Spring 2018
Program Guide

January - July

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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 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

Day Retreat:

Care for the CareGiver                                 
Ron Ringo, PhD
Thursday, January 11,  7:00 to 9:00pm

Learn how to identify the imbalances in your life, how to correct them and how to develop a nurturing routine even while playing the role of caregiver. Most importantly, as your stress is eliminated, the mind and body begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality and happiness. By practicing the techniques learned in this program, you will be able to: reduce stress; identify your unique mind-body energy type; improve your digestion and sleep patterns; release emotional toxicity; create optimal daily nutrition; lower your blood pressure; and provide better care for your loved one. Ron is an internationally Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist.
Cost: $25 ($20 if paid in full by January 5)   
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Ron Ringo

Weekend Retreat:

Honoring the Seasons of our Life                
Rev. Jim Clarke, PhD, Director of Evangelization, LA Archdiocese
7:00pm Friday, January 19 to 1:30pm Sunday, January 21

To honor the seasons of our life is to give glory to God, the purpose for which we were created.  This is a work of ongoing transformation and a quest for the sacred in our life. How do we do this? What does it mean to honor our life? Bring your questions, your stories and your journal for this exciting adventure. God’s grace is present everywhere. How do we access this grace and apply it to our life? This retreat promises to re-energize you and invigorate your life as you learn to tap into God’s ever present love.
Cost: per person/shared $245 ($230 if paid in full by December 29); single room $340 ($325 if paid in full by December 29) 
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James Clarke

Special Event:

Nativity exhibit
11th Annual Nativity Exhibit:
“Advent” ...Anticipation, Expectation, Preparation!         
Curator: Ellen Mintz
Sunday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 21

These are the feelings associated with many great events in life- the first day of school, graduation, a wedding, the birth of a child. Society, institutions, and families try to create circumstances and ceremonies to help people meet important events. This is the purpose of Advent. To help us anticipate, expect, and prepare for the Christmas miracle celebrated every year.  In 2017 our Nativity Exhibit features the season of Advent. In addition to displays of nativity sets from around the world, we are showing Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, and other ways of preparing for the birth of Christ. And as we do every year, we find new perspectives on the Christmas story. This most sacred season is really about the human experience of waiting. Please join us as we prepare for the birth of Christ. We welcome school groups, families, prayer groups and individuals to
prepare for the season with us. Please call to reserve a time for a tour and program designed to celebrate this year's exhibit.
Closed Saturday, December 9
Open  Sunday, December 3, 5-9pm
          Sunday, December 10, 1-9pm
          Monday/Wednesday, 9am-9pm
          Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 9am-6pm
          Friday/Saturday/Sunday, December 15-17, 9am-9pm
          Monday thru Thursday, December 18-21, 9am-5pm
Call in advance for docent tours, field trip reservations and fees. Please join us this year for our annual exhibit and see nativities from all over the world. Make our exhibit a Christmas celebration with friends and family.
Admission is free - Our Christmas gift to you!
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To register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 ext 234 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.  

labyrinth bonaventure

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