Summer Retreats at Mariandale Ossining NY


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This summer we have a variety of retreats for personal growth and spiritual development.
Writing Retreat with Paula D’Arcy, The Heart and Soul of 
the Writer

Come together with others who love to write, whether you are skilled or a beginner. Contemplate your life through writing until the silenced voices begin to speak and you feel the power of words and the sound of your own voice. Writing practice will fill our days, and film will also be used. Required reading: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.
A Summer Retreat for Writers: Finding Inspiration, Contemplation, and Creativity
This retreat will be an opportunity to go a little deeper into the spiritual life, as well as the writing life. Whether your writing is for personal journals or for publication, there are aspects we share as writers. This retreat is centered on the belief that when we leave behind the disruptions of our busy lives and gather in a supportive community, we make important breakthroughs in our daily life and in our writing. The retreat will reinforce the writer’s life, (re)-discover the writer’s soul, offer daily workshops, craft discussion, feedback, motivation, inspiration, time to work on new or existing projects, and time to just relax with a secluded view of the mountains and river.  The retreat is open to everyone: for those who journal and for writers of every genre.
Crafters’ and Quilters’ Retreat: Shades of Summer Days

Join others creating items “made in the shade.” Quilters are invited to design fabric blocks with strips going from dark to light gradations of color. Those who paint, knit, or do needlepoint can adapt the movement from dark to light colors in their projects. Our morning and evening prayer will focus on the beauty of continuous passing through various stages of darkness to light on our spiritual journey.  Enjoy the pool, trails, benches, trees, labyrinth, flora , and fauna in both sun and shade. Please bring your required project materials.

Forming Right Relationships with Self, Others, and God: A Retreat to Explore Meyers-Briggs and the Enneagram

Come discover how the Myers-Briggs Typology Inventory (MTBI) and Enneagram Personality theory reveal aspects of your unique personality as well as the forms of prayer you are attracted to,
nurtured by, and challenged by, in your specific relationship with God and all other beings. On this semi-silent retreat, there will be also time to enjoy a daily liturgy, the outdoor pool, and sacred land walks.

Directed Summer Retreat with Francis Gargani, CSsR and team

You are invited to spend a week of sacred silence as part of our July 22 to 29 Directed Retreat, with opportunity to meet with a spiritual director each day. There also will be opportunity for morning Tai Chi (simple stretching exercises), optional massage, evening night prayer, and daily Eucharist, all in the beautiful setting at Mariandale.

Putting on the Consciousness of the Cosmic Christ

This retreat will invite us to enter the Consciousness of the Cosmic Christ through the lens of Teilhard de Chardin. We will explore the unfolding revelation of God who invites us with the conviction that we are mere sparks in an expanding universe leading creation to ultimate fulfillment in knowing our Oneness with Holy Mystery. We will affirm the traditions of our faith as we expand our vision. This retreat comprises conferences, periods of silence, dialog and shared reflection.

Ecospirituality and Contemplative Activism

Spend quality time with soul friends who reverence God’s presence and action within all creation. Participants will be guided in understanding Earth and cosmos as God’s primary source of revelation and explore the role of contemplative practice in our ecological discussions and activist efforts. Through this week we will engage with: the basic principles of eco-spirituality, various forms of personal group contemplative prayer, stories of 21st century activists, and a panel of local activists. .

Spirituality on Film: The Realities of God’s Grace with Br. Michael Laratonda
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This silent guided retreat will focus on two themes, intertwined: the ‘reality/ies of Grace’ and ‘film as both art and parable.’ Together we will reflect on the various aspects of ‘real Grace’ as experienced in our concrete daily lives – our own ‘lived stories’ alive with Grace. Morning presentations and evening film screenings will encourage us to pray with God’s movements in our lives, including through the power of the art of films as parables of Grace.

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