Retreats

Retreat Weekend with Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield
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Invitations, Inventions, Inventories and Turnstiles: A Poetry Writing Retreat
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February 6 – 9, 2020

“The most commonplace truth, when it floods the whole soul, is a revelation,” wrote Simone Weil. William Stafford described a writer as “not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them.” Almost anything can become the invitation and turnstile of discovery. Each new poem can invoke a deepened comprehension – or, sometimes as useful, a deepened incomprehension. One right word can summon and sum a life’s moments or lengths. Participants will have ample time for attending to outer and inner worlds, to undertake new writing, and to contemplate the poems of others, in both silence and conversation. 

Internationally renowned poet, essayist and translator Jane Hirshfield is the author of fourteen much-honored books. Her books have received numerous awards and have been named best books of the year in many noteworthy publications. Jane’s work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and Poetry, as well as in ten editions of The Best American Poetry. Her ninth poetry collection, Ledger, will be released in March 2020.

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Fee for the program with 3 nights lodging and meals: $475
Register by December 20, 2019: $425
Commuter fee includes meals: $400
Register by December 20, 2019: $375
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $200

Retreat Weekend with Patricia Bruno, OP

Patricia Bruno, OP
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Grace Abounds — Exploring Our Own Spiritual Narrative
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May 28 – 31, 2020

Grace abounds when we take the time to listen. What decisions, unexpected choices, joys and surrenders have deepened our faith and brought us to our contemporary religious practices. Using scripture, contemporary writings, poetry and journaling, we will discover the moments of grace that have formed us and the Wisdom that enables us to live more fully into our unfolding futures with hope. Join us during this weekend as we each explore our own spiritual narrative.

Patricia Bruno, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, is a well-known itinerant preacher, traveling throughout the year to provide parish retreats across the United States with her preaching partner, Jude Siciliano, OP, a member of the Southern Province of Dominican friars.  Sister Patricia writes regularly sharing her insights into Scripture through her monthly newsletter, “Stories Seldom Heard.”  As in all of her retreats, she will bring her love of the Christian scriptures, poetry, and ritual, as well as the fruit of her own prayer, to share with retreatants in this contemplative exploration.

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Fee for the program with 3 nights lodging and meals: $475
Register by April 15, 2020: $400
Commuter fee includes meals: $375
Register by April 15, 2020: $350
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $200

Retreat Week with Joe Nassal, CPPS

Joe Nassal, CPPS
Event Subtitle
Making All Things New: Becoming a New Creation
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July 7 – 12, 2020

When we hear that something is “new and improved,” we anticipate it is better than the “old” model. But on the journey of faith, a “new creation” is the promise of transformation that comes from God’s generous grace. The call of the gospels is to become a new creation in the Risen Christ. It is the profound belief that each and every person, made in God’s image and likeness, can be restored and renewed in Christ. No matter where we are on our journey, God offers the possibility of a new beginning. This week-long contemplative retreat will explore in practical and prayerful ways what it means to become a new creation and to serve with a renewed sense of purpose and passion for life.

Joe Nassal, CPPS, is the author of eight books including The Conspiracy of Compassion, Premeditated Mercy, and Moments of Truth. A Missionary of the Precious Blood, Fr. Joe has been extensively engaged in retreat, renewal and reconciliation ministry. He was involved in establishing the Precious Blood Center for Reconciliation on the south side of Chicago, and has served in parish, justice and peace, formation, and vocation ministries, as well as serving in provincial leadership for his community.  Recently he has returned to Berkeley, CA, where he is involved in establishing a Mission House of Prayer for those on the margins.

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Fee for the program with 6 nights lodging and meals: $750
Register by May 15, 2020: $700
Commuter fee includes meals: $675
Register by May 15, 2020: $650
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $250

Retreat with Anthony Gittins, CSSp

Anthony Gittins, CSSp
Event Subtitle
Seek First the Realm of God
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August 4 – 9, 2020

In the silence of our six contemplative days together we will explore the meaning and critical importance of Christian Spirituality, revisiting such fundamental aspects of our spirituality as hope, imagination, conversion, Eucharist and the call to grow in age and wisdom. Our exploration will be infused afresh with the spirit of adventure. We invite you to join us for this opportunity to renew ourselves in the core of the Christian tradition with a master teacher and theologian.

Anthony Gittins, CSSp, is a native of England and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. He is Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and brings his depth of knowledge as a cultural anthropologist to his teaching on mission theology and spirituality. Fr. Anthony offers retreats, workshops, and seminars through the U.S. and around the world. He has also spent over thirty years with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago in efforts to support their struggle to escape poverty and prostitution. 

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Fee for the program with 5 nights lodging and meals: $625
Register by June 15, 2020: $575
Commuter fee includes meals: $550
Register by June 15, 2020: $525
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $250

Retreat Weekend with Kayleen Asbo

Kayleen Asbo
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Finding Our Way through the Dark Woods: A Retreat with Dante’s Divine Comedy
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November 12 – 15, 2020

Dante's Divine Comedy has been called the most beautiful poem ever written—but  it is much more than that: it is a brilliant work of imagination that weaves together Greek and Roman myth, European history and a pathway of universal spiritual development with deep cross-cultural resonances. Written during Dante's middle years, his own “dark woods,” it is an epic achievement that saved the author's own life. His experience and vision can immeasurably enrich our own, becoming a map for our own inner development and transformation. In this four-day retreat marking the 700th anniversary of The Divine Comedy, we will encounter this epic adventure through storytelling, art, and collage, guided meditation and writing practices, music and ritual.

Retreat leader Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., a passionate interdisciplinary scholar, musician and writer, is a faculty member of the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Kayleen also serves as the Creative and Artistic Director for the Mythica Foundation for Contemplation and the Arts and teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. She leads pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe every year.  Her encounter with and love of Dante’s work shaped her life as a teenager and has inspired much of her work, locally, nationally and internationally. Many find her work “an inspiring synthesis of head and heart,” as well as “fascinating, profoundly moving and truly life-changing.” Visit Kayleen’s website at www.kayleenasbo.com.

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Fee for the program with 3 nights lodging and meals: $475
Register by October 1, 2020: $425
Commuter fee includes meals: $400
Register by October 1, 2020: $375
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $200

Advent Retreat Day with Veronica Mary Rolf

Veronica Mary Rolf
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The Story of Our lives in Sacred Scripture
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December 5, 2020
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10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In our secular, contentious, and high-tech world, does God still speak to us through sacred Scripture? Are biblical stories really relevant to our lives?

Award-winning author Veronica Mary Rolf will draw on themes from her new book, Suddenly There is God: The Story of Our Lives in Sacred Scripture, to trace the complete arc of our life’s journey through dramatic conflicts and stunning revelations in both the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. She will also suggest contemplative ways in which we may enter more deeply into the narratives, discover their personal relevance, and allow the experience to transform our lives.

Veronica Mary Rolf is an independent scholar, retreat leader, and a master teacher of dramatic arts. In addition to her new book mentioned above, Veronica Mary has written An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich; and Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich, which has won numerous book awards. Veronica lectures on Christian mysticism and sacred Scripture and leads retreats on contemplative spirituality. Visit her regular weblogs: www.JuliansVoice.com and www.VeronicaMaryRolf.com.

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Fee
Fee includes program and lunch: $125
Register by November 1, 2020: $100
Registration deposit
Registration deposit: $50