2023 Fall Program Schedule

September 19-20 2023
​Quiet Your Mind, Open Your Heart & Listen to Your Body

Jacki Mariest

Sometimes we fall away from what is important in life, feeling disconnected from our physical and spiritual self. Rejuvenate from within. Our bodies are a true source of wisdom when we can honestly listen to them. Movement and meditation have been proven to benefit body, mind and soul.
Through body movement with Qigong and mindfulness meditation, you will learn ways to reconnect to the wisdom of your body, quiet your mind and release emotional blockages to return to what’s important – your best and true self.

Tuesday & Wednesday
11 am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost: $360 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $300
Includes program, accommodations and meals

Mini Sabbatical
September 22-October 1 2023
Earth, Art and Spirit: The Universe Story, applying the New Cosmology in Life and the World and Intuitive Painting

Jim Conlon
Steve Martin
Gillian Romano

We come to know things by telling their story, how they came to be and how they shaped our sense of the sacred. Come, explore and deepen your sense of Earth, Community as we delve into the philosophy, writings and profound insights of Thomas Berry, Brian Thomas Swimme and others.
During the mini sabbatical, there will be time for learning, sharing and exploring the sacred grounds of Springbank and the opportunity for creative expression.

The mini sabbatical starts on September 22, 4pm and ends on October 1, after lunch.
Cost: $1200 Registration $100 (non-refundable) Balance : $1100
Includes program, materials for painting, accommodations and meals. No prior experience of painting is required.

September 22 – 24 2023
The Universe Story and Autocosmology

Jim Conlon, PhD

Thomas Berry was concerned to see the evolutionary story as a unifying epic that would ignite awareness of our deep connection with the universe and Earth and our place as a species among other species.
During the weekend, delve deeper into the awesome mystery of our interconnectedness and oneness.

Friday 4pm session followed by dinner
Saturday: 11- 1 pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Sunday 11 – 12.30 pm ending with lunch
Cost : $430 Registration: $60 (non-refundable) Balance$ 370
Includes program, accommodations and meals

September 26-27 2023 ​Living in Deeptime: Applying the New Cosmology in Life and the World

Steve Martin

Modern science reveals that we live in a universe far richer and more wonderful than anything we could have imagined. The emerging New Cosmology weaves together insights from modern science and traditional wisdom to show that we live in a sacred reality that is personal, meaningful and radically inclusive. Together we will reflect on some of these insights and their implications for our spirituality and how we might live them.

Tuesday & Wednesday
11 am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost: $360 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $300

September 29-October 1 2023
Come and Paint Retreat

Gillian Romano

Enjoy three days of color expression through painting.
This retreat is for artists and non artists, to experience three days of creative expression through painting. During this retreat you be provided the opportunity to meditate, grow and nurture your innate wisdom through the experience of painting. Some techniques will also be taught to help enhance the experience. This retreat is for artists and non-artists. No prior experience is needed.

Friday:11 – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30pm
Saturday: 11- 1 pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Sunday 11 – 1pm, 2.30-4.30 pm
Cost $500 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $440
Includes program, materials, accommodation and meals.
Bring an apron and journal

October 3-4 2023
Yoga Retreat

Deb Adams

Autumn Yoga
Autumn, a period of transition, is a time for self-nourishment and reflection. The season of autumn invites us to explore an inward and introspective energy both on and off our yoga mats. This is a time of year where we slow down, contemplate, and experience gratitude, abundance, and letting go.
This retreat will include yoga postures, pranayama breathing practices, yoga nidra guided meditation, walking, and journaling. No prior yoga experience is needed. Rest, relax, and restore in body, mind, and spirit with the healing and rejuvenating practices of yoga.

Tuesday & Wednesday
11 am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost: $360 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $300
Includes program, accommodations and meals

October 6-7 2023
The Healing Power of Dreams

Elizabeth Grund M.Ed

Our inner dream-maker, known by many names, nudges us toward health and wholeness in ourselves, our relationships and environment. The nudging is often outside our awareness, but by attending to dreams we can access the wisdom, in and around us, that wants to be known.
We will explore practical methods of connecting to this profound and renewable resource, experience the dynamic layers of meaning and practice translating insights into waking-life guidance and action.

Friday &Saturday
11 am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost: $360 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $300
Includes program, accommodations and meals

October 11 – 12 2023
The Science of Peace, Embodiment and Compassion

Jacquie O Malley M.Ed

Most of us us do not think before we make choices that cause stress—we react!

This workshop will teach the practical brain science of stress and help you understand why you keep getting stuck in the same unhealthy patterns (worry, frustration, unworthiness, etc). Mindfulness helps us to understand the science, connect to our body which is our wisdom and get out of our heads. WE can only find peace when we live in the moment, accept ourselves exactly the way we are and have the courage to feel and heal. We will use poetry, music and movement to express ourselves.

Wednesday & Thursday
11 am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost: $360 Registration$60 (non-refundable) Balance $300
Includes program, accommodations and meals

October 17-18 2023
​Every Body’s Prayer:
Expressing Faith Through Movement

Doreen Cloutier, CSC

If you have ever lifted your arms in wonder, tapped your feet to some inner song playing in your mind, held someone rocking with grief, then you understand how our bodies express what our soul knows to be true. Through a gentle, contemplative experience we will explore together the beauty of uniting heart, mind and body to express through movement what our souls are longing to share! Throughout our time together we will be stretching into our body’s marvelous ability for prayer in motion. All body types and/or physical limitations welcome.

Tuesday & Wednesday 11 am – 1pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost: $360 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $300
Includes program, accommodations and meals

October 21 – 22 2023
How Evolution is Changing our Faith in the 21st Century

Diarmuid O’Murchu MSC

In this workshop, we will explore the implications for faith and theology, particularly the newly
expanded horizon we are asked to embrace at this challenging time in our history as a human species.

Saturday 10.30 – 12.30pm 2-4pm
Sunday 10.30 – 12pm Eucharist 2-4pm
Cost $430 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $370
Includes program, accommodation and meals
This program is also offered via Zoom $80 for both days

Mini Sabbatical
October 24-November 2 2023
Indigenous Wisdom, Spirit Quest and Pottery

Yona FrenchHawk
Trina McCormick, OP
Anita Braganza IBVM
Richard Guess

Enjoy a mini-sabbatical exploring the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples, learning ways of relating to the natural world with greater reverence.
A Spirit Quest in the natural world opens us to the inspiration of the Spirit.
During this mini-sabbatical, you will create several, unique earthen vessels using a hand building technique. No previous experience of pottery necessary.
Enjoy a time of solitude and companionship with other seekers.

The mini sabbatical starts on October 24, 11am and ends on November 2 after lunch.
Cost: $1200 Registration $100 (non-refundable) Balance : $1100
Includes program, materials for pottery, accommodations and meals.

October 27-29 2023
Spirit Quest

Richard Guess

The Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful and insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit and listening in the profound quiet of the natural world is the focus of this Quest. Richard Guess of Cherokee ancestry will facilitate and offer support for you to have the optimal experience.
Springbank’s Spirit Quest is inspired by the traditional Vision Quest.

Friday 5.30 pm dinner followed by introduction to Spirit Quest.
Ends Sunday after Lunch at 1pm.
Cost: $300 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $240
There is no charge for the Spirit Quest.
Cost includes accommodations and meals.

November 6-8 2023
Living Our Viriditas:
An Interactive Restorative Retreat for Women
Inspired by St. Hildegard of Bingen.

Susan Lincoln

Join inspirational circler Susan Lincoln as she guides us in awakening our viriditas: St. Hildegard of Bingen’s secret word for the greening power of life.
In 1999 Susan was visiting the Abbey of St Hildegard in Eibingen, Germany, when she had a numinous life-changing experience with Hildegard that has taken her on a powerful journey of offering opportunities for women to find their voices and restore their spirits through awareness, breath, singing for love, movement, art, and creative expression.
If you are the slightest bit concerned about your singing abilities, please let it go! You will be singing confidently and freely before you know it - Hildegard will see to it!

There is the music of heaven in all things and we remember how to hear it when we sing.
St. Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179

To order Hildegard's music recorded by Susan (and other songs of heart inspired by Hildegard) and to learn more about Susan ~ susanlincoln.com

Starts with an introductory session on Monday at 4.30pm followed by dinner at 5.30 pm and ends on Wednesday with lunch.
Cost: $430 Registration $60 (non-refundable) Balance $370
Includes program, accommodations and meals

November 10-12 2023
A Retreat with Thomas Merton

Jim Conlon, PhD

During this retreat we will rediscover the beauty and depth of legendary Thomas Merton's journey by reflecting on his life of contemplation and action.
Be enlightened and inspired by this presentation that embraces finding one’s ‘true self’.
"What people want is a way to God" ~Merton

Friday 4pm session followed by dinner
Saturday: 11- 1 pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Sunday 11 – 12.30 pm ending with lunch
Cost : $430 Registration: $60 (non-refundable) Balance $370
Includes program, accommodations and meals

November 14-16 2023
Basketry: Weaving Balance and Beauty

Linda Szocik, SSJ_TOSF

Come and enjoy the contemplative art of basket making. Woven into the schedule will be time for personal reflection, ritual and communal prayer. Each participant will leave with the gifts of their own creation. No experience necessary; and materials are provided for the making of several unique baskets.

Tuesday – Thursday
10.00 – 12.30pm 2.30-4.30pm
Cost: $500 Deposit $60 (non-refundable) Balance $440
Includes program, materials, accommodations and meals

November 17-19 2023
Yoga Weekend Retreat

Joe Vinceguerra

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps unite body, mind and spirit. On this yoga retreat, join Charleston yoga teacher, Joe Vinceguerra, for a Yoga, Breathing and Meditation Retreat. Each morning, afternoon and evening, yoga and meditation classes will be offered while providing time to explore the beautiful world of Springbank. You will leave refreshed, renewed, and re-grounded. Participants do not need to know yoga or be "yoga experts".

Starts Friday at 5.30 pm with the evening meal followed by a 7pm introductory session.
Saturday – full day
Sunday – ends with lunch at 12.30pm.
Cost : $430 Registration: $60 (non-refundable) Balance $370
Includes program, accommodations and meals

November 20 2023
Aquinas, Laudato Si and
Care for All Creation

Pamela Smith SSCM

St. Thomas Aquinas, one of our earliest ecologists, offers a theology of creation which is relevant to the ecological concerns of today. Linking Aquinas with Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, Sr. Pam will offer valuable information and insights, time for personal reflection, conversation and prayer.

Tuesday: 11.30 - 1pm, 2.30 pm - 4pm
Cost $90 Registration $30 (non-refundable) Balance $60
Includes program, coffee and lunch

November 24-26 2023 Integral Ecology : Our Companionship with Creation

Linda Gibler OP

Integral Ecology calls us to recognize how interwoven our relationships with God, other people, all-beings and our own hearts actually are. Exploration of the roots of Integral Ecology in Sacred Scripture and the Catholic tradition reveals a rich history of Creation as Teacher and Companion that can help us deepen our love of and relationship with the Whole.

Starts with dinner at 5.30 pm followed by an evening session
Saturday: 11- 1 pm, 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Sunday 11 – 12.30 pm ending with lunch
Cost : $430 Registration: $60 (non-refundable) Balance$ 370
Includes program, accommodations and meals

November 28 2023
Courage, Questions and Cosmology: The World and Wisdom of Nicholas Copernicus

Claire Anderson

As our cosmology shifts to embrace both the scientific and spiritual underpinnings of our world, this afternoon of reflection will explore the courage it takes to ask the questions that lead to a new cosmology.
“The planets, the spheres send the heavens are so bound together, that in no single part could one thing be altered without confusion among the other parts and in the whole universe” Copernicus

Tuesday 11 am – 1pm
Offered via Zoom
Cost $35
If you would like to join the Springbank community for the program, contact Sr. Anita Braganza at 843 3726311

November 29 2023
Healing touch

Marcia Wilson BA, RN.

Healing touch is a relaxing, nurturing, heart-centered energy therapy that uses gentle, intentional touch that assists in balancing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. It uses noninvasive techniques that clear, energize and balance the human and environmental energy fields, strengthening the immune system, creating a sense of well-being.
Participants will learn through hands on experience some basic modalities in healing touch.

Starts Wednesday at 11 am and ends at 4.30 pm
Cost : $90 Registration : $30 (non refundable) Balance $60
Includes program, coffee and lunch

December 3-4 2023
Growing One’s Soul

Jim Conlon Ph.D, Doreen Cloutier CSC, Anita Braganza IBVM

This retreat is an invitation to ponder, pray and pay attention to the sacred impulses rising up in our hearts as we touch into other modes of understanding. We will nurture the heart, energize the mind and empower the spirit, hearing what lies deep within and expressing it through poetry, movement and music

Starts on Sunday at 11 am. Ends Monday 4.30pm
Cost : $360 Registration: $60 (non-refundable) Balance$ 300
Includes program, accommodations and meals