SAT Sabbatical Courses for a Typical Year:

Courses vary in length from two to ten hours of presentation. A unique aspect of the SAT Program is that participants can take all or as many of these short courses as desired. Most courses differ in Our lives are lives of process, growth, change, transformation – we are always “coming to be…” How can we understand and facilitate this process? If we are always changing what and where is our stable centered core? Transition has become a somewhat overused word, yet, there are major times of transition, in addition to the myriad little ones we face in our lives.  This workshop will explore the deep structure of transitioning, utilizing psychological and spiritual approaches to help in focusing on our deep selfhood and its unfolding.  Grounded in relational and experiential approaches, we will explore ways to apprehend the deep movements of our lives.content each session and repetition is kept to a minimum.

The program is composed of two sessions – one in the Fall (late August through early December) and Spring (late January through early May). Participants are encouraged to take the full program (both sessions), though some may choose to take just one of the two sessions. 

FALL

Introduction to Integration, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During this session, participants will be introduced to and practice the process used in their small weekly integration groups.

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
This session will provide an understanding of the difference between spiritual direction and psychological counseling. The importance of spiritual direction in the life of seekers and their own experience will be explored.

Introduction to Spiritual Directors, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
Participants will be introduced to the spiritual directors available to SAT. There will be time for individual conversations as well as learning about each director.

Introduction to Spirituality and Liturgy, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During these sessions, participants will be introduced to the various experiences available for deepening ones spirituality and the role of Liturgy in ‘being Church’ and building community during this sacred time of sabbatical.

Introduction to Tai Chi and Body Praise, Presented by Joann Heinritz, CSJ & Celeste Crine, OSF
This session introduces participants to the spiritual, physical, and mental benefits available through the regular practice of Tai Chi Chih® and Body Praise. Each of these modalities engage the body in gentle, focused movements anchored in one’s breath. The result over time is a growth in wholeness and holiness.

Living Contemplatively, Presented by Michael Fish, OSB Cam.
With an emphasis on finding one’s true, authentic self in God, this two-part course offering challenges one to uncover personal masks and look at life from a new perspective.  (Please bring a pillow and blanket with you.)

Transitions - Essential Elements in Our Journeys, Presented by Bede Healey, OSB Cam.
Our lives are lives of process, growth, change, transformation – we are always “coming to be…”  If we are always changing, what and where is our stable centered core?   This workshop will highlight  the deep structure of transitioning, utilizing psychological and spiritual approaches to help in focusing on our deep selfhood and its unfolding.  Whether beginning  a transition, being in the midst of one, or contemplating one, the principles we will review can be an anchor point for us on our journeys.

Sleeping and Dreaming Qigong, Presented by Kaleo and Elise Ching
Learn the Daoist Sleeping and Dreaming Qigong sequence, which calms the mind and body, relieves stress, eases jet lag, enhances blood and Qi circulation throughout the entire body, and promotes a deep and restful dream-rich sleep. It supports emotional healing, connects with subconscious wisdom, and invites spiritual guidance through the dream realms. Bring a blanket or comfortable mat to lie on, a blanket to cover yourself with, a pillow for your head and a larger pillow for your knees. Please bring your journal.   

Praying Our Experiences, Presented by Bernard LoCoco, FSC
This course offering invites participants to consider that they pray more than they might realize because one prays one’s experiences almost naturally. We examine the theological and spiritual foundation for praying one’s experiences. The workshop also outlines a process for healing memories, plus offers a model of discerning an issue. After each presentation the participants are invited and guided to journal to help process and integrate the ideas and reflections. The journal is presented as a tool to help one pray one’s experiences. One of the goals of the workshop is to deepen one’s personal relationship with God.

Opening Doors to Interfaith Spirituality, Presented by Tom Bonacci, CP
This three-part course offering explores core interfaith documents as a way of understanding the essential elements of interfaith practice and spirituality, including guidelines for dialogue with people from different ecclesiastical traditions. The global ethic of compassion is introduced as a unifying foundation for interfaith understanding and cooperation.

Spiritualities of Desire 1: Julian of Norwich, Presented by Lisa Fullam, Ph.D.
You have made us for yourself, Almighty God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you,” Augustine wrote. Deep in Christian tradition rests the conviction that we are created with a holy thirst for God. In this class we will explore one of the great Christian spiritualities of desire, spiritualities that seek God in the longings of our hearts and the yearnings of our imaginations. We will begin with the writings of Julian of Norwich. We will discuss how God has called and is calling us in our own desires. The music of rock musician Melissa Etheridge will provide a soundtrack for our pilgrimage into the spiritualities of desire. 

Thomas Merton: Mystic, Prophet, Artist, Presented by Clare Ronzani
The legacy of Thomas Merton, 20th century monk, mystic and prophet, continues to live on into the 21st century. What insights might he offer to sabbatical participants seeking deeper integration in their lives and ministries? This course offering considers the evolution of Merton’s contemplative, prophetic spirituality and the wisdom we may draw from it.

Discerning the Sacred Images on the Canvas of Our Souls, Presented by Arthur Poulin, OSB Cam.
This course, part lecture and part experiential, will take you on a journey behind the scenes of a painting and into the creative process itself to see how God can be encountered there, in the hope that you will discover a pathway into your own unique gift of creativity.

Sacred Nourishment: Receiving the Gift of GriefPresented by Khaleghl Quinn, Ph.D. and Mary Busby
“All sentient beings will drink from the same well of loss, grief and pain.” — Gautama Buddha
Autumn is the time for letting go and allowing the healthy transformation of grief to release us into the depth of life purpose.  We will gain access to the beauty of the unavoidable intractable gift of grief.  Qigong, meditation, and communal singing will be the tools used for healing the pain of grief and embracing what it can offer.

Preparation for Day in Tenderloin, Presented by Mary Ann Finch
Mary Ann Finch will introduce her ministry of Care Through Touch in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The participants will also learn about the people they will encounter and the adjunct faculty that will be the guides during the day.

Healing Emotional Wounds, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
This course offering explores how we replay the past in our present-day relationships—and how we can free ourselves from this destructive pattern. We all have a tendency to transfer potent feelings, needs, expectations, and beliefs from childhood or from former relationships onto the people in our daily lives. This course will help us to identify and heal the emotional wounds we carry over from the past so that they won’t negatively impact ministerial effectiveness or sabotage present-day relationships.

Day in Tenderloin, Presented by Mary Ann Finch
Participants will be instructed on the population of the Tenderloin and the resources available to those who live there. They will visit St Boniface Church, St Anthony’s Soup Kitchen , and tour the area under the supervision of adjunct faculty.

Science and the Universe, Presented by Ron Olowin, Ph.D.
A comprehensive summary of the latest scientific findings regarding the state of the cosmos, this course offering also raises important questions regarding the relationship of science and religion, reason and faith. It touches on topics including creation and evolution, and stewardship of the environment.

What is Mine to Do?: The Soul’s Journey Through the Great Turning, Presented by Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher
If your heart is breaking in the face of "the Great Unraveling" of ecological, economic, political and social systems, come join us for a brave and beautiful journey as we dare to see we are not separate from the suffering of our world. 
     In the time of his own great unraveling, Francis of Assisi chose to turn toward gratitude, singing a song of praise known as the Canticle of Creation. Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects invites us also to choose gratitude and put our attention instead on "the Great Turning,"  the movement to a life sustaining society that she calls "the essential adventure of our time."  At the end of his life, Francis of Assisi told his followers: “I have done that which was mine to do, may Christ teach you yours.”
     Using a Franciscan perspective and the Work That Reconnects, we invite you to renew your connection to “that which is yours to do” and to discover how your unique and authentic gifts are in service to Earth in this time of planetary crisis.
     We will use experiential practices, poetry, ritual, prayer, song, and silence to guide our journey through the four stages of the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects. We understand this Spiral to be archetypal and will explore it through the framework of the Christian liturgical calendar.  

Journey of Faith, Journey of the Universe: Interweaving Faith and Science, Presented by Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam.
This course intends to explore and foster the connections between our spiritual journey and practice, and the contemporary vision of the Cosmos and the Big story. In this route a new relationship emerges among Divine, human, and Cosmic dimensions.

Qi and Grace, Presented by Kaleo and Elise Ching
In this workshop you will experience Qigong (Chi Kung) for an embodied Lord’s Prayer. Speaking in chorus with the 2,000 year old utterance of the Lord’s Prayer and moving in harmony with the ancient practice of Qigong, the Abba-Imma Qigong form blends Judeo-Christian and Daoist/Chinese Medicine wisdom and compassion for self and others. 

Studying the Scriptures for Conversion: A Workshop in Christian Base Communities, Presented by Megan McKenna
The emergence of small Christian communities worldwide, has been a catalyst for experiencing Church as community, using the study of the Scriptures for personal and communal conversion, and holding one another accountable to become Good News to the Poor.  We will share this experience, learning the process and how it operates, using the Scriptures from the Lectionary for this weekend— and how it can be used in RCIA and small base communities.
     Megan will provide an outline for the process with suggestions and questions, as well as guidelines for studying scripture in groups for conversion.

Listen Here! Look See!: The Disciplines of Contemplative Listening and Seeing”, Presented by Megan McKenna, Ph.D.
‘You wish to see; Listen. Hearing is a step towards Vision.’ —Bernard of Clairvaux
     In this course offering, we will look at the levels of listening and ways of seeing that lead to an authentic integrated life, using Scripture and story. We will explore some new experiences of prayer and contemplation as the foundation for ‘doing justice, loving tenderly and walking humbly with our God.' (Micah).

Conscience and Consciousness: Issues in Moral Theology, Presented by Gerald Coleman, SS
This three-part course offering introduces the development of a well-formed conscience from a psychological perspective as well as from Catholic tradition. It further explores how to make an informed judgment of conscience. Within this context, beginning of life and end of life issues are discussed, along with pastoral considerations related to these issues.

The Unitive aspects of Sexuality and Beauty, Presented by Bede Healey, OSB Cam, Ph.D.
The many dichotomies and splits we hear about these days in our culture may seem useful as we work to develop a more useful understanding of our society and world. Ultimately, however, it fosters fragmentation, perhaps no more clearly than around sexuality and beauty.  We live in a Divided Land, and this is (not so) slowly undoing our essential personhood. It is also undoing our capacity for deep relationships with God, ourselves, others, and all creation. We will explore this situation specifically from the perspective of sexuality and beauty.  Utilizing the insights of the deep traditions of spirituality and psychology, we will investigate how a holistic perspective of these topics can facilitate our personal interpersonal, and global unity.

Life to the Full: Discerning What’s Next in My Life, Ministry, or Career, Presented by James Briggs
This course will help participants to discern their future direction.  It includes: identifying individual gifts, talents, and charisms; clarifying the purpose to which one feels called to put their giftedness and the work setting where one can be happiest and most productive;  learning the most effective ways of communicating one’s goals to those with responsibility for hiring or assignment decisions.

Growing in Compassion in a Violent World, Presented by Michael Crosby, OFM Cap. 
This course offering posits that the goal of the spiritual life is developing a heart that is moved by compassion and, ultimately, the quality of our relationship with God and with others. Both positive and negative ways of relating are explored in depth in order to reach greater self-awareness about how we relate and how we can build on the original goodness and self-worth given to us by God.

Coming Home to Who You Are, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
We already possess everything we need to have satisfying relationships and a happy, fulfilling life; all we need to do is learn how to bring forth our giftedness and natural wisdom—which includes our innate kindness, understanding, and courage.   This course focuses on appreciating our true self and nurturing the best in ourselves and our relationships. 

The Church is a Multi-Colored Garden: Multicultural Images of God, Presented by Mickey McGrath, OSFS
Through Br. Mickey’s art and stories,  this presentation celebrates the colorful and cultural diversity of the church.  From the history of the Black Madonnas to St. Kateri Tekakwitha, to saints and heroes in modern times, we will take a look at Pope Francis’s call for “unity in the midst of diversity.”   The presentation will be followed by a Eucharistic liturgy and reception.  If you would like, please bring a sacred image from your own cultural background to share as well as a dish (a cherished recipe from your familial and cultural origins) for the reception. 

Sex in 3-D: Toward a Virtue Ethics of Sexuality, Presented by Lisa Fullam, DVM, Ph.D.
In much of Christian tradition concerning sex, we have understood sex to mean sex acts, and we have tended to consider them objectively, not subjectively—in other words, impersonally or externally, not personally or in terms of the internal dynamisms of the person as a whole. In other words, discussions of sexual topics have forgotten that sex is connected to sexuality, a resonant aspect of our humanity. Further, we’ve tended to regard sex with suspicion, resulting in a sexual ethics that can be summed up in a list of “don’ts.” What about the “Do’s”?
     The revival of Christian virtue ethics reminds us that the core questions of morality are not about particular acts, but about the kind of character we cultivate in ourselves and for our communities. Looked at this way, questions about sexual ethics are no longer centered on the nature of the act, but on whether the values we espouse lead us to human flourishing and more faithful discipleship of Jesus. In other words: how are our sexual lives making us better people?

Shadow Work; Shadow Dance, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Our “shadow” is the collection of negative or undesirable traits we keep hidden—the things we don’t like about ourselves or are afraid to admit. But it also includes our positive, untapped potential—qualities we may admire in others but disavow in ourselves. Befriending the shadow makes fear an ally and enables us to live more authentically. This course makes the shadow concept not only easy to understand, but supremely practical for enhancing the quality of our lives.

Spirituality and the Arts: Devotional Bookmaking, Presented by Karen Sjoholm, MA, REACE
This course explores the book as a receptacle for personal and cultural sacred knowledge. A global perspective is emphasized and serves to introduce a wide variety of devotional book forms and materials that have conveyed spiritual expression throughout history. Included are examples of The Book of Hours by medieval illuminators, poetry by Rilke, and writings by Thomas Merton. Through creative exercises, meditation and writing, participants will translate their personal spiritual energy into the form and content of a devotional book.

The Transformative Power of Surrender, Presented by Colette Lafia
Opening our heart to the path of surrender is foundational to the spiritual journey. How can the practice and grace of surrender transform us? Participants will learn to look intimately at their lives as the greatest teacher of this often misunderstood spiritual principle through engaging in prayer, art, and contemplative listening. Participants will leave this workshop with confidence that walking the path of surrender—living in acceptance and trust—will deepen their spiritual lives and bring more peace.

Saved by Beauty, Presented by Mickey McGrath, OSFS
Dorothy Day believed that the world will be saved by beauty. It brings hope and the promise of social justice. Explore her spirituality and her revolutionary impact on the modern church- alongside St. Francis de Sales- in this presentation based on Bro. Mickey’s book, Saved by Beauty, which won two first place Catholic publishing awards in 2013.

Incarnation in Scripture, Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
A biblical investigation of the doctrine and idea of the Incarnation implies the Scripture has something to say about this most fundamental dogma of Christianity. The texts are disputed. Our exploration of Incarnation will probe the first four-hundred years of Christian development during which the Creed and the central idea of Incarnation emerged. Our study will uncover the richness of the biblical traditions that influenced this development. Finally, we will consider the relevancy of such a discussion for our time. Indeed, Incarnation has the whole world in his hands. 

Tenderloin Immersion Day Follow-Up Process, Presented by Mary Ann Finch 

Transitions - Who We Are and Where We Are Going, Continued, Presented by Bede Healey, OSB Cam, Ph.D.

 

SPRING

Transitions, Michael French, FSC, Ph.D.
This session explores the inner world of transitions from a psychological and spiritual perspective. It includes navigating the stages of transition, reflecting on past transitions, recognizing the importance of endings and the sense of loss and grief that comes with them, and coming through transitions with new hope and energy. Both personal and institutional transitions are explored.

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
This session will provide an understanding of the difference between spiritual direction and psychological counseling. The importance of spiritual direction in the life of seekers and their own experience will be explored.

Introduction to Spiritual Directors, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
Participants will be introduced to the spiritual directors available to SAT. There will be time for individual conversations as well as learning about each director.

Introduction to Spirituality and Liturgy, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During these sessions, participants will be introduced to the various experiences available for deepening ones spirituality and the role of Liturgy in ‘being Church’ and building community during this sacred time of sabbatical.

Living Contemplatively, Presented by Michael Fish, OSB Cam
With an emphasis on finding one’s true, authentic self in God, this two-part course offering challenges one to uncover personal masks and look at life from a new perspective.  (Please bring a pillow and blanket with you.)

Journaling as Prayer, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
This session will suggest that you may pray far more than you realize. The workshop introduces/affirms a way of praying that may “fit” and complement other ways of praying. Journaling will help incorporate one’s daily life into prayer. It will help you live more reflectively and facilitate self- learning and self-acceptance.

Introduction to Integration, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During this session, participants will be introduced to and practice the process used in their small weekly integration groups.

Introduction to Tai Chi and Body Praise, Presented by Joann Heinritz, CSJ & Celeste Crine, OSF
This class introduces participants to the spiritual, physical, and mental benefits available through the regular practice of Tai Chi Chih® and Body Praise. Each of these modalities engage the body in gentle, focused movements anchored in one’s breath. The result over time is a growth in wholeness and holiness.

Dreams, Presented by Bernard LoCoCo, FSC
This session suggests that the psyche calls one to wholeness and holiness through the use of dreams. Topics discussed will be “Assumptions about Dreams”, “Ways of Remembering Dreams”, “How to Conceptualize Dreams,” and “A Method of Dream Analysis.”  Participants will have the opportunity to analyze dreams in large and small groups.

Introduction Liturgy, Presented by Celeste Crine, OSF
During these sessions, participants will be introduced to the various experiences available for deepening ones spirituality and the role of Liturgy in ‘being Church’ and building community during this sacred time of sabbatical.

Sexuality and Spirituality in the 21st Century, Presented by Bede Healey, OSB Cam, Ph.D. 
How are we to understand our sexuality and ourselves as sexual beings in today’s church? How do the growing insights from the human sciences regarding human development, and in particular sexual development, assist us in our spiritual growth? Although often seen as being at odds with each other, sexuality and spirituality are integral aspects of who we are and who we are to become. This is true whatever our life path is - single, married, widowed, divorced, or living the vowed life. This workshop will explore these issues, highlighting the embodied nature of both spirituality and sexuality.

Self-Compassion; Self Care, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
The demands of work, ministry, and life can be daunting and exhausting.  Sometimes our giving of ourselves to others begins to take its toll.  In order to maintain the energy and effectiveness of our work and ministry, we need to pay more attention to how we care for ourselves so that we can maintain our resilience and avoid possible burnout.  This two-part course will explore self-care strategies including spirituality, exercise, nutrition, and spending time with friends and family.

Culture-Sensitive Ministries, Presented by Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J., STD, STL
Providing tools to aid the contemporary minister in intercultural sensitivity, this  interactive workshop  is based  on the premise that being aware of our own culture as well as that of another’s will ultimately bring greater understanding and cooperation among people.  Both individuals and groups can appropriate this model into their church work and ministry in a productive way that attempts to overcome cultural misunderstandings and misconceptions.

Matthew’s Passion, Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
The Passion motif in the Gospel of Matthew extends throughout the Gospel narrative itself.  We will explore three crucial texts to underscore this insight: Matthew 2: 16-18 – the slaughter of the Innocents, Matthew 8: 14-17 – the Cure of Simon Peter’s Mother-in-Law, and Matthew 27: 19 – the distress of Pilate’s wife.  The Passion of Jesus is, at one and the same time, solidarity with the afflicted and the call for that justice by which the Kingdom of God is realized on Earth in the here and now of our lives.

Spiritualities of Desire 2: Ignatius of Loyola, Presented by Lisa Fullam, D.V.M., Th.D. 
You have made us for yourself, Almighty God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you,” Augustine wrote. Deep in Christian tradition rests the conviction that we are created with a holy thirst for God. In this class we will continue to explore one of the great Christian spiritualities of desire, the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola. Too often reduced to his legacy of founding the Society of Jesus, Ignatius shaped and shared the foundations of his spirituality as a layman. We will discuss how God has called and is calling us in our own desires. The music of rock musician Melissa Etheridge will provide a soundtrack for our pilgrimage into the spiritualities of desire. This series continues from last fall’s lecture on Julian of Norwich, but you can join us for this session whether or not you attended the first. 

Holiness and Time, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Time is blessed and yet, for so many of us, time seems to be a curse, always in short supply.  In the face of insatiable demands, we often feel defeated and depleted. In kairos or holy time we claim time as a gift.  A series of unusual events or a combination of similar happenings may not be mere coincidence.  Synchronicity is the meaningful coincidence or connection of events that can set the course of our life and reveal our present calling. Such events are the fulcrum of psychological change and spiritual awakening.  Then awkward jolts can become graceful transitions, stops can become steps.  We face our destiny rather than fall into fate. 

Moral Explorations of Human Sexuality, Presented by Gerald Coleman, SS, Ph.D
In this course offering we will explore critical concerns in the area of sexuality (e.g., gender assessment, sexual addiction, etc.) in light of anthropological, theological, and pastoral concerns. 

The Power of Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity, Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Grace is a God-given resource any of us can access.   Moments of grace usually come to us unexpectedly, not based on merit or effort.  This course will open up ways to recognize the grace that surrounds us: in nature, in our spirituality, in relationships, in ourselves. When we confirm for each other our giftedness and the many ways we have been blessed by God, we are thankful. That gratitude can become a prayerful attitude. When that happens our thanks blossoms into an apostolic intent. It leads to generosity – giving back to others in a variety of ways what we have generously received from God. This course explores the inter-relatedness of these three terms and provides guidance on how to give meaning and purpose to the coming seasons of our lives.  

Journeying Toward an Ecological Spirituality, Presented by Ivan Nicoletto, OSB Cam. 
This course offering will help translate scientific, cosmological data into a theological and spiritual framework and explore the ramifications of the new cosmology for our spiritual journey.

Aloha Qigong, Presented by Kaleo and Elise Ching
Aloha Qigong is inspired by the spirit and grace of Hawaii. Based on Chinese Medicine, it engages your body’s energy centers and meridians to integrate body, mind, and spirit while harvesting the light of the cosmos, the nurturing of the environment, and the grounding of earth. It cleanses you of toxic influences and nourishes you with fresh, healthy energy to reset your nervous system and promote wellness. It is an embodied prayer of gratitude to the Divine.

Body Praise and Path to Wholeness and Holiness, Presented by Joann Heinritz, CSJ
“Health and fitness are better than any gold, / and a robust body than countless riches. / There is no wealth better than health of body, and no gladness above joy of heart.” Ecclesiasticus 30:15-16

This three-part series will combine insights, practices and meditations designed to integrate spirituality and healing as a whole human being;  body, mind and spirit.   Each session will help us examine negative messages we have received about our body and ways to enhance the self-healing process by:
a) Giving voice to the wisdom of the body through wondrous facts about various   systems of our body
b) Developing positive practices of imaging our body not by the intellect alone, but by experiencing the wonder of our body
c) Deepening our awareness that we cannot love ourselves fully until we learn to love our body

Life to the Full: Discerning What’s Next in My Life, Ministry, or Career, Presented by James Briggs
This course will help participants to discern their future direction.  It includes: identifying individual gifts, talents, and charisms; clarifying the purpose to which one feels called to put their giftedness and the work setting where one can be happiest and most productive;  learning the most effective ways of communicating one’s goals to those with responsibility for hiring or assignment decisions.

Preparation for Day in Tenderloin, Presented by Mary Ann Finch
Mary Ann Finch will introduce her ministry of Care Through Touch in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The participants will also learn about the people they will encounter and the adjunct faculty that will be the guides during the day.

Spirituality and the Arts, Presented by Karen Sjoholm, MA, REACE
The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop…These words from Pope Francis, who is deeply concerned over our loss of a spiritual relationship with nature, lay the foundation for an inquiry into the numinous life of the world we live in. Practices in silence, sensing, writing, movement and art-making will be the tools used to map our awareness of internal and external landscapes. This course will take place both indoors and in nature.

Day in Tenderloin, Presented by Mary Ann Finch
Participants will be instructed on the population of the Tenderloin and the resources available to those who live there. They will visit St Boniface Church, St Anthony’s Soup Kitchen , and tour the area under the supervision of adjunct faculty.

Living Life to the Full, Presented by James Clarke, Ph.D., and Carol Quinlivan, Ph.D.
This workshop will explore how our sexuality is the driving force for our need for intimacy, relationship, acceptance, and affirmation. There will be an emphasis on connecting sexuality and spirituality, and examining the links that connect these two dynamics in our lives.

Joan Of Arc, Holy Resistance, and Social Sin, Presented by Lisa Fullam, D.V.M., Th.D. 
Virtue ethics holds that we grow in virtue by reflective imitation of admirable people--a person who wants to be more just might reflect on the life of a paradigm of justice, and see how that person’s acts and commitments translate into the contexts of our own lives. However, we also are acutely aware that one of the effects of social sin in our lives is to corrupt our ability to recognize virtue--social sins like racism, sexism, or homophobia warp our ability to discern the character excellences to which we’re called. In this lecture, we’ll discuss Joan of Arc as a notable character offered to us for emulation--she’s a saint, after all! --but in her own time both lauded and persecuted. How might we begin to sort out the heroes from the anti-heroes in our own lives?

Emerging Global Consciousness: An Introduction to World Religions, Presented by Thomas Bonacci, CP
This course offering provides an introduction to world religious traditions including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism. It introduces the key beliefs and principles of each major religion and compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among them. It also opens discussion of the historical and spiritual relationships between these religions and the Christian tradition and Catholic Church.

Life After Sabbatical, Presented by Bernard LoCoco, FSC
This session will discuss how one might continue the sabbatical after the SAT experience.  Reflecting on the times before and during the sabbatical, what changes might be possible to adopt a more Sabbath lifestyle?

Renaissance: Nurturing the Inner Flame, Presented by Khaleghl Quinn, Ph.D., and Mary Busby
Hope springs eternal is the theme for this evening. 

Dr. Khaleghl Quinn will teach a meditation and an ancient healing qigong form, "The Spring Blossom " to guide participants into seasonally appropriate tranquility and inspiration.  Mary Busby of Sagrada Sacred Arts will lead us in inspirational community singing to nourish the heart and soul.  The participant will receive self-sustaining tools for continuous spiritual/physical nourishment.

Creating Your Personal Portable Altar, Presented by Kaleo and Elise Ching
Through guided journeying, you will pass through portals to sacred mystery and layers of archetypal wisdom. Within your inner realms of spirit lie hidden images and messages that help to deepen and enliven your connection with the Divine. Then, you will express your discoveries through art by creating your own personal portable altar.

The Transformative Power of Surrender, Presented by Colette Lafia
Opening our heart to the path of surrender is foundational to the spiritual journey. How can the practice and grace of surrender transform us? Participants will learn to look intimately at their lives as the greatest teacher of this often misunderstood spiritual principle through engaging in prayer, art, and contemplative listening. Participants will leave this workshop with confidence that walking the path of surrender—living in acceptance and trust—will deepen their spiritual lives and bring more peace.