Retreats & Events


Silence: Experiencing Wholeness of Being

This daylong retreat will include a variety of contemplative practices, including periods of silent meditation, body movement, walking meditation, walking the labyrinth, lectio divina, free time, and rest. Bring a packed lunch (hot tea and water provided), pillow, blanket, and journal or notebook. 

DATE:        Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Community Congregational Church, Tiburon, CA

COST:        Free (optional donation)

LEADER:   Richard Flout

REGISTRATION:  For more information and to register, contact Richard Flout at 415-279-8379 or



Buddhist and Christian Meditation: 
Living and Breathing on a Common Path

Our five-day meditation retreat offers participants a unique opportunity to experience both Buddhist and Christian contemplative practices, through brief instruction, extended periods of silent meditation practice, and generous time for unstructured quiet and solitude.

Complementary practices from these two great spiritual traditions are offered each day, experienced in the context of silent meals and shared “energy gift” times. This retreat is ideal for those who wish to go deeper into stillness, to receive some instruction in meditation and contemplative practice across traditions, and to experience the benefits of meditation and prayer away from our usual distractions of daily life, traffic, cell phones, and electronic media.

St. Francis Retreat Center provides comfortable, hospitable lodging and contemplative spaces for spiritual practice, plus delicious vegetarian meals that aim to accommodate special dietary needs. There are hills dotted with oak trees, several miles of trails, panoramic views, and natural habitats for a community of wild turkeys, hummingbirds, deer, and other wildlife.

DATES:        July 23 – 28, 2017 (Sunday 5:00 PM through Friday lunch)
                     Participants may arrive beginning at 3:00 PM.

LOCATION:   St. Francis Retreat Center, San Juan Bautista, CA; nearest airport: San Jose, CA (SJC)

COST:          Registration, food, and lodging for 5 days: single $760; double $655
                    (each room has private bath facilities)

LEADERS:     Susan Murphy and Rod Dugliss

We are committed to making it possible for all to attend who wish to do so, regardless of the ability to pay.  We are very grateful for donations to help pay for scholarships for those who might not otherwise attend. For more information or to have a registration form sent to you, contact Susan at, (650) 969-3452 or Rod at, (415) 441-4104.

REGISTRATION:  To register for this retreat, print this registration form, fill in the information, and send it with your check to the address provided.


 The Enneagram

How do we move closer to God? One way is to know well the roots of our alienation from our deepest self, to know how the false self prevents our experience of the radical love of God that creates and sustains us. A valuable tool for understanding basic belief systems about ourselves is the typology called the enneagram. Sister Mary Neill OP presents a workshop on the enneagram for those interested in a deeper understanding of their virtue and vice. She has a PhD in religious studies, is a professor emerita of the University of San Francisco, where she taught for 30 years and won the distinguished teaching award. She has co-authored four books on spirituality, gives varied workshops, retreats, and spiritual direction to a wide range of seekers.

For more information, contact Jan Reynolds at To register, see the flyer.

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

PLACE: First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, San Rafael, CA

COST: $20 per person 

LEADERS: Sister Mary Neill, assisted by Kay Collette



Conscious Choice:
When a Decision Isn't Easy

Finding it hard to decide? One day answer “A” seems right and the next day plan “B” seems better. Then you think of possible answer “C.” If you’re asking what’s God’s will, it can get even more confusing. You want to run for the hills. How to decide? 

Conscious Choice is a spiritually based method that helps us make decisions by listening to all of the voices within us, embracing the fullness of who we are. Learn how to include the many parts of your being, from basic human needs to higher inner wisdom, in your decision-making processes.

This approach has been adapted from a method by Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest and international Wisdom teacher.

DATES: Two Saturdays: October 15 and November 12, 2016, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

LOCATION: Fairfax Community Church, Fairfax, CA

COST: $50 for both sessions; $30 for October 15 only (November 12 is a follow-up and requires attendance at the October 15 session). Partial scholarships are available. A percentage of the money collected will be donated to Fairfax Community Church.

LEADER: Ruth Schweitzer-Mordecai

See the flyer for more information. For questions, email



Advent Retreat:
Dreams and Visions

In this darker time of the year, our unconscious seems to come alive with guidance, information, and inspiration.  We will have plenty of time for contemplation and silence, with the sound of the ocean in the background.  There will also be two optional times for dream processing and sharing.  Begin now, asking for dreams to share.

We will enjoy the beautiful setting by the sea at Villa Maria Del Mar in Santa Cruz.  The retreat center is on a bluff overlooking the ocean, with beach access down a flight of outdoor stairs.  The retreat staff provides delicious food and a deeply contemplative atmosphere.  Each room has its own bath.

DATES:         December 2 – 4, 2016 (Friday after 4:00 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM, through Sunday lunch)

LOCATION:    Villa Maria del Mar, Santa Cruz, CA; nearest airport: San Jose, CA (SJC)

COST:           Registration, food, lodging, and leadership for the weekend: single $380; double $300.

PCSF offers partial scholarships. If you have questions or wish to request a scholarship, contact Carol (see the registration form below for contact information). 

REGISTRATION:  To register for this retreat, print this registration form, fill in the information, and send it with your check to the address provided. Space is limited. Last day to register is November 1 with full fee or $100 deposit.

LEADER:       Carol Saysette

Carol is a founding member of PCSF and is a Pastoral Counselor and Spiritual Director at the Interfaith Counseling Center at S.F.T.S. in San Anselmo. She wrote her D. Min. dissertation on “Dreamwork in Ministry.”