Program Schedule

September 22 – 26, 2021

The Universe Story

Jim Conlon, PhD

Everything in the universe is unique. Everything has its own subjective identity and everything is related to everything else.

We come to know things by telling their story, how they came to be and how they shaped our sense of the sacred. Creation is on-going, it is an on-going process. We may actually be in the dawn of creation.

Through story and shared dream experience, we come to a place of profound understanding of all of creation. discover that we are all shaped and formed in the same primordial furnace. To have a creation story is to have a sense of who we are and we need to know who we are.

Starts Wednesday  4:30 - 5:30,
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00 - 1:00,  2:30 - 4:30
Sunday: 11:30 - 1:00; ends with lunch
Total Cost: $450   Deposit $60   Balance  $390
Includes program, accommodations and meals.

September 28-29, 2021

Growing One’s Soul… 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: 11:00 - 1:00, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: $270 Deposit $60 Balance: $210
Includes program, accommodations and meals

October 2, 2021 (via Zoom)
Healing Oils and Aromatheraphy

Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN

The Bible contains many references to oils, spices, balms and the traders and merchants who sold, bartered, and used them. They give us a
glimpse into the ancient world of medicine.

"...they went out ... and they anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them." (Mark 6:12-13).

Aromatic oils for healing, cleansing, and holy anointing are mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. Learn, enjoy, and experience how modern science has discovered why Moses used them to protect the Israelites; why Mary and Joseph used them for daily well-being. Experience how these healing oils are effective antibiotics and promote overall health and vitality.

Friday 11 - 1pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: Zoom $30; $95 includes program and lunch

October 5 – 6, 2021
Exploring Your Place in the Moving Mosaic
Through Inquiry, Improvisation and Practices

Pepper Sarnoff, Facilitator

We are what we eat! Explore how foods can affect our bodies.

​The doctrine of signatures, dating from the time of Dioscorides and Galen, states that herbs resembling various parts of the body can be used by herbalists to treat ailments of those body parts. A theological justification, as stated by botanists such as William Coles, was that God would have wanted to show all what plants would be useful for.

Saturday 11- 1:00 pm; 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: Zoom $30; $95 Includes program and lunch
Cost: Residential for both programs $270 Deposit $60 Balance $210
includes program, accommodations and meals

October 5 – 6, 2021
Exploring Your Place in the Moving Mosaic
Through Inquiry, Improvisation and Practices

Pepper Sarnoff, Facilitator

From the Cosmic Story and our ancestral lineage, we have arrived at this time and place, with our own unique and unfolding self.
Let us honor and celebrate with story, dance, play, song, rhythm, sound, poetry, stillness, and color.
By widening the circle of compassion for self, others, and the planet, we develop healing resources to support ourselves and others through transitions, losses, change, and growth. Processes of inquiry and practices of exploration are inspired by our encounters with each other, past, present, and future, and your presence becomes an offering to us all.

The Moment is Now, Come as you are!

Tuesday - Wednesday 11 - 1:oo pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $270 Deposit $60 Balance $210
Includes program, accommodations and meals

October 8 – 10, 2021
​Retreat with Thomas Merton

Jim Conlon, PhD

​Thomas Merton-Mystic & Prophet for Our Time.

During this retreat, we will rediscover the beauty and depth of Merton's journey by reflecting on his way of contemplation and action.

"What people want is a way to God" ~Merton

Starts Friday 4:30 - 5:30, pm
Saturday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Sunday 11 - 1:00 pm ends with lunch
Cost: $350 Deposit $60 Balance $290
Includes program, accommodations, and meals

October 11 – 14, 2021
Indigenous Wisdom and Pottery

Trina McCormick OP, Anita Braganza, IBVM,
Jim Conlon, PhD

Share the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples and learn ways of relating with the natural world with greater reverence.

Pottery is one of the oldest known crafts. During these days, you will create several unique, earthen vessels using a hand-building technique. No art experience necessary.

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells ‘Wakan Tanka’ (Holy One). This center is everywhere and it is within each of us.” Black Elk

Monday - Thursday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Every afternoon, participants will be taught to work with clay and create something beautiful

Cost: $450 Deposit $60 Balance $390
Includes program, materials, accommodations, and meals

October 22 – 24, 2021
Spirit Quest

Richard Guess

Spirit Quest is a deeply prayerful; an insightful experience. Being open and receptive to the Spirit
and listening in the profound quiet of the natural world is the focus of this seven-hour Quest.
Prayer is an integral part of this experience.

​Starts Friday 7:00 pm Introduction to Spirit Quest
Saturday: Full Day
Sunday 11- 1:00 pm ends with lunch
​Cost $210 Deposit $60 Balance $150
There is no charge for the Spirit Quest
Cost includes accommodations and meals.

October 29 – 31, 2021
Geo-Justice: Integral Ecology

Jim Conlon, PhD

Geo-Justice – the emergence of integral ecology
An awakening to a planetary call to action, to liberate the poor and the poor Earth through a vision of hope, courage, and a planetary pentecost, as our hearts and minds become infused with cosmic powers.

Starts Friday 4:30 - 5:30
Saturday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Sunday 11 - 1:00 pm ends with lunch
Cost: $350 Deposit $60 Balance $290
Includes program, accommodations and meals

November 1, 2021
Deep Time Awareness

Miriam MacGillis, OP

Explore the sacred unity of life, humanity and Earth within a single, unfolding universe.

A focus on the possibilities and challenges inherent in a revisioning of ourselves and our calling within the context of an evolving Universe and a threatened planet. What is the deeper dimension of our fundamental human participation in the future of life?

These reflections will draw primarily from the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swime.

11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $95 includes lunch
Zoom: $30

November 3 – 5, 2021
Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty

Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF

Come and enjoy the contemplative art of basketry. Woven into the schedule will be time for persona reflection and communal prayer.
(No experience necessary; materials furnished)

Starts Wednesday 10:00 am - Thursday 5:00 pm
Cost: $375 Deposit $60 Balance $315

November 8 – 9, 2021
The Healing Joy of Music and Song

Anita Braganza, IBVM

Music is a universal language. It opens the heart and soul to a world deep within oneself, changes our vibrations, with the possibility of bringing a sense of wholeness and wellbeing. It’s a powerful way of uniting people.

If you love music and song, these two days are for you! Join others in listening, singing, creating music in the natural beauty of Springbank.

Tuesday, Wednesday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $270 Deposit $60 Balance $210
Includes program, accommodations, and meals


November 11- 12, 2021March 7 – 8, 2020
Awakening the Soul Within
Native Flute

Cerantha Corley

Learn how to play a Native American-style flute that expresses your inner song.

Nov. 11 11:00 am - 4:30 pm Nov. 12 11:00 - 1:00 pm

Cost: $210 Deposit $60 Balance $150
Includes program, accommodations, and meals.
Native American flutes available for sale $70 - $80


November 13 – 14, 2021 (via Zoom)
Discerning Wisdom for Evolutionary Time

Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC

Ilia Delio has rehabilitated the evolutionary vision of Teilhard de Chardin for our rapidly changing world in the 21st century. In this workshop, we will explore the implications for faith and theology and particularly the newly expanded horizons we are asked to embrace at this time.

Saturday - Sunday 10:30 - 12:30, 2 - 4:00 pm
Cost: Residential $350 Deposit $60 Balance $290
Zoom registration $40


November 17 – 18, 2021
Come and Paint!

Mary Southard, csj

Description in Process

Wednesday, Thursday 11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Cost: $270 Deposit $60 Balance $210


November 19 – 21, 2021
Yoga Weekend Retreat

Joe Vinciguerra

Yoga is an ancient practice that helps unite the body and mind. On this yoga retreat, join Charleston yoga teacher, Joe Vinciguerra, for a Yoga, Breathing & Meditation Retreat. You will leave refreshed, renewed, and re-grounded after taking much needed time from your busy day-to-day life to un-plug and turn inward.

Participants do not need to be "yoga experts." All levels of yoga practice are welcome. Each day we will facilitate morning, afternoon, and evening yoga and meditation classes, while also providing time for individual contemplation and personal exploration of the beautiful Springbank grounds.
Awake your body each morning with an energizing morning practice, an afternoon restorative practice, and end each day with a relaxing evening practice.

Cost: $350 Deposit $60 Balance $290
The retreat will start on Friday at 5:30 pm with an evening meal;
it will end Sunday at 1:00 pm with lunch.


November 23 – 24, 2021
Others Modes of Other Modes of Understanding:
Awakening to the Mystery of the Living God

Jim Conlon, PhD

This retreat is an invitation to ponder, pray and pay attention to the sacred impulses boiling up in our hearts as we touch into other modes of understanding. We will focus on the words of Mary Oliver and the visual words recorded from Wonderings Between Two Worlds & At the Edge of Mystery as we nurture the heart, energize the mind and empower the spirit to give voice, through writing and prose, to what lies deep within.

The program begins Nov 23 at 11:00 am; ends Nov. 24 at 1:00 with lunch
Cost: $210 Deposit $60 Balance $15
Includes program, accommodations, and meals.


November 27, 2021
Forest Bathing

Trina McCormick, OP, Anita Braganza, IBVM

‘Forest Bathing’, ‘shirin-yoku’, a Japanese term for a form of forest therapy treating the many ailments that arise from stressful urban life and busy calendars. Sitting under Springbank’s 800 year old Live Oak or spending time in Springbank’s woods of Pine, Magnolia and Cedar, you will be guided to slow down, breathe, connect with the natural world around you, finding in the company of trees peace and companionship.

"Forest bathing “invites you to be fully intentional, not to walk through the woods in order to get somewhere, but with the sole purpose of being fully present to yourself and to the lives around you.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer

11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: $95 includes program and lunch


November 30, 2021
Turning Points: Transgenetic cosmology for a second birth

Jim Conlon, PhD

Guidance for the future through the unfolding of human consciousness, dream and story

11 - 1:00 pm, 2:30 - 4:30
Cost: $95 includes program and lunch


December 3 – 5, 2021
Global Prophets of Yesterday and Today

Jim Conlon, PhD

A celebration of the world views of cultural historian and geologian Thomas Berry, theologian and paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin integrated with the contemporary wisdom of cosmologist Brian Thomas Swimme; and, Historical Theologian, Ilia Delio

Starts Friday 4:30 - 5:30
Saturday 11 - 1:00 pm; 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Sunday 11:30 - 1:00 pm ends with lunch
Cost: $350 Deposit $60 Balance $290
includes program, accommodations, and meals