While hiking in Maine in 2019, the Spirit planted the seed of Limina Renewal Center in the hearts of Libby and Bill Catania. We dreamed of opening a sacred healing space to support people living through life’s slowly unfolding changes and more pressing transitions. Having lived through a divorce (Libby) and death of a spouse (Bill), we have intimate knowledge of the challenges and gifts experienced during transitions. In Libby’s vocations working with hospice and as an Episcopal priest, taking time for quiet retreats has been essential to her well-being and spiritual growth. As the president of a hospitality company, Bill has deep knowledge of the gift that nature offers to help with finding peace in a stressful life. We are delighted that Limina offers quiet and nature immersion to people in need of a safe harbor from the demands of daily life. Together, we bring decades of experience to Limina and are excited to welcome guests who seek rest and renewal, especially during times of transition.
Limina is located on the Penobscot Bay, homeland of the Penobscot Nation, part of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Penobscot people are known as “riverine” for the profound connection with the Penobscot River. “The River habitat remains a nourishing source of food, medicine, connection, joy, and spirituality for the Penobscot people who engage in and pass down to the next generation the ancient practices of fishing, hunting, gathering, and traveling on the same river that has sustained their people for thousands of years.”
The Penobscot River flows into the bay just ten miles from Limina. It is likely that in the summer, Penobscot men, women and children traveled down the river for the abundant offerings of land and sea, and to trade their goods. We feel extremely blessed to be the current stewards of this land.
“As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning.”
a bit about LIbby (she/her)
My spiritual journey
I’m a lifelong seeker and lover of all things spiritual (and religious!), yet as a child I struggled to connect with God in religious institutions. Animals, friends, and nature helped me to feel unconditional love and peace, but God seemed remote and uncaring in the religious school and church I attended. Yet, I yearned to experience the Divine and thought a PhD in religious studies might guide the way. I was blessed with excellent professors and fellow students, but God remained elusive.
I craved a regular spiritual practice and community, and was drawn to practice Zen Buddhism, sitting with the Clear Spring Sangha in Charlottesville, VA. It was during an outdoor meditation session while on retreat at the Upaya Zen Center that I had my first true experience that God loved me and wanted a relationship with me. Ever since that transformative experience, retreat has been an essential part of my spiritual journey. While I continued my meditation practice, I found my way back to my Christian roots through conversations with an Episcopal priest who also sat with our Zen group.
We are all beloved
Fresh out of my PhD program and early in my career, I worked as an adjunct professor and with a hospice and palliative care program. In my mid-30’s, I began feeling the pull to ordained ministry and the gift of blessing people during sacred times in their lives. Through the ordination process and in my years as a parish priest, I became passionate about reminding people that they are worthy, beloved, and sacred beings. Affirming and nurturing each person’s worthiness and belovedness is at the heart of our work at Limina.
After 14 years of full-time parish ministry in Washington DC, northern Virginia, and Massachusetts, I continue to have a deep passion for working with people during tender times of transition, and when invited, serve as priest to bless those sacred events. I am a certified spiritual director, having completed the Spiritual Direction Training program at Hesychia in Tucson, AZ. In addition to focusing on skills related to holy listening, the training included working with people who have experienced trauma, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people discerning major life changes, and people from a variety of faith backgrounds.
“We must remember how to honor and respect life with each breath, step, word, and thought. What you bless blesses you in return. This is the power of reciprocity.”
and now meet Bill (he/him)
For forty years, I have worked for my family company and ran hotels and restaurants on Cape Cod and the south coast. As the 5th born son (not the 1st born) in an Italian American family, I learned to navigate the delicate and often challenging path of becoming a leader. Balancing three generations of family, hundreds of very diverse employees, and 100,000+ guests gave me a great education in human relations. At Limina, I am delighted to share my gifts of hospitality as we welcome all to find rest and refreshment.
Prior to my hospitality career, I became a nature photographer as a stress release and as a way to connect more deeply with the beauty around me. I sold thousands of my photographs to support my college education, and I continue to enjoy expressing the inspiration of the created world through the lens of a camera. Being able to capture nature’s liminal moments brings particular joy to my soul.
Connecting with our earth mother
In my second career, I am learning more about the medicinal uses of herbs, shamanic journeying, forest bathing and the power of the earth to renew and restore us. As an avid mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast, almost daily I use the healing power of nature to transform my stress into balance and joy.
As a 2nd degree black belt with 30 plus years of training in the martial arts, I developed a strong connection with my chi and am learning how to link this life force to an energetic relationship with nature.
Limina – with her abundance of ancient lands and ocean – will provide the perfect environment for guests to connect to their spiritual beings through this human experience.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Our address: 35 West Ocean Drive, Searsport, ME 04974
Limina is located in Midcoast Maine outside Belfast, approximately two-hours northeast of Portland and one-hour southwest of Bar Harbor. The property is on the town line between Belfast / Searsport and is directly across the street from RIO’s Spiked Cafe.
Driving Directions to Limina
To get here by car, take 95 north to exit 113 in Augusta. Drive east on Route 3 approximately 50 miles to Belfast. Turn left onto Route 1 north; go 3.75 miles and West Ocean Drive will be on the right. Click here for detailed directions.
Driving Times (in hours)
- Augusta – 1
- Portland – 2
- Boston – 3.5
- Providence – 4.5
- Montreal – 5.5