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

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


  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 


   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


​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 

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


  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


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


 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


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 


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  


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


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

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


                                                          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


March 26 - 29, 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         Sunday 7:00 pm - Wednesday 5:00 pm
  Cost: $375               Deposit $50             Balance $325


 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


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

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


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


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

                                            Description in Process


Retreats/programs subject to change