St. Columba Retreat House
12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA, 94937
Date(s) - 04/11/2016 - 04/16/2016
A 6-day RETREAT for ELDERS in the WORK THAT RECONNECTS
April 11-16, 2016 – St. Columba Retreat House, Inverness, CA
With Molly Young Brown, Constance Washburn & guest teacher Joanna Macy
Register at http://www.consciouselders.org/wtr_april2016
As elders we have watched the world spiral into crisis. The Conscious Elders Network invites you to join with other elders to share our despair, our dreams, and connect with our passions to participate more fully in a Great Turning to a Life Sustaining Society.
“The place [that] calls you…is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”
Why the Work That Reconnects?
If you are feeling overwhelmed, helpless, burnt out, or lonely in your concern and love for our world, the Work That Reconnects will be medicine for your soul. If you are actively working for a sane and livable world, you’ll find inspiration and support here; you’ll find more of your tribe.
The spiral of the Work moves through Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. This progression allows us to open our hearts, feel our grief, fear, and rage so we can also feel our love for the world and our passion for justice. We then take a new look at our ways of understanding the world around us so we can find new ways of working for the healing of the earth. We then go forth with plans and passion for building a sustainable living culture.
Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div, co-authored Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy. She brings ecopsychology and psychosynthesis to her work writing books and essays, teaching on-line courses, phone coaching, talks and workshops. She also authored Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning and Lighting a Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life. MollyYoungBrown.com.
Constance Washburn M.A., activist, educator, and facilitator with over 35 years of experience, has been training with Joanna Macy since 1994. She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1968 and brings her nature connection, mindfulness training, theater and education backgrounds together to create opportunities for people to reawaken to their interconnectedness. www.constancewashburn.com.
Joanna Macy, PhD., root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. www.joannamacy.net
Register early: Lodging limited to 30 people
St. Colomba Retreat House offers a homey atmosphere with charming rooms, located close to Tomales Bay State Park and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, with hiking trails accessible nearby. Visit their website for photos of the beautiful building and grounds.
Monday, April 11: 3 pm registration, 6 pm dinner, 7 pm opening session
Daily: Breakfast 8 am, Lunch 12:30 with 2 hour break, Dinner 6 pm
Sessions – 9 to 12:15, 2:30 to 5:30, 7 to 9 or 9:30
Saturday, April 16: Retreat ends at 3 pm.
We will keep silence upon awakening and during breakfast until the morning session begins at 9, to support inner reflection and keener awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. Midway through the retreat, we will spend most of a day in solitary, silent communion with the natural world, to help us reflect on and integrate what has occurred.
We ask that everyone minimize use of cell phones and Internet.
Include lodging, meals, use of facilities, administration, and facilitators. Register before March 15 and save $50.
By March 15 / After March 15
Dorm: $1035 / $1085 (2 dorm rooms accommodate 4 to 6 each; 1 bunk room up to 12)
Double: $1110 / $1160 (3 double rooms available; register early to reserve)
Single: $1235 / $1285 (2 singles available; register early to reserve)
Commuter: $ 860 / $ 910 (3 meals and facilities use)
Refunds are available with a nonrefundable $100 administration fee up to March 28. After March 28, an additional $275 is nonrefundable to cover food costs.