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April 11-16, 2016 
St. Columba Retreat House, Inverness, CA 
With Molly Young Brown and Constance Washburn, Facilitators 
Guest teacher Joanna Macy will join the retreat for a day to share new insights 
and practices from the Work That Reconnects

"One of the most amazing spiritual, emotional and intellectual experiences of my lifetime.
This retreat is a must for all those involved in the transformation of our world
toward life affirmation."  
Ann Aurelia López, Ph.D. 

As elders we have watched the world spiral into crisis. The Conscious Elders Network invites you to join with other elders to connect deeply by sharing our stories, our dreams, and our love and grief for our world. Together we will explore ways we can participate in healing the planet. We will unearth our joy as well as our passions and gifts as elders, to engage fully in the Great Turning to a life-sustaining society.

"Where our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet, we hear a further call."  
~Frederick Buechner

Why the Work That Reconnects?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, helpless, burnt out, or lonely in your concern and love for our world, the Work That Reconnects will be medicine for your soul. If you are actively working for a sane and livable world, you'll find inspiration and support here; you'll find more of your tribe.

The spiral of the Work moves through Gratitude, Honoring Our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. This progression allows us to open our hearts, feel our grief, fear, and rage so we can also feel our love for the world and our passion for justice. We then take a new look at our ways of understanding the world around us so we can find new ways of working for the healing of the earth. We then go forth with plans and passion for building a sustainable living culture

Read what previous retreat participants have to say.

Retreat Details

Register early: Lodging limited to 30 people

St. Colomba Retreat House offers a homey atmosphere with charming rooms, located close to Tomales Bay State Park and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, with hiking trails accessible nearby. Visit their website for photos of the beautiful building and grounds.


Monday, April 11: 3 pm registration, 6 pm dinner, 7 pm opening session

Daily:      Breakfast 8 am, Lunch 12:30 with 2 hour break, Dinner 6 pm
              Sessions – 9 to 12:15, 2:30 to 5:30, 7 to 9 or 9:30

Saturday, April 16: Retreat ends at 3 pm.

Silent Periods:

We will keep silence upon awakening and during breakfast until the morning session begins at 9, to support inner reflection and keener awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. Midway through the retreat, we will spend most of a day in solitary, silent communion with the natural world, to help us reflect on and integrate what has occurred.

Electronic Vacation:

We ask that everyone minimize use of cell phones and Internet.


Include lodging, meals, administration, and facilitators. 

     Dorm: $1035  (2 dorm rooms accommodate 4 to 6 each; 1 bunk room up to 12)

     Double: $1110  (3 double rooms available; register early to reserve)

     Single: $1235  (2 singles available; register early to reserve)

     Commuter: $860  (all meals, no lodging)

Refunds are available until March 28 (minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee). After March 28, an additional $275 is nonrefundable to cover food costs.

Dietary Needs:

If you have special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy, specific food allergies), please email Molly Arthur.

Retreat Leaders

Molly Young Brown, M.A., M.Div  Co-authored Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects with Joanna MacyShe brings ecopsychology and psychosynthesis to her work writing books and essays, teaching on-line courses, phone coaching, talks and workshops. She also authored Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning and Lighting a Candle: Collected Reflections on a Spiritual Life.

Constance Washburn M.A. Activist, educator, and facilitator with over 35 years of experience, has been training with Joanna Macy since 1994. She has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1968 and brings her nature connection, mindfulness training, theater and education backgrounds together to create opportunities for people to reawaken to their interconnectedness.

Joanna Macy, PhD. Root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism.


April 11, 2016 at 3pm - April 16, 2016
St. Columba Retreat House
12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA 94937
United States
Google map and directions
Constance Washburn · · 415-686-5400

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$1,235.00 Single
2 singles available; register early to reserve.
$1,110.00 Double
3 double rooms available; register early to reserve.
$1,035.00 Dorm
2 dorm rooms accommodate 4 to 6 each; 1 bunkroom up to 12.
$860.00 Commuter
All meals and facilities use.
$725.00 cheri
Single rood with Andy?