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San Damiano Retreat Center | Danville, California, USA

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Feb 14 2020 - Feb 16 2020

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All of the day

Cost

$414 - $525

California School of Celtic Consciousness

Year 1: 'In the Beginning was the Gift'

Join us for the inaugural offering of the School at San Damiano Retreat Center. Following the first year of the curriculum, John Philip will teach on Pelagius, St. Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin in relation to the sacredness of the human soul, the sacredness of the feminine, and the sacredness of the earth.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip, meditative and spiritual practice, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the second evening to celebrate our time together.

In 2016, John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness. He did so in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a spiritual tradition in the Christian household that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action.

The School has a three-fold purpose: 

1. To consciously access the wisdom of our Celtic Christian inheritance. 
2. To deepen spiritual practice in relationship to this wisdom.
3. To translate this study and practice into compassionate action. 

Curriculum

The School of Celtic Consciousness follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year I will not appear again until the fourth year. The curriculum years do not need to be taken in any particular order; participants may join at any stage and over a three year period receive the full curriculum of teachings. Participants are also welcome to interchange locations. For a full listing of options, please visit the School of Celtic Consciousness section of our website found here.

The theme for Year I is ‘In the Beginning Was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St. Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required Reading: Listening for the Heartbeat of God by John Philip Newell. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter by John Philip Newell.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip Newell, followed by meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common, and there will be free time to hike and rest as well as a party on the last evening to celebrate our time together.

The School generally begins in the early evening on the first day (around 5:00 pm) and concludes after lunch on the last day (around 1:00 pm). Registrants will receive a more detailed schedule and arrival information within three week of the beginning of the event.

San Damiano is a place of refuge for people of all faiths and backgrounds who are lost and seeking, people who are craving contemplation and reflection, and people moved to rebuild the world. As a Franciscan presence in Northern California, San Damiano is a place for rebuilding relationships with God, creation, the marginalized, and among Catholic, Christian, and other religious communities. San Damiano’s mission is to provide a peaceful environment of natural beauty where spiritual renewal and growth may be sought by people of all faiths and backgrounds in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare and guided by the Franciscan traditions of joy, hospitality, compassion, peace, and simplicity. 

San Damiano Retreat Center is located at: 

710 Highland Drive
Danville, California, USA

All meals will be provided by San Damiano and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available. During registration, please select your dietary preference/needs. If you have other dietary restrictions that will not be met by these options, you will need to bring supplemental food. 

All rates include the School of Celtic Consciousness program provided by John Philip Newell and dinner on Friday, February 14th, lunch and dinner on Saturday, February 15th, and lunch on Sunday February 16th. Single and double occupancy rooms also include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. 

Single Occupancy(One guest) Private room with private bathroom.$525.00
Double Occupancy(Two guests) Private room with private bath.$495.00 per person
CommuterNo lodging provided but includes two lunches and two dinners (no breakfast).$414.00

Each year Heartbeat provides scholarships to make attending the School of Celtic Consciousness accessible to all. Our goal is to deepen an individual’s spiritual journey and to ground, sustain, and enhance their efforts towards healing and transformation in their own unique context.

We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to attend the California School of Celtic Consciousness at San Damiano. Learn more here about how to apply for a scholarship to attend this event.