Mandala: Creating from the Center

The mandala is a symmetrical design that has historically appeared in art forms, architecture and ceremonies around the world. This day retreat is designed to introduce participants to the experience and practice of creating their own, unique expression. The creative process, shared with others, can be a powerful experience and is an art technique that is accessible to everyone.

When creating a personal mandala, full attention is placed on the experience, in the present moment. A completed mandala is a guiding means for meditation and self-reflection; we can see ourselves, with perspective and compassion.

  • 9:30-10:15 am – Welcome circle; Mandala imagery and description; Art materials and techniques
  • 10:15-12:00 noon – Brief guided meditation and selected reading; Group begins creating mandalas
  • 12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30 pm – Group sharing and guided meditation
  • 1:30-3:30 pm – Continue creative process
  • 3:30-4:00 pm – Witnessing, sharing and reflection

Date & Time: Sat., May 2, from 9:30am to 4:00pm
Presenter: Peg Considine
Fee: $75


About the Presenter 

Peg Considine is a licensed educator and artist, she holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Master of Education from Elms College. She taught visual art for twenty years, emphasizing the creative process as an expression of self. Peg has found the mandala to be an accessible and transformative art form. She currently leads mandala retreats throughout New England.

Living a Down to Earth Spirituality

We’ve had an on-going infatuation with heaven that has caused us to ignore Earth and to desecrate the actual places in which we live. That’s no faith I want to be part of.  ~ Fred Bahnson

Spend some personal and communal reflection time growing in awareness and responsiveness to the pleas of Pope Francis and other spiritual leaders: to experience God’s presence in creation and to care for our sacred, common home.

You will focus on exploring the three moments of the Laudato Si Retreat, developed by the Global Catholic Climate Movement:  1-Hearing Creation’s Song; 2-Hearing Creation’s Cry; 3-Responding with Hope and Action in our Process of Ecological Conversion. This is based on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.

This semi-silent retreat includes ample time in our beautiful natural surroundings to walk the trails and the Labyrinth, and to sit, swim, contemplate, and bond with God in all beings.

Date & Time: Sun., Aug. 4, at 5pm through Sat., Aug. 10 at 11am

(Please note that this is a different ending date than the printed Mariandale brochure has. The retreat ends on Saturday, August 10, at 11 am, not Sunday, August 11, as the brochure states, in error.)

Presenters: Nancy Erts, OP and Carol DeAngelo, SC

Fee: $575 (all inclusive)

Beautifully Rooted Women’s Retreat

Join Kacey and company for a weekend to renew your body, mind, and spirit through both group presentations and self-guided exercises in this weekend retreat on the Hudson River. Enjoy the pool by day, and walk the labyrinth at night by candlelight. Explore “Silent Sunsets” and late night sparklers!

You will also have the opportunity to schedule a healing session of Reiki, massage, or healing touch. Join like-minded women of all ages who want to live well and flourish at every stage of life.

Date & Time: Fri., July 26, at 5pm through Sun., July 28 at 11am

Presenter:  Kacey Morabito Grean

Fee: $275 (all inclusive)


About the Presenter:

Kacey Morabito Grean– is a certified life coach and advanced reiki practitioner. Kacey is host of the popular podcast “Shine On” The Health and Happiness Show, and is an inspirational speaker. At the heart of all she does is reminding you that “You are a miraculous creature capable of great things”!

Being Here

Life itself is an unimaginable gift. Even as we meet its challenges, the things that move our hearts and break our hearts, the griefs and losses, they are never the end of the story. Within every circumstance is a deeper dimension that exceeds what we’re going through. As author Andrew Harvey writes, “Our shared planetary future depends on our taking-alone and together and soon- the journey into love.”

This silent retreat is an opportunity to reconnect with your inner wisdom, strength and kindness. A weekend retreat to find beauty again while enjoying the beautiful peaceful 61 acre grounds at Mariandale. Relax, regroup, rejuvenate and be inspired to be a light in your own life.

Date & Time: Fri., June 26 at 5 pm through Sun., June 28, 2020 at 1 pm

Presenter: Paula D’Arcy

Fee: $375 (all inclusive)


About the Presenter

Paula D’Arcy is an internationally known author and retreat leader. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived an accident in 1975 which took the lives of her husband and young daughter. The heart of her work today focuses on the transformation of pain and an awakening to life’s beauty and power.

Paula founded Red Bird Foundation ( in 2001, a non-profit which supports the growth ans awakening of those in need throughout the world. Among her best-selling books are “Gift of the Red Bird,” “Stars at Night,” “waking Up to This Day,” and her April 2018 release, “Winter of the Heart.”

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