WCCM International School Retreat 2015

2015 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL RETREAT - LED BY FR. LAURENCE FREEMAN, OSB

San Damiano Retreat Center   Danville, California / Sunday December 6 - Sunday December 13, 2015

This silent retreat is designed for more experienced meditators eager to enter a deeper and more sustained experience of silence, as well as to share the bond that develops when a group enters this depth of silence together.  A School Retreat Week is a special occasion in the life of the Community.  It is the fifth stage of the WCCM School of Meditation, a rare opportunity in the modern world for sustained silence and stillness over an extended period allowing you to reflect with the grace of insight on your relationship with Christ and your commitment to the community. Those who have participated in the past have reported positive breakthroughs and beneficial, ongoing change in their lives.
 
A School retreat is not a time for study or reading, nor use of phones or computers, but for practice and presence.  Space and time is available for activities of pure experience such as drawing or writing poetry.  This allows an opportunity for deep reflection on what comes up for you and for moving from the mind into the heart. There are seven sitting meditations, and four mindful walking meditations per day.  Fr. Laurence gives one short teaching in the morning and a homily during the daily Eucharist. Fr. Laurence will be assisted by Gene Bebeau, USA National Coordinator. Each meditator meets with a retreat leader for a few minutes a day for a personal conference; other than that, the silence is maintained throughout the entire week.
 
San Damiano is a Franciscan Retreat Center located east of the San Francisco Bay in the hills of Danville, California.  The peace and beauty of the gardens and spacious grounds offer a serene place for reflection, prayer, and contemplation. A beautiful mission-style center, San Damiano provides an atmosphere that allows retreatants to enter deeply into the silence together.  The dining room offers vegetarian and vegan meals upon request.  Each comfortable room has its own temperature controls as well as private bath.  In addition to the gardens and central courtyard, there is a labyrinth, hiking trails, and an outdoor Stations of the Cross.  San Francisco and Oakland airports are nearby.
 
Registration and Cost
 
If you are interested in participating, please click here to contact Claire La Scola.  You will be sent a brief questionnaire to return to the retreat leaders for review, and if approved, you will receive instructions on how to proceed with registration, and any questions you may have can also be answered.  The all inclusive cost for 7 nights, single room with ensuite bathroom, all meals and program is $1050 US.