THE GOSPEL MYSTICISM OF RUTH BURROWS

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

This retreat will consider the spiritual writings of English Carmelite nun Ruth Burrows. We will reflect on the source of her spiritual insights, the foundations of her mystical doctrine, and what it means for her to be drawn into and to become the “Yes” of Jesus Crucified, and the transformation that ensues. The retreat will […]

LENTEN SILENT RETREAT

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

During these days of silence at the monastery, the whole Church begins the sacred season of Lent. Short reflections will be offered daily with a special emphasis on the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The desert silence and the liturgies of the monastery will provide an atmosphere conducive to deep reflection. This […]

PRIESTS’ RETREAT: Keepers of the “Divine Dream”. . .

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

...for us, for our people, and for our world. The centerpiece for this retreat will be Pope Francis’ book: Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. (This retreat is also offered May 8-12)

THE REALITY OF THE UNSEEN Looking at Mysticism and Religious Experience as a Gift of Being Human

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

This retreat will reveal and illumine our inner experience of God, in its subtle and dramatic forms. Being human is acknowledging our dependence on the Unseen, the Transcendent, the Creative Source — God. Made in God’s image and likeness, mystics experience this more-than-human knowing and loving that comes from their Creator. Are we not all […]

RETIRO DE CUARESMA

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

La Cuaresma es el tiempo liturgico de conversion, que la Iglesia marca para prepararnos a la gran fiesta de la Pascua. Es tiempo para arrepentirnos de nuestros pecados y de cambiar algo dentro nosotros para ser mejores y poder vivir mas cerca de Cristo. En la Cuaresma, Cristo nos invita a cambiar de vida. La […]

SACRED TRIDUUM 2023

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

The Sacred Triduum is the holiest time of the liturgical cycle of the Church. You are invited to share the monastic experience of this liturgy beginning on Holy Thursday and concluding on Easter Sunday. 

GOD IS LOVE AT THE HEART OF ALL CREATION II

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

This retreat will delve further into the themes that Cistercian Abbot Thomas Keating has developed on the relationship between contemplation and cosmology.  Topics to be explored via video presentations include:  Into Unity Consciousness, Playing with God, Silence and Centering Prayer, Surrendering to Love, and a Word About Service.  Periods of centering prayer, Lectio Divina, and […]

SPRING ARTISTS’ RETREAT 2023

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 […]

PRIESTS’ RETREAT: Keepers of the “Divine Dream”…

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

...for us, for our people, and for our world.  The centerpiece for this retreat will be Pope Francis' book:  Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.  (This retreat is also offered March 13-17)

THE MUSIC OF SAINT HILDEGARD OF BINGEN

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

St Hildegard was highly gifted by the Lord. Among her many gifts was music. In this one-day retreat, we will look at some of Hildegard’s music and her vision of music: Its mysterious, divinely inspired nature, and its function and power within the liturgy. This will serve as a springboard for a general discussion on […]

THE EUCHARIST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 2023

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

This retreat will explore how the Eucharist opens our eyes to the sufferings of this world and gives us hope to challenge the structures of injustice, confident in God’s promises. Based on the book by Margaret Scott of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we will connect seven themes from eucharistic texts which […]

PENTECOST RETREAT

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

This preached retreat is for oblates of St. Andrew's Abbey or anyone interested in Benedictine spirituality. The focus for the retreat is the Rule of St. Benedict and the liturgy of Pentecost. 

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Matthew 7:7