Upcoming Events

The Art of Deep Listening Retreat

For most of us most of the time, listening is a means to an end rather than an end in itself. We listen in order to get our turn to talk. Yet, more and more of us both yearn to be heard and to increase our capacity to listen deeply in the midst of all the distractions that fill our daily lives. In this retreat, we will explore practices for listening deeply within, to one another, and to the sacred.

  • January 8, 7 p.m. –  January 10, 12 p.m., Dan Anderson Renewal Center, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN

Deepening Reflective Practice: A Retreat for Faculty and Staff

  • January 13, 9:00-12:00, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Seeing with the Eyes of Our Heart, Listening with the Ear of our Heart--A Lenten Retreat

Pope Francis, in his recent homily announcing the Year of Mercy, emphasized: The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable.

In this year’s Lenten retreat, our presenter Dr. Diane Millis will show us how to go beyond the surface of things in order to more deeply engage in our interactions with one another. Together, we will explore ways to cultivate our capacity to see with the eyes of our heart, listen with the ear of our heart, and bring this heart-focused presence into more of our everyday conversations. Her presentation will draw upon specific themes from her books Deepening Engagement and Conversation—The Sacred Art. Please join us!

  • February 20, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN

Coming Alive: One Encounter at a Time

In this year’s Eat, Pray, Give presentation, Dr. Diane Millis will invite each of us to explore what enlivens us and how we can learn to enliven others, both those with whom we live and work as well as the stranger. Through poetry, wisdom, teachings, and conversation with one another, Diane will consider the journey of coming alive and the practices of looking closely, listening deeply, and lingering intentionally with the dimensions of our daily encounters that most captivate our hearts.

  • Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Church of St. Peter, Mendota, MN

Deepening Engagement:  DKMO Law Firm Staff Retreat

Our day will focus on improving and deepening our listening and communication skills with each other, with our clients, with family and with ourselves.

  • Saturday, July 23, 8:30am-5:00pm, Arlington Heights, IL 

Deepening Engagement:  Pax Christi Catholic Community Staff Retreat

  • Tuesday, August 9, 9:30am-3:00pm, Franciscan Retreat Center, Chaska, MN

The Ongoing Quest, A Wisdom School Retreat

There is in every person an inward sea, and in that sea there is an island and on the island there is an altar and standing guard before that altar is the “angel with the flaming sword.” Nothing can get by that angel to be placed upon that altar unless it has the mark of your inner authority. Nothing passes “the angel with the flaming sword” to be placed upon your altar unless it be a part of “the fluid area of your consent.” This is your crucial link with the Eternal.

—Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

In this year’s wisdom school, The Ongoing Quest, we will engage in practices that help us cultivate our capacity to discern the markers of our inner authority.  Howard Thurman believed that by rooting ourselves in and living from God, we develop our inner authority.  Our week together will be devoted to practices for rooting ourselves in God. Each day will be shaped by periods of sitting meditation, presentations of wisdom teachings about inner authority, partaking of contemplative arts (such as photography and drawing) and participating in small group contemplative conversations.  The retreat is designed to awaken our minds, hearts, and bodies to the divine wisdom and compassion which can feel so distant, but is always present.

  • Monday, August 15, 6 p.m. – Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m. House of Prayer, Collegeville, MN, Co-faciliated with Ward Bauman and Bussho Martin Lahn

The Sacred Art of Conversation

  • September 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Pax Christi Catholic Community, Eden Prairie, MN

How Our Stories Shape Our Leadership:  Professional Development Workshop

We are shaped by the story we tell ourselves, the stories we have been told, the stories we tell, and the manner in which we tell them.  Join us for a day devoted to exploring the power of stories to inform, challenge and sustain our leadership.  We will discern as well new stories waiting to be told.

  • October 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Benedictine Center, St. Paul’s Monastery, MN

Encountering the Sacred Within Us, Between Us, and Among Us:  A Retreat for Health Care Professionals

  • November 17, 2016 (1 evening session 5-8pm) and November 18, 2016 (2 sessions: 8-11am and 1-4pm), Mercy Health, Muskegon, MI

Events in 2017

Co-Creating a Culture of Encounter:  Master’s in Theology Alumni Retreat

In an age where more and more of us are gazing at our devices rather than at each other, Pope Francis beckons us to reach out and truly encounter one another. “We are speaking of an attitude of the heart, one which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which is capable of being fully present to someone without thinking of what comes next, which accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the full” (Laudato Si 226). In this year’s MAT retreat, we will reflect upon what it is that both helps and hinders us from encountering others, and consider ways to increase our capacity to be fully present with more of the persons we meet in our everyday lives and in our ministries.

  • January 14, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN

Turning Toward Genuine Meeting: Spiritual Director’s International Annual Conference

  • Saturday, April 23, Toronto, CA, For more info visit www.sdi.org

The Art of Deep Listening Retreat

In 12 Step meetings, when hearing Fifth Steps, or doing Step 12 work, listening is crucial. Yet for most of us, listening is a means to an end rather than an end in itself.  We listen in order to get our turn to talk or to gain useful information. But we also yearn to be heard and to increase our capacity to listen deeply in the midst of the distractions of daily life.  Come explore practices for listening deeply to ourselves, to one another, and to the sacred.

  • 7 pm Friday, June 9-Noon, Sunday, June 11., Dan Anderson Renewal Center, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN, Co-faciliated with Bussho Martin Lahn