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Wholistic Women’s Retreat

August 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - August 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Registration 32nd RETREAT 2017

We invite women of all ages to the 32nd Wholistic Retreat for Women to pray, reflect, relax, and deepen your spiritual journey. God’s unconditional love for each of us is the foundational principle of this retreat. Divine love is an invitation to open all aspects of our lives to grace. In a beautiful setting this retreat will offer time and space for solitude, private prayer, group prayer, meditation, dance/movement, music, qi gong, and massage. A wholistic retreat seeks to integrate our spiritual, emotional, physical and relational life while nourishing faith, love, hope and peace.

Theme: The Paths in our Lives–Past, Present, Future

God is present at every moment of our lives: past, present and future.  Based in the deep belief that God’s unconditional love was, is, and will be offered to each of us, the retreat will focus on recognition and acceptance of the paths of our lives and facilitate a deeper experience of the divine presence within each woman and among us as a group of women. You are invited to experience God’s desire for you and your desire to meet God. This desire to integrate various aspects of our lives in a wholistic manner generates power, galvanizes our spirituality and enables us to make good decisions.

Befriending the God Who Desires Us

Drawing on Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, we will examine images used to convey God’s powerful desire for us and our need for God.  God is tender and will never forget us. Our hopes, desires and needs are real experiences.  Reflecting on the stories of women and the paths they have chosen will inspire to open our hearts to Divine Love, forgiveness and healing.

Befriending Ourselves

Our paths in life begin with God as the Divine friend who teaches us how to befriend ourselves.  Using movement as a form of prayer, you will be invited to open your heart and breathe in your own truth. Through guided meditation, any fear, hurt, doubt or anxiety that holds you back from seeing yourself as God sees you will be explored. Through private and group prayer we will experience the dynamism and unity of God’s loving desire for us and our desire for God.

Embrace Our Relationships

We have loved and nurtured others and simultaneously experienced deep pain and rejection. As women we yearn for intimacy, trust and friendship. These desires open us to engage life and particular issues with passionate concern. We are invited to recognize and heal wounded relationships and memories and to be open to reconciliation and peace with ourselves and others. Through music, dance movement, song, humor, group sharing and poetry we will experience the communal dimension of God’s desire and love for each of us.

Acceptance and Celebration of Our Paths

To be truly alive is to continually make choices. Our desires have the capacity to reveal the truth in our hearts. Relying on stories of women who made significant choices in their lives, we will examine how our choices have opened our hearts to God or kept us from a deep relationship with God. By clarifying our paths and all the desires of our lives, we will come to a deeper understanding of our unique spirituality.

For five days and four nights, from August 7 to 11, 2017, the team of Susan Maloney, SNJM, and Stella Matsuda, will provide guided meditations, time and space for solitude, walks on the beach, reading and journaling, private prayer as well as group prayers, sharing, rituals, music, movement/dance, qi gong…all to facilitate you in connecting with yourself and your God. These days are for you, surrounded by a community of supportive women each on her path toward God.

Members of the Retreat Team:
Susan M Maloney, SNJM, PhD, has led retreats for women for over 30 years. As a writer, teacher and scholar, Susan was Chair of the MA Program in Feminist Spirituality at Immaculate Heart College Center and taught for years in the Religious Studies program at the University of Redlands. She has published widely on women and religion and lectures on women and spirituality. She currently is writing a biography of Anita M. Caspary, IHM.

Stella Shizuka Matsuda, B.S. in Dance, UCLA; M.A., CLU. She is the Founder and Director of Alleluia Dance Theater (1977- present). She is a Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher/Leader in dance for many organizations throughout U. S., Professor Emeritus of Dance at Moorpark College, past President of Sacred Dance Guild, International. She currently teaches tai chi, qi gong and dance in her local community


August 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
August 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
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Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center
21918 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States
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