Writing Retreat with Jane Hirshfield
Poetry and Permeability: Writing through Words, Silence, and Attention
Poetry 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)
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
Retreat with Michael Fish, OSB, Cam
Rather than a retreat on Thomas Merton, this weekend of contemplative reflection and prayer is an opportunity to allow the life and writing of Merton to challenge you. During these days, Merton, the man and monk, the artist and contemplative, will invite you to rediscover your "True Self,” embrace your complexity, face your humanity and establish a fresh and vibrant relationship with the Divine, others and creation. Thus Merton becomes a mirror to look honestly at yourself, your life and the world.
Michael Fish, OSB Cam, is a monk of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA, who balances the times of contemplative solitude and the sharing of contemplative ways of being through offering retreats. A well-known and favorite retreat leader here at Santa Sabina Center, Michael is returning to offer us nurturance through sharing the wealth of spirituality and guidance embedded in the life and works of Thomas Merton. Visit his website for more details of his spiritual journey and resources, www.hermitfish.org.
Fee: $450. Register by January 5, for discounted fee: $400
Registration deposit: $150
Triduum Retreat with Joe Nassal, CPPS
Celebrating the Triduum—the Paschal Journey
Our Triduum retreat will focus on the main liturgical celebration for each of these high holy days of the Christian year. With a simple Morning Prayer each day and significant time for personal prayer, reflection and rest we will be invited to enter deeply into the Paschal Mystery. Participants wishing to ground themselves in the fullness of this retreat may select the residential option. Those who find their time more limited may consider coming for a meal and liturgy on one or more days. Please contact us for further details and the fee schedule for this option.
Author, retreat master and current provincial of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Joe Nassal, CPPS, brings his spiritual insights, love of liturgy and imaginative gifts of story-telling to retreatants and readers alike. We welcome Joe back to Santa Sabina for this communal celebration of the Paschal journey.
Fee: $375. Register by March 5, for discounted fee: $325.
Registration deposit: $150.
Intersections: Faith and the New Cosmology
A contemplative symposium featuring presenters Anne Marie Dalton, Heather Eaton and John Haught, with a video welcome from Brian Thomas Swimme and facilitation by Margaret Galiardi, OP.
Participants are invited to use inquiry, theological reflection, dialogue and personal prayer as a means of integrating our current expanding understanding of the Cosmos with our faith response. Our guest presenters will each focus on a theme and develop it as part of a more complete engagement with the intersection of our expanding consciousness and understanding of the Cosmos, our place in it and our respective faith stance. This symposium/ retreat is open to persons of all faiths though a Christian orientation will be evident. It is recommended that participants be familiar with the New Cosmology/the New Story, i.e. the evolutionary reality of our Universe. The special symposium brochure is available for download here.
Fee: $695. Register by May 1, for a discounted fee: $625.
Registration deposit: $250
Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam
The Silence and the Word, the Music and the Dance
Based on the thought and writings of Bede Griffiths, Raimundo Panikkar and his confrere Bruno Barnhart, Cyprian will explore the four-fold energies that make up Christian spirituality as well as the spirituality of Universal Wisdom in this six-day contemplative retreat. With a special accent on the recovering the body, the earth and the feminine, Cyprian will focus throughout the retreat on practical spirituality and the praxis that embodies our thought. These days will allow for personal restoration in the midst of a rhythm of rest, silence, prayer and reflection. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam, is a monk, musician, and spiritual teacher. He is a member of the community of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. An internationally known performer, recording artist, and composer, he has numerous collections of original sacred, world, and liturgical music to his credit. A student of the world’s spiritual traditions, Consiglio has offered retreats and conferences around the world and authored two books plus numerous articles for several books and periodicals.
Fee: $625. Register by June 15, for a discounted fee: $575
Registration deposit: $250
Retreat with Kim Stafford
Writing for Happiness
Poet, essayist, and teacher Kim Stafford returns to Santa Sabina with an invitation to explore writing to awaken the self, sustain the spirit, and enrich the world. Kim will respond to the resonance of time together at Santa Sabina during which we will be called to insight, receptivity and counsel in the art of writing and the art of living. There will be time to listen, learn, write, share and reflect.
Kim Stafford grew up primarily in Oregon, following his parents as they taught and traveled through the West. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, and the director of the Northwest Writing Institute, and co-director of the Documentary Studies Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark College, where he has taught since 1979. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Oregon and has worked as a printer, photographer, oral historian, editor, and visiting writer at a host of colleges and schools, and offered writing workshops in Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan.
Fee: $450. Register by October 6, for discounted fee: $400
Registration deposit: $150
Advent Retreat with Mary Neill, OP
In the Fullness of Time
"In the fullness of time, she brought forth the child, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger." As the Advent season opens, you are invited to take this weekend opportunity to ponder the mystery and fiction of time itself and our relationship to it and to open to those moments at the edge of time that seem beyond all undoing—that is Christ’s time, Christmas time. In the beauty of the holy space that is Santa Sabina, we will take these days to ponder the fullness and emptiness of this particular time in our lives.
Sister Mary Neill is Professor Emerita of USF and winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award. She has co-authored four books on spirituality, offered a variety of workshops and retreats and provides spiritual direction to a wide range of seekers. Mary brings the seriousness of the spiritual life into focus with humor and creativity. We are delighted to welcome Mary back to Santa Sabina.