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August 2017
23August
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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BRIDGES TO CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING – Aug 23

Presenter: Sr. Chris Machado, SSS Wednesdays • 10:00 am–12:00 noon August 23, September 27, October 25, November 20 (Monday), December 20, 2017 Our Bridges program is beginning Book Five. The process gently leads people into a deeper, more contemplative and reflective mode of living. If you long for a life lived at a deeper and more enriching level, this might be what you’re looking for. Each session includes contemplative prayer, time for reflection, study of texts by Thomas Merton and other well-known spiritual writers and contemplative dialogue with the group. This program has been meeting for some time, but we are always open to new members. We would be thrilled to have you join us! Suggested donation: $5.00 per session

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September 2017
07September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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CENTERING PRAYER GROUPS – Sept 7

Facilitators: Mary Shear & Linda Snow, CSJ Thursdays • 10:00 am–12:00 noon September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14, 2017, January 4, 18, 2018 Centering Prayer is a silent meditation practice intended to deepen one’s relationship with God. The group sessions include time for communal Centering Prayer, a contemplative walk, input from a Spiritual Journey DVD or book by Thomas Keating and group sharing. If new to the practice, we highly recommend the Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop. If this is not possible, please contact Sr. Linda Snow to set up a time to discuss the practice of Centering Prayer. For more information, call Sr. Linda at (818) 815-4497. Suggested donation: $5.00–$10.00 per session

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10September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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INTERNATIONAL THOMAS MERTON SOCIETY CHAPTER MEETINGS – Sept 10

Facilitator: Sr. Chris Machado, SSS Sundays • 2:00–4:00 pm September 10, October 15, November 19, December 17, 2017 The International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) promotes an understanding and appreciation of the multifaceted character of Thomas Merton and encourages study and research into the unique contribution he has made to American literature and religious life. Chapter meetings further the work of the ITMS and involve contemplative prayer together, book study and discussion, viewing films on Merton’s life, speakers and activities. If you are interested in learning more about Thomas Merton or deepening your knowledge of his writings and thought, come and join us. Questions can be directed to Sr. Chris at (818) 285-3354. Suggested donation: $5.00 per session

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12September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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WOMEN AT THE WELL – Sept 12

Presenters: Sr. Chris Machado, SSS and Women at the Well Team Tuesdays • 10:00 am–12:00 noon September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, 2017 Our Women at the Well group is beginning this new year with a return to a familiar friend. We are once again using Joyce Rupp’s classic book, “The Cup of Our Life.” The book was used during the first years of Women at the Well, and we would like to revisit it with a new group of women who haven’t had the opportunity to mine its gems. Those who worked on the book before can contribute their wisdom to the group. Our work together each month is based on the material found in the book, and includes quiet reflection time, prayer, sharing in small groups and even a bit of Tai Chi to get our energies balanced and prepared for our time together. The Women at the Well group was founded for women seeking the wisdom and support of other women as well as spiritual growth in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. After the meeting, we gather for lunch in the retreat center dining room. We are always happy to welcome new members! Come and join us around the well! Suggested donation: $10.00 for the meeting and $10.00 for lunch Contact: Sr. Chris at (818) 285-3354

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14September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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COME, EXPLORE TERESA OF AVILA AND THE INTERIOR CASTLE – Sept 14

Facilitator: Sr. Linda Snow, CSJ Thursdays • 10:00 am–12:00 noon September 14, October 12, November 9, December 7, 2017, January 11, 2018 In The Interior Castle, Teresa of Avila gives us a powerful image of the mystery of the human person. In doing so, she maps out a program for the Christian spiritual life. This class will provide us time to study, reflect and discuss Teresa’s journey through the castle both individually and as a group. We will be guided by The Interior Castle Study Edition, recently prepared by Kieran Kavannaugh, OCD and Carol Lisi, OCDS. We will meet monthly. Fee: $26.95 for cost of book Suggested donation: $5.00–$10.00 per session Contact: Linda Snow, CSJ at (818) 815-4497

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14September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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IT’S A WAY OF LIFE – Sept 14

Keep healthy in body and spirit through integrating physical and spiritual exercises through the study of modern dance in a sacred mode. Six-Session Series Thursday evenings • 7:00–8:30 pm September 14, 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26, 2017 John West, Director of the Valyermo Dancers and workshop facilitator at both St. Andrew’s Abbey and HSRC, offers two series of modern dance classes that integrate both physical and spiritual exercises. Using his rich background in Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Horton and Dunham techniques, John will lead students from teens and young adults to seniors to improve their physical condition and ward off the intimidations and restrictions of stress and limited physical abilities. With attention to the physical core and the spiritual core, movers and dancers will develop a sense of community and joy in the celebration of life and the gifts of the Creator. The classes will offer a unique opportunity for friends and those in relationships to speak and communicate in and through dance, “the hidden language of the soul” [Martha Graham]. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or blanket for floor work. Fee: $20.00 per session Series of Six: (If paid in advance) $115.00 per person Contact: Sr. Deborah at (818) 815-4496

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17September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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Interfaith Celebration of International Peace Day

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Holy Spirit Retreat Center The event is envisioned by the “Muslim and Catholic Women in Conversation.” Together in Peace: Building on Our Common Humanity For more info, e-mail interfaithpeacegarden@gmail.com

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21September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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CENTERING PRAYER GROUPS – Sept 21

Facilitators: Mary Shear & Linda Snow, CSJ Thursdays • 10:00 am–12:00 noon September 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14, 2017, January 4, 18, 2018 Centering Prayer is a silent meditation practice intended to deepen one’s relationship with God. The group sessions include time for communal Centering Prayer, a contemplative walk, input from a Spiritual Journey DVD or book by Thomas Keating and group sharing. If new to the practice, we highly recommend the Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop. If this is not possible, please contact Sr. Linda Snow to set up a time to discuss the practice of Centering Prayer. For more information, call Sr. Linda at (818) 815-4497. Suggested donation: $5.00–$10.00 per session

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21September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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IT’S A WAY OF LIFE – Sept 21

Keep healthy in body and spirit through integrating physical and spiritual exercises through the study of modern dance in a sacred mode. Six-Session Series Thursday evenings • 7:00–8:30 pm September 14, 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26, 2017 John West, Director of the Valyermo Dancers and workshop facilitator at both St. Andrew’s Abbey and HSRC, offers two series of modern dance classes that integrate both physical and spiritual exercises. Using his rich background in Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Horton and Dunham techniques, John will lead students from teens and young adults to seniors to improve their physical condition and ward off the intimidations and restrictions of stress and limited physical abilities. With attention to the physical core and the spiritual core, movers and dancers will develop a sense of community and joy in the celebration of life and the gifts of the Creator. The classes will offer a unique opportunity for friends and those in relationships to speak and communicate in and through dance, “the hidden language of the soul” [Martha Graham]. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or blanket for floor work. Fee: $20.00 per session Series of Six: (If paid in advance) $115.00 per person Contact: Sr. Deborah at (818) 815-4496

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22September
Holy Spirit Retreat Center,
4316 Lanai Rd.
Encino, CA 91436 United States
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LABYRINTH WALKS – Sept 22

Friday, September 22, 2017 • 7:00 pm Thursday, December 21, 2017 • 7:00 pm Come join us on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 pm as we welcome the beautiful season of autumn at our Autumn Equinox Labyrinth Walk. Autumn is a reflective time, and the Labyrinth is a wonderful tool for meditation and reflection. The evening will include an opening ritual and an open walk. For newcomers, the team will offer a brief class on the history and practice of walking the Labyrinth. Come and celebrate the bounty of autumn! On Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm, we will step out of the hurried rush of holiday activities with our Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk. This evening is a beautiful and peaceful way to welcome winter and a meaningful way to observe the holiday season. Our time together will include an opening ritual, time for walking, a short introductory course and the opportunity to reflect alone or with a member of the team on your experience. Come and join us! Free-will offering Contact: Sr. Chris at (818) 285-3354

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