Retreats & Events



 Advent Virtual Retreat

Come, welcome light
in silence,
in Presence,
in community

Where do we find light beyond ourselves?
Where do we find light within ourselves?
How might we share light with others?

During this contemplative Advent Virtual Retreat, we await with hope and deep longing the light that promises an end to so many kinds of suffering in the world and in our individual lives.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Living Word was in the beginning with God. What has come into being in the Living Word was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the deepest night, and the night did not overcome it.“" (John 1: 1-5)
Come to our Advent Virtual Retreat to acknowledge whatever “night exists within your soul and then to experience the coming of light into your life and our world. For “the light shines in the deepest night and the night did not overcome it.”

DATE:        Saturday, December 4, 2021 (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

LOCATION:  Virtual

COST:        Free

To give an optional $15 donation to cover administrative costs, send your check payable to PCSF to Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation, Box 441, 1819 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.

LEADERS:  Debbie DybskyJane Ferguson FloutRichard Flout, Kevin Omi, and Ruth Schweitzer-Mordecai (see the About Us page for more information about the retreat leaders)

REGISTRATION:  After you register in advance online, you will receive retreat information, including the Zoom link. Contact person: Kevin Omi at 510-693-9998 or email



 Contemplative Practices Taster Day

Taster Days are a way to gather together and sample contemplative practices from various spiritual traditions.

The Heart Whisperer

A virtual contemplative retreat led by Kathleen Denison, M.A.

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This virtual retreat will reflect on the power of the heart and its ability to perceive the Invisible Realms and act as a portal to the Divine that dwells within us. We will do practices that will allow us to see differently and to hear the gentle whispers of the I AM Presence in each of our hearts.

DATE:        Saturday, September 11, 2021 (10:00 – 11:30 AM)

LOCATION:  Virtual (via Zoom)

COST:        Free

LEADER:  For the last four decades, Kathleen Denison has provided spiritual mentoring and hypnotherapy to individuals and groups. Her background also includes spiritual direction, prison chaplaincy, counseling, guided imagery training, supervision of spiritual directors, group facilitation, and teaching. She has a passion for helping people discover and deepen their own spiritual core.

REGISTRATION: Click this link to register online.

After you register, you will receive an email from Zoom with a link to the retreat. This link is specific to you, so save the email so you can easily find it. The email also includes links to save the event (including your link to the retreat) in your online calendar.


Buddhist and Christian 5-Day Silent Meditation

The Buddhist-Christian five-day silent meditation retreat will be offered in summer 2021. This retreat is ideal for those who wish to deepen their daily practice, to discover their own integration of meditation across traditions, and to experience the benefits of spiritual practice in community. 

To avoid the potential COVID-19 risks of living in close proximity in large groups, this year's retreat will be offered online. All who register will be able to fully participate from home (shelter in place) and meditate together in real time, making it possible for people to be in retreat from a distance without travel or lodging expenses.  

The schedule and practices will be structured to fit smoothly within the online format, with accommodation for meals and sleeping arrangements at home. Practices from both Buddhist and Christian traditions will be offered each day, including movement and work meditations. 

We will provide suggestions to help you set up your home retreat space and to collaborate with those who live with you to support you in your retreat in ways that fit your living situation. 

DATES:       July 18 – 23, 2021 (beginning Sunday 2:00 PM and ending Friday 12 noon)  

COST:        Optional donation in whatever amount feels appropriate for you will be gratefully received.

LEADERS:     Susan Murphy and Rod Dugliss

REGISTRATION:  To register, email the requested information in this registration form to or print, complete, and mail the form to the address provided by July 12, 2020.

For more information or to have a registration form sent to you, contact Susan at, (650) 492-9608, or Rod at, (415) 441-4104.