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 Fall Sabbatical 2016
September 14 - December 7, 2016

Spring Sabbatical 2017
February 1 - April 26, 2017




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                                                                    The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. 
                                                                Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, 
                                                               in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. 
                                                            The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to                                                                       discover the action of God in the soul, but also 
                                                                                   to discover God in all things. 
                                                        Saint Bonaventure teaches us that “contemplation deepens the more 
                                                                we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, 
                                                                        and the better we learn to encounter God 
                                                                        in creatures outside ourselves”. (223) Laudato Si

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Contemplative Retreat & 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. 


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

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Feb. 8 - 13, 2016 (full)  Feb. 14 - 19 (spaces avail)
Wholeness/Holiness Retreat for Women: 
Opening Minds & Hearts
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. Space is limted.

6 days / 5 nights     Mon. 9:30 am   -   Sat., 4 pm    /   Sun. 2:00 - Fri. 4:00 pm
Cost: $650              Deposit: $100      Balance: $550

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                                                February 16 - 18, 2016
                                                Paint Your Prayer
                                                Sr. Frances Grady, SCL

                                                Using the techniques of watercolor painting, this retreat                                                 will provide opportunities to pray and rejoice in the Divine                                                 Gift of our creative and artistic energy. Giving expression                                                 to creativity facilitates union with our Creator.


                                                3 days/ 2 nights          Tuesday 10:00   -   Thursday 3 pm
                                                Cost: $350                  Deposit: $50          Bal: $300

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February 19 - 20, 2016
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 Friday   7pm - Sunday  1pm
Cost: $195                     Deposit: $50           Balance: $145

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                                                    February 23 - 25, 2016
                                                    Making Sense of Myself 3 Keys Workshop
                                                    Tamera Helms, MDiv

                                                How can I live a more fulfilling life out of who I truly am?                                                 Who am I beyond my roles and relationships? Why are my                                                 initial reactions to certain situations and people irrational and                                                 involuntary? Helping to answer these questions, workshop                                                     participants use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® to profile                                                 the True Self along with the Enneagram to profile the Defense                                                 System part of personality. Examining the relationship of                                                 these two parts of personality to each other, accounts for                                                 much of the internal conflict and irrational behaviors in life. The 3 Keys model provides a personality map of the whole self, offering direction and a tools for the journey home to the land of your soul. 
For information on Tamera and the 3 Keys Model go to www.inhealing.net

3 days / 2nights         Tuesday 10:00 am - Thursday 4:00 p,    

Cost: $325                 Deposit: $50             Balance: $275

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​                                                        February 29 - Thursday March 3, 2016
                                                        Quilting: Stitching our lives together
                                                        Mary Meyers, CSJ

                                        These days will provide an opportunity for all participants to                                         create a simple star block. Participants will learn techniques of                                         cutting, piecing, sewing and quilting a simple block. As we                                        move through the process of choosing colors and star patterns,                                        participants will engage in a reflective process to explore what their choice of color might reveal about the beauty of their own lives. Watching pieces come together can offer an image of the amazing ways each participant has experienced parts of their lives coming together in unimaginable ways. As the quilting stitch brings out the beauty of the block, participants will be encouraged to see how God is continuing to quilt the parts of their lives together into an amazing wholeness. These four days will be filled with fun, beauty, learning, and occasional frustration - all culminating in a beautiful quilted star block. 

4 days/ 3 nights                Monday 9:30 am - Thursday 4:30 pm
Cost:  $400                       Deposit $50              Balance $350

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​March 6 - 8, 2016
Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF

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


3 days/2 nights        Sunday 7:00 pm - Tuesday 5:00 pm
Cost: $325               Deposit  $50             Balance  $275

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March 12 - March 19, 2016
Icon Painting as Prayer
Christopher Marie Wagner, OSF

                                                Enter into the deep prayer time of Lent through writing of an                                                 Icon, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. 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.


7 days / 6 nights         Saturday 7 pm - Saturday 1:00 pm 
Cost: $675                  Deposit: $100            Balance: $575            Materials fee: $40

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​March 21 - March 22
Awakening the Spirit Within
Cerantha Corley

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

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


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                                                            March 24 - March 27
​                                                            Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday-Easter Sunday)
                                                            Fr. Jim Conlon, Sister Marya Grathwohl, OSF

                                                        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 our ecological crisis. The Retreat includes                                                         Holy Thursday Seder/Eucharist, 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.

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

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March 30 - April 10, 2016
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.

10 days / 9 nights              Wednesday 9:30 am  -  Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $790                           Deposit: $100          Balance: $690

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                                                            April 1 - 3, 2016
                                                            Celtic Spirituality: A Spirituality for the 21st Century
                                                            Sr. Esther Kennedy, OP

                                                            To re-learn how to live in harmony with the natural                                                                world with wind, fire, water and earth ... that is our Call! 

Celtic Spirituality is rooted deeply in the earth, sun, moon and stars. It takes us to the edges of beauty and of life in all its serenity and its wildness. 

As humans we are called to take our place within the whole of creation. There is a sacred language rising up to us from the forest, the night, the deer; a language many of us have forgotten. We must re- learn this language and let it guide us to the edges of our lives and through the transitions that make of our life, a Pilgrimage. 

Through meditation, song and creative expression we will create sacred time with one another. 

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

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April 8 - 10, 2016
Spirit Quest
Betsty Bowman, PhD

​                      
Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful; an 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 is an integral part of this experience.                                          

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

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                                            "The Drum and the Flute are sacred because they give expression to                                             our inmost nature and to the nature of the world around us. The Drum                                             evokes the beating of our heart and the rhythm of the days, moons                                             and seasons, while the Flute evokes the flowing of our breath and                                                     voice and the songs of the wind and river." 
                                                                                                                                   Circle of Life, Audlin & Abbott


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April 12 - 13, 2016
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. 
Blessing and Awakening of the Drum will 
be an essential ritual to give Voice to the Drum.
Materials Fee: Drum $100

2 Days / 1 Night            Tuesday 9:30  -  Wednesday 5:00 pm
Cost: $200                     Deposit: $50           Balance: $150

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​                                                        April 15 - 17, 2016  
                                                        Know Thyself
                                                        Sr. Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN


​                                                        "Know Thyself" is a plea that has stirred human questing                                                         ever since it is claimed that Socrates challenged his                                                         followers to do so thousands of years ago. But what is                                                         our true self, and how can we approach it and embrace it in our time -- with the insights that have been given to us in our age especially in the area of holistic spirituality? During our time together we will reflect on this fascinating question especially in the light of what science tells us today about our fundamental interconnectedness, about the unfathomable Mystery to which even the most sophisticated scientific research must yield, about universal consciousness, the broadening of human awareness, and the effects our intentionality has on the environment.

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

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April 18, 2016 
Sr. Joanne Schuster
Description in Process   


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April 22 - 23, 2016
Crossing Over Into Deep Time​
Sr. Miriam MacGillis,OP Co-founder

Explore the sacred unity of life, humanity
and Earth within a single, unfolding universe.

A focus on the possibilities and 
challenges inherent in a revisioning of
ourselves and our calling within the context
of an evolving Universe and a threatened
planet. What is the deeper dimension of our
fundamental human participation in the 
future of life?

These reflections will draw primarily from the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swime.

  Friday 7:00 pm -  Saturday 4:00 pm
  Cost: $150         Deposit: $50          Balance $150


All programs subject to change ...





Fall Sabbatical 2016
September 14 - December 7, 2016


September 16 - 18, 2016
Contemplative Retreat & 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. 


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


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September 20 - 22, 2016
Becoming Planetary People
Rev. Jim Conlon

                                                                    This two-and-a-half-day program is a celebration of your spiritual                                                                     journey through an exploration of the vast  universe and the deep wells                                                                     of wisdom that lie within you. 
                                                                    There will be presentations, videos, group discussion, ritual, written                                                                     reflection, and movement practices. This experience will give you the                                                                     opportunity to  reflect on your life in anticipation of moving forward. 

                                                                3 days/2 nights        Tuesday 7:00 pm - Thursday 4:30 pm
                                                                Cost $325            Deposit: $50       Balance: $275                                         

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September 26 - 29, 2016
Making Sense of Myself
Tamera Helms, MDiv


    How can I live a more fulfilling life out of who I truly am? Who am I beyond 
    my roles and relationships? Why are my initial reactions to certain situations 
    and people irrational and involuntary? Helping to answer these questions, 
    workshop participants use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® to profile the 
    True Self along with the Enneagram to profile the Defense System part of 
    personality. Examining the relationship of these two parts of personality to
     each other, accounts for much of the internal conflict and irrational behaviors 
    in life. The 3 Keys model provides a personality map of the whole self, 
    offering direction and a tools for the journey home to the land of your soul. 

    For information on Tamera and the 3 Keys Model go to www.inhealing.net

    4 days / 3 nights     Monday 10:00 am - Thursday 4:30pm  (some evening sessions)   
    Cost: $400                 Deposit: $50                    Balance: $350


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                                                                                                    September 30 - October 2, 2016
                                                                                                        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, and Sacred Pipe.



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


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                            October 5 - 7,  2016
                             "Spa" for the Soul
        Cindy Barkei, RN, Trina McCormick, OP, 
                    Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN


      Feeling out of balance? Drained of energy?
      Let go of the weariness of life 
      and take time to heal body, mind, and soul.


Each person attending the "Spa for the Soul" days will experience a foot 
massage, healing touch, healing massage and group experiences in 
Centering Prayer, Aromatherapy, Herbology and instruction in Nutritional 
Wellness, acupuncture. Individual sessions will be available to experience 
some of the healing modalities. 

Enjoy nutritious meals, refresh your soul while walking the beautiful grounds, 
or energize your creative spirit through non-directed expressions in art.  
Each of the modalities presented help the body to decrease stress and become more balanced. 
When we are more balanced we can focus better, heal faster, and enjoy life more fully. 


3 day/2 nights   Wednesday 10:00 am - Friday 4:00 pm
Cost: $375   Deposit: $50 Balance:  $325  


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                    October 10 - 12, 2016
               Awakening the Spirit Within
                        Cerantha Corley

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

            3 days /2 nights
            Monday 7:00 pm - Wednesday 4:00 pm
            Cost: $275   Deposit $50      Balance $225


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 "The Drum and the Flute are sacred because they give expression to our inmost nature and to the nature of the world around us. The Drum evokes the beating of our heart and the rhythm of the days, moons and seasons, while the Flute evokes the flowing of our breath and voice and the songs of the wind and river." 
   Circle of LifeAudlin & Abbott



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October 14 - 16, 2016
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. 
Blessing and Awakening of the Drum will 
be an essential ritual to give Voice to the Drum.
Materials Fee: $100

3 Days / 2 Nights      Friday 7:00 pm -  Sunday 5:00 pm
Cost: $250      Deposit: $50        Balance: $200​


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October 18 - 27, 2016​
Indigenous Wisdom  & Clay
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.

10 days / 9 nights Tuesday 10:00 am - Thursday 4:00 pm
Cost: $790 Deposit: $100 Balance: $690

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October 21 - 23, 2016
Spirit Quest
Richard Guess, MEd

Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful; an 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 is an integral part of this experience.  

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



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                    November 1 -3. 2016
                    Painting for Non-painters
                    Eileen Blyth, Artist, Columbia, SC

                                    Come and explore untapped creativity and possibilities with water 
                colors in a fun, loving environment. 
            Be surprised! All levels of painters are welcome. 
Art experience is not needed.

                  3 days/two nights  Tuesday 2:pm  - Thursday 4:00 pm
                  Cost: $325    Deposit $50     Balance $275

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November 4 - 6, 2016   FULL
Know Thyself
Sr. Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, PHD

"Know Thyself" is a plea that has stirred human questing ever 
since it is claimed that Socrates challenged his followers to do 
so thousands of years ago. But what is our true self, and how 
can we approach it and embrace it in our time -- with the 
insights that have been given to us in our age especially 
in the area of holistic spirituality? During our time together 
we will reflect on this fascinating question especially in the light of what science tells us today about our fundamental interconnectedness, about the unfathomable Mystery to which even the most sophisticated scientific research must yield, about universal consciousness, the broadening of human awareness, and the effects our intentionality has on the environment.

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

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Monday, November 7, 2016  FULL
Indigenous Wisdom   
Sr. Joanne Schuster

1 day     10:00am  - 4:30 pm
Cost:  $50

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                November 9 - 12, 2016    FULL
                Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty  
                Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF      

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

                4 days/3 nights    Wednesday 7:00 pm - Saturday 5:00 pm
        Cost: $325 Deposit $50 Balance $275

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            November 16 - November 20, 2016   
                   "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 inter-relatedness, 
   widening our embrace of the whole. Materials furnished.

  5 days/ 4 nights    Wednesday  7:00pm -   Sunday 4 pm
  Cost: $450           Deposit $50          Balance $400

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                                                                                                                  November 26, 2016
                                                                                                          Sandpainting & Native Crafts
                                                                                                             Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

                                                                                                                  Description in process

                                                                                              1 Day 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
                                                                                               Cost: $75 




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        November 29 - 30, 2016
       Crossing Over Into Deep Time​
       Sr. Miriam MacGillis,OP

​  Explore the sacred unity of life, humanity and Earth 
  within a single, unfolding universe.

  A focus on the possibilities and challenges inherent 
  in a re-visioning of ourselves and our calling 
  the context of an evolving Universe and a threatened
  planet. What is the deeper dimension of our
  fundamental human participation in the future of life?

  These reflections will draw primarily from the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swime.

  2 Days/1 night           Tueday  10:00 am - Wednesday 4:00 pm
   Cost: $150                   Deposit: $50               Balance $150​

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        December 2 - 5, 2016
        The Emergence of Integral Ecology Retreat
        Fr. Jim Conlon

        Description in process

        4 days/3nights    Friday 7:00 pm - Monday 12:00 pm
        Cost:  $375       Deposit $50   Balance $325



























































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