CONTEMPORARY CINEMA AND SPIRITUALITY: Winter Session
Friday, January 11-Sunday, January 13, 2019
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 summer session is offered July 26-28)
Presenter: Nikki Tucker, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 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.
FOUR SPANISH MYSTICS: Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, & Maria de Agreda
Monday, January 14 - Friday, January 18, 2019
This extraordinary group from the "Golden Age" of Spanish mysticism both reformed religious life and profoundly impacted the practice of Christian spirituality. Their far-reaching influence continues today. Through their writings, we will explore the vision and prayer practices of these Jesuit, Carmelite, and Franciscan men and women which drew them into ever-deeper relationship with Christ. We will invite these holy ones to share the fruit of their spiritual gifts, as they guide and accompany us on our own paths toward spiritual transformation.
Presenter: Laura Dunham, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.; M.Div
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 each shared
Dr. Laura Dunham, former academic, retired Presbyterian minster, and Catholic convert in 2012, is an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in MN. She holds a PhD, MDiv, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Teaching and writing about Christian spirituality, guiding the Ignatian Exercises, and leading retreats and group studies of the mystics are her current work. Laura is the author of Path of the Purified Heart: The Spiritual Journey as Transformation (Cascade Boons, 2012) and Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, and Transition (Cascade Books, 2018). A resident of Riverside, CA, she invites inquiries about her work through her website, www.laura-dunham.com.
MID-WINTER DANCE WORKSHOP: The Sacred Dance Into Divine Love
Friday, January 18-Monday, January 21, 2019
Come experience and embrace anew a truth of the ages: sacred dance as a universal language of humankind. Through the work of the weekend we will dance to connect heart, mind, body, and spirit to the divine; to envision a world community committed to living life in compassion, creativity, and in service to the greater good. We will offer our work this year also in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the International Sacred Dance Guild and its commitment to these values and visions.
Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith are called together this weekend to transform the Divine Love within humankind into work reflective of our care for and commitment to one another. 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 setting. Bring comfortable clothes to explore nature and to move with ease.
Presenter: John West, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $385 single; $316.50 each shared
John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew's and Holy Spirit Retreat Center as well as at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include serving on the board of the Sacred Dance Guild and as a member of the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm
In his mercy God planned for beginnings in our lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, seasons, and cycles are all examples of beginnings. The month of January brings with it the opportunity to begin again.
Perhaps 2018 presented you with trials and heartaches. Perhaps it was a year of triumphs and milestones. Regardless of how the year played out, it is important not to move forward too quickly. The whole of our experiences are part of this journey of life.
Join us for this annual retreat. Take the opportunity to reflect on how God was at work in your life last year, and anticipate how He will be present to you in the coming year. A gentle day of Reflection and Anticipation. Short reflections and directed quiet activities will be given by the presenter. The Abbey gardens and grounds provide the perfect setting for contemplation. Rest, reflect, and anticipate, knowing that God, who was with you in the past year, will be with you in the coming year as well.
Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass
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. 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.