Fall 2017
Program Guide

June - December

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Our Mission

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through sponsored programs and hospitality, the retreat center creates opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to these sacred grounds. These are the retreats and events created by the Center and listed in Our Program Guide. See these events on the following pages Day Retreats, Weekend Retreats, Long Retreats & Special Programs

Our hosted program invites outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate, 12-Step, or other event at our center. For information about our facilities go here ~ Our Center.
For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email to Sydne

A Day Retreat:

“Along the Way: A Pilgrim Walk"                               
Sue Ballotti

Saturday, July 8, 7:00am to 1:00pm

Join Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in this re-creation of the Way, the famous Camino Walk in Spain. “Along the Way” is a 4 mile hike through the streets and trails (McBride Trail) of Palos Verdes to the sacred grounds of the Retreat Center. All pilgrims will be blessed, hike to Camino stations for reflections and passport stamps. This is a half day walk adapted to our local countryside, neighborhood and faith traditions. All ages and faiths welcome. Moderate difficulty. Packing guide and instructions with pre–registration. Water stations along the way concluding with lunch. Cost: $20 per person ($15 if paid by June 30) Register by June 30 with a friend and pay $25 for both. Register a family of 4 by June 30 and pay $45 total.
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A Weekend Retreat:

Stories of God ~ Stories of You                
Laurence Gallagher, CSsR

7:00pm Friday, August 4 to 1:30pm Sunday, August 6

Everyone loves a good story!  A good story draws us in and connects us into our own deeper story. "We need to look hard at the stories we tell, & wrestle with them like clay. It is in the retelling and returning that they give us their wisdom" Marni Gillard. Our spiritual roots as Christians are steeped in a rich heritage of storytelling. Through the median of parables Jesus used language and imagery that everyone could relate to. They are not merely Gods stories. They become our stories too, when we make them our own! I warmly invite you to journey with me through the treasure of some of these parables inviting us ever deeper into the sacredness of our own personal story!
Cost: per person/shared $250 ($235 if paid in full by July 14);
single room $345 ($330 if paid in full by July 14)
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An Extended Retreat:

5-Day Women’s Retreat: In God’s Grace We Bloom On & On
Sue Ballotti; Julia Costello, DMJ; Erica Wall, MA
6:30pm Friday, July 14 to 1:30pm Wednesday, July 19

This is a retreat for women facilitated by women. There will be four core leaders serving this grace filled time of rest, growth, prayer, silence, fun, and beauty. Take this sacred pause to realize the blooming wonders in your life, through God’s Grace. Bring your sister or a friend, register together, share a room and each person will receive a 10% discount ($57.50). Only one discount per reservation.
Cost: per person/shared $575 ($545 if paid in full by June 23); single room $670 ($645 if paid in full by June 23)
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Labyrinth Bonaventure now open
~ Come and See!
Our 11-circuit Chartes style Labyrinth is located in a lovely, quiet, outdoor setting conducive to meditation and reflection. Walking a Labyrinth can lead to inner stillness; and a means to open ourselves to God’s presence. The path of the Labyrinth is a metaphor for the path of our life and situations confronting us. Instruction sheets are available at the entrance. Labyrinth Team Facilitators are available to lead walks with a reservation. While the Labyrinth is open for all to use, we suggest groups call ahead to the Center to confirm availability. Donations are used for maintenance of the Labyrinth.  

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