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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.

Winter Cinema

Friday, January 18-Monday, January 21, 2019

This retreat

Presenter: John West, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $385 single; $316.50 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.


Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00am-3:30pm

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 was lived out, it is important not to move forward too quickly. Take this opportunity to reflect on how God was at work in your life, and anticipate how He will be present to you in the coming season.

Join us for a day of Reflection and Anticipation -- short reflections will be given with directed silent activities. 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: -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.

Monday, January 28-Friday, February 1, 2019

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam