September 30-October 2, 2011
Santa Sabina Center • San Rafael, California
Body my house
my horse my hound….
–“Question” by May Swenson
This weekend retreat will be a lovely opportunity to hear the stories that our bodies want to tell, to sit quietly with them, to move them, to write about them, to nourish them with simple and delicious food.
The event, led by writer, teacher and food/fitness blogger Susan Ito, will feature a combination of shared, facilitated time and open time in which participants are free to:
- Write (inspiring prompts will be provided)
- Make art (collage, paint, calligraphy, origami and more) in the extensive Art Cellar
- Rest or meditate
- Walk or hike (there is a wonderful local “tree walk” that includes visiting a number of amazing historic and beautiful trees)
- Enjoy a massage (optional/additional cost)
- Be a hermit in the Hermitage
Registration begins at 4:00pm on Friday. We will start on Friday evening for a shared silent dinner (all meals at Santa Sabina are silent except for the final lunch). We will practice mindful eating during the beautiful and simple meals. Then we will have an evening gathering to open the weekend.
On Saturday, we will meet in our shared space periodically throughout the day and evening, but there will be large chunks of free time as well to do activities of your choice. The facilitated time will include writing prompts, short talks (I hesitate to call them “lectures”, and sharing. We will have a chance to share our writings or other offerings during an evening gathering.
Sunday morning will feature one more shared meeting, more free time and then an unsilent (!) lunch when we get to chatter away. People are free to stay on the grounds of Santa Sabina until evening time or can leave after lunch.
Much of the beauty of this weekend will be the experience of being at Santa Sabina, which is an inexpressibly lovely, calming and inspiring place. There are many intentionally created spaces for contemplation, creation and just being. I have been visiting Santa Sabina for over 25 years now and it does not fail to bring me to a place of deep peace. To see a slideshow of Santa Sabina, click here:
All rates include 2 nights lodging, six meals, and event facilitation. The only charge not included is (optional) payment for massage. A massage practitioner will be available during free periods.
Fees: $300-$500 depending on room type and discounts. Contact Susan to receive a specific quote.
Additional Nights: Participants in this retreat are also welcome to “add-on” additional nights at Santa Sabina (Thursday or Sunday) at the special rate of $75/night (meals not included).
Event Capacity: This event is limited to a maximum of 32 people. Register early for the (limited number of) best rates and to be assured a spot! When the capacity is reached, a waiting list will be established.
Shared Rooms: You may designate a preferred roommate when you register, or a roommate will be assigned to you.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: This policy is reflective of Santa Sabina’s group rental policy. If cancellation is received 30 days (August 30, 2011) or less prior to the event, there will be no refund but you are welcome to sell your place to another participant.
About Susan Ito:
Susan Ito is a writer and blogger who has been teaching writing and leading retreats for 18 years. She is the editor of A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books) and the author of over 35 published stories, essays and poems. She is also creative nonfiction editor and columnist at Literary Mama. Her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Hip Mama, Literary Mama, Woman’s Day, Making More Waves, Choice, and elsewhere. She blogs at http://www.foodfoodbodybody.wordpress.com and http://www.readingwritingliving.wordpress.com. She has taught writing at UC Berkeley Extension, local community colleges, privately and online.
About Santa Sabina Center/Getting There:
Santa Sabina is a private retreat center on the grounds of Dominican University in San Rafael, California. It is located in Marin County, 32 miles north of San Francisco International Airport. The Marin Airporter bus service runs from SFO every 30 minutes and costs $20/ per person. A shuttle service from the bus to Santa Sabina will be available for an additional $10.
Ready to sign up? Have questions? Email Susan with any questions of if you would like to register.