Online Retreat Weekend with Margaret Galiardi, OP and Pat Farrell, OP

Santa Sabina Center courtyard garden
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Grounding Ourselves Where There Is No Ground: A Christian/Buddhist Perspective on Living in Interesting Times
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Available for Streaming

Join retreat leaders Margaret Galiardi, OP, and Pat Farrell, OP, for a virtual retreat sessions – two evenings and weekend days – through Zoom.

We find ourselves in one of the most tumultuous times in human history. How disconcerting for us earthlings who want the security of solid ground beneath our feet! Yet Christian and Buddhist teachings and practices point us, not toward security and safety, but to developing the ability to stand in the ebb and flow of the tides of life without giving up.

During this online retreat, we will spend time in sitting and walking meditation, staying with whatever thoughts and feelings arise. We will look at teachings from both Christian and Buddhist traditions that encourage us to experience a grounding that goes beyond our lack of footing.

Margaret Galiardi portrait   Pat Farrell portrait

About Margaret Galiardi, OP (left)
Margaret, a Dominican sister from Amityville, New York, is part of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. With experience in congregational leadership and a deep background in ecological theology and spirituality, she practices with Insifada Zen, a Long Island interfaith meditation community and is an experienced retreat leader.

About Pat Farrell, OP (right)
Pat, a Dominican sister of San Rafael, is the hosting manager here at Santa Sabina Center. Pat, a trained meditation teacher and retreat leader, has served in congregational leadership, and most recently was executive director of the Dominican Sisters Conference. She is a member of the Sophia Zen Sangha and enjoys sharing how Zen and Christianity complement each other.

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Fee: $200. Scholarship assistance is available.

Virtual Retreat with Michael Fish, OSB Cam

Michael Fish, OSB Cam
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Levanté 1
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May 27 – 29, 2022

Levanté 1, the first of Michael Fish’s fascinating new retreat series, is designed to help us recognize the opportunities for personal growth that are often hidden within everyday experiences. With each video session, he provides a springboard inviting fresh perspectives on life’s challenges and rewards.

Born of Michael’s experiences during his arduous and eventful fifth Camino across Spain, Levanté 1 focuses on how simple everyday events hold valuable lessons for living life in the “now.” Each session, each day, offers a separate, distinct experience that can reveal simple, easily overlooked opportunities for us to live more fully in the present and in the presence of the Divine. Amazing and unpredictable, the Levanté journey provided a wealth of wonderful opportunities to see what God can teach us about each and every life experience. Michael uses his remarkable gift of storytelling and metaphor to show us how these experiences can hold the key to opening our hearts to a wider view of our relationship with ourselves, our families, and the world around us.

Click here to download the brochure (PDF) with full description.

Visit Hermit Fish website to learn more about Michael Fish and preview of Levanté 1.

OPTION 1: Virtual Retreat at Santa Sabina Center $575
Program registration $250 - Register online here.
Residential Accommodations $325 - Reserve for accommodations here.

Join us for a communal retreat experience in the beauty and serenity of Santa Sabina Center. Retreat includes:

  • Morning and evening prayer
  • Virtual program presentations, discussion, communal reflection, and sharing
  • Two nights lodging - Friday and Saturday
  • Three catered meals each day beginning with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • The retreat closes on Sunday at 3 pm


OPTION 2: Virtual Retreat at Home $250 - Register online here.
Enjoy the virtual retreat presentation at home. This option includes:

  • Six online presentations and retreat materials mailed directly to your home
  • Morning and evening prayer packet from Santa Sabina Center
  • Group reflection and sharing via Zoom on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm PDT

Michael Fish at Via de la Plata

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Option 1 $575 (program and accommodations)
Option 2 $250 (program only)

Abiding in the Tent of Meeting

Tent with a view
Event Subtitle
A Silent Retreat in the Dominican Tradition
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August 2–7, 2022
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Tuesday evening to Sunday noon

Join us for a week of respite in the Tent of Meeting – a time and place to renew our spirits in the Spirit of Jesus, the Word of God.  Framed by the week’s Eucharistic readings we will meet the Word in morning and evening prayer, in daily Eucharist, and in the sacred silence.  The Word encountered in the community and in the silence restores our harmony and hope and fuels us to return to our homes to continue to share the healing power of Love and Hope.

For this retreat, our companions on the journey are Dominican Sisters Patricia Bruno, Raya Hanlon, Pat Farrell, Margaret Diener, and Fr. Jude Siciliano, OP.

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Fee: $725 - including all lodging, meals, and prayer materials.