Santa Sabina Center

August 2 to 6, 2016

Contemplative Retreat with James Finley, Ph.D.

Entering the Landscape of the Mystics

James Finley, Ph.D.A contemplative five-day retreat. James Finley, psychologist and student of Merton and the mystical tradition, is one of the best contemporary teachers on mysticism. This silent contemplative retreat will allow us time to deepen our own grounding in the contemplative. We will engage with stories from the mystical tradition, take time for silence and for sharing insights and spiritual practices that support a centered conscious way of being.
James Finley leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada, attracting men and women from all religious traditions who seek to live a contemplative way of life in the midst of today’s busy world. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in Santa Monica, California. James Finley is the author of: Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

Fee: $600. Registration deposit: $200 (Registrations filled)

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