Coming Home to Self: The Journey of a Lifetime Retreat

Friday, April 1, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 pm AND

Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The journey home is a familiar story told through myth, fairytales and modern day favorites like The Wizard of Oz. Come explore this archetypal journey through the use of story, poetry, sand, symbol, and personal journey.  During our time together, we will explore our earliest recollection of home, our experiences of leaving home and our journey to discover our truest and deepest home, the Self.   As Helen Keller tells us, “What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” 

We will explore self-acceptance, self-kindness, forgiveness, empathy and courage, all qualities and experiences that have the potential to guide us on the journey that T.S. Eliot describes this way:  “And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time."

We will also explore the experiences and qualities that create barriers to getting to our true home: busyness, numbing, addictions, shame, as well as the things we relied on in the first half of life.  In the end we’ll recognize, as M.C. Richards so wisely wrote, “It takes a long time to realize that nothing is wasted.”  


A lifelong learner in the area of human development, Carol Burling, MA, DMin, focuses on spiritual development, shame, loss and grief, and resiliency. She is a program manager for Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center, a consultant for Simpson Housing Services, and a spiritual director.


Dennis Galvin, FSC, is the former director of Sangre de Cristo Center, an international sabbatical center for religious men and women and priests in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Trained in both spiritual direction and dreamwork, he works in ongoing formation for Lewis University and the Midwest Province of Christian Brothers.  


When: Friday, April 1, 6:30 - 8:30 pm AND
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $115.00, includes lunch and materials

This retreat is now full and closed for registration.  Please call 651.696.2788 to be added to a waiting list.