CONCEPT OF SERVICE & AUTHORITY IN THE LIFE OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

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Gregory's view of service and authority are rooted in his understanding of the Incarnation as an act of humility; and that the authority stems from humility, not power. He grounded his entire notion of pastoral care on this concept go authority as service, not servitude of those obeying. He is considered by many church historians […]

GOD IS LOVE AT THE HEART OF ALL CREATION 2022

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

This retreat is baed on the latest work of Cistercian Abbot Thomas Keating, founder of Contemplative Outreach. We will view selected videos from his series God Is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Themes to be explored include: Cosmology; Human Evolution; Christ, Evolution and All Creation; Into Unity Consciousness; Surrendering to Love. In addition to […]

STILL FULL OF SAP, STILL GREEN: A Spirituality of Aging 2022

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

This retreat will be inspired by research and by many writers' reflections on spirituality for the second half of life. Creative living within the season of wisdom, greater and ongoing maturation, and positive transformation of the inner life will be some of the meditations for a full life in the Spirit. Experiencing limitations during one's […]

LOVE WAS HIS MEANING: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich 2022

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

This retreat will explore major themes from Julian of Norwich's spiritual masterpiece Revelations of Divine Love. Julian was a 14th century English anchoress living in seclusion in her native Norwich. She experienced a series of 16 revelations of Christ Crucified while on her sickbed and spent the next decades of her life reflecting on their […]

AUTUMN ARTISTS’ RETREAT 2022

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

This retreat is open to artists at all levels including beginners. Photographers, sculptors and writers are also welcome to come and experience the colors and beauty of the high desert in the setting of the monastery. Escape the stress of daily life while deepening a spiritual vision in your art. (A materials list will be […]

THE BENEDICTINE PRACTICE OF HUMILITY VIA ZOOM 2022

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Thomas Merton wrote that the goal of monastic life was purity of heart, ". . . a clear unobstructed vision of the true state of affairs, an intuitive grasp of one's own inner reality as anchored, or lost, in God through Christ." In St. Benedict's Rule, the way to purity of heart was through the […]

GUESS WHAT’S COMING FOR DINNER!: A Cooking Retreat/Workshop

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

Once upon a time, up in the cold north, there was an elderly widower who grew quite fond of making a different soup each night of the week.  You wouldn't believe what edible riches and delights the winter months provide for the pot on the stove.  Come and spend a week of learning and fun […]

EDITH STEIN: Her Journey from Darkness into Light

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

Join us as we reflect on the life and times of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a brilliant philosopher and poet, a mystic and searcher of the truth, and a Jew -- a daughter of Israel.  Her encounter with the cross in the life of a Christian friend sparked an inner transformation that led to […]

PRIESTS’ RETREAT: Thriving in the Call of God

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

These days together will explore those elements of our spiritual and ministerial life that bring deep fulfillment and soul satisfaction: prayer, mindfulness, personal presence to others, joy in the celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacraments, and the remembering of all God's good gifts.

RETIRO de ADVIENTO

Adviento significa "venida." Es el tiempo en que los cristianos nos preparamos para la vendida del Señor. Se dice que el Antiguo Testamento fue el gran tiempo de espera y después de esa espera de mucho siglos, Cristo se manifestó en toda su gloria dándonos la oportunidad de una nueva vida en el Espíritu. En […]

THANKSGIVING AT VALYERMO 2022

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

This non-directed retreat provides time to reflect on all God has given to us and to enjoy the festive celebration of Thanksgiving with the monastic community. 

ADVENT RETREAT 2022

Saint Andrew's Abbey 31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA

On this first weekend of Advent we will offer a potpourri of monastic insights, enabling participants to experience the Advent season as a time rooted in scripture, history, art, music, and liturgy.  

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Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find

knock and the door will open to you.

Matthew 7:7