Fall 2018
Program Guide

July ~ December

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Información sobre cualquier retiro está disponible en español contactando
Marlene Velázquez al 310.377.4867 x234 o por correo electrónico a Email

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Our Mission

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 information about our facilities go here ~ Our Center.
For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email to Sydne

Special Event!


A Special Evening in August with...
Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC;
Ellie Hidalgo; John Flaherty & David Lara

Poetry to Enrich and Resource the Spiritual Journey
Thursday, August 30, 6:30 to 9pm

Come! Enjoy an evening of poetry to lift spirits and resource the Spiritual Journey. The event will be woven with music, wine, cheese and opportunities for reflection and conversation. Returning by popular demand! Cost: $20 ($25 after 8/24)
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Day Retreats:

What’s on My Plate?     Sr. Mary Mortz, DMJ
Sunday, August 19, 2 to 4pm
In this workshop, participants will examine all the busy aspects of their life as they decorate a paper plate to show how they live out a 24 hour day. After a presentation, they will decorate another plate to show how God is calling them to live in a 24 hour day. Engaging and hands on, this is a wonderful light hearted way to see “what’s on our plate”! Cost: $20 ($25 after 8/10)
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The Woman at the Well      Sr. Mary Mortz, DMJ
Saturday, September 15, 9am to 3pm

This quiet day of reflection sets the scene of the story of the Woman at The Well at the time of Jesus. Arrogance, hate, heat, thirst, loneliness, bravery, and fear are but a few of the themes in this powerful encounter between the Messiah and the woman in the desert. Looking at various “actors’ in this story, the woman, Jesus, Jesus’s disciples, the villagers. Which one calls me? Who am I? Who do I feel calls me to take a closer look? How do they feel, how do they think, and how do they change and grow? Bring your Bible. Lunch included. Cost: $50 ($55 after 9/7)
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Mary Mortz


New Ongoing Program!

Women’s Spiritual Friendship Circle
Beginning Saturday, September 8, 2018 10am - Noon

Confidential and accepting, Spiritual Friendship Circles are a process in which we gather on a regular basis to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all parts of life. Like group spiritual direction, we participate in the group process through prayerful listening and response. We open our own spiritual journey for consideration by others in the group. We commit ourselves to an honest relationship with God. This circle provides an opportunity for women of all ages and walks of life seeking to honestly share their faith journey in a safe and sacred space. The Women’s Spiritual Friendship Circle will meet once a month beginning on Saturday, September 8, 2018, then on the second Saturday of each month through June 2019. A variety of topics will be offered and the group will choose their focus for the following months. Cost: Donation
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For more information or to register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 x234 or email Marlene.

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Labyrinth Bonaventure now open
~ Come and See!
Our 11-circuit Chartes style Labyrinth is located in a lovely, quiet, outdoor setting conducive to meditation and reflection. Walking a Labyrinth can lead to inner stillness; and a means to open ourselves to God’s presence. The path of the Labyrinth is a metaphor for the path of our life and situations confronting us. Instruction sheets are available at the entrance. Labyrinth Team Facilitators are available to lead walks with a reservation. While the Labyrinth is open for all to use, we suggest groups call ahead to the Center to confirm availability. Donations are used for maintenance of the Labyrinth.  


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