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La Casa de Maria Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center

La Casa de Maria Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center La Casa de Maria Conference Center

Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center

800 El Bosque Road
Montecito, CA 93108

Phone: 805-969-5031 Fax: 805-969-2759

Email: inquiryeb@lcdm.org

Website: www.lacasademaria.org

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About La Casa de Maria Retreat & Conference Center

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. Set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.

A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees & shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens. Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

Explore Sadako Peace Gardens, in memory of a little girl representing all victims of the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and find cranes carved into the boulders depicting a symbol of peace. Discover the Robert Muller Bench of Dreams and rest to examine your dreams. Wander past Stations of the Cross in their leafy glade or sit by the creek to be mesmerized by sunlight glancing off the waters as they tumble over rocks on their last mile to the ocean.

Private Retreats - The Center for Spiritual Renewal

Private retreats for individuals and couples are available on the La Casa de Maria grounds at the Immaculate Heart Center for Spiritual Renewal. The Center provides an environment where all are welcome to pursue their spiritual path whatever their journey.

The Center for Spiritual Renewal offers private, non-directed retreats for individuals and couples of all faiths. The Center, a former religious novitiate owned by the Immaculate Heart Community, is located on 26 beautiful acres in the foothills of Montecito. We offer an atmosphere of silence, serenity and hospitality — an oasis of peace where people can come to discover, nurture, and reconnect with their deeper life's purpose.

Two types of accommodations are available:
The original manor house on the property provides rooms and meals Wednesday to Sunday.
The smaller Hermitage, a three bedroom cottage, is available seven days a week
and guests prepare their own meals.

Individuals and couples seeking to deepen their spiritual lives are welcome.

For more information or to request a reservation at the Center: www.immaculateheartcenter.org

History

La Casa de Maria Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center in Santa Barbara, CAIn 1950, under the direction and inspiration of Sister Regina McPartlin, IHM, and encouraged by a group of married couples who used to stay at a local hotel for their annual retreat, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart built La Casa de Maria.

For the next twenty years, novices added to their life of prayer and spiritual formation taking care of the retreat center, cleaning rooms, preparing and serving meals, and providing the choir for the religious services.

Each weekend, forty Roman Catholic married couples directed by a priest, would make a spiritual retreat focused on strengthening their relationship with God and one another. Over the years the retreat center gradually opened its doors to outside religious, educational, personal growth, community service and art groups, at the same time developing its own program of retreats.

Calendar Programs for April 15 - 30, 2013

Extended Programs:

Contemplative Remembering: A Journey to Compassion and Transformation
Friday, April 26, 7:30 pm – Sunday, April 28, 2:30 pm

Engage in a dialogue between contemplative transformation and compassionate action. Immerse your self in deep silence, sacred chanting and contemplative prayer. Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, author, renowned retreat leader, and scholar of the Christian Contemplative path.
Commuter $425 Resident $325

Contemplative Practices: ONGOING

Yoga and Mindful Movement
Mondays, 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Ongoing Nourish your body, mind and spirit with personalized asanas, breath work, and various relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. Props provided. Taran Collis is a certified Viniyoga instructor and Ayurveda counselor specializing in adaptations for all levels. She infuses the practice of yoga with the wisdom of Ayurveda and guided meditation.
$12 per class or series of 8 for $80

Weekly Centering Prayer Meditation
Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Ongoing
Spend an hour of silence with Centering Prayer meditation practice.
Jeannette B. Love is a meditator and spiritual director. Donation

Weekly Centering Prayer Meditation
Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am Ongoing
Spend an hour of silence with Centering Prayer meditation practice. Sr. Suzanne Dunn coordinates for Contemplative Outreach in Ventura and Santa Barbara.
Donation

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation
Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Ongoing
All levels are welcome. Each session combines a time of silence as well as guided meditation and will conclude with the traditional Metta (Loving Kindness) practice.

Radhule Weininger, MD. PhD practices psychotherapy and has studied Mindfulness Meditation with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. Donation

Yoga and Mindful Movement
Fridays, 9:00 am – 10:15 am Ongoing

Nourish your body, mind and spirit with personalized asanas, breath work, and various relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. Props provided. Taran Collis is a certified Viniyoga instructor and Ayurveda counselor specializing in adaptations for all levels. She infuses the practice of yoga with the wisdom of Ayurveda and guided meditation.

$12 per class or series of 8 for $80

Upcoming Calendar Programs for May 1 – 15, 2013

Extended Programs:

Renewing Holy Ground: A Work & Garden Weekend
Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm – Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm

Enjoy an inexpensive opportunity to spend time in nature and retreat helping to tend the holy and healing grounds of La Casa. Cook, play, garden, and pray. All welcome! La Casa Staff Commuter $50 Resident $25 Wednesday Retreat Day:

The Power of Love in Our Lives
Wednesday, May 8, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

It is in our genetic code to love and be loved. It is our calling to develop a heart that loves universally and indiscriminately. Join in this exploration of risking deep love.

David Richo, PhD, MFT, is a psychologist and teacher combining psychology and spirituality. He is the author of How to be an Adult in Love and many other books. Donation (Lunch $14) One Day Programs:

Bee Keeping
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Join the urban beekeeping movement. Learn basic bee-keeping skills, including honeybee society, bee biology, needed equipment, plus starting and managing a colony. Paul Cronshaw has over forty years of beekeeping experience and is the president of the S. B. Beekeepers Association. Paul tends the La Casa de Maria apiary. Protective equipment provided. Fee: $50 includes Lunch

Centering Prayer Practice Retreat
Saturday, May 4, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

On the first Saturday of each month we offer a mini-retreat day for Centering Prayer practice. There will also be meditation walks, journaling and reflection. All welcome. Sr. Suzanne Dunn, Mark Benson and Annette Colbert, share facilitating and teaching. Suzanne and Annette are co-coordinators for Contemplative Outreach in Ventura/Santa Barbara. Donation

Días de Retiro Para Mujeres Latinas - El Milagro de ser Madre
Sábados, 11 de Marzo, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Celebramos el día de la madre, la tercera fase del ciclo de vida de la mujer, recreando las varias emociones de la mujer madura por rituales indígenas mexicanos, danzas, y visualizacions. Experimentamos de nuevo lo que es amar y ser amad y transformar ese amor en el milagro de dar a luz a crear a una familia. Favor d traer rebozo o cobija. La Dra. Bárbara Lotito, ha sido maestra toda la vida. Aprendo de sus abuelas indígenas a celebrar las cuatro etapas de la vida de la mujer: la niña, la doncella, la madre, y la abuela.

La Casa de María les ofrece gratis estos días de retiro a las latinas Se les sugiere un donativo de $10 por la comida. Para información en español llama a Paty Zermeno (805-969-5031).

Contemplative Practices: ONGOING

Yoga and Mindful Movement
Mondays, 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Ongoing Nourish your body, mind and spirit with personalized asanas, breath work, and various relaxation techniques. All levels welcome. Props provided. Taran Collis is a certified Viniyoga instructor and Ayurveda counselor specializing in adaptations for all levels. She infuses the practice of yoga with the wisdom of Ayurveda and guided meditation.

$12 per class or series of 8 for $80

Weekly Centering Prayer Meditation
Mondays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Ongoing
Spend an hour of silence with Centering Prayer meditation practice.
Jeannette B. Love is a meditator and spiritual director. Donation

Weekly Centering Prayer Meditation
Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am Ongoing
Spend an hour of silence with Centering Prayer meditation practice. Sr. Suzanne Dunn coordinates for Contemplative Outreach in Ventura and Santa Barbara. Donation

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation
Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Ongoing
All levels are welcome. Each session combines a time of silence as well as guided meditation and will conclude with the traditional Metta (Loving Kindness) practice.
Radhule Weininger, MD. PhD practices psychotherapy and has studied Mindfulness Meditation with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock Buddhist Center. Donation

Yoga and Mindful Movement Fridays, 9:00 am – 10:15 am Ongoing Nourish your body, mind and spirit with personalized asanas, breath work, and various relaxation techniques. Adaptations and all levels welcome. Props provided. Taran Collis is a certified Viniyoga instructor and Ayurveda counselor. She infuses her classes with the wisdom of Ayurveda and guided meditation.
$12 per class or series of 8 for $80

 


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