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JULY 2018

BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: Balance As a Fundamental Value in the Rule of Benedict & the Monastic Life

Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2018

The Rule of St. Benedict is remarkable in its wisdom and practicality in balancing the needs of the human person in search of God. As Benedict wrote his Rule with community in mind, he pays serious attention to one's life of prayer and work, in the midst of a multiplicity of human relationships and interactions. He 'legislates' for his monks daily rhythm which establishes personal order, discipline, and charity within the context of a profound inner life, a life inspired by and shared with others. Our contemporary world, with its many demands on our time and energy, may cause us to lose our personal spiritual equilibrium. This retreat addresses our need to balance our priorities of time, work, relationships, study, ministry, and prayer so that the whole person is nourished in the Spirit.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $400 single / $350 each shared

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.

Dr. Audrey Spindler is an oblate of Valyermo and a present and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.


BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY
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DEALING WITH DEATH
Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15, 2018

Death is never easy. We all struggle to make sense of it. We don't know how to process, because we aren't programmed to die. We were designed to live at peace in a garden, forever.

The promises of Eternal Life are found throughout the Scripture. This retreat will allow you to the time and space to contemplate these promises. Come, rest, and think on eternal things. Process in a safe place, allowing the truth of Scripture to inform your thoughts about death.

Spiritual Director and Retreat Leader, Lisa Marion, first experienced the sting of death at the age of 9, when her grandmother was violently murdered. An event that forever changed the dynamics in her family and their lives. Since that time, she has buried her mother, two uncles, a niece, her husband, and countless friends.

Well acquainted with death and the process one must journey through to find peace, join Lisa in this uniquely restful opportunity. Whether you're struggling with processing the death of a loved one, or your own death, come and find answers in God's promises.

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl. OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single / $200 each shared

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. Having experienced many seasons of trial and suffering, Lisa is well equipped to journey with others through their own trials and seasons of struggle. Her attunement to the Holy Spirit makes her uniquely gifted for this ministry. 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.


DEALING WITH DEATH
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SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Moving with the Elements of Life in Cosmic Kinship
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

"We belong, from the cells of our bodies to the finest creations of our minds, to the intricate constantly changing cosmos." [Sallie McFaque]

Workshop participants will come to rediscover the "seamless" biblical and scientific relationship we share with the elements that compose and surround Mother Earth, God's original gift of "all that is." Set in the beauty of St. Andrew's Abbey and in the spirit of "Laudato Si," songs and dances will be offered in thanksgiving and praise for God's Sacred Creation and our kinship with it.

Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith are called together this weekend to translate our care for the Earth into movement reflective of God's creative energy and Spirit. The days are full of scripture, dance, prayer, and fellowship. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of their days in a worshipful outdoor setting. Bring comfortable clothes to explore nature and to move with ease.

Presenter: John West, Obl. OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single / $200 each shared

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and the founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew's for many years. He is also a lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.


SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP
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SOPHIA/WISDOM IN THE WRITINGS OF JOHN OF THE CROSS
Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 2018

This retreat will provide an opportunity to appreciate the Wisdom Christology that John of the Cross employs in all of his writings. Special attention will be paid to John's process of spiritual development, especially in the Spiritual Canticle, and the key role that Sophia plays for him. Retreatants will have an opportunity to pray with Scriptural texts from the Wisdom Literature and the New Testament that John employs frequently in his spiritual writings.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $400 single / $350 each shared

Fr. Stephen Coffey, a Massachusetts native, is a monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict and lives at the Monastery of the Risen Christ in San Luis Obispo, where he is director of oblates. He is a retreat director, spiritual director, and is involved in other formation ministries at the Hermitage in Big Sur and at San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez. He is a graduate of St. John's School of Theology in Collegial, MN and holds degrees in Christian Spirituality from Creighton in Omaha and in Pastoral Leadership from Chaminade in Honolulu.


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CONTEMPORARY CINEMA & SPIRITUALITY: Summer Session
Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29, 2018

The greatest human and spiritual truths are often embodied in stories and narratives. Today much of the burden of storytelling is carried by movies. We will view four mainstream films and have intensive discussions on how spiritual realities are shown through their plots, symbols, acting, and so forth. These films will be chosen around a theme and are traditionally kept a mystery. This workshop seeks to raise and focus consciousness of the medium and offer ways to use it in the ongoing project of spiritual growth. (The winter session is offered January 19-21.)

Presenter: Nikki Tucker, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single, $200 each shared

Nikki Tucker is an oblate of Valyermo and a private Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a BA in Art History at UCLA with a focus on Medieval Art and an MA at Fuller Seminary. She has lectured and given retreats on art and spirituality and has facilitated several cinema workshops.


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STILL FULL OF SAP, STILL GREEN: A Spirituality of Aging
Monday, July 30 - Friday, August 3, 2018

This retreat will be inspired by many writers' reflections on a 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 aging process will be explored as opportunities for transcendence and spiritual fecundity that could not be profoundly realized in earlier seasons of growth.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB, Audrey Spindler, Obl. OSB, & Diane Bunker Obl. OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $400 single / $350 each shared

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.

Audrey Spindler is an oblate if Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.

Diane Bunker is a retired psychologist who worked with older people receiving care in Rehabilitation Medicine and Hospice. She obtained her M.Div. and Ph.D from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She comes with a wealth of personal, professional, and pastoral experience.


SPIRITUALITY OF AGING