Our Presenters

John McAndrew

John McAndrew, MA, MDiv

Pamela Davidson

Pamela Davidson, PhD

Thomas Kelly

Fr. Thomas Kelly,
(USAF Ret.)

Sue Ballotti

Sue Ballotti

Maggie Perrone

Maggie Perrone Rn, MA


Dennis Branconier

Dennis Branconier, MA

Mary Mortz

Sr. Mary Mortz, DMJ, PhD

Michael Fish, OSB Cam

Fr. Michael Fish, OSB Cam

Day Retreats

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 the Wounded Soul      
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 & healing into the storms of life. Dr. Pamela Davidson’s expertise is in teaching, research, and program development for mission-driven organizations. 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.
*For those coming from a distance, there is an overnight option including supper and continental breakfast for an early start without traveling the freeways! Call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at 310.802.637 or Email
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Practicing Presence: Journeying Inward Through the Labyrinth 
(*A Veriditas Qualifying Workshop)
Maggie Perrone, RN, MA
Friday, July 12, 9:30am to 3:30pm
Spend a day learning to deepen our sense of living in the present moment using the labyrinth as a tool. The practice of presence helps us stay mindful of that which is right in front of us. Take a day to listen to our inner ear, practice feeling our way through, instead of simply reacting to, events in our lives, quiet our minds and walk; noticing, being and attending to where we are in the present moment. Lunch included. Cost: $50
(*This is a qualifying prerequisite for the Veriditas Facilitator Training offered below.)
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Labyrinth Facilitator Training presented by Veriditas
Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, from 9am to 5pm.
Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training prepares people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional & effective way. These workshops are only offered thru Veriditas, to register go Here
Cost: $600

Overnight Accommodations are being offered for those enrolled in the Veriditas Weekend Training.
Friday-Sunday, single room, 2 nights/4 meals $228;
Saturday-Sunday, single room, 1 night/2 meals $119.
To reserve room, contact Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed, by Email or call 310.802.6376
A Workshop for Married Couples:
For the Good of the Family Legacy
Dennis J. Branconier, MA

Saturday, July 13, 9am to 3pm

What are your hopes for your family after your own lifetime? Why do you hold particular beliefs about providing an inheritance to loved ones? What do your children value? What is an effective way to communicate your legacy intentions to them? Couples will gain a spiritual perspective leading to practical action & be guided to address these questions privately. There is no technical, legal or financial material involved. Lunch included.
Cost: $50 per person or $100 per couple. Limited to 12 couples.
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What’s on My Plate? A Retreat for Busy People       
Sr. Mary Mortz, DMJ, PhD

Sunday, July 14, 2 to 4pm

This workshop is for those of us who are seeking to find time for God in our overly busy lives. Examine all aspects of your life and decorate a paper plate to show your 24-hour day. Decorate another to show how God is calling you to live each day. A wonderful light hearted way to see “what’s on your plate”!
Cost: $20
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Mini-Retreat for the Disabled and their Caregivers           
Sr. Mary Mortz, DMJ, PhD

Sunday, July 28, 9:30am to 12pm

Pain & medications can be so debilitating! Experience a unique retreat for people who hurt, and for whom it is difficult to move around and focus. Share with others what it is like to be in pain, be limited, be unable to leave the house. Companions are welcome at no charge.
Sign-up early, registration limited. Cost: $25 Light food will be served.
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A Journey into Contemplation         
Michael Fish, OSB Cam

Thursday, October 17, 9am to 4pm

This one-day silent retreat led by Michael Fish will include three sessions that weave together the Camino and Contemplation: Life as Journey; Jesus the Pilgrim; and The Child and the Heart. The day will include periods for reflection and end with a simple Eucharist. Michael blends amusing personal anecdotes with contemporary writings and teachings, enabling attendees to find imaginative ways to reach the Divine within. Cost: $65 Lunch included.
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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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