"My retreat experience with Dr. Joe was a special encounter that I will treasure for the rest of my life. He is a very kind and spiritual soul, who is very wise and insightful. It was well worth the time and money spent to travel there to see him. I recommend him to any one interested in a spiritual retreat."  Ida T.

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Bay Area Retreat,Sonoma Coast Retreat
Bay Area Retreat,Spiritual Retreat

NOTE:  no meals are included; you may bring pre-prepared food for reheating/grilling; local dining-out options included in packet (see Guest Policy Agreement).

WE are spiritual beings humanly expressing our spirituality....

"Three men stood looking at the same Sunset..."

 

One man saw the immense physical beauty and enjoyed the event in itself. This man was the "sensate" type who, like 80 percent of the world, deals with what he can see, feel, touch, move, and fix. This was enough reality for him, for he had little interest in larger ideas, intuitions, or the grand scheme of things. He saw with his first eye, which was good. (geosphere meets biosphere)
A second man saw the sunset. He enjoyed all the beauty that the first man did. Yet, like all lovers of coherent thought, technology, and science
(“reason” type), he enjoyed his power to make sense of the universe and explain what he discovered. He thought about and reflected upon the cyclical rotations of planets and stars. Through imagination, intuition, and reason, he saw with his second eye, which was even better. (biosphere meets neosphere)
The third man saw the same sunset, knowing and enjoying all that the first and the second man did. But in his ability to progress from seeing, to explaining, to being fully present to both ways of seeing by "contemplating", he remained in awe before an underlying mystery, coherence, and spaciousness that connected him with everything else. He used his third eye as well as the first and second eye, which is the goal of all seeing and all knowing. This is Theosphere as contemplative unity. (Richard Rohr, The Naked Now)

 

If we want to truly “see” as seekers and seers, we will need to use all three ways of seeing.  First, we must employ all of our senses.  Second, we should take the time to learn about what we are seeing.  Third, if we are wise, we will also go on to make ourselves more open to the God who is in, behind and above All.  We will not just use our senses and mind to experience Creation, we will also engage the soul. (adapted from Richard Rohr, The Naked Now)

 

God’s life-giving loving embrace of us through the Spirit is freely given and calls us to faith as a response to God’s Love & Grace.  Our stories of and faith experiences of this liberating and transforming God pose the truth about our world and ourselves.  Living and loving as an integrated being is union with the Holy One.  And so, the meeting of all levels, all stages of being, as well as the union of opposites as an integrated being is The Reign of God; living within The Theosphere.  "Either we see God in all, or we don't see God at all."

 

Come on retreat... offering counseling and spiritual practice as transformative through relational connection on the direct path of centering prayer, contemplation, mindful meditation, and guided imagery, while supporting the healing and wellness of body, mind and spirit in this sacred space of awe & wonder!


“I see skies of blue, and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. And I think to myself, What a Wonderful World. The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying, "How do you do?" They're really saying, "I love you". I hear babies cry, I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than I'll ever know. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.” L. Armstrong

 

“Find God in yourself, and find yourself in God”--Theresa of Avila