Retreats & Events


  • Advent Retreat: Christian Mysticism and the Universal Christ
       (12/06 – 12/08/2019)



Advent Retreat:
Christian Mysticism and the Universal Christ — Silent Retreat

Building on the legacy of Carol Sassette, who has led this Advent Retreat since 1985 (thank you, dear Carol!) and who plans to join us at the retreat, we will spend most of our time together in contemplative silence, taking time to review the past year and listening for Divine leadings into the next.

This is primarily a SILENT retreat. 

Drawing on the recent writings of Wendy Farley, Vincent Pizzuto, and Richard Rohr, I will share readings from Christian mystics through the ages and a short teaching on the Universal Christ.  

We will appreciate the beautiful setting of Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz, on an ocean bluff with beach access, and enjoy delicious food and a welcoming, meditative atmosphere.

DATES:        December 6 – 8, 2019 (Friday dinner 6:30 PM through Sunday lunch)
                     Participants may arrive beginning at 4:00 PM.

LOCATION:   Villa Maria del Mar, 1912 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA

COST:          Registration, food, and lodging: Single $425; Double $295
                    (Each room has its own bath.)

LEADERS:     Rev. Jan Reynolds, Interfaith Spiritual Director at PCSF and the Interfaith Counseling Center, and Rev. Elizabeth River, Chaplain and Spiritual Director (Rev. Carol Sassette will offer spiritual direction)

REGISTRATION:  To register for this retreat, print this registration form, fill in the information, and send it with your check to the address provided. For further information, contact Jan Reynolds ( or 415-786-6910).