From: Understand the Unique DNA Women Share."


Sunday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening




Spiritual Direction is available with the option for a day-long retreat.

"Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul."

Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, USA

"Direction is not about telling people what to believe or how to act but working with the Spirit to discover, surface, name for themselves, and engage in what God is doing."

Rev. Kenton Smith, Presbyterian, USA


Monday – Friday
Morning or Afternoon 


1260 Fortner Ridge
Corinth, Kentucky 41010

Suggested donation of $50 for people wishing a day of retreat along with Spiritual Direction.



Judy is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Her background prior to ordination includes serving as a Community Health Educator, registered nurse, and elementary school educator in grades K-4, P.E., and Music. Judy has a passion for mentoring others in what it means to be a disciple-making disciple of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She has traveled to Israel, Egypt, Australia, China, and Kenya giving her a global perspective on what it means to live as a citizen of the kingdom of God. Her doctoral dissertation, Following Our Rabbi: Discovering an Apprentice Model of Discipleship, became the foundation of her ministry role today as a retreat leader, speaker, coach, Spiritual Director, and follower of Jesus Christ committed to teaching others what it means to be transformed.