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APRIL 2019

Monday, April 15-Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Examining the last days of Christ's life, this silent retreat will focus on His betrayal, suffering, and death. These painful events inform our own struggle through difficult relationships, unstable health, times of uncertainty, and the search for the illusive thing called hope. All suffering finds its redemption in Christ's suffering. This is the lesson of Holy Week.

No formal reflections will be given by the leader. Directed quiet activities will be available and the group will meet to share discoveries. The intention is to give the Holy Spirit room to guide, direct, and instruct each participant as is best for him/her. The desert silence and the liturgies of the monastery will provide an environment where the space between us and God becomes thinner.

(Please note: This retreat is conducted Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. It is intentionally designed to give participants the opportunity to retreat during Holy Week without missing their own parish's observances of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.)

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Room, Board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 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. For more information about Lisa and her ministry visit: -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.


Thursday, April 18-Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Sacred Triduum is the holiest time of the liturgical cycle of the Church. You are invited to share the monastic experience of this sacred liturgy beginning on Holy Thursday and concluding on Easter Sunday.

(Since this time is rooted in silence and reflection, we ask that you plan to arrive in sufficient time to be settled in your rooms before 4pm)

Room and board: $385 single; $316.50 each shared


Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, 2019

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 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 Collegeville, MN and holds degrees in Christian Spirituality form Creighton in Omaha and in Pastoral Leadership from Chaminade in Honolulu.

Monday, April 29-Thursday, May 2, 2019

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 provided.)

Presenter: Deloris Haddow, Obl.OSB
Room, Board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 each shared

Deloris Haddow is an oblate of Valyermo. She is an artist and educator who studied in Europe, Ukraine, and Iran. She is involved with the California Plein Air Association and is a member of Faith and Forum, a liturgical art organization. She is a spiritual director/facilitator for adults, leading retreats and workshops on centering prayer.