Retreats

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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September 24 – 27, 2020

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.

Online Retreat Morning with Ruth Droege, OP, Ph.D.

Ruth Droege, OP
Event Subtitle
Teilhard the Mystic: Exploring the Five Circles of the Divine Milieu
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October 17, 2020
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9 am – 12:40 pm

Co-hosted by Santa Sabina Center and the Friends of the Dominican Sisters

This online morning of prayer and reflection focuses on French idealist philosopher and paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin whose life worked bridged the gulf between religion and science and whose mystical insights invite and inspire us even today. Sr. Ruth Droege, OP, will lead us in the exploration of Teilhard’s Mystical Milieu through her presentations and dialogue.

Teilhard

Teilhard’s own experience taught him that “by means of all created things, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us…this world which we are prone to treat with boredom and disrespect…is, in truth, a holy place and we did not know it…come, let us adore.” (The Divine Milieu, p. 112)

Sr. Ruth Droege, OP, before entering the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, obtained a Ph.D. in Theology from St. Mary College, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1953. She taught at Dominican College (now Dominican University of California) until 1984. During that time, she completed a Ph.D. in clini­cal psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley. From 1984 to 2007, she served as Director of Assessment at Southdown, New Market in Ontario, Canada, an inpatient facility that provided treatment for religious. After retiring to San Rafael, she has served as co-leader of the Teilhard Learning Group at Santa Sabina Retreat Center since 2016.

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Fee: $20

Online 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, allowing the experience to open up our own journeys.

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. Her encounter with and love of Dante’s work shaped her life as a teenager and has inspired much of her work. Many find her work fascinating, profoundly moving and truly life-changing.

Visit Kayleen’s website at www.kayleenasbo.com for more details about the online retreat flow and schedule.

Dante Domenico di Michelino Duomo Florence

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Fee: $200. Scholarship assistance is available.

Online 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 am - 5 pm

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: $50