Programs  2013
Spring 2013       Fall 2013

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If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.
 Pope Benedict XVI


SPRING SABBATICAL
February 6, 2013 - May 1, 2013


February 8 - 10, 2013
Thresholds and New Beginnings
Christie Derrick-Guess, ED.S., LMFT

Threshold times are grace moments for stepping into fresh and new perspectives. This retreat will provide an opportunity to evaluate one's life in a multifaceted way. Through prayer, presentations and reflection, the Spirit will guide in new ways of seeing.

3 days / 2 nights Fri., 7 pm - Sun., 1 pm 
Cost: $275      Deposit: $50     Balance: $225  


February 8 - 10, 2013
Rebuilding after Divorce
Margie Hosch, OSF

The goal of this weekend is to take the emotional and psychological pain of a divorce and use it as motivation to grow in wholeness/holiness. The book, Rebuilding, by Dr. Bruce Fisher and Dr. Robert Alberti, will be used and will be available for purchase at Springbank Retreat.

3 days /2 nights  Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday, 2:00 pm
Cost: $275        Dep. $50          Bal: $225
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February 18  - 23, 2013

Wholeness/Holiness Retreat for Women 
Margie Hosch, OSF

An integrative retreat designed to bring together spiritual and psychological aspects of our lives. A new sense of inner strength and self-nurturing will come through daily spiritual direction, counseling, creative expression, prayer and silence. Call or e-mail for a detailed flyer.

6 days / 5 nights Mon. 9:30am - Sat. 4pm
Cost: $650 Deposit: $100 Balance: $550

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February 19 - 20, 2013
"Awareness" through Writing - Expressing from the Heart
Mary Catherine Harris MEd

Awaken to a deeper awareness of your inner life through expressive writing. Take time to notice the daily revelations of the Divine through nature and prayerful reflection. Identify and express in writing - both through poetry and prose - what your heart holds.

2 days/ 1 nights      Tuesday 10:00 - Wednesday 4 pm
Cost: $200             Deposit: $50            Bal: $150

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February 22 - 24, 2013
12-Step Retreat for Women
Kathy McGrogan MA, Dot Goodwin 

Exploration of Native Spirituality is one of the many ways to connect with our Higher Power. Experiences will include Sage Blessings, Prayer Lodge, Drumming and Sacred Pipe.

3 days / 2 nights      Fri. 7pm - Sun. 1pm
Cost: $195        Deposit: $50           Balance: $145

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February 25 - 26, 2013
Embracing Life Transitions -Deep Work in a Light Way
Pepper Sarnoff MA MS & Faye Townsend LMT

Participation in this program lifts hearts and minds to greater clarity and lightness and prepares us for change and growth.  Powerful music, playful movement, and integrative reflection open our hearts, invigorate our spirits enabling us to connect deeply and richly with each other, experiencing joy and renewed creativity.

2 days / 1 night     Mon. 10am - Tues. 4pm
Cost: $200          Deposit: $50         Balance: $150

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March 2 - 3,  2013
Drum-Making
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share in the ancient wisdom of our Native sisters and brothers by creating and shaping a hand-held drum in the native tradition.
Materials Fee: Drum $100

2 Days / 1 Night       Saturday: 9:00a - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $200        Deposit: $50            Balance: $150

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March 8 - 10, 2012
Bringing Dreams to Life: 
Avenue to Authentic and Creative Living
Justina Lasley, MA  

Discover ways to remember, record, understand, and follow your dreams to gain new awareness and re-energize your life. In this experiential workshop, you will learn to use dreams that come to you as gift each night and awaken your most authentic, creative, and spiritual Self. CE Credits available

3 days / 2 nights        Fri. 5pm - Sun. 1pm
Cost: $275        Deposit: $50         Balance: $225

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March 13 - 15, 2013
Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF

Come enjoy the contemplative art of basket-making. Woven into the schedule will be time for personal reflection and communal prayer. No experience necessary; materials furnished.

3 days / 2 nights        Wed. 10:00 am  - Fri. 4pm
Cost: $275          Deposit: $50Â          Balance: $225

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March 19 - 26, 2013 (Class is Closed)
Icon Painting as Prayer
Christopher Marie Wagner, OSF

Enter into the deep prayer time of Lent through writing of an Icon, The Visitation. Learn basic techniques of iconography and the symbolism and spirituality of the icon. Each person will complete an icon using acrylics and gold leaf. No experience necessary. Class size limited to 10.

8 days / 7 nights Tues., 7 pm -Tues. noon 
Cost: $675       Deposit: $100    Balance: $575   Materials fee: $40

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March 28 - March 31, 2013
Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday-Easter Sunday)
Easter Hope in a Time of Ecological Decline
Sisters Trina McCormick,OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, and Rev. Michael Burke, OP

Can we hear the cry of Jesus on the cross in the cry of Earth and experience the resurrection in the regenerative power of Earth? Our experience of Easter gives us hope in a time of ecological death. The Retreat includes Holy Thursday Seder/Eucharistic se, Good Friday Way of the Cross, Prayer Lodge, Holy Saturday, Great Easter Fire/Vigil at Mepkin Abbey with our Trappist Brothers,  Easter morning joyful Resurrection ritual/ceremony followed by Easter Brunch; and, daily theme talks and personal reflection time.

4 days / 3 nights      Thurs., 10 am - Sun., 1 pm
Cost: $375          Deposit: $50           Balance: $325

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April 5 - 7, 2013
Healing Remedies: Self Care
Louise McCormick RN MS & Cindy Barkei RN BSN, HTCP

Relax, experience, and learn about therapies that will assist you with self care. This workshop includes experiences in aromatherapy, healing touch, herbals, nutrition, mindfulness, guided imagery, and more. Create your own herbal tinctures and aromatherapy
combinations.  Materials fee: $35

3 days / 2 nights Fri., 7 pm - Sun., 1 pm
Cost: $275     Deposit: $50      Balance: $225

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April 8 - 19, 2013
Pottery & Native Spirituality
Trina McCormick OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share the ancient wisdom, learn ways of relating to the natural world with greater reverence.  Experience Prayer Lodge and Vision Quest. Create unique earthen vessels using a hand-building technique and primitive firing process. No art experience necessary.

12 days / 11 nights       Monday 9:30 am - Fri. 1pm
Cost: $790       Deposit: $100     Balance: $690

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April 12 - 14, 2013
Spirit Quest
Grandmother June Perry, Betsy Bowman,

Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful and insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit and listening in the profound quiet of the natural world is the focus of this seven-hour “Quest. Prayer Lodge is also an integral part of this experience.

3 days / 2 nights     Fri. 7pm - Sun. 1pm
Cost: $200      Deposit: $50      Balance: $150

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April 20, 2013
Experience Deep Ecology
Todd LeVasseur & Jason Hebal

Saturday  10 - 4 pm  Vegetarian lunch included
Cost: $50

Todd LeVasseur has a PhD in Comparative Religion, with an emphasis on religion and nature/ecology, and MSc in Human Ecology. He studies and teaches about human-nature interactions, focusing on the intersection of cultural and institutional and personal values, ethics, and practices, and how these shape and are shaped by the natural world.

Jason Hebal, NCLMBT, is a massage therapist and certified meditation instructor through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has sat in community and participated in ceremonies through the Earth Green Medicine Lodge for over 13 years and brings teachings from the Cherokee beauty path on how to be in balance with ourselves and earth as sacred human beings. He shares meditation tools to deepen our relationship with life journey.

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April 22 - 23, 2013
Heartbeat of Earth, Drumbeat of My Soul
Joanne Kearney, MA and Springbank Staff

Explore your true-self within the natural world. Find your unique rhythm with God and the Universe as you come to know and understand your created-self. This retreat time will bring about a healing, spiritual awareness that can continue to grow through your earth walk.

2 days/1 night   Monday 10:00 am  - Tuesday 4:00 pmm
Cost: $200      Deposit $50Â         Balance $150

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April 26 - 28, 2013
Awakening the Spirit Within
Cerantha Corley

Learn how to play a Native American-style flute that expresses your inner song.

3 day/2 nights        Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday, 1:00 pm
Cost: $250        Deposit $50        Balance $200

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May 10 - 12, 2013
Mother's Day Contemplative Retreat
Sisters Trina McCormick,OP and Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Retreat into the quiet of nature and your own soul.    Come spend 
some uninterrupted time on 80 acres of wooded trails and natural 
beauty ... a time to listen and to be in the comforting silence.  
gift for mom or treat yourself. Spiritual direction, healing massage, 
healing touch/clinical aromatherapy are available upon request. 
There will be guided morning, afternoon and evening meditations, reflections and prayer.

3 days/ 2 nights      Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost $200        Deposit  $50          Balance $150





"Of all the issues we are concerned with at present, the most basic issue is that of human-Earth relations."  Thomas Berry, CP



FALL SABBATICAL, 2013

September 11 - December 4, 2013

​September 13 - 15, 2013
A Contemplative Retreat: (includes basic movements of T’ai Chi Chih)
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

"Contemplation is nothing else than ...a loving inflow of God" John of the Cross

Retreat into the quiet of nature and your own soul. Spend some uninterrupted time on 80 acres of wooded trails and natural beauty. Each morning will begin with Centering Prayer, entering into the richness of silence. The spiritual practice of T’ai Chi Chih movements will follow (no previous experience needed) inviting stability and balance for the day. There will a candle light ritual at the Labyrinth Saturday evening.

Spiritual direction, healing massage, healing touch/aromatherapy will be available upon request. 

3 days / 2 nights                Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm 
Cost: $225                         Deposit: $50                 Balance: $175
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September 16 - 21, 2013    and  September 30 - October 5, 2013
Wholeness/Holiness Retreat for Women: Opening Mind & Hearts
Margie Hosch, OSF

This retreat focuses on the spiritual and psychological aspects of our lives. A new sense of inner strength and self-nurturing will come through daily spiritual direction, counseling, creative expression, and prayer. Retreat is limited to 7 participants. This retreat focuses on the spiritual and psychological aspects of our lives. A new sense of inner strength and self-nurturing will come through daily spiritual direction, counseling, creative expression, and prayer.
Retreat is limited to 7 participants. Please call regarding availability before registering on-line.

6 days/5 nights  Monday 9:30 am - Saturday 4:00 pm
Cost: $650      Deposit $100        Balance: $550

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September 17 - 18, 2013      and    October 1 - 2, 2013
"Awareness" through Writing - Expressing from the Heart
Mary Catherine Harris MEd

Awaken to a deeper awareness of your inner life through expressive writing. Take time to notice the daily revelations of the Divine through nature and prayerful reflection. Identify and express in writing - both through poetry and prose - what your heart holds.

2 days/ 1 nights          Tuesday 10:00 - Wednesday 4 pm
Cost: $200                  Deposit: $50               Bal: $150

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September 23 - 24, 2013
Embracing Life Transitions - Deep Work in a Light Way
Pepper Sarnoff MA MS & Faye Townsend LMT

Participation in this program lifts hearts and minds to greater clarity and lightness and prepares us for change and growth. Powerful music, playful movement, and integrative reflection open our hearts, invigorate our spirits enabling us to connect deeply and richly with each other, experiencing joy and renewed creativity. 

2 days / 1 night      Mon. 10am - Tues. 4pm
Cost: $200             Deposit: $50            Balance: $150

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September 27 - 29, 2013
Bringing Dreams to Life: Avenue to Authentic and Creative Living
Justina Lasley, MA  

Discover ways to remember, record, understand, and follow your dreams to gain new awareness and re-energize your life. In this experiential workshop, you will learn to use dreams that come to you as gift each night and awaken your most authentic, creative, and spiritual Self. CE Credits available

3 days / 2 nights          Fri. 5pm - Sun. 1pm
Cost: $290                  Deposit: $50           Balance: $240

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October 4 - 6, 2013
12 Step Retreat: "Conscious Contact" 11th Step
Betsy Bowman, PhD, and Dot Goodwin

A weekend of exploring Conscious Contact/Step 11 through Native Spirituality. Focus will be on 
enhancing prayer and meditation through Inipi (Prayer Lodge) and Chanupa (Pipe) Ceremony.

3 days / 2 nights      Friday 7:00 pm -  Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $195    Deposit: $50        Balance: $145

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Mini-Sabbatical
October 7 - 24, 2013
17 days/ 16 nights
Cost: $1295     Deposit: $100     Balance: $1195
This price includes all programs offered during this time.


October 7 - 17, 2013
Pottery & Native Spirituality
Trina McCormick OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share the ancient wisdom, learn ways of relating to the natural world with greater reverence. Experience Prayer Lodge and Vision Quest. Create unique earthen vessels using a hand-building technique and primitive firing process. No art experience necessary.  Material fee:  $10

11 days / 10 nights     Monday 7:00 pm  - Thursday 2:00 pm 
Cost: $775                 Deposit: $100       Balance: $675

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October 11 - 13, 2013
Spirit Quest

Mary Rae Waller, OP, Trina McCormick, OP

Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful and insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit and listening in the profound quiet of the natural world is the focus of this seven-hour Quest. Prayer Lodge is also an integral part of this experience.

                                                                     3 days / 2 nights      Friday  7pm  - Sun. 1pm
                                                                    Cost: $200          Deposit: $50           Balance: $150






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October 18 - 20, 2013
Awakening the Spirit Within: 
Learning to Play the Native Flute
Cerantha Corley

Find out how a Native American-style flute can express your inner song. 
Let your soul speak through flute-playing and expressive painting.
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3 day/2 nights      Friday  7:00 pm - Sunday, 1:00 pm
Cost: $275          Deposit $50            Balance $225

Native flutes available $50

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October 22 - 23, 2013
Drum-Making
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share in the ancient wisdom of our Native sisters and brothers by creating and crafting a hand-held drum in the native tradition. Our drums will be blessed and awakened at the conclusion of the class.

2 days/ 1 night            Tuesday 9:30 am - Wednesday 5:00 pm
Cost: $200    plus Materials fee $100   Deposit: $50      Balance: $250



End of Mini-Sabbatical

October 25 - 27, 2013
Awakening to a New Dawn: A Spirituality of Presence for the New Millennium
Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN 

During our time together we will reflect on the depth issues of
our faith. We live in extraordinary times. On the one had we 
experience unprecedented darkness, confusion and violence; 
on the other hand creativity and insights abound and are being
proclaimed everywhere. There is a transformation of 
consciousness emerging among us and calling us to conversion.
We will explore what it means for us as shepherds of God's
goodness and mercy on this fragile planet. Seeing with new eyes
in a manner meaningful and life giving for the 21st century, does not happen from the outside but
speaks to a conversion of the heart. It flows in us and through us.  It is fire in our midst - the Spirit of God deep within, inviting us into a new vision that will transform and re-energize us.

3 days/2 nights    Friday 7:00 pm -  Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $275       Deposit $50Â       Balance $225
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October 29 - 30, 2013
Journey of the Universe
Dennis Bassin, MEd, Sisters Trina McCormick, OP and Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Help shape the next chapter of the Universe Story in this period of environmnet and social crisis through a study of the documentary film, "Journey of the Universe."

2 days / 1 night       Monday 10:00 am  - Tuesday 4:00 pm
Cost: $200       Deposit: $50         Balance $150

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November 1 - 3, 2013
Vitality in Aging
Christie Derrick-Guess EdS, LMFT

Recent models and other traditions offer a broader, holistic approach to aging. To paraphrase the Dalai Lama, aging is "like changing clothes". This workshop supports the participant as s/he explores their spiritual and psychological roots in order to identify sources of resilience and vitality, even in the face of chronic health conditions.ecent models and other traditions offer a broader, holistic approach to aging.

3 days / 2 night  Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $275          Deposit $50           Balance: $225

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November 9, 2013
​Experience Deep Ecology
Todd LeVasseur & Jason Hebal

Join Professor of Religion and Nature/Ecology and Environmental Studies, Todd LeVasseur, and Massage Therapist and Meditation Instructor, Jason Hebal as they engage 'head, heart and hand' and discuss the basics of Deep Ecology and provide meditative and ritual techniques that can help to cultivate a greater ecological awareness.

Saturday 10 - 4 pm Vegetarian lunch included
Cost: $50

Todd LeVasseur has a PhD in Comparative Religion, with an emphasis on religion and nature/ecology, and MSc in Human Ecology. He studies and teaches about human-nature interactions, focusing on the intersection of cultural and institutional and personal values, ethics, and practices, and how these shape and are shaped by the natural world.

Jason Hebal, NCLMBT, is a massage therapist and certified meditation instructor through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has sat in community and participated in ceremonies through the Earth Green Medicine Lodge for over 13 years and brings teachings from the Cherokee beauty path on how to be in balance with ourselves and earth as sacred human beings. He shares meditation tools to deepen our relationship with life journey.

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November 12 - 13, 2013
Taking Control of Your Health
Brenda Bassin, C.R., C.C.H.

Health and wellness the natural way.  Chinese Herbology, Self-Reflexology, Healing Essential Oils,
and using food as medicine. Learn these time-proven healing techniques.

2 days/1 night     Tuesday 9:30 am - Wednesday 4:00 pm
Cost:  $200           Deposit: $50              Balance: $150

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November 15 - 17, 2013
Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty 
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF

Come enjoy the contemplative art of basket-making. Woven into the schedule 
will be time for personal reflection and communal prayer. No experience 
necessary; materials furnished.

3 days / 2 nights  Friday 9:30 am - Sunday 4:00 pm
Cost: $325   Deposit: $50  Balance: $225

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November 20 - 21, 2013
Healing Oils of the Bible
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

"...they anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them." (Mark 6:12-13). Learn about essential oils for healing, cleansing, and holy anointing for promoting daily health and vitality.

2 days/ 1 night       Wednesday 10:00 am - Thursday 2:00 pm
Cost: $200             Deposit $50           Balance $150

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Nov. 26 - Nov. 29, 2013
"All Beings Confluence"
Martha Cole, Saskatchewan Fabric Artist

We yearn to create a new human/earth relationship of reverence and reciprocity in our world. We desire to create that rightness in all the ways we relate to the sacred whole. Each person will be invited to create an 8 – 12 ft. sheer panel depicting a life form or species honoring its place in the web of life. These panels will be lovingly hung in the chapel along with other previously designed panels providing a visual interrelatedness, widening our embrace of the whole.

4 days/ 3 nights       Tuesday 9:30 am - Friday2:00 pm
Cost: $375              Deposit $50                  Balance $325

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Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2013 
The Beauty Way: A Widening Embrace
Marya Grathwohl, OSF

“The way is beauty. The light that lightens the way is love.” Mary Hambidge

We will explore fresh wisdom of recent Scripture scholarship and Earth's evolutionary revelations. From our reflection and sharing we will enliven our commitment to contribute to the future of all life. As we gather in the promise of circle, opening ourselves into singing, simple ritual, and reflection, we will move in and through the colorful panels of “All Beings” (see description above) celebrating a more intimate knowing of the love that moves within all… widening our embrace. 

3 days/2 nights Friday 7:00 - Sunday 2:00 pm
Cost: $275 Deposit $50 Balance: $225

These two last programs are meant to be experienced singly or together. There is a discounted price of $500 for both workshops together.  
Carolyn McDade’s music will be central throughout the full week.
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