Our Presenters

Herb Kaighan,
Spiritual Director

Leah Buturain, PhD

Peter McGoey, MA, LMFT

Rev. Jim Clarke, PhD

John McAndrew, MA, MDiv

Sue Ballotti

Peter McGoey, MA LMFT

Dr. Edward M Smink, PhD

Randy Roche, SJ

Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Director

Dennis J. Branconier, MA

Day Retreats

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12 Steps to Personal Transformation = Spiritual Awakening
Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Direction
Remote Via Zoom (PST)
Saturday, July 18, 10am to 12:30pm
Attendees will experience the process for radical personal change in the way they think, feel and behave. You will identify sources of serial suffering and chronic unhappiness. Learn about resources and tools for healing and a life that flourishes. Practice the skills and actions which establish and foster a sense of well-being and joy. This 12 Step process promises enlightenment for all who embrace and incorporate this Way of Life. Opportunities for Q & A will be offered at 1 hour and at the close of the retreat. Herb’s journey includes: 7 years in Claretian seminary, a graduate education in psychology, 40 years in human resources consulting, certification as a Spiritual Director, 36 years of active participation in a 12 Step Fellowship and the publication of three books on spiritual awakening. He facilitates the bi-weekly practice of Centering Prayer at Mary & Joseph on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:00pm. Find more information at www.herbk.com.
Cost: $20 Once registered, Zoom information will be emailed to the retreatant.
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Welcoming the Breath of the Living God: Co-operating with our Life Force
Leah Buturain, PhD
Remote Via Zoom (PST)
Saturday, July 25, 2020 10:30am to 12:30pm
The Welcoming Prayer offers on-line retreatants an internal compass for navigating a time of constant change and unpredictable outcomes. Fear constricts us into acting out of default settings, for what we resist persists. We are being invited to participate in giving birth to what will help heal the torn fabric in our collective lives. When we give ourselves the gift of this intentional time, we practice being present to Presence, thereby participating in the present moment, moment by moment. Two hours journeying together will nourish lovingkindness and provide soul food for the journey. Leah Marie Buturain, PhD, is a theologian, medievalist, and gerontologist who has been teaching at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology for twenty years.Dr. Buturain offers seminars and presentations on Mindful Aging at the Board of Councilor’s Vibrant Living Retreat and serves on USC’s Mindful Science Research Committee.
Cost: $20 Once registered, materials will be emailed to the retreatant. The Zoom platform offers retreatants break-out rooms to share in smaller groups.
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For Anyone Affected by Addictions
Letting Go with Healthy Boundaries
Peter McGoey, MA LMFT
***Remote Via Zoom (PST)
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7pm to 8:30pm

This workshop will examine how families and individuals “stay stuck” in the addiction process . “Letting Go” in order to help with the healing process will be discussed. This will include a meditation practice. Anyone affected by addictions or any substance abuse is welcome. Peter McGoey MA, LMFT has been a counselor in the Recovery Field for over 38 years. He has worked with families and individuals challenged by alcoholism and addictions. He has led 12 Step oriented retreats for several years
Cost: $20 Once registered, Zoom information will be emailed to the retreatant.
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A Retreat Day for Men
Living in Harmony with Yourself and Your Life Story
Rev. Jim Clarke, Ph.D., Director of New Evangelization, LA Archdiocese
Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:00am to 4:00pm

We all want to be healthy, whole and fulfilled men. How do we get to that place without hurting others in the process? What if the only thing getting in the way is you? This practical workshop for men will offer ways and means to heal yourself and lessen the pain of being human. Director of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of L.A., Associate Spiritual Director at the House of Prayer for Priests and Senior lecturer at LMU, Fr. Jim Clarke is an author and retreat master having given retreats and workshops for over 40 years. Cost: $50 Lunch included.
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When We Are Changed
Healing Our World and Our Hearts
John McAndrew, MA, MDiv
Sunday, September 20, 2020 10am to 3pm

The global Covid19 pandemic has affected everyone. Everyone felt its presence. Everyone reacted. Take time to pause to respond and heal our bodies and hearts and minds and souls. What does a healing response look like? Participants will be invited to take a thoughtful look at their daily response (prayer life) and discover simple, effective tools for spiritual self-assessment and recommitment. John McAndrew is a theologian, teacher, counselor, musician, hospice chaplain and poet. He currently resides in Arroyo Grande, CA where he provides Spiritual Counseling for individual clients as well as Spiritual Care for hospice patients and their families.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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Experience the Labyrinth ~ Walking Our Landscape
Sue Ballotti
Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:00am to 4:00pm

This day workshop offers three guided labyrinth walks, each featuring a different style of walk with a theme of landscape. By paying attention to natural elements of the outer landscape (geography, air, sound, trees, water, stone) we allow nature to renew and surprise us. Explore inner landscape using silence, reflection, scripture, art, group activity and sharing. Mystery and discovery unfold in the meeting of the visible and invisible in the sacred space of a Labyrinth walk. Sue is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator and a docent for labyrinth walks at MJRC. She is an active pilgrim walker and walked the Camino in Spain in 2015.
Cost: $50 Lunch included.
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Dynamics of Addiction ~ Opening the Door to a Recovery Culture
Peter McGoey, MA LMFT
Saturday, October 3, 2020 9:00am to 3:00pm
In the workshop we will discuss the dynamics of addiction in the home and workplace. We will discuss responses to inspire a “Recovery Culture”. These responses include communication skills, self-care and a meditation practice. Peter McGoey MA, LMFT has been a counselor in the Recovery Field for over 38 years. He has worked with families and individuals challenged by alcoholism and addictions. He has led 12 Step oriented retreats for several years
Cost: $50 Lunch included.
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Who Hugs the Hugger?
A Caregiver’s Time for Self-care and Reflection
Dr. Edward M Smink, PhD Author, Speaker, and Coach
Remote Via Zoom (PST)
Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:30am to 12:30pm
Participants will be introduced to the archetypical dimensions of caregiving, focusing on the strengths as well as the pitfalls of caregiving, and learn the difference between compassion fatigue and compassion resilience and how a lack of self -care leads to compassion fatigue and burnout. This retreat is for caregivers, those in the healing arts, first responders, educators, parents caring for their chronically ill children and adult children caring for their parents. A survivor of burnout, Dr. Ed Smink offers hope and a way out to caregivers feeling overwhelmed and in distress leading to compassion resilience. He has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare ministry as a nurse, pastoral counselor, and executive leader. He is the author of the book The Soul of Caregiving, A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation, a seasoned life coach, and presenter and speaker.
Cost: $20 Once registered, Zoom information will be emailed to the retreatant.
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Ignatian Prayer ~ When Two or More Are Gathered
Randy Roche, SJ, Director of the Center of Ignatian
Spirituality at LMU
Saturday, October 10, 2020 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fr. Randy Roche, SJ will guide participants in presentations, times for prayer, and reflections upon experience, using the Jesuit Constitutions for inspiration about applications of Ignatian Spirituality to groups of those who share a common mission. Your group can be you and your spouse, your family, and any other gathering of two or more. Fr., Randy Roche, S.J. is a chaplain for faculty and staff at Loyola Marymount University. His delight is in sharing very helpful and practical Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
Cost: $50 Lunch included.
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Centering Prayer: Exploring Meditation & Contemplation
Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Director
Remote Via Zoom (PST)
Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Are Prayer and Meditation important to you? Do you have a daily practice? Are you confused about Prayer, Meditation, Mindfulness, Contemplation and Centering Prayer ~ what are they and how to do them? Would you like to learn about each of these through experience? Centering Prayer combines the best of all these practices of conscious contact with the “Mystery”. Come experience a way of improving your relationship with “God” and fostering your spiritual life; improving your daily consciousness. Herb has been leading workshops & retreats for over 30 years. He has authored 3 books including “Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11” (2017). For more information go to www.herbk.com.
Cost: $20 Once registered, Zoom information will be emailed to the retreatant.
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For The Good of the Family Legacy: A Workshop for Couples and Singles
Dennis J. Branconier, MA
Saturday, October 31, 9:00am to 3:00pm
What are your hopes for your family after your own lifetime? Does your inheritance to loved ones speak of faith, hope and love? What do your children value? In what ways will you most effectively communicate your legacy intentions to them? Participants will gain a spiritual perspective leading to practical action while being guided to address these questions privately. There is no technical, legal or financial material involved. Dennis Branconier, MA, has drawn from 30 years’ experience in financial and estate planning to address family legacy issues that typically go untouched by technical professional advisors.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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