February 9 - 11, 2018
A Way to God: A Contemplative Journey through the Cosmos and the Soul
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, Rev. Jim Conlon, PhD


​Bathed in the beauty of Creation, nourished by moments
of silence and solitude and attentive to the promptings of
the Spirit, we will embrace the awe and wonder of the
Divine presence that calls us forth into an ever deepening
dimension of existence.


3 days / 2 nights Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm 
Cost: $275 Deposit: $50 Balance: $225







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February 13 - 15, 2018
The Universe Story
Jim Conlon, PhD

  We will explore the 14 Billion Year story of the galaxies, stars, rocks, water, trees and humans through the celebration of creativity, compassion and depth. 

  3 days/2 nights Tuesday 10:00 - Thursday 1:00 pm
  Cost: $300         Deposit $50           Balance $250


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February 17, 2018
Crossing Over Into Deep Time​ 
(Interactive Webinar)
Miriam MacGillis, OP

Explore the sacred unity of life, humanity and Earth within a single, unfolding universe.

A focus on the possibilities and challenges inherent in a revisioning of ourselves and our calling within the context of an evolving Universe and a threatened planet. What is the deeper dimension of our fundamental human participation in the future of life?

These reflections will draw primarily from the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swime.

1 day Saturday 10 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $50 includes lunch

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February 19 - 22, 2018
Paint Your Prayer
  Sr. Frances Grady, SCL 

  Using the techniques of watercolor painting, this retreat 
  will provide opportunities to pray and rejoice in the Divine 
  Gift of our creative and artistic energy. Giving expression  
  to creativity facilitates union with our Creator.


  4 days/ 3 nights Monday 10:00 - Thursday 4 pm
  Cost: $425         Deposit: $50         Bal: $375


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February23 - 25, 2018
12-Step Retreat for Women and Men
Betsy Bowman, EdD

Exploration of Native Spirituality is one of the many 
ways to connect with our Higher Power. Experiences 
will include Sage Blessings, Prayer Lodge, 
Drumming and Sacred Pipe.


3 days / 2 nights Friday 7pm - Sunday 1pm
Cost: $195         Deposit: $50          Balance: $145


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March 2 - 5, 2018
Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty  
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF  

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 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.


 3 days/3 nights Friday 7:00 pm - Monday 4:00 pm
  Cost: $400         Deposit $50              Balance $350

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March 7 - 8, 2018
Awakening the Soul Within
Cerantha Corley

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

​2 day /1 night Wednesday 10:00 am - Thursday 4:00 pm
Cost: $200           Deposit $50               Balance $150




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March 9 - 11, 2018
Wondering Between Two Worlds: A Poetic Journey
  into Other Modes of Understanding
Jim Conlon, PhD

We will participate in a process to nurture the heart, 
energize the mind and empower the spirit to give 
voice to what lies deep within.

3 days/2 nights Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
 Cost: $275           Deposit $50            Balance: $225


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March 14 - 21, 2018
Icon Painting as Prayer
 Christopher Marie Wagner, OSF


 Icon writing is a spiritual exercise using paint and brush 
to enter into the world of the eternal. ​Enter into the deep 
prayer time of Lent through writing of an Icon, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  Learn basic techniques of iconography and the 
symbolism and spirituality of the icon. Each person 
will complete an icon using acrylics and gold leaf
 and painting on a board which has been prepared
 with a white gesso. 
​ Materials fee: $40 

No experience necessary. Class size limited to 10. 

8 days/7 nights      Wednesday 9:30 am - Wednesday 4:00
Cost: $750              Deposit $50             Balance $700

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March 28, 2018
We Remember & Give Thanks 
Jim Conlon, PhD

We remember and give thanks to Jesus of the Cosmos and the Earth 
as we look back at yesterday and anticipate a promising tomorrow.

1 day 10:00 - 4:00

Cost: $50 Includes lunch


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March 29 - April 1, 2018
The Paschal Mystery for our Time: An Easter Retreat
 Jim Conlon, PhD, Marya Grathwohl, OSF
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At this defining moment in human earth history, 
we listen to the cry of the poor and the cry of Earth
to make possible a more mutually enhancing world
for the entire Earth community.


The Retreat includes:
 Holy Thursday - Seder meal/Eucharist;
Good Friday - Way of the Cross, Prayer Lodge
 Holy Saturday - reflective time, Easter Vigil at Mepkin Abbey with our Trappist Brothers
Easter morning - Eucharist followed by Easter Brunch.


4 days / 3 nights Thursday 10 am - Sunday 1 pm
Cost: $450         Deposit: $50         Balance: $400

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April 6 - 8, 2018
The Emergence of Integral Ecology:
  A Celebration with a New Vision
  for a New World
Jim Conlon, PhD

  Through a dynamic integration of prose, poetry 
and prayer we will envision a new world that is 
creative and compassionate as we listen to the
 music of the universe and experience 
the beauty of the earth.

  The day will end with Liturgy

  3 days/2 nights Friday 7;00 pm - Sunday 1:00
  Cost: $275        Deposit $50          Balance $225


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April 10 - 20. 2018
Indigenous Wisdom & Pottery
Trina McCormick OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share the ancient wisdom, learn ways of relating 
to the natural world with greater reverence. 
Experience Prayer Lodge and Spirit Quest. 
Create unique earthen vessels using a hand-building 
technique 
No art experience necessary.

11 days / 10 nights  Tuesday 11:00 am - Friday 2:00 pm
Cost: $995        Deposit: $100              Balance: $895



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April 13 - 15, 2018
Spirit Quest
Kathy McGrogan


​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.  

​3 days/ 2 nights      Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
​Cost: $200             Deposit $50           Balance $150


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April 21 - 22, 2018​
Native Drum Making
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN  

​Share in the ancient wisdom of our Native sisters and 
brothers by creating a hand-held drum in the native
tradition. The program will include the blessing and 
Awakening of the drum to give Voice to the Drum. The
drum can amplify and extend our prayerful intentions.

Materials Fee:  $110

2 Days/1 night
Saturday 9:30 am - Sunday 4:00 pm
Cost:  $170         Total cost with Materials fee:  $280
Deposit $50        Balance:  $230


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April 24 -26, 2018
Flower Essences and the Healing Power of Nature
Christa Wilson

Come enjoy a deep dive into the wisdom of the natural world. 
Through placing awareness in our heart we will learn the 
medicine held in a plant from the plant itself. Together we will 
explore perceiving through the heart, and techniques to bring 
our awareness more fully to the heart center. From this place, 
we will consciously interact with nature and spend time in 
deep listening to the plants. Each participant will have the 
opportunity to prepare and bottle their own flower essence.

3 days/ 2 nights            Tuesday 10 am  -   Thursday 4 pm
Cost:     $325                Deposit $50            Balance $275



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April 27 - 29, 2018
Retreat with Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry
Jim Conlon, PhD, Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Global Prophets of Cosmos and Earth, 
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and 
Thomas Berry in conversation

A journey into the vast, amazing unfolding cosmos and 
the wonderous beauty of Earth; we venture forth to take
a bold step in our as yet unfinished journey.


3 days/2 nights Friday             7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00pm
Cost: $290                               Deposit: $50                  Balance $240





































"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
Spring Sabbatical
February 7 - May 2, 2018

Fall Sabbatical
September 12 - December 5, 2018

Fall Sabbatical
September 12 - December 5, 2018
November 19 - 20, 2018
Sand Painting/Healing Oils of the Bible
Doctrine of Signature
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Description in process

2 days/ 1 night Monday 10:00 - Tuesday 4:00
Cost: $175    Deposit $50          Balance: $125 


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November 24, 2018
At the Edge of Wonder; Gazing Into Mystery
Jim Conlon, PhD

​"We are into new territory; disturbing, dangerous challenging but 
for growing numbers among us, exciting and promising... nobody knows
the territory better than the mystics both ancientt and recent... we encounter 
a new revolutionary movement that is beginning to dawn upon our world."
​                                                  Excerpt from Foreword by Diarmuid O'Murchu

1 day  Saturday only 
Cost: $75

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 November 27 -28, 2018  
A New Evolutionary Threshold (via Zoom)
Diarmuid O'Murchu

Ilia Delio has rehabilitated the evolutionary vision of 
Teilhard de Chardin for our rapidly changing world in 
the 21st century. In this workshop, we will explore the
 implications for faith and theology and particularly the 
newly expanded horizons we are asked to embrace at 
this time.

2 days/1 night                    Tuesday 9:00 am - Wednesday 4:00 pm
Cost:  $125                        Deposit $50             Balance:  $75


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November 30 - December 2, 2018
Retreat with Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry
Jim Conlon, PhD, Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Global Prophets of Cosmos and Earth, 
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and 
Thomas Berry in conversation

A journey into the vast, amazing unfolding cosmos and 
the wonderous beauty of Earth; we venture forth to take
a bold step in our as yet unfinished journey.


3 days/2 nights      Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00pm
Cost: $290        Deposit: $50               Balance $240


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November 17, 2018
Diocese of Charleston's
Native American Gathering
10:30 - 3:00 pm
RSVP:  864-331-2627 (Office of Ethnic Ministries)
November 9 - 11, 2018
Our Christian Faith: A Challenge for our Times
Sr. Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN

During our time together we will reflect on the transformation that
happens to us, the change that invites itself into our thinking and into the 
articulation of our faith, as the events of life offer us the opportunity to 
awaken and to see anew our connection to the Holy.

We will attempt to see Faith as an organic, evolutionary event that moves 
us toward a holistic experience of the Divine, and helps us transcend 
ancient boundaries, definitions, and regulations that have so often 
divided us.

3 days/2 nights         Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 
Cost: $290              Deposit $50             Balance $240


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November 12, 2018
​Indigenous Wisdom Healing Practices  
Sr. Joanne Schuster, SFP

Description in process

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Nov. 14 - 15, 2018    Changed to Oct. 19 - 20
Wonderings Between Two Worlds;
Other Modes of Understanding
Jim Conlon, PhD

We will participate in a process to nurture the heart, 
energize the mind and empower the spirit to give 
voice to what lies deep within.

2 days/1 nights Wednesday 7:00 pm - Thursday 4:00 pm
 Cost: $175          Deposit $50            Balance: $125
October 21 - 24, 2018
Basketry: Weaving Balance & 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)


 3 days/3 nights Sunday 7:00 pm - Wednesday 4:00 pm
  Cost: $350 Deposit $50 Balance $300


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October 26 - 28, 2018
The Emergence of Integral Ecology:
A Celebration with a New Vision 
Jim Conlon, PhD

  Through a dynamic integration of prose, poetry 
and prayer we will envision a new world that is 
creative and compassionate as we listen to the
 music of the universe and experience 
the beauty of the earth.

  The day will end with Liturgy

  3 days/2 nights Friday 7;00 pm - Sunday 1:00
  Cost: $290 Deposit $50 Balance $240


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October 30 - Novemeber 1, 2018
Painting for the Non-painter
Eileen Blyth, Artist, Columbia, SC

Come and explore untapped creativity and possibilities 
with water colors in a fun, loving environment. 
Be surprised! All levels of painters are welcome. 
(Art experience is not needed)

  3 days/2 nights Tuesday 10:00 - Thursday 1:00 pm
  Cost: $325                Deposit $50           Balance $275


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October 5 - 7, 2018
Spirit Quest
Richard Guess

Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful; an insightful 
experience. Being open and receptive to what the Spirit 
is awakening in our lives, in the profound quiet of the natural 
world, is the focus of this seven-hour "Quest."
The Prayer is an integral part of this experience.  

​3 days/ 2 nights Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm
​Cost: $200 Deposit $50 Balance $150



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October 12 - 13, 2018
Crossing Over into Deep Time
Miriam MacGillis, OP

Explore the sacred unity of life, 
humanity and Earth within a single, unfolding universe.

A focus on the possibilities and challenges inherent in a 
revisioning of ourselves and our calling within the context 
of an evolving Universe and a threatened planet. What is the 
deeper dimension of our fundamental human participation 
in the future of life?

These reflections will draw primarily from the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swime

Friday evening 7:00 pm - Saturday 4:00 pm
Cost: $125 Deposit: $50 Balance: $75


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October 15 - 16, 2018
Native-Drum Making
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share in the ancient wisdom of our Native sisters and 
brothers by creating a hand-held drum in the native
tradition. The program will include the blessing and 
Awakening of the drum to give Voice to the Drum. The
drum can amplify and extend our prayerful intentions.

Materials Fee: $110

2 Days/1 night
Monday 9:30 am - Tuesday 4:00 pm
Cost: $170 Total cost with Materials fee: $280
​Deposit $50 Balance: $230


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October 19 - 21, 2018       Canceled
12-Step Retreat for Women and Men
Betsy Bowman, EdD

Exploration of Native Spirituality 
and Tradition is one of the many ways to connect 
with our Higher Power. 
Experiences will include Sage Blessings, Prayer Lodge, 
Drumming and Sacred Pipe.

3 days / 2 nights Friday 7pm - Sunday 1pm
Cost: $195 Deposit: $50 Balance: $145


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September 7 - 9, 2018
Volunteer Work Weekend

Please pre-register!
Join us at Springbank for the weekend or just for a day. Gather with friends for laughter, great food, and good old-fashion work; washing windows, raking leaves, clearing paths, gardening, tending to our sacred sites!
We are counting on you!

Friday 6pm - Dinner Saturday - Breakkfast, lunch & dinner Sunday - Breakfast, lunch
No Cost. This is a mutual energy exchange


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September 14 - 16, 2018             Rescheduled to September 21 - 23, 2018
Contemplative Weekend Retreat
Trina McCormick, OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

"Contemplation is nothing else than ...a loving inflow of God" John of the Cross

Bathed in the beauty of Creation, nourished by moments
of silence and solitude and attentive to the promptings of
the Spirit, we will embrace the awe and wonder of the
Divine presence that calls us forth into an ever deepening
dimension of existence.  
Each morning will begin 
with Centering Prayer, entering into the richness 
of silence. The spiritual practice of T’ai Chi Chih 
movements will follow (no previous experience 
needed) inviting stability and balance for the day. 
Spiritual direction, healing massage, 
healing touch/aromatherapy will be available upon request. 

3 days / 2 nights Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00 pm 
Cost: $275 Deposit: $50 Balance: $225


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September 17 - 20, 2018 (For Sabbatical Participants only)
            Rescheduled to November 5 - 8, 2018
Paste Paper Journal Making Work
​Michelle Francis

Workshop participants will begin by spending a day 
making decorative paper using wheat paste colored 
with acrylic paint. Various tools will be available for 
making simple and complex patterns. 

Paste paper dates to the 16th century and was used as end sheets and covers for books.


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September 21 - 23, 2018 -- Rescheduled to Sept. 28 - 30
The Universe Story
Jim Conlon, PhD

  We will explore the 14 Billion Year story of the 
galaxies, stars, rocks, water, trees and humans 
through the celebration of creativity, compassion and depth. 

  3 days/2 nights Friday 7:00 - Sunday 1:00 pm
  Cost: $275 Deposit $50 Balance $225


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September 25 - 26, 2018
Awakening the Soul Within
Cerantha Corley

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

​2 day /1 night Tuesday 10:00 am - Wednesday 4:00 pm
Cost: $250 Deposit $50 Balance $200


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September 28 - 30, 2018        Changed to October 19 -20
Wonderings between Two Worlds:
  Other Modes of Understanding
Jim Conlon, PhD

We will participate in a process to nurture the heart, 
energize the mind and empower the spirit to give 
voice to what lies deep within.

2 days/1 nights Wednesday 7:00 pm - Thursday 4:00 pm
 Cost: $175 Deposit $50 Balance: $125

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October 2 - 19, 2018
Indigenous Wisdom & Pottery
Trina McCormick OP, Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

Share the ancient wisdom, learn ways of relating 
to the natural world with greater reverence. 
Experience Prayer Lodge and Spirit Quest. 
Create unique earthen vessels using a hand-building 
technique and a primitive firing process with leaves, 
pinestraw and sawdust. 
(No art experience necessary)

11 days / 10 nights Tuesday 11:00 am - Friday 2:00 pm
Cost: $900 Deposit: $100 Balance: $800


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“Poems are not words 
after all, but fires for the cold, 
ropes let down to lost,
something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry –
Yes, indeed --- 
Poetry is a life-cherishing force.”
                                          ~ Mary Oliver