PROGRAMS and RETREATS

Please visit this page frequently for updates


2014 - 2015

Unless specified, the location for the retreats/workshops is:
Berakah
96 Fairview Road
Pittsfield, NH

PROGRAMS

(Summer Retreats are listed at the end)

(Registration Form)

 

 

 

 

October 25, 2014

Flyer for Workshop         

Global Climate Change: Learn, Grow, Share and Act

Presenters: Norman Comtois, OMI, MA; Denise Turcotte, CSC, MST

We are all One. How are we impacted by Global Climate Change? How are natural systems affected?

Do we have responsibilities as people of faith? Share on these questions and others during this reflective workshop.

Presentations will include the Documentary: The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community and Melting Ice, Mending Creation which considers the impact of both on God’s Creation and on the life and dignity of all people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.

The day will include personal quiet time, sharing, and education about carbon footprints and offsets.

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Place: St. George Manor/Holy Cross Center, 357 Island Pond Rd., Manchester, NH 03109.

Call Berakah 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@aol.com to register.

Bring a lunch, drinks will be provided. Free will offering.

 

 

Friday October 31
 –
Sunday November 2, 2014

 

WATER

Presenter: Kim Nguyer

Nothing is softer or mere flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu

A weekend of reflections on the spiritual benefits of water with watercolor techniques as well as other altered techniques. Participants will have time to pray, to reflect, to create and to express one’s own spiritual journey. Interpretation of artworks will be provided for those who choose to do so.

Please bring your own supplies. Arrival time: Friday 4:00 PM Departure time: After Sunday Noon Meal

Cost: $190.00 Pre-registration is required. Call Berakah 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@aol.com

 

 

 

Saturday November 8, 2014

 

DAY OF ENRICHMENT

Parables: Stories to Change Ourselves and Our World

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

Jesus used parables to shake us out of our usual way of seeing things in order to help us see as God sees, to see ourselves, others, our world, and life itself through God’s eyes, in order that we might be more effective in helping to bring about the kind of world that God desires for us. You are invited to open yourselves to risk the challenge of the parables – a challenge that will undoubtedly change you and your whole perspective on reality.

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM Place: St. George Manor/Holy Cross Center, 357 Island Pond Rd., Manchester, NH 03109

Call Berakah 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@aol.com to register.

Bring a lunch, drinks will be provided. Free will offering.

 

 

 

Saturday November 29, 2014

 

A CHRISMAS CABARET

Concert by Josée Vachon Franco-American Singer

Place: St. George Manor/Holy Cross Center, 357 Island Pond Rd., Manchester, NH

Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Concert.

For more information & to register call 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@oal.com

 

 

 

Saturday December 6, 2014

 

 

Waiting and Hoping for What Is Already Here

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

Advent is always associated with hope. Hope, however, is not simply a virtue or wishful thinking. It’s a journey, a way of life that colors who we are and what we do. And that for which we hope is not only in the future, but already being fulfilled in our daily lives.

Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Cost: $40.00 (includes meal)

Deposit: $10.00 (non-refundable)

Pre-registration required, please call 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@aol.com

 

 

Sunday December 21, 2014

Flyer for Workshop      

Winter Solstice Celebration

Presenter: Denise Turcotte, CSC, MST

Pause on the shortest day of the year when darkness permeates Earth. Celebrate the return of light through music, reflection and then the lighting of an outdoor fire. Enjoy one another with refreshments.

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Pre-registration is required call 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@aol.com Free will offering.

 

 

 

Programs Offered in 2015

 

   
 

 

Saturday March 14, 2015

 

Suffering: Mystery, Paradox and Purpose

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

Suffering is a reality of life – Jesus’ life and our own. But why? What meaning or value does suffering have? Come explore the meaning and purpose of this paradox – the terrible gift of suffering.

Time 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Cost:$40.00 (includes meal) Deposit: $10.00 (non-refundable)

Pre-registration is required call 603-435-7271 or email Berakah@aol.com

 

 

Saturday April 25 – Friday May 8, 2015

  Workshop Flyer          

The Mystical Perspective of Earth and Cosmic Consciousness

Walking the Sacred By-Paths

Presenters: Norman Comtois, OMI, MA; Dorothy Landry, CAGS, LMHC and Denise Turcotte, CSC, MST

 

“The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” Karl Rahner

From the Flaring Forth to the present moment, evolution is God’s seamless creative work of art. Science is discovering what mystics have been telling us for centuries: all is one. In this enrichment experience, the mystical perspective will be interwoven into the universe, earth, and human story. The presenters bring their respective expertise in cosmology, mysticism and ecology as they offer the participants an opportunity to deepen a unitive spirituality that brings hope and meaning to all.

Limit: 16 participants Cost: $1450.00 includes room, board and program.

Deposit: $200.00 non-refundable with $750.00 due 30 days prior to the program.

Remainder to be paid upon arrival.

 

 

Friday May 29 – Sunday May 31, 2015

 

AA WEEKEND RETREAT

Title: Elimination of My Drinking is But a Beginning

Presenter: Mary Thayer

A Big Book, Twelve Step, weekend retreat for women.

Contact: Jacqueline Verville, at 603-935-8479

 

(Registration Form)

SUMMER RETREATS

 

    (See note at end regarding arrival and departure times)

 

 

July 6 – 12, 2015

 

GUIDED RETREAT:

Our Companions for the Journey: Women in Scriptures

Presenter: Mary Schneiders, OP

What was important to the women in the scriptures is still important to women today: love, hope, finding meaning and purpose, giving birth, friends and family, service, healing for themselves and others, etc. Come discover these biblical companions and how their stories intersect with, inspire and enrich our own.

Cost: $450.00 Deposit: $50.00 (non-refundable)

 

 

July 6 –12, 2015

 

 

DIRECTED RETREATS

Pauline Plante, CSC and Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

Cost: $450.00 Deposit: $50. (non-refundable)

 

 

July 27 – August 2, 2015

GUIDED RETREAT:

Saying “Yes” to the Call of Aging

Presenter: Ann Billard, OLM, Ph.D.

This guided retreat is for older adults who wish to deepen their ability to live more fully. This experience invites the older adult to say “yes” to the call of aging by living in the promise of the resurrection while surrendering to the losses of aging. The retreat will guide participants in using spiritual tools to grow into a deeper relationship with God.

There will be two conferences daily with time for prayer, personal reflection, and optional processing with retreat facilitator.

Other spiritual tools will include scripture, elder tales, and guided reflections on the day’s theme, rituals, and silence.

Cost: $450.00 Deposit: $50.00 (non-refundable)

 

 

July 27 – August 2, 2015

 

DIRECTED RETREATS

Pauline Plante, CSC Mary Schneiders, OP

Cost: $450.00 Deposit $50.00 (non-refundable)

 

 

August 10 - August 16, 2015

 

GUIDED RETREAT

The Grace of Ordinary Time

Presenter: Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

We celebrate 34 weeks of ‘ordinary’ time each year. Might there be grace we overlook because our lives – we believe- are so ordinary? There is a saying which can help us seek out and pinpoint more clearly the grace in and of our so very ordinary lives: ‘God comes to us disguised as our lives.’

Come aside for a while to look deeply into the stuff of the sacred everydayness of our daily relationships and interactions.

Cost: $450.00 Deposit $50.00 (non-refundable.)

 

 

August 10 - August 16, 2015

 

DIRECTED RETREATS

Pauline Plante, CSC Mary Schneiders, OP

Cost: $450.00 Deposit $50.00 (non-refundable)

 

 

  Note Regarding July, August and September Retreats
Opening Day:  Arrival at 4:00 pm
Closing Day: Departure after the Noon Meal

For Private Retreats:  Please call the Center: 
Cost is $55.00 per day

(Registration Form)

Please visit this page frequently for updates

 

If you wish to contact former members of the Berakah Renewal Staff
for retreats/workshops, they may be reached via the following emails:

Rev. Norman Comtois, OMI

Sr. Helene Cote, p.m.

Sr. Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ

Mrs. Dorothy Landry
 

nrcom@comcast.net

h_cote@hotmail.com

rosefcscj@fairpoint.com

drklandry@gmail.com
 

 


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