Spiritual Retreat Programmes

Making Connections:  Creator, Gardens, Food and Community

June 6 to 8, 2014
Star of the North Retreat Centre
3A St. Vital Ave, St. Albert, AB  

As the calendar changes from May to June we enter a season of abundant daylight…we also enter quite consciously into relationship with the natural world.  Many of us have experienced the blessing of a garden sometime in our lives:  the abundance, the mystery, the beauty that we have helped create.  Bringing all of that about calls the gardener to mindfulness of moisture, humus, and growth. We invite you to Star of the North Retreat Center to make connections for yourself and for the good of all.  How are we called to consciously enter the community of life at this time in the Earth’s story? Through interactive presentations, quiet time and plenty of opportunity to be out-of-doors, we hope to arrive at a more profound perspective regarding our place within Creation.

Facilitator: Maurice Lange did much of his growing up on ranches near San Antonio, Texas. His  early experiences of nature inspired him to pursue degrees in environmental studies and theology. He apprenticed at the renowned Genesis Farm Ecological Learning Center in New Jersey and worked alongside the bio-dynamic farmers at the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm. Maurice founded the Oblate-sponsored La Vista Ecological Learning Center and Community Supported Garden in Illinois. Maurice currently serves as the director of eco-justice for the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kirkwood (St. Louis), Missouri.

Open and dwonload this PDf Document: Making Connections
Registration deadline: May 21, 2014

Ecology Retreat:
Reflecting on the Earth as a Sacred Community

July 22-26, 2014 with Fr. Joe Mitchell
At Jericho House in Port Colborne, Ontario

Visual: SM Ann ThereSe Kelly, c.S.S.f.

We are coming to recognize that caring for the Earth is of vital importance for our survival. This retreat will explore how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would celebrate the sacredness of all creation. We will examine the ecological and cultural crisis facing our human family, explore the shift that is taking place in our understanding of the Earth, and consider the values and vision we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in the Great Work of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on the planet out of a sense of hope and possibility (not fear and overwhelm).

Retreatants will:
Become more aware of the ecological and cultural crisis facing the human family.
Learn about the extraordinary shift taking place regarding our understanding of the world (God’s creation) and our place as humans within it.
Understand the religious values and vision we need for the healing of our world.
Explore practical ways of making personal and corporate responses that can make a difference.

Fr. Joe Mitchell, a Passionist priest, is the director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, KY. He earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies and received his training in theology at Catholic Theological Union. His current work in religious environmentalism engages the relationship between the emerging scientific cosmology and Christian theology, the cultural implications this has for human institutions, and the consequence it has for human self-understanding. His ministry has included directing retreats, parish missions, meditation courses, studies in spirituality, and religious environmental education programs throughout the United States.

For further information and registration form, open this PDF document: Ecology Retreat. To find out more about Jericho House, open this PDF document: Jericho House.

Jericho House is an ecumenical and inter-faith youth leadership, justice and spirituality centre that welcomes adults and whose primary purpose is to offer education in leadership, ecological & social justice and spirituality. This purpose is enhanced by the Jericho House’s practice of hospitality which creates an inclusive and supportive environment for all visitors.