Santa Sabina Center

November 10 to 13, 2016

Writing Retreat with Jane Hirshfield

Poetry and Permeability: Writing through Words, Silence, and Attention

Jane HirshfieldPoetry is a path to conjure, transform, evoke, counter, unravel, expose, and surprise our relationship to our own lives and the lives of others. Mystery and generosity are part of any genuinely creative act. So too is the ability to make of ourselves a passageway and conduit, to the large, the particular, the joyous and sorrowful, the unexpected. These energies of poem-making, like the energies of existence itself, are ultimately undomesticable forces. Yet they can be invited, welcomed. The cultivation of an open and permeable attention will be the taproot of this gathering. Participants will have the opportunity to undertake new writing and to contemplate the poems of others during times of silence and in conversation. Participants are asked to bring writing materials and three poems not their own and not over one page in length which they particularly admire.
Internationally renowned poet, essayist and translator Jane Hirshfield is the author of fourteen much-honored books. Her most recent are The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays), both published by Knopf in 2015. Her honors include the California Book Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, and The Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. And, her books have been named best books of the year by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, and England’s Financial Times. Hirshfield’s work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Poetry, and eight editions of The Best American Poetry. She is a current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Fee: $425. Registration deposit: $150 (Registrations filled)

December 2 to 4, 2016

Advent Poustinia with Margaret Diener, OP and Raya Hanlon, OP.

Join us for a quiet time to open to the blessings of Advent, season of welcoming rebirth and light. Days will be marked by times of common prayer, Eucharist and silence, and an evening of prayer for the needs of the Earth community.

Fee: $275. Register by November 1 for discounted fee: $250
Registration deposit: $150


February 16 to 19, 2017

Retreat with Michael Fish, OSB, Cam

More information to come.


April 13 to 16, 2017

Triduum Retreat with Joe Nassal, CPPS

More information to come.


November 10 to 13, 2017

Retreat with Kim Stafford

More information to come.


November 30 to December 3, 2017

Advent Retreat

More information to come.