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34th Annual Women’s Wholistic Retreat

August 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - August 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Begins Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5 pm

Ends Friday, August 9, 2019, after lunch

We invite women of all ages to come to the 34th Wholistic Retreat for Women to pray, reflect, relax, and deepen your spiritual journey.

This year’s theme is Trusting and Listening to God as a Wholistic Woman

The retreat will focus on the integration of one’s body and spirit as the central location of meeting your God. Through dance movement, meditation, and music the virtues of faith, hope and love will be explored. The exploration of these virtues will be women-centered and based in a relationship of God as faithful friend. This retreat is grounded in the belief that God’s unconditional love is everlasting and leads women to a deeper self-understanding and self-acceptance.

The 5-day retreat includes dance movement, guided meditation, group sharing, time for solitude, walks on the beach, reading and journaling.

Retreat Team

Susan M. Maloney, SNJM, PhD, has led retreats for women for over 35 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 is currently 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 of Thousand Oaks, California.

Download detailed description and registration form HERE

Registration Instructions

FIRST TIME APPLICANTS must contact S. Susan Maloney, SNJM prior to registration at ssssmaloney@gmail.com

To register, please complete and mail registration form AND check to:

4579 Ambrose Ave. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90027

$695 for Single room; $665 for Double room (Full payment due by Friday July 19, 2019)
Includes: housing for four nights, all (12) meals, snacks, retreat materials, and tuition.


  • Non-refundable deposit of $100 must be submitted with registration
  • Registration and check must be postmarked no later than Wednesday June 26, 2019
  • Registrations postmarked on or after June 27, 2019 must add a $25 late fee to the cost


  • Balance, less $100 deposit, is refundable until June 27, 2019
  • Refunds less $250 from June 28, 2019 until July 23, 2019
  • No refunds after July 23, 2019


August 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
August 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm


Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center
21918 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States
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