Past Events & Retreats

It has been a joy to create sacred space for diverse communities.  Here’s some of the ways I’ve been at work in the world

Women’s Ordination Retreat
Saturday July 23rd – from 10am – 4pm
pop-up location Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, CA
A day-long retreat honoring and celebrating women’s religious leadership in a beautiful sacred setting.  Enjoy a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and peaceful outdoor spaces including a labyrinth…Share a restful sabbath with opportunity for prayer, reflection, solidarity,  and bearing witness to each others stories…This unique retreat has been created for: women who come from, who were raised in,  and/or who are currently in Christian traditions and denominations which do not allow the full participation of women in religious leadership.

Introduction to Centering Prayer
Friday, July 15th, 2016 – 1:30pm
University of California-Berkeley, Tolman Hall
Youth will learn about and have the opportunity to experience Centering Prayer, a Christian contemplative practice.  Joellynn Monahan, Abbess of Heart of Wisdom Monastery, joins guest presenters from several faith traditions teaching meditation and contemplation in The Art of Meditation Class (part of UC-Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program).

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Pause Day in Lent
a restful, restorative retreat on the PLTS campus
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 – 1:45pm-4:45pm
PLTS students, staff, faculty and family are invited be pilgrims into the Heart of Wisdom during this spacious and peaceful afternoon of communal and individual contemplative practices led by Joellynn Monahan, Abbess of Heart of Wisdom Monastery.  More information

both/and refuge retreat: Christian & Buddhist practices in Lent
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 – 10am-5pm
pop-up location: Fireside Room of Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church, Oakland, CA
Join Heart of Wisdom Monastery, in a diverse and inclusive community to explore together how these two traditions can intertwine in our lives.  We come together in contemplative practice, diving into both Christian and Buddhist practices during a day of quiet, reflection and refuge.  More information

Advent Retreat – Saturday, December 12th, 2015 – from 9am to Noon
pop-up location: Fireside Room of the Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church, Oakland, CA
a 1/2 day retreat with Heart of Wisdom Monastery in the first week of Advent with time for solitude and renewal in diverse and inclusive community; learn or renew practices to keep you through this season led by Abbess Joellynn Monahan.  More information

Spiritual & Self-Care for Seminarians – August 31st, 2015
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
-a retreat day for new graduate students in Berkeley, CA including an afternoon session I’m leading on developing spiritual practices and self-care for sustainable religious leadership with a focus on surviving and thriving in seminary

Sacred Questions – Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church, United Church of Christ, Oakland, CA
A conversation reflecting on questions of religion, spirituality, faith generated by the children and youth of the congregation in the Sunday morning Sacred Zone (aka Sunday School)

Urban Monastic Retreat – July 31-Aug 3, 2015
Ralston White Retreat Center, Mill Valley, CA
I’m serving as Abbess for this Christian spiritual practice retreat: a pilgrimage into the Heart of Wisdom as part of a diverse and inclusive contemplative retreat weekend – join the retreat only or add additional workshops to earn a micro-certificate in Transformative Community BuildingOffered by the Heart of Wisdom Monastery in collaboration with the Center for Spiritual & Social Transformation as part of Pacific School of Religion‘s Summer Session.

Lenten Retreat – Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 2-5pm
location: the Sanctuary of Plymouth Jazz & Justice Church, Oakland, CA
a 1/2 day retreat open to anyone interested in learning more about the Christian season of Lent and being in contemplative community.  More information

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