Spring Sabbatical
February 9  - May 4, 2022

Fall Sabbatical
September 13 - December 6, 2022

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"Any harm done to the environment 
is harm done to humanity ... 
Nurturing and cherishing creation 
transforms the world so that it may be a
 habitable place for everyone." 
  ~ Pope Francis
2022 Programs

We  have completed a wonderful Fall Sabbatical 2021 with safety protocols in place. 

We look forward to welcoming participants for the upcoming Spring Sabbatical 2022

For more information:
springbank@springbankretreat.org
Sr. Anita  843-372-6311

2022 Spring Sabbatical Programs

February 15 - 16, 2022
Tapping the Wellspring Within
Pepper Sarnoff

By widening the circle of compassion for self, 
others and the planet, we develop healing
resources to support ourselves and others through 
transitions, loss, change and growth. Let us honor
and celebrate with story, play, movement, poetry, 
stillness and color. 

Tuesday - Wednesday   11 - 1pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost $275     Deposit $60    Balance $215
    includes program, accommodations and meals


February 18 - 21, 2022
The Universe Story
Jim Conlon, PhD

Everything in the universe is unique. 
Everything has its own subjective identity and
 everything is related to everything else. 
We come to know things by telling their story, 
how they came to be and how they shaped 
our sense of the sacred. 
Creation is on-going, it is an on-going process. 
We may actually be in the dawn of creation. 

Through story and shared dream experience, we come to a place of profound understanding of all of creation; we discover that we are all shaped and formed in the same primordial furnace. To have a creation story is to have a sense of who we are and we need to know who we are.

Starts Wednesday 4:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday 11:00 - 1:00, 2:30 - 4:30
Sunday 11:00 - 12:30 ends with lunch
Cost $360    Deposit $60      Balance  $300
        includes program, accommodations and meals


February 22 - 23, 2022
Other Modes of Understanding
Jim Conlon, PhD, Doreen Cloutier CSC, Anita Braganza IBVM

This retreat is an invitation to ponder, pray and 
pay attention to the sacred impulses rising up
in our hearts as we touch into other modes 
of understanding. We will nurture the heart, energize the
mind and empower the spirit, herding what lies deep within
and expressing it through words, movement and music

Tuesday - Wednesday 11- 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: $275    Deposit $60       Balance $215
         Includes program, accommodations and meals


February 25 - 26, 2022
Discerning Wisdom for Evolutionary Times
Diarmuid O'Murchu MSC

In this workshop, we will explore the implications
for faith and theology, particularly the newly 
expanded horizon we are asked to embrace at this
challenging time in our history as a human species.

Friday - Saturday 10:30 - 12:30 pm   2 - 4 pm
Sunday 10;30 - 12 pm followed by lunch
Cost $325      Deposit $60     Balance $265
      includes program, accommodations and meals
This program is also offered via Zoom  $70


March 1 -2, 2022
​Growing One’s Soul... Every Body’s Prayer:
Expressing Faith Through Movement
Doreen Cloutier, CSC

  If you have ever lifted your arms in wonder, tapped your feet to 
  some inner song playing in your mind, held someone rocking 
  with grief, then you understand how our bodies express what 
  our soul knows to be true. Through a gentle, contemplative 
  experience we will explore together the beauty of uniting heart 
  mind and body to express through movement what our souls are 
  longing to share! Throughout our time together we will be stretching 
  into our body’s marvelous ability for prayer in motion. 
All body types and/or physical limitations welcome

Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00 - 1:00, 2:30 - 4:30pm
 Cost: $275      Deposit $60       Balance: $215
          Includes program, accommodations and meals



March 4 - 6, 2022
A Retreat with Thomas Merton
Jim Conlon, PhD

During this retreat we will rediscover the beauty and depth 
of Merton's journey by reflecting on his way of 
contemplation and action.

  "What people want is a way to God" ~Merton

 Starts Friday 4:00 pm
 Saturday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
 Sunday 11 - 12:30 pm ends with lunch
 Cost: $360       Deposit $60        Balance $300
        Includes program, accommodations and meals


March 8 - 9, 2022
Awakening the Soul Within
Native Flute
Cerantha Corley

Learn how to play a Native American-style 
flute that expresses your inner song.

Tuesday - Wednesday 11:00 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost $275       Deposit $60   Balance $215
       Includes program, accommodations, and meals. 
Native American flutes available for sale $70 - $80

March 11 - 13, 2022
Walking through the 12 steps of Recovery with the 7 Chakras
Robin Berning CLC CSC

Join Robin Berning, certified Spiritual Life Coach, 
Reiki Master teacher and active member of AA 
with 14 years of sobriety as we journey through 
the 12 steps of recovery, identifying what chakras
are associated with each step in our recovery program. 

The workshop will encompass the use of the 12-step
work, meditation, essential oils and other fun and
explorative techniques. 

Friday   5:30 pm dinner followed by 7 pm session
Saturday 11 - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Sunday 11 - 12:30 pm ending with lunch

Cost $360      Deposit $60       Balance $300
         includes program, accommodations and meals



March 15 - 23, 2022
Mini Sabbatical  - Indigenous Wisdom, Spirit Quest and Pottery
Trina McCormick, OP Anita Braganza IBVM   Richard Guess

Enjoy a mini-sabbatical exploring the ancient wisdom
of indigenous peoples and learning ways of relating
to the natural world with greater reverence.

A one day "Spirit Quest" in the natural world opens us to the
inspiration of the Spirit. 
During this mini-sabbatical, you will create several, unique
earthen vessels using a hand building technique. 
No art experience necessary.

Enjoy a time of solitude and companionship with other seekers. 

The mini-sabbatical starts March 15, 11 am and ends on March 23 after lunch.

Cost:   $840       Deposit $100         Balance $740
       includes program, materials for pottery, accommodations and meals



March 18 - 20, 2022
Spirit Quest
Richard Guess

Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful; an insightful 
experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit 
and listening in the profound quiet of the natural 
world is the focus of this seven-hour Quest.
Prayer is an integral part of this experience.  

​Starts Friday 7:00 pm Introduction to Spirit Quest
  Saturday: Full Day
  Sunday 11- 1:00 pm ends with lunch
​Cost $220       Deposit $60          Balance $160
There is no charge for the Spirit Quest
Cost includes accommodations and meals.




March 25 - 27, 2022
Geo-Justice - Integral Ecology
Jim Conlon, PhD

​Geo-Justice – the emergence of integral ecology
An awakening to a planetary call to action, to liberate 
the poor and the poor Earth through a vision of hope, 
courage and a planetary pentecost, as our hearts 
and minds become infused with cosmic powers.

Starts Friday 4:00 pm
  Saturday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
  Sunday 11 - 12:30  pm ends with lunch
Cost: $360      Deposit $60        Balance $300
           Includes program, accommodations and meals



March 28, 2022
Courage, Questions and Cosmology:
The World and Wisdom of Nicholas Copernicus
Claire Anderson

As our cosmology shifts to embrace both the scientific
and spiritual underpinnings of our world, this 
afternoon of reflection will explore the courage it takes
to ask the questions that lead to a new cosmology.

Monday 2:30 - 4:40 pm
Offered via Zoom
Cost: $25



March 29 - 30, 2022
The Healing Joy of Music and Song
Anita Braganza, IBVM

Music is a universal language. It opens the heart and
soul to a world deep within oneself, change our
vibrations with the possibility of bringing a sense
of wholeness and well-being.

Join others in listening, singing, creating music 
in the natural beauty of Springbank.

Tuesday - Wednesday 11 - 1 pm, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost $275    Deposit  $60       Balance $215
       includes program, accommodations and meals

April 1 - 3, 2022
Yoga Weekend Retreat
Joe Vinceguerra

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps unite body,
mind and spirit. On this yoga retreat, join Charleston
yoga teacher, Joe Vinceguerra, for a Yoga, Breathing
and Meditation Retreat. Each day morning, afternoon
and evening, yoga and meditation classes will be
offered while providing time to explore the beautiful
world of Springbank. You will leave refreshed, renewed,
and re-grounded. 
Participants do not need to know yoga or be "yoga experts".

Starts Friday at 5:30 pm with the evening meal followed 
by a 7 pm introductory session.
Saturday - Full day
Sunday - ends with lunch at 12:30 pm
Cost $360     Deposit $60         Balance $300 
        includes program, accommodations and meals


April 5, 2022
Healing Oils and Aromatheraphy
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN 

The Bible contains many references to oils, spices, balms and the traders 
and merchants who sold, bartered, and used them. They give us a 
glimpse into the ancient world of medicine.

"...they went out ... and they anointed with oil many that were sick 
and healed them." (Mark 6:12-13).

Aromatic oils for healing, cleansing, and holy anointing 
are mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. 
Learn, enjoy, and experience how modern science has 
discovered why Moses used them to protect the Israelites; 
why Mary and Joseph used them for daily well-being. 
Experience how these healing oils are effective antibiotics 
and promote overall health and vitality.

Tuesday 11 - 1pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Offered via Zoom   $25



April 6, 2022
Doctrine of Signature
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

We are what we eat! Explore how foods can affect our body.

​The doctrine of signatures, dating from the time of Dioscorides 
and Galen, states that herbs resembling various parts of the 
body can be used by herbalists to treat ailments of those body 
parts. A theological justification, as stated by botanists 
such as William Coles, was that God would have wanted 
to show all what plants would be useful for.

Wednesday 11- 1:00 pm
Offered via Zoom  $25

Cost: Residential for both programs $275  Deposit $60     Balance $215
         includes program, accommodations and meals


April 7, 2022
Turning Points:
Transgenetic Cosmology for a Second Birth
Jim Conlon, PhD

Guidance for the future through the unfolding of human consciousness, 
dream and story

Thursday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: $95 includes program and lunch



April 8, 2022
Forest Bathing
Trina McCormick, OP, Anita Braganza, IBVM

‘Forest Bathing’, ‘shirin-yoku’, a Japanese term for a form of 
forest therapy treating the many ailments that arise from stressful 
 urban life and busy calendars. Sitting under Springbank’s 800 year old 
Live Oak or spending time in Springbank’s woods of Pine, Magnolia 
and Cedar, you will be guided to slow down, breathe, connect with 
the natural world around you, finding in the company of trees peace 
and companionship.

"Forest bathing “invites you to be fully intentional, not to walk 
through the woods in order to get somewhere, but with the sole purpose 
of being fully present to yourself and to the lives around you.”  
  Robin Wall Kimmerer

Saturday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: $95 includes program and lunch


April 14 - 17, 2022
Holy Week - Easter Triduum

Our experience of Easter gives us hope in a time of ecological
decline. This retreat includes the Holy Thursday Eucharistic
Liturgy/Seder Meal, Good Friday "Way of the Cross', Holy
Saturday Great Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday morning
celebration of renewed hope with poetry and song.

Thursday: Arrival at 3:00 pm
Sunday: Departure at 2:00 pm after a celebratory Easter meal.


April 19 - 21, 2022
Come and Paint Retreat
Gillian Romano

Enjoy three days of color expression through painting.

In this retreat, you will experience painting as a form 
of meditation, providing an opportunity to rediscover, 
grow and nurture your innate wisdom, helping you engage
the present moment and be conduits of energy of the 
creative Universe!
This retreat is for artists and non-artists.
No prior experience needed.

Tuesday - Thursday 11 - 1pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost    $380       Deposit $60       Balance $320
       includes program, materials, accommodations and meals.
Bring an apron and journal.



April 27 -29, 2022
Basketry:  Weaving Balance and Beauty
Linda Szocik, SSJ_TOSF

​Come and enjoy the contemplative art of basketry.
​ Woven into the schedule will be time for personal
​ reflection and communal prayer. 
(No experience necessary; materials furnished)

Wednesday - Friday 10:00 - 12:30, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
 Cost: $395         Deposit $60        Materials $15     Balance $335
      includes program, accommodations and meals



May 1, 2022
Find Strength and Identity in who you are as an African American

In collaboration with the office of Black Catholics of the 
Diocese of Charleston, Springbank Retreat offers a day 
to honor African American spirituality.

Schedule:
10 - 12 pm
Presentation by Dr. C Vanessa White, a leader in Black Theology and ministry in the United States on what it means to be African American in today's world, learning and taking courage from the life of Thea Bowman
12:15 pm  
Lunch and time to walk the grounds of Springbank
1:30 pm
Celebration of Eucharist as one family
3 - 5 pm
Hymns and Spirituals in the style of jazz by Charleston Singleton from Grammy Award winning group,
Ranky, Tanky and his Quartet

Sunday 10 - 5 pm
Cost $25   includes lunch