Current situation with COVID 19

As we survey the current situation with COVID 19 worldwide, and in accordance with recommendations from the state departments TDC/WWPDC, we are taking measures to protect our community and their family members during this uncertain time. It is with a cautious but hopeful aspect that we will close the BYRON Barn to all non-essential work until April 21st, at which time we will have evaluated the current necessity of action to keep in place in those further weeks. With social distancing in place all events, meetings, lessons, workshops will be postponed until we have state recommendations that it is safe to reconvene.

Board meetings and other such meetings that are still necessary to our well-being as a community and as a corporation will take place via remote chat options that are being put into place. All meetings, lessons and workshops that require person to person/same space learning are postponed. Please contact all persons, partners and clients that this will pertain to.

We will be mindful and forward thinking in our communications as we are aware that the BYRON Barn community is widespread. The BYRON co-working community is here for each other to support, encourage and uphold and we need each other in these times. We will be in touch with all our co-workers individually and please know that you will all be in our hearts and in our prayers in these next weeks.

We wish you peace in the storm,

Thomas and Corinne Sekinger
Founders of BYRON

Gradual activation of my spiritual senses through community…

When I think of Retreats, driving miles away is what immediately comes to mind. However right here nestled in the heart of town, is BYRON where for a weekend I was still in town but “away” on retreat; “resting in motion” as Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) calls it.

Apart from the warm beauty of physical space that immediately had a soothing effect on my nerves, it was the brief prayer which Corinne shared with me on the night I arrived that gave “my sled a shove in the right direction”. That prayer confirmed and gave spiritual definition to the two and half days I spent in The Barn. There was another opportunity for prophetic interaction with Corinne which brought more vocational clarity and activation. It was not merely a time of retreating from daily routine for the purpose of rest. It was being reset into Christ’s desire. I needed help to do that and I got it.

The hospitality of the Sekinger’s family life poured love in and facilitated reconnection into parts of my soul which need healing. In the time I have spent at BYRON (before and during my retreat) I know this one thing. That they comfortably wield hospitality and creativity as instruments of healing and reconnection to God. My overall experience is the gradual activation of my spiritual senses through community, the community in the Barn.

2018.04 – Phoebe Quaynor

He’s giving me the courage to dream bigger…

I’ve been at BYRON twice. It was so amazing just being there with Cori, Tom and the kids. I really enjoyed having them around me and get to know them better, as well as getting to know the BYRON family. During that time,  God spoke so often to me, also in new ways I didn’t know yet. He also spoke a lot to me through Tom and Cori. They encouraged and challenged me to move forward and dig deeper. The way they live and follow Jesus inspires me and makes me want to get there too. God also started to do many things in my heart and my life. He’s transforming me, drawing me closer to His heart and into His presence, showing me more who He is and who I am and all that He has for me. He’s giving me the courage to dream bigger, not giving up but keep moving and becoming everything He designed me to be!

2017.07 – Deby Morel

The event extended the boundaries of my own creative skills…

My time at the Creative Arts Encounter really worked to reinforce my identity in Christ. I have become a bit bolder in my own creativity from my time spent with others who are using their creative gifts for the sake of the Gospel. Hosting members of the Harvest Sound Team allowed me to experience sacrifice, gain much joy through late night conversations and being able to speak into the lives of people from all over the world. Working hard with others to build the Percussion Wall and to clean up the effects of the floodwaters produced a strength and confidence in me through bringing out skills and talents that tend to lie dormant. As BYRON’s photographer and videographer, the event extended the boundaries of my own creative skills in how I thought about what to capture, as well as in the production of the “recap” video I produced of the week. On a more personal level, the words of the people who sang a prophetic song over me during the Creative Evangelism Workshop spoke right to my heart and reminded me that the Father knows me and loves me!

2016.08 – Rob DeGutis

He continues to break me out of my box…

Tonight, I was ministered to in the most unexpected way. Some of you may know, but I have NEVER liked my nails painted. I’ve always been insecure about my hands, and therefore don’t try to draw attention to them. A six-year-old, however, drew me out of my comfort zone. She painted my nails and was so excited to do it, because to her, she’s helping someone else feel lovely, to have fun with beauty. The Lord has taken me on such an amazing journey with beauty already, and He continues to break me out of my box. Thank you, sweet Lilli, for your heart and for serving with your own kind of ministry!

2016.08 – Candace Notenstine

It rained on their parade, so they sang and danced in the rain…

13902658_10209860623889749_2066245259117609302_nThere’s nothing wrong with your eyes…that is a pool with water greener than the grass. The water was so concentrated with algae, I couldn’t even see the bottom of the pool. Ava swam in it with her friends the other day, and when I saw it later, I said a prayer that she wouldn’t get sick. Haha, little did I know what a benchmark that little pool would be yesterday.

The night before the floods came, there were prophetic declarations over the land, cries for revival, and earlier a speaker had encouraged us to build our lives around our promises, not around our problems.

The next day, the floodgates burst, and the torrents of rain fell as if it hadn’t rained in years. So as they prepared for a community wide celebration, our friend’s renovated barn and house next door flooded. You would expect the usual anxiety and frustration, and I’m sure there may have been some, but it was all hands on deck to bail out water and divert the exterior flood currents away from the buildings. There was so much joy, and song and dance, even as their property was getting submerged in the deluge. Soaked individuals came and went out the open doors, taking buckets of mopped up water with them, and gradually the water was bailed out faster than it was coming in. It seemed we would weather this storm

There was a bit of a lull, so I called Frank to see how everything was going at home. As we are chatting, I go outside, and then I hear it. This carefree laughter, squealing, and cheering…and then the chant started. I peer across the parking lot, and there are about 15 people surrounding that pool, and the person who’s name is being chanted louder and louder, breaks into a run, plunging headlong into the pool. They did it over and over, cheering and yelling after each plunge, as they were having the times of their lives. If someone else came out of the barn, soaked and tired, the group would yell and invitation over to them, and they too, would break into a run and take their turn to jump in.

I regret it a little that I was trying to stay dry, playing it safe under the front porch at the church…but I saw something that day. I was blessed to see it. That those individuals decided to work together, to build a genuine community that felt like family. It rained on their parade, so they sang and danced in the rain. They got lemons, and they decided to made lemonade. A group that refused to build their day around their problems, and built around their promises instead. Promises of fellowship and love, of peace and laughter. I was so impressed that instead of pride like Naaman refusing to dip in the Jordan, these friends had decided to embrace the day, and the “Hey the pool has water and we’re already soaked, so let’s just go for it” attitude.

Tom & Cori we had a blast. You guys inspire me so much. Thank you so much for the fun, the food, and the fellowship. It is a priviledge to know you and call you friends. Looking forward to the next time we get together.

Also thanks to Scott and Sarah MacLeod, the Thunder School, and Mike and Theresa Carter. The stories, impartations, art, music and dance will stay with us forever. Thank you for your faithfulness, love and grace. It was a pleasure to get to know you all.

2016.08 – Candace Cabanas