Our Presenters

Diane Wood

Diane Wood, MA,
CHC, FDN-P

John McAndrew

John McAndrew, MA, MDiv

Pamela Davidson

Pamela Davidson

Thomas Kelly

Fr. Thomas Kelly,
(USAF Ret.)

Sue Ballotti

Sue Ballotti

Day Retreats

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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When One Door Closes: A Day of Recollection for People in Transition
John McAndrew, MA, MDiv

Saturday, June 8,  8:30am to 4:00pm

Changing circumstances: loss, death, divorce, sickness, new job, retirement, empty nest, … in ten thousand ways, our losses point us towards spiritual principles of transformation & ever greater freedom. Join other seekers as we consider the spiritual resources at hand for this next phase of our growth & development. The day offers presentations, encouragement, sharing, reflection and prayer. Open to All. Subject to minimum enrollment of 25.  Early enrollment encouraged. Includes lunch.
Cost: $60 (Deadline May 24)
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Conscious Contact: 10th & 11th Step Reflections for People in Recovery  John McAndrew, MA, MDiv
Saturday, June 8, 5:30 to 9pm

This evening of reflection, beginning with a Feast of Gratitude from the culinary artists of the Retreat Center Kitchen, will offer people in recovery an opportunity for fellowship, renewal, and another look at our relationship with the God of our understanding. Bring a friend, sponsee, spouse, or partner and be renewed in your program of spiritual recovery.
Subject to minimum enrollment of 25. Early enrollment encouraged. Includes dinner.Cost: $60 (Deadline May 24)
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Healing Workplace Conflicts      
Pamela Davidson, PhD & Father Thomas Kelly (USAF Ret.) 
Saturday, June 15, 9am to 4pm


The movement & flow of the retreat is finding the courage and strength to invite light, integration and healing into work situations. Dr. Pamela Davidson is a researcher who has developed a workplace training program, “Creating Positive Organizational Climate by Design”. Fr. Thomas Kelly is an Air Force Chaplain (Ret) who has served the military for over 30 years, counseling those with post-traumatic stress syndromes. Lunch included. Cost: $50 ($55 after 6/7)
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Along the Way: A Pilgrim Walk     
Sue Ballotti

Saturday, June 29, 7am to 1pm

Join us for the third annual re-creation of the famous Camino Walk in Spain on a 4.8 mile walk through the streets and trails of Palos Verdes to the sacred grounds of the retreat center. As pilgrims, all walkers will be blessed, walk to stations for reflection and have their passports stamped. Experience some highlights of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain on a walk adapted to our own countryside, neighborhood and faith traditions. All ages and faiths welcome. Moderate difficulty. Wear walking shoes (closed toe), sunscreen and a smile!
Cost of day event: (picnic lunch included)· $20 per person or
Register a family of 4 for $45.
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*For those coming from a distance, there is an overnight option including supper, a showing of Phil’s Camino and continental breakfast for an early start without traveling the freeways! Call for costs.
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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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