53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Event:LOVING OUR SACRED EARTH: AN ECO-SPIRITUAL CONFERENCE
Date:June 9th-11th, 2016.
Time:6:00 PM
Category/Categories:Spirituality of the Environment

Inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical to "enter into a dialogue with all people about our common home", we will gather to learn from one another in morning and afternoon sessions. There will be time for: walking our labyrinth, sharing a Farm to Table meal on Friday night with food grown from the Genesis garden, entering more deeply into the Cosmic Christ through meditating on our triptych, a modern day icon in our chapel, enjoying and delighting in our beautiful grounds and stargazing at night.

Begins with supper at 6:00pm on Thursday and concludes with lunch on Saturday. Cost: Private Room $330; Semi-private Room $305; Commuter with meals, $295.

The schedule is found in the brochure here.

To register, please use the form in the brochure, call us or register online here.

Presenter Bios:

Christina Leano is a trained meditation teacher and retreat facilitator who has been studying Christian and Buddhist contemplative practices for over 17 years, including nearly 3 years in a cloistered Cistercian monastery in Northern California. She also serves as the Global Campaigns Coordinator for the Global Catholic Climate Movement.  She holds a B.A from Yale University and M.A. in Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Sr. Ann Lynch, SSJ & Sr. Robert Mulcahy, SSJ coordinate the Sisters of St. Joseph Ecology Committee.  In keeping with Catholic Social Teaching's principle, Care for Creation, they educate and advocate for ecological justice. 

Brother Michael Moran, CP, holds a Master's degree in theology from St. John's University in NYC and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan.  One of his specialties is painting icons, translating this ancient art form of the Eastern Christian churches, into contemporary terms.  He has also served as the chaplain at St. Vincent's Hospital in NYC. 

Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, foundress of Genesis, is an experienced retreat and spiritual director, and BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator.  She is also an eco-spirituality resource person.

DiDi Pershouse is the author of "An Ecology of Care," and the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine.  She has had a sliding-scale holistic health-care practice in Vermont for over 20 years and teaches deep self-care and peer support for community leaders. She works closely with the Soil Carbon Coalition and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.

Sr. Lorry Villemaire, SSJ, MA, has degrees in English and Education with over 40 years of teaching and curriculum development.  She has written three books on labyrinths and as a certified labyrinth facilitator conducts labyrinth walks throughout Western MA. 

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"The greatest challenge of the day is to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each of us."
- Dorothy Day