OUR MISSION
Our Mission is to cultivate Hope, Healing and Growth in the hearts and lives of children and youth through the resources we Create and the Retreats we offer.

We implement our mission in three ways: 

1. CULTIVATING PEARLS BOOK - PUBLISHED BY TYNDALE HOUSE
Cultivating Pearls blends the process of spiritual formation, creative arts and practical life-coaching guiding girls on their own unique creative journey of transformation where their faith and life meet. Girls of all ages explore fresh innovative tools to cultivate their gifts, discover their identity, pursue their dreams and bring hope to others. This book is an innovative and interactive format that can be taught as spiritual formation curriculum on high school and college campuses, in youth group settings and mentoring programs. It can also be done on your own for personal and spiritual growth. Great for all ages as the lessons meet you where you are. Read More. 

2. MY JOURNEY HEALING ART COLORING BOOK
For all children and teens going through a difficult journey to help them process and cope with what they are going through. This book does not have a spiritual emphasis, rather it was purposefully created to be focussed solely on inspirational coloring pictures from nature and empowering words. This coloring book was created especially for children in hospitals and secular programs so we worked with Child Life leaders to create a book that would be appropriate for these settings. Read More. 

3. RIVER RETREATS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO
Our River Retreats focus on helping children and youth find hope, healing and growth through the beautiful combination of creativity and activities in the mountains of Colorado. We also have limited time slots throughout the year we offer retreats for women's groups and leaders of girls. We can create a retreat specifically for your goals. Read More.

OUR NAME RIVER + PEARLS
River ~ 
Then the angel showed me THE RIVER of the water of life, pure as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, THE TREE OF LIFE with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The LEAVES of the tree were for the HEALING of the nations. -Revelation 22:1-2 ESV We are invited to come to this river ~ The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. - Revelation 22:17 NLT

Pearls ~ 
When we respond to this invitation to come to the river, we begin a creative journey of transformation using the symbol of a pearl. When a single grain of sand enters into the living membrane of an oyster, it causes the oyster conflict and irritation. The oyster’s reaction is to continually coat it with a substance called nacre, eventually transforming the grain of sand into a beautiful pearl. The Latin word for pearl literally means unique, attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical. You and I are like that grain of sand when we come to God. He receives us as we are, then covers us with His grace and refines us by the truth of His Word. Through that process, He creates something of beauty in us that, each in our own unique and creative way, reflects Who He is to the world around us. As girls go though our spiritual formation book, Cultivating Pearls, they learn how to connect with God in a personal way, grow in faith & life and discover how the leaves of their tree can bring hope and love to others.

OUR TEAM

CHRISTINA DiMARI (top left)
Founder and President, River + Pearls
Director of Spiritual Formation and Outreach
Christina DiMari is the author of five books that encourage, equip and empower girls to grow in their walk with God, live whole lives, pursue their dreams and use their gifts to shine for others. Her newest book, Cultivating Pearls, was published by Tyndale. She is a teacher and ordained chaplain, earning her bachelor’s in biblical theology from Simpson University, and later certified in art therapy. Christina currently leads the nonprofit organization River + Pearls, hosts retreats by a beautiful blue river in the mountains of Colorado and manages our relationship with 143 children's hospitals who use our art therapy resources in helping children and youth cope and process difficult journeys they find themselves on. Her work and outreach have been featured in numerous magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman, Life Beautiful, In Touch and Radiant. Christina and her husband, Michael, have two adventurous sons and enjoy family time and their passion for fly-fishing.

IRENE NELLER (top right)
Vice President, Westmont College
Director of Special Initiatives, River + Pearls
Irene became Westmont’s first vice president for enrollment, marketing and communications in December 2017 after serving 26 years at Biola University and four years at Fuller Theological Seminary, building and redefining new functions of strategic enrollment and marketing and earning numerous industry awards. She graduated from Bethany University with a degree in communications and earned a master’s in communications promotions management at CSU Fullerton. A recognized leader in Christian higher education, she chaired the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) national committee for communication officers and serves on the commission. She is committed to mentoring young women, started a national annual conference for advancing women in leadership, and is passionate about issues of diversity. 

MADISON WEBB (center)
Mentor, River + Pearls
Madison went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons during her high school years. Since then she has led girls through our curriculum on college campuses for the past four years. Madison created all of the illustrations in our book, Cultivating Pearls. She enjoys mentoring girls through our leadership training retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

MORGAN SAILER (center right)
Mentor, River + Pearls
Morgan went through our Cultivating Pearls book lessons during her high school years. As part of her outreach she created a healing arts coloring book that is now used in Children's Hospitals all over the USA reaching 32,000 children! 

RACHEL PEHKONEN (center left)
Mentor, River + Pearls

COURTNEY MEYERS (bottom)
Mentor, River + Pearls