Spring 2019
Program Guide

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Program Guide

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Mary & Joseph



Angelica Sotiriou

Our Mission

Our Sponsored Programs:
The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through our Sponsored Programs and hospitality, the retreat center creates opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to these sacred grounds. These are the retreats and events created by the Center and listed in Our Program Guide. See these events on the following pages Day Retreats, Weekend Retreats, Long Retreats & Special Programs
Our Hosted Program ~ invites outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate, 12-Step, or other event at our center.
For info about our facilities go here Our Center. For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email here.

Upcoming Special Event:

Art as Prayer ~ An Exhibition of Paintings
by Angelica Sotiriou Rausch

Opening Reception 7 to 9pm on Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Exhibit Tuesday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 15  ~ Call for hours.

We are excited to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Angelica Sotiriou Rausch, recently featured at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in their Sacred Space and Exhibit Hall. Inspired by the prayerful, contemplative Byzantine process of iconography, her paintings utilize a multilayered application of paint working from the darkest values and to the lightest values. From Angelica ~ My recent paintings have been a personal journey of uncovering and revealing pathways, windows and portals of light and of spirit. When I face my canvas, I seem to be standing on a precipice. I am a witness to voyeuristic conversations exchanged between my mind, my heart and my artist hand. Each new work has illuminated another section of a path that takes me further into un-charted visceral silence. Creating these works has become a wordless cry to find my way back home again. I am grateful.

Visit Angelica’s website, angelicasotiriou.com, to learn more and see more of her work.  Free ~ donations welcome
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Angelica Sotiriou

An Upcoming Weekend Retreat:

Sanctuary: Creating Spaces to Rest, Renew & Live.
Rev. Terry Hershey

7:00pm Friday, November 22 to 1:30pm Sunday, November 24, 2019 This weekend retreat is an opportunity for sanctuary, care and presence in the moment.  Care of any kind—compassion, generosity, reconciliation, service, ministry, teaching, giving—begins with and is nourished by self-care. Or in the words of Charlie Parker, “If it ain’t in you it can’t come out of your horn.” Care begins with the power of pause. Care begins with the intentional choices we make about being present…passion, grace, play, laughter and wholeheartedness.
Cost: per person/shared $240; single $340 Commuter: $150
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Terry Hershey

Upcoming Day Retreat:

Praying with Beads     
Diane Wood, MA, CHC, FDN-P

Saturday, May 4, 9am to 12:30pm

Combine the craft of making fine jewelry with the spiritual exercise of prayer. Participants will create their own prayer bracelet with Swarovski crystals. A beautiful way to practice prayer and a thoughtful Mother’s Day experience or gift. As each bead is added, there will be reflection and sharing. The class size is limited to 12. Price includes materials. Cost: $40 ($45 after 4/26)
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Diane Wood

Ongoing Monthly Group:

Gratefulness Gatherings with Christine Sanchirico
One Thursday of each month in 2019 ~ 7-8:30 PM
Next meeting is April 25 ~ All newcomers welcome!
Experience, deepen, and share the power of living gratefully. Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to cultivate a space where we can explore grateful living as an orientation to life. These Gatherings take place at the local level, in person, hosted by community members. Learn more at Gratefulness.org ~ a Network for Grateful Living is a global organization offering community-based and online educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.
Our Gratefulness Gatherings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month in 2019 (except July, November and December when they will be on the third Thursday). Gatherings will be held in Annex 4 Meeting Room
Cost: Free will Donation
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Gratefulness Gathering
For more information or to register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 x234 or email Marlene.
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