DISCERNMENT IN DAILY LIFE 2022

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

Discernment is an essential theme in the spiritual life. As we progress through our life, we constantly need to make practical decisions within the context of our values. These values are founded on our belief system, our culture, our understanding of and relationship with God. St. Benedict in his Rule is concerned that monks (actually […]

ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 2022

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

ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Monday, June 27 – Sunday, July 3, 2022 This intensive icon painting workshop will provide an opportunity to experience the process of icon painting. Patricipants will learn traditional iconographic techniques, working with egg tempera on gesso and the Byzantine four-color (tetra chrome) palette. This practical instruction will be combined with theoretical instruction in […]

BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: St. Benedict’s Teaching on Humility 2022

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

This retreat is for oblates and those interested in Benedictine monastic spirituality. This year's focus will be on the virtue and the practice of humility in one's daily life, utilizing Chapter 7 and other texts of the Holy rule and the monastic tradition. Although Benedict's words and emphases may not strike many as relevant or […]

READING & PRAYING THE SACRED SCRIPTURES 2022

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

In this workshop we will both study the ancient history, and practice together the monastic art of lectio divina, reflecting on its value as a model of spiritual progress.

MYSTICISM OF TEILHARD DE CHARDIN 2022

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

  TRANSFORMATION FOR A NEW CREATION Monday, July 18– Friday, July 22, 2022 This retreat will consider the 5 "circles of mysticism" through which Teilhard de Chardin, French Jesuit and scientist, passed during his years as a stretcher bearer on the French-German front during the First World War. We will consider a few mystical experiences […]

FAITH & THE HUMAN CONDITION 2022

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

Adrienne von Speyr was a Swiss convert to the Catholic faith. She was a medical doctor, a wife, mother, mystic, and author of over sixty books on spirituality and theology. She shared a profound friendship with the famous Hans Urs von Balthasar , who was deeply influenced by Adrienne's spirituality and mystical experiences. As in […]

SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Dancing the New Season of Life 2022

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

SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Dancing the New Season of Life 2022 Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31, 2022 Come and choreograph movements, write poems, sing music and build stories for a 3-part setting, a triptych of your life’s experience: (1) The Memory of Life before it was paused; 2) Reflections on the Pause; (3) Movements […]

HEALING OUR WOUNDS: Forgiveness in the Spiritual Life 2022

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

We give them, we suffer them, our bodies hold on to them for years: Wounds. We can imprison ourselves in them and wither emotionally far too long without the transforming power of forgiveness. It is Divine Love that liberates us from resentment, self-pity and isolation. The love that forgives opens a path to inner freedom. […]

“THE LEAPING BLAZE OF CHARIT”: Bernard of Clairvaux as Spiritual Guide 2022

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

In Dante's Paradise his final steps toward a vision of the Holy Trinity are guided by the twelfth-century Cistercian abbot Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153). Dante assures us that Bernard is a proper and trained guide because he has "tasted Heaven's peace" for himself. Bernard has not only had a mystical experience of the Holy […]

IN THE SPIRIT OF AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat

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

Spend a weekend getting back to the key that unlocks the 12-Steps for those who follow them. We will take slightly different approach to these conventional steps and traditions. Recovery can be a traumatic shock to the system, as are all experiences of God. We find God in adversity and weakness; in our common disease […]

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ 2022

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

This retreat will focus on the spirituality of St. Hildegard, 12 century Benedictine abbess who was named Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. We will consider selected passages of her writings, and in particular her Scivias, to come to a greater awareness of her Christiology, her cosmology and her monastic spirituality, as well […]

PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE OF ST. JOHN 2022

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

The literature bearing the name of John - a Gospel, three letters, and the Book of Revelation - comprises some of the latest New Testament documents to have been written. Disparate in literary style and quality, these texts nevertheless reflect to varying degrees an outlook on the Chrisitan mystery associated with what might be called […]

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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