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Weekend Retreats
All programs are held at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse unless otherwise specfied.

Ecology of the Spirit: Insights from Thomas Merton
and Rachel Carson

Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, and Rachel Carson, a scientist, recognized the interdependence of life.
Using selections from both writers, this program explores how being aware, identifying spots of time, and recognizing the holy in the ordinary are integral to expanding ecological and spiritual consciousness. Identify points of connection and discover new ways of being in relationship with all of creation. Strengthen your connections with all of creation through an eco-spiritual understanding.

Recommended Reading: New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton; Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Presenter: Vanessa Hurst
Date: Friday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. - Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m.-Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cedars; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $95 Overnight; $65 Commute; $50 for Sisters of Charity; $25 non-refundable registration fee (applied to total fee) REGISTRATION DUE BY MARCH 14

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Vanessa Hurst is the previous executive director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. She is the author of Engaging Compassion Through Intent & Action, a Community Builder who consults with organ-izations in deepening their cultures of compassion. A practicing contemplative for over 23 years, her natural life rhythm is intentionally sharing compassion with herself, others, and all of creation. Vanessa holds a mas-ter’s degree in Natural Health. In her practice as an intuitive healer and spiritual mentor, Vanessa under-stands living contemplatively and compassionately are the roots of healing. For her, compassion is a lived experience, one she hopes will touch all her relationships. She hopes to inspire others to engage compassion through intent and action.


SoulCollage®

Are you longing to have time to slow down and reflect on what is really important?
Do you hunger to be in an environment where you are free to nurture your own spiritual needs?

We live in a world that is torn apart by divisions... separation of masculine and feminine energies, friction between rational and intuitive thinking, divisions of people into good and evil camps. SoulCollage® is a sacred tool which can help bridge the divisions between people and within ourselves. This retreat will explore what it means to walk a sacred/spiritual path in these demanding and chaotic times. “Walking a Sacred Path” will provide a welcoming space where you can enjoy the support and companionship of others who are also taking time to explore their spiritual journey and nurture their relationship with God.

SoulCollage® combines images, intuition and synchronicity in a unique creative process that anyone can use. It requires no special skills except cutting and pasting...and we all learned to do that in kindergarten! SoulCollage® works directly with the language of symbols, images and archetypes to make cards that help us access our own inner wisdom and guide us on our individual and communal sacred journeys.

Join us for a quiet weekend of discussion and SoulCollage® as we “image” new ways for all beings to interrelate, thrive and interact.

Presenter: Mooydeen Frees
Date/Time: Friday, May 4–Saturday, May 5, 2018
Friday, 6-9 p.m., Introduction and contemplative exercises
Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Studio time with in depth card readings
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $105 (includes meals & overnight); $70 Commute; $60 fee for Sisters of Charity
$25 non-refundable registration fee (applied to total cost)
REGISTRATION DUE BY APRIL 25

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Sundays of Reflection
The Mission of Charity in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Seton

February 4
Bayley – Steve Simendinger and Adrienne Walsh
St. Joseph Home – Eunice Timoney Ravenna

March 4
Sisters of Charity Associate Maureen Maxfield

Time: 9:30 a.m. - Mass in Chapel
10:45 AM - Presentation in Cedars
11:30 AM - Large group questions/comments
12:00 PM - Dinner
Fee: $20 (includes meal)

There is no fee for the Sundays of Reflection for SC’s and Associates. Donations are welcome to defray expenses. Those who do not live at the Motherhouse are requested to call 347-5300 (daytime) or 347-5346 (evening) and leave a message if you plan to stay for dinner.