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 […]

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.

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.  

AMMAS, MONKS, & ARCHETYPES 2022

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

This retreat will take a look at 4 monastic figures: Amma Syncletica, St. Benedict, St. Hildegard, and Thomas Merton and their corresponding archetypes: the warrior, the sage, the visionary, and the inner monk. Each day will include an introduction to the figure, lectio divina on the theme, visio divina of an icon of the figure, […]

MYSTCS OF LIGHT & DARKNESS 2022

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

In this workshop we will study the interrelationship between the traditional Christian contemplative paths of apophatic (imageless, simple, "dazzling dark") prayer and kataphatic (image-filled, complex,"bright") prayer. We will reflect on these two "ways" in the writings of their principal exponents, including Gregory of Nyssa, Dionysius the Areopagite, and Gregory Palamas. 

BOOK OF JOB 2022

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

The Book of Job is about struggle - the struggle of a good and pious man trying to make sense of the world and of his life in which bad things happen, in which evil is experienced. It asks the big question of why do these things happen if God is just and good. Its […]

CHRISTMAS AT VALYERMO 2022

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

On the Solemnity of Christmas we first contemplate the mystery of the Word becoming Flesh. The liturgical celebration at the Abbey starts with First Vespers on Christmas Eve and ends with Night Prayer on Christmas Day. 

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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