Santa Sabina Center

November 9 – 12, 2017

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

December 1 – 3, 2017

Advent Retreat with Mary Neill, OP

In the Fullness of Time

Mary Neill, OP"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.

Fee: $325. Register by November 1, for a discounted fee: $300
Registration deposit: $125