Retreats

Retreat with Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams
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Trusting the Moment: Writing as a Spiritual Practice
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November 9 – 11, 2018

We are living in difficult times where the violence of hurricanes, floods, and fires are the norm. How are we to find refuge in change, solace in uncertainty? Join Terry Tempest Williams in the contemplative practice of writing. Participants will be invited to keep a journal through the weekend as we focus on the near and far of the interior and exterior landscapes. Work will be shared in the sanctity of community as each person explores their sense of place in a changing world.

Terry Tempest Williams, currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School, has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. While Terry, like her writing, cannot be categorized, she is known for her impassioned and lyrical prose. From her environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place to her most recent book The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks which coincided with and honored the centennial of the National Park Service (2016), Terry brings the beauty of language to critical issues, exposing truths that need to be seen and understood.

Residential spaces are filled, with a waiting list. Commuter spaces still available.

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Fee: $425. Register by October 2, for discounted fee: $375.
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $150.

Retreat with Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam

Ivan Nicoletto
Event Subtitle
Always Coming, Ever-Beginning, and Futuring God
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December 1, 2018
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10 am to 4:30 pm

This one-day retreat with Ivan opens the Advent season and focuses participants’ attention on fostering a welcoming heart for this surprising God. This is an opportunity to refresh our perspective on the season of promise and new life.  Advent day retreat will open at 10:00 a.m., include lunch and close at 4:30 p.m.  Eucharist will follow and all are welcome.

Ivan Nicoletto is a Benedictine Camaldolese monk from the Hermitage of Camaldoli, Italy, currently lives at Incarnation Monastery, in Berkeley. He holds an MA in both philosophy and theology.  His first book, Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: Meditations on the Scripture in the Light of the New Cosmology, was published by Liturgical Press in 2015.

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Fee: $75, includes lunch.
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $25

Retreat weekend with Brian Pierce, OP and Ann Willits, OP

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Stumbling into the Word of God: Seatbelts Are Optional!
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February 7–10, 2019

Brian Pierce, OP, and Ann Willits, OP, bring their love of Scripture, capacity for story-telling and good humor to this opportunity to encounter the Word of God. They see this contemplative, scripturally-based weekend as “a chance to let ourselves stumble haphazardly into the life-giving and exhilarating Word of God.” Their presentations are interwoven with periods of restful silence allowing time for prayer, reading and restorative leisure. It is a rare treat to have them with us on the west coast for such an offering. We encourage you to sign up early. 

Dominican friar Brian J. Pierce, OP, a member of the Southern Province, grew up in Texas. He spent most of twenty-one years of his Dominican life in Latin America. Upon his recent return from 6 years in a Rome-based ministry accompanying the contemplative Dominican nuns worldwide, Brian is again engaged in itinerant preaching in the U.S. and in Latin America. He has authored several books, including We Walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart (Orbis Books, 2005); and Jesus the Prodigal Son (Orbis Books, 2016).

Ann Willits, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Formerly a high school teacher and administrator, Ann served on the general council of her congregation and was co-director of PARABLE. As an itinerant, mendicant preacher Ann has recorded three retreats for Now You Know Media entitled: Writing Home, Dominican Spirituality, and Finding Mystery in the Ordinary. In addition to preaching throughout the United States, Ann has done work in Canada, South and Central America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Brian Pierce, OP  Ann Willits, OP

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Fee for the program with 3 nights lodging and meals: $450
Register by January 3, 2019, for a discounted fee:$400
Registration deposit
Commuter fee: $375
Registration deposit: $150

Retreat weekend with Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford
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Poetry: Expressing the Inexpressible
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May 16–19, 2019

In song, magic becomes real. In poems, words can do what they can’t say. Through the spell of language where love is knit into syllables by an honest voice, we can begin to convey the otherwise impossible secrets of our devotions. In this retreat, we will savor poems that perform the soft magic of blessing, and write in the spirit of song.

Kim Stafford, currently the poet laureate of Oregon, is a beloved teacher and poet. He 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.

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Fee for the program with 3 nights lodging and meals: $450
Register by April 1, 2019, for a discounted fee: $400
Registration deposit
Commuter fee: $375
Registration deposit: $150

Retreat week with Michael Fish, OSB Cam

Michael Fish
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The Camino ~ Life’s Journey
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July 8–14, 2019

There is a saying “how you walk the Camino is how you live your life and vice versa.”

Drawing on his experience of walking the Camino de Santiago a number of times, Michael Fish invites participants to make what Wendell Berry calls “a Spiritual Journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous, humbling and joyful.” Ultimately, this is the journey by which we come to discover a new way of being in ourselves, in the world and in prayer. This week-long Camino retreat encompasses Michael’s series—Camino I, II, and III—and comes on the heels of his fifth Camino.

Michael Fish is a Camaldolese monk and a member of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California. He currently lives as a hermit in solitude and prayer. Michael balances periods of solitude with his gift of offering retreats, talks and spiritual direction to his brothers and sisters in religious and lay communities.

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Fee for the program with 6 nights lodging and meals and retreat materials: $750
Register by May 1, 2019, for a discounted fee: $700
Registration deposit
Commuter: $650
Registration deposit: $250

Retreat with Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo
Event Subtitle
The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart
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August 7–11, 2019

Poet, philosopher, and beloved teacher, Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. Based on his recent book, this retreat will explore how we might truly inhabit the one life we’re given: by getting closer to life, loving what you do, finding what can last, and by being kind and useful. Drawn from his years of teaching, Mark explores how our hard work and authenticity ready us for meaning and grace. Using ancient and contemporary stories, poetry, journaling, and dialogue, he unfolds how our sincerity and labor help us to survive and thrive.

By fully living, we’re led to the wisdom that waits in our heart. This is our invitation and initiation into grace. No one quite knows how to do this, but learn it we must. Our path to love and truth depend on this journey. Please bring a journal for your journey over these days. You might also want to visit his website: www.marknepo.com 

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Fee for the program with 4 nights lodging and meals: $550
Register by June 15, 2019, for a discounted fee: $500
Registration deposit
Commuter fee: $450
Registration deposit: $200

Retreat weekend with Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Ron Rolheiser
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Listening for the Heartbeat of God: Discipleship in John’s Gospel
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November 14-17, 2019

A popular retreat leader, Ron Rolheiser will bring John’s Gospel and Christian discipleship into focus in this contemplative retreat. The Gospel of John was written much later than the other Gospels and is much more mystical than many other parts of scripture. For John, discipleship consists in listening to the heartbeat of God.  How do we do that? What are the signs that we are listening? How do we become “the beloved disciple” who hears Christ’s heartbeat?  This retreat will try to unpack John’s mystical description of discipleship. As Evagrius of Pontus, in the 4th Century, put it: Breast of the Lord, Kingdom of God: who rests against it, a theologian shall be. 

Ron Rolheiser, OMI, a Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is currently president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Known as a community-builder, speaker and writer, Ron’s books on Christian spirituality are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide. Ron’s newest book is Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human, released in May 2018.

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Fee for the program with 3 nights lodging and meals: $450
Register by October 1, 2019, for a discounted fee: $400
Registration deposit
Commuter fee: $375
Registration deposit: $150

Advent retreat day with Fr. Padraig Greene

Fr. Padraig Greene
Event Subtitle
Waiting in Joyful Hope — What Are You Waiting For?
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December 7, 2019
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9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Eucharist will follow at 5 p.m.

Join Fr. Padraig to enter more deeply into the Advent season through a contemplative day. This is an opportunity to spend time reflecting on the gift of hope that lies within us all. Reconnecting with both the longing for it and the joy of this holy gift can transform the days leading us toward the promise of light and life that is renewed in the season of Christmas and the gift of a New Year. Eucharist will close the day for those who wish to linger.

Fr. Padraig Greene, a priest of the Oakland diocese, currently serves as a hospital chaplain.  He served for many years as a priest in the Catholic community of Pleasanton, California. Padraig directed the retreat center at the Family Life Centre in Boyle, Ireland, which was founded in 1987 as a diocesan response to family needs, providing a variety of services and programs.

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Fee: $75, includes lunch
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $25