If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.
                                                       Pope Benedict XVI
“Even the fleeting life of the least of beings is the object of his love, 
and in its few seconds of existence, 
God enfolds it with his affection.” – Laudato Si
2017 Sabbatical Programs
Spring: February 1 - April 26, 2017
Fall:   September 13  - December 6, 2017
​February 3 - 5, 2017
Contemplative Moment of Grace
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, Rev. Jim Conlon, PhD

"Contemplation ...a loving inflow of God" John of the Cross

          
    Retreat into the quiet of nature and your own soul. This 
    will be a time to enhance awareness of the sacredness of 
    life. Through moments of solitude and silence, we will 
    listen deeply for the promptings of the spirit, bathed in
    the beauty of creation while we are enveloped in the 
    mystery of God in all things; all things in God.
    Each morning will begin with Centering Prayer, followed
    by the spiritual practice of Tai Chi Chih movements (no
    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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  February 7 - 9, 2017
 Unspoken Hunger: A Compass for the Journey    
  Rev. Jim Conlon, PhD

    In a time of confusion and anxiety we will
    explore our true depths where the human
    connects to the heart of God, and the 
    heart of the Cosmos.



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


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   February 13 - 16, 2017
  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.


  4 days/ 3 nights         Monday 10:00   - Thursday 4 pm
  Cost: $450                Deposit: $50         Bal: $400


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​February 17 - 18, 2017
From Aquinas to “Laudato Sí” 
Pam Smith, SS.C.M.

Thomas Aquinas, a close contemporary of Francis 
of Assisi, developed a theology of creation which 
emphasized unity, multiplicity, and diversity. His 
moral teachings continue to offer us timely insights 
into ecological responsibility. Pope Francis borrows 
from and builds on sacred scripture and Aquinas in 
his recent call to practical action and an ecological 
spirituality.

This retreat will include talks, reflective time, 
dialogue, prayer, and moments for the arts and strolling.

2 days / 1 night                        Friday 7:00 pm - Saturday 4:30 pm
Cost:     $150                   Deposit: $50                    Balance: $100


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  February 21-22, 2017
  Celebrating our Sacred Story
  Jim Conlon, PhD




                                                                Our Sacred Story - Personal, Religious and Cosmic

                                                                Thomas Berry writes, "We explain things by 
                                                                telling their story -- how they came into being 
                                                                and the changes that take place over time." 
                                                                Together we will explore the context of our 
                                                                lives from a personal, religious and cosmic view.


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

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February 24 - 25, 2017
Crossing Over Into Deep Time​
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.




 2 days / 1 night                Friday 7:00 pm  - Saturday 4:00 pm
 Cost:  $150                 Deposit $50                Balance: $100

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 February 28 - March 12, 2017
 Indigeneous 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 
                                                                                Spirit Quest. Create unique earthen   
                                                                                vessels using a hand-building technique
                                                                                and primitive saw-dust firing process.
                                                                                No art experience necessary.




12 days / 11nights      Tuesday 10:00 am  -  Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost: $975                 Deposit: $100               Balance: $875

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March 10 - 12, 2017
Spirit Quest
Betsy Bowman

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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March 15- 16, 2017
Spa for the Soul
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, Marcia Wilson, RN

​ 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 healing touch, healing 
massage, aromatherapy, Herbology and instruction in 
Nutritional Wellness.

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. 

2 day/1 nights             Wednesday10:00 am -   Thursday 4:00 pm
  Cost: $250                   Deposit: $50                  Balance: $200  

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March 18 - 19, 2017
Other Modes of Understanding: Poetry
Jim Conlon, PhD


    We will participate in a process to nurture the heart, energize the mind and empower the spirit to         give voice to what lies deep within.

2 days/1 nights                Saturday 10:00 am  - Sunday 1:00 pm
    Cost:  $200                      Deposit $50                Balance: $150

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March 21 - 22, 2017
Awakening the Soul Within
Cerantha Corley

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

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


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March 25, 2017
The Universe Story: A Springtime Celebration
Jim Conlon, PhD

"It's all about the story and shared dream experiences." Thomas Berry, CP

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                                                          Join us to celebrate your story within the context of the vast                                                                magnificent beauty of the universe as it shines through in each                                                   of our lives and the wonders of the Springbank Spring.



1 Day Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Cost: $50

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March 26 - 29, 2017
  Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty  
  Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF  

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  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         Sunday 7:00 pm - Wednesday 5:00 pm
  Cost: $375               Deposit $50             Balance $325



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 March 31 - April 8, 2017
 Icon Painting as Prayer
 Christopher Marie Wagner, OSF


                                                            Icon writing is a spiritual exercise using paint and brush to enter                                                             into the world of the eternal. ​Enter into the deep prayer time of                                                             Lent through writing of an Icon, Face of Christ. 

                                                            Learn basic techniques of iconography and the symbolism and                                                             spirituality of the icon. Each person will complete an icon using                                                             acrylics and gold leaf and painting on a board which has been                                                             prepared with a white gesso. 

                                                                    No experience necessary. Class size limited to 10.
                                                     



                                          9 days / 8 nights        Friday  7:00 pm - Saturday  3:00 pm
Cost: $850        Deposit: $100      Balance:  $750     Materials fee: $40

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April 12, 2017
Cry of the Poor, Cry of the Earth: Recovering the Dream of Easter 
Jim Conlon, PhD


​  Discover the Hope and Beauty of 
  Easter at Springbank as we widen
  our circles of wonders and
  compassion.

 1 Day       Wednesday 10 am - 4 - pm
  Cost:  $50



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April 13 - 16, 2017
  The Paschal Mystery for our Time: An Easter  Retreat
  Marya Grathwohl, OSF, Jim Conlon, PhD
​  
Can we hear the cry 
of Jesus on the cross 
within the cry 
of Earth's crisis
and experience the resurrection of Jesus and the regenerative power of
Earth. Our experience of Easter gives us hope in a time of ecological decline.
The Retreat includes Holy Thursday, Seder meal/Eucharist;
Good Friday, Way of the Cross, Prayer Lodge; Holy Saturday, quiet reflective time, Great Easter Fire/Vigil at Mepkin Abbey with our Trappist Brothers; and, Easter morning celebration/Eucharist followed by Easter Brunch.

"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

4 days / 3 nights             Thursday 10 am -       Sunday 1 pm
Cost: $375                       Deposit: $50               Balance: $325

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April 21 - 23, 2017
The Emergence of Integral Ecology Retreat
Jim Conlon, PhD

                                            Description in Process


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Springbank Retreat 
Fall Sabbatical
September 13 - December 6, 2017


September 15 - 17, 2017
A Way to God:  Contemplative Journey in the Spirit of Thomas Merton
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, Rev. Jim Conlon, PhD



​Bathed in the beauty of Creation, nourished by moments
of silence and solitude and attentive to the promptings of
the Spirit, we will embrace the awe and wonder of the
Divine presence that calls us forth into an ever deepening
dimension of existence.


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


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   September 19 - 21, 2017
   The Journey of the Universe: 
   Our Story in three parts: personal, religious and cosmic
   Jim Conlon, PhD


  Together we will explore the 14 Billion Year story
  of how the galaxies, stars and humans were formed 
  through the processes of creativity and interdependence,
  as we explore the story from a personal, religious and 
  cosmic perspective.


  3 days/2 nights    Tuesday 10:00  - Thursday 1:00 pm
  Cost: $300            Deposit $50        Balance $250

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September 23, 2017   Canceled  will be rescheduled.
Crossing Over Into Deep Time​ (Interactive Webinar)
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.

1 day        Saturday         10 am  -   4:00 pm
Cost:        $50  includes lunch

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September 29 - October 1, 2017
​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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TBD
Indigenous Wisdom Healing Practices  
Sr. Joanne Schuster




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Mini-Sabbatical
October 2 - 15. 2017

Native Healing, Indigneous Wisdom & Clay, 12-step Women retreat, Spirit Quest
14 days/13 nights    Monday 10:00 am  - Sunday 1:00 pm
Cost:  $1295   Deposit   $100     Balance  $1195

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October 3 - 13, 2017
Indigenous Wisdom & Clay
Trina McCormick OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

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


9 days / 8 nights  Tuesday 11:00 am - Friday 2:00 pm
Cost: $775  Deposit: $100 Balance: $675

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October 6 - 8, 2017
​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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October 13 - 15, 2017
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


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October 18 - 21, 2017
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 1:00 pm
  Cost: $375               Deposit $50               Balance $325

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 October 23 - 24, 2017
 Native 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: $110

                                                             2 Days / 1 Nights     Monday 7:00 pm - Tuesday 4;00 pm
                                           Cost: $150      Deposit: $50      Balance: $100​


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​October 25 - 26, 2017
Awakening the Spirit Within
Cerantha Corley

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

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



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October 27 - 29, 2017
Other Modes of Understanding: Poetry
Jim Conlon, PhD


We will participate in a process to nurture the heart, 
energize the mind and empower the spirit to give 
voice to what lies deep within.

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


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October 31 - November 2, 2017
Painting for the Non-painter
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 6 - 7, 2017
Diarmuid O'Murchu   (Interactive Webinar)



November 10 - 12, 2017
Geo-Justice: The Emergence of Integral Ecology
Jim Conlon, PhD



                                                                  Through a dynamic integration of prose, poetry                                                                      and prayer we will envision a new operative                                                                          myth, a vision that is just and compassionate as                                                                    we listen once again to the music of the                                                                                  universe and experience the fulfillment of                                                                              the sacred universe and earth.

                                                                          The day will end with Liturgy

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


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November 14 - 19, 2017
"All Beings Confluence"
Martha Cole,  Fabric Artist, 
                        Saskatchewan, Canada

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.

  6 days/ 5 nights               Tuesday  7:00pm      -    Sunday 4 pm
  Cost: $500                      Deposit $50                    Balance $450


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November 24, - December 1, 2017
Quiet Directed Retreat in the Spirit of Teilhard de Chardin
Mary Dean Pfahler, SND, Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, Jim Conlon, PhD

A quiet directed retreat invites the participants to come searching  ---
perhaps to integrate the experiences of the sabbatical, 
perhaps to beg or thank the Holy for new awakenings.


                                                            The retreat of six full days includes daily meeting with a                                                                        spiritual director on staff. In conversation with the                                                                                director, the retreatant shares what is happening in prayer.
                                                             Actively listening, the director offers suggestions for                                                                            prayer from the wealth of the sabbatical: revelations in                                                                          creation and scripture; reflections from Teilhard de  n                                                                            Chardin, Thomas Berry, St. Francis and Pope Francis;                                                                          indigeneous wisdom, music and art.

                                                             Optional morning prayer, group reflection and meals                                                                            provide community support for retreatant's inner journey.




8 days/ 7 nights     Friday 7:00 pm - Friday ends after breakfast​
Cost:  $700   Deposit $100   Balance $600


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​Programs, workshops, retreat are subject to change.
Dates and costs subject to change.

Registration for all programs will be open
May 3, 2017.



































































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Poems are not words 
after all, but fires for the cold, 
ropes let down to lost,
something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry –
Yes, indeed --- 
Poetry is a life-cherishing force.”
                              ~ Mary Oliver