January 2020


Friday, January 10-Sunday, January 12, 2020

Whether religious or secular, leaders are prey to addictive and neurotic thoughts and psychological projection, and their dysfunctional thinking and acting leads to unhealthy organizational environments.

The concept of purity of heart, developed in the early years of Christian monasticism, has much to offer leaders, not only in understanding "the way things really are" in organizations, but in how personal well-being is connected to community well-being, and vice versa.

Michael Carey, Obl.OSB; Ph.D. and Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Dr. Michael Carey
is an oblate of Valyermo. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has taught leadership studies at the graduate level for 30 years at Gonzaga and works to ensure that Gonzaga's graduate leadership programs follow in the tradition of Jesuit education that stretches back to St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Fr. Francis Benedict
has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and an MS in Theology from Mt. Angel in Oregon. He was ordained a priest in 1976. He served as the Abbey's abbot for 16 years. His special areas of ministry include spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working with 12-step recovery groups. In addition to many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates.


MID-WINTER DANCE WORKSHOP: Moving to Bridge the Gap

Friday, January 17-Monday, January 20, 2020

Through the art of sacred dance, participants will imitate and celebrate the movements of heroes and saints who bridge the gap between joyful and joyless; between the hopeful and the hopeless; between the unburdened and the overburdened. Come and move with us!

Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith are called together this weekend to embrace in faith and love the concerns of one another; to become each others voices and agents when circumstances have become so overwhelming and to lend our prayerful movements and voices in supplication for help and comfort. The days are full of dance, prayer, scripture and fellowship. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of their days in a worshipful setting. Bring comfortable clothes to explore nature and to move with ease.

Presenter: John West, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $385 single; $316.50 each shared

John West is an oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, liturgist and writer, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew's Abbey and Holy Spirit Retreat Center, as well as international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include serving on the board of the Sacred Dance Guild and as a member of the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:00am-4:00pm

In his mercy God planned for beginnings in our lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, seasons, and cycles are all examples of beginnings. The month of January brings with it the opportunity to begin again.

Perhaps 2018 presented you with trials and heartaches. Perhaps it was a year of triumphs and milestones. Regardless of how the year played out, it is important not to move forward too quickly. The whole of our experiences are part of this journey of life.

Join us for this annual retreat. Take the opportunity to reflect on how God was at work in your life last year, and anticipate how He will be present to you in the coming year. A gentle day of Reflection and Anticipation. Short reflections and directed quiet activities will be given by the presenter. The Abbey gardens and grounds provide the perfect setting for contemplation. Rest, reflect, and anticipate, knowing that God, who was with you in the past year, will be with you in the coming year as well.

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

Lisa Marion is an oblate of Valyermo and Spiritual Director in Orange County. An energetic leader, she has over 25 years of pastoral experience ministering to people of all ages and stages of life. Leading numerous events both locally and nationally, she conveys her awareness of God and his love with a subtle yet honest sense of humor. For more information about Lisa and her ministry visit: www:dailypax.com -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.


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