"Any harm done to the environment 
is harm done to humanity ... 
Nurturing and cherishing creation 
transforms the world so that it may be a
 habitable place for everyone." 
  ~ Pope Francis

Spring Sabbatical
February 9 - May 4, 2021

Fall Sabbatical
September 15 - December 8, 2021

The details of the Spring Sabbatical 2021 program are listed below. 

We completed a wonderful Fall Sabbatical 2020 with safety protocols in place. 

We look forward to welcoming participants for the upcoming Spring Sabbatical.

Please click on picture below  for a brief description of the programs.

February 19 - 21, 2021
The Universe Story
Jim Conlon, PhD   

We will explore the 14 Billion Year story of the 
galaxies, stars, rocks, water, trees and humans 
through the celebration of creativity, compassion and depth.

3 days/ 2 night Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $290            Deposit $50             Balance $240


February 23, 2021 (via Zoom)  
Doctrine of Signature
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

We are what we eat! Explore how foods can affect our body.

​The doctrine of signatures, dating from the time of Dioscorides and Galen, states that 
herbs resembling various parts of the body can be used by herbalists to treat ailments 
of those body parts. A theological justification, as stated by botanists such as William 
Coles, was that God would have wanted to show all what plants would be useful for.

One day: Tuesday 2:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: $30 


February 24, 2021  (via Zoom)
Healing Oils of the Bible
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN 

The Bible contains many references to oils, spices, balms and the traders 
and merchants who sold, bartered, and used them. They give us a 
glimpse into the ancient world of medicine.

"...they went out ... and they anointed with oil many that were sick 
and healed them." (Mark 6:12-13).

Aromatic oils for healing, cleansing, and holy anointing are mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. Learn, enjoy, and experience how modern science has discovered why Moses used them to protect the Israelites; why Mary and Joseph used them for daily well-being. Experience how these healing oils are effective antibiotics and promote overall health and vitality.

One day: Wednesday 11 - 1pm, 3 - 5 pm
Cost: $75


February 26 - 28, 2021
​Retreat with Thomas Merton    
Jim Conlon, PhD

​Thomas Merton-Mystic & Prophet for Our Time.

During this retreat we will rediscover the beauty and depth 
of Merton's journey by reflecting on his way of 
contemplation and action.

  "What people want is a way to God" ~Merton

3 days/2 nights        Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00
 Cost: $290              Deposit: $50         Balance: $240


March 2 - 4, 2021 (via Zoom)
Come and Paint
Mary Southard, CSJ  

   Description in Process


March 5 - 7, 2021
Singing Retreat
Anita Braganza, IBVM 

A singing retreat is a joyful and uplifting experience. 
Using our voice in singing centers us and grounds us. 
It helps shift the mood, aligning our body, mind and 
spirit, providing a positive impact on physical and 
mental well-being. It can bring you mindfulness and 
peace and is a wonderful way to be open to the guidance of Spirit. 


3 days/ 2 nights           Friday        7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $290                  Deposit $50                   Balance $240


March 9 - 10, 2021
Indigenous Wisdom 
Trina McCormick OP, Anita Braganza, IBVM, Jim Conlon, PhD

Share the ancient wisdom, learn ways of relating 
to the natural world with greater reverence.


March 12 - 14, 2021
Spirit Quest
Richard Guess

​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


March 16 - 17, 2021   
Awakening the Soul Within: Native American Flute
Cerantha Corley

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

​ 2 day /1 night      Tuesday/Wednesday    11 -  1pm, 3 - 5pm
 Cost: $200          Deposit $50                Balance $150


March 19 - 21, 2021
Other Modes of Understanding
Jim Conlon, PhD

Awakening to the Mystery of the Living God  
Jim Conlon, PhD

This retreat is an invitation to ponder, pray and 
pay attention to the sacred impulses boiling up
in our hearts as we touch into other modes 
of understanding. We will focus on the words of
Mary Oliver and the visual words recorded from
Wonderings Between Two Worlds & At the Edge
of Mystery as we nurture the heart, energize the
mind and empower the spirit to give voice, 
through writing and prose, to what lies deep within.

3 days/2 nights            Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
 Cost: $290                  Deposit $50                  Balance: $240


​  March 23 - 24, 2021
  Growing One’s Soul... Every Body’s Prayer:
  Expressing Faith Through Movement
  Doreen Cloutier, CSC

  If you have ever lifted your arms in wonder, tapped your feet to 
  some inner song playing in your mind, held someone rocking 
  with grief, then you understand how our bodies express what 
  our soul knows to be true. Through a gentle, contemplative 
  experience we will explore together the beauty of uniting heart 
  mind and body to express through movement what our souls are 
  longing to share! Throughout our time together we will be stretching 
  into our body’s marvelous ability for prayer in motion. 
All body types and/or physical limitations welcome

​ 2 days/ 1 night          Tuesday 10:30 am - Wednesday 4:00 pm
 Cost: $200                Deposit $50              Balance: $150


March 26 and 29, 2021 (via Zoom)
Discerning Wisdom for Evolutionary Time
Diarmuid O'Murchu, MSC

Ilia Delio has rehabilitated the evolutionary vision of 

Teilhard de Chardin for our rapidly changing world in 
the 21st century. In this workshop, we will explore the
implications for faith and theology and particularly the 
newly expanded horizons we are asked to embrace at 
this time.

2 days/1 night         Friday and Monday 10:30 - 12:30, 2 - 4 pm
Cost: $200                     Deposit $50        Balance: $150


       March 28, 2021
        Diarmuid O'Murchu, MSC (via Zoom)


April 7 - 10, 2021
Trina McCormick, OP, Anita Braganza, IBVM

Create unique earthen vessels using a hand-building 
No art experience necessary.


April 13 - 14, 2021
Native Drum Making

​Share in the ancient wisdom of our Native sisters and 
brothers by creating a hand-held drum in the native
tradition. The program will include the blessing and 
Awakening of the drum to give Voice to the Drum. The
drum can amplify and extend our prayerful intentions.

Materials Fee: $110

2 Days/1 night           Tuesday/Wednesday  
Cost: $170                 Total cost with Materials fee: $280
​                                   Deposit $50               Balance: $230


April 16 - 18, 2021     
Geo-Justice: Integral Ecology
Jim Conlon, PhD

Through a dynamic integration of prose, poetry  
and prayer we will envision a new world that is
creative and compassionate as we listen to the
music of the universe and experience
the beauty of the earth.

2 days/1 night               Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $290                    Deposit $50              Balance $240


April 19 - 21, 2021
Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty  
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF 
Anita Branganza, IBVM 

 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                  Monday 7:00 pm - Wednesday 4:00 pm
  Cost: $350                         Deposit $50                    Balance $300


April 24 - 25, 2021
Turning Points
Jim Conlon, PhD

                Description in Process


April 27, 2021
Deep Time Awareness
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 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.


April 30 - May 2, 2021
Dream Drives Action   
Jim Conlon, PhD

​As we ignite our imagination, our challenge is to 
recapture our capacity to dream, to rekindle an 
experience of hope, to believe that tomorrow can 
be different from today. When we dream, we 
summon the psychic energy and moral courage 
necessary to move forward into the future. 

Dreams are the result of a fully intuitive process that attunes our imagination to the mind of the universe (i.e., the divine). Dreams are serum for the soul. When we dream, we imagine how the world could be and become energized to bring that about. Our dreams are like shining stars that bring forth courage and the commitment to begin again.

3 days/2 nights             Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $290                        Deposit $50                     Balance $240

Spring Sabbatical

February 9 - May 4, 2021