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”!

Mandala: Creating from the Center

The mandala is a symmetrical design that has historically appeared in art forms, architecture and ceremonies around the world. During the retreat individual mandalas are created as a form of self-expression and personal insight. Full attention is placed on the creative experience, in the present moment. A completed mandala can be a source for meditation and reflection.

Date & Time: Fri., July 12 at 5:00pm through Sun., July 14 at 1:00pm
Presenter: Peg Considine
Fee: $300


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.

Beyond Belief: Self-Realization as a Spiritual Practice

Healing the world begins with healing ourselves. As Ramana Maharshi reminds us: “The greatest service we can render the world is our own self-realization.” This means that we become the greatest light in the world, when we master our own ordeals and connect our creative potential with our spiritual power.

Becoming a prophetic person starts with a spiritual practice, moving from silence to thought to word and action. When our words and actions are rooted in our spiritual commitments, we become a light in the world and a force for good.

This workshop is an entry point into our own wisdom. Using creative exercises, poetry, storytelling and video, we learn the secrets of mysticism and non-duality. We learn how to let go of the fears that have kept us silent and create a life that is full of purpose, spirit and prophetic power. Self-realization helps us to become the Mystics and Prophets we are born to be.

  • explore your life from a different perspective and find wisdom in your cells you never knew you had
  • learn how to tune in to the broadcasts of Mind-at-Large
  • erase the boundaries between your self and the Sacred
  • give up seeking and become a Finder

“Stop learning, start knowing.” Rumi

Date & Time: Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 5pm through Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10am

Fee: $600 (all inclusive)

Presenter: Jan Phillips


About the Presenter: Jan Phillips is a writer, photographer and activist who connects the dots between evolutionary creativity, spiritual intelligence and social action. She is the author of ten award-winning books on creativity, spirituality, and thought leadership. She has three CDs of original music and a YouTube channel of videos she has produced. She is founder and director of the Loving-kindness Foundation and is responsible for the construction of the Livingkindness Learning Centre in Kaduna, Nigeria. Jan has performed with Pete Seeger, taught with Jane Goodall, worked for Mother Teresa, and sung to Gladys Knight. Her presentations incorporate science, humor, research and the arts, keeping the brain and heart connected and engaged.



Mindfulness And Dialogue For Life Workshop

Mindfulness is the practice of present moment awareness without judgment.

Dialogue is the practice of heartfelt, open and creative interaction.

Mindfulness-Dialogue (M-D) brings together the practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue in a way that enriches both and creates a powerful method for accessing richer connections and deeper meaning in our own personal lives and in all our interactions.

There is one reality which we call by many names that is the source of all life. Each of us (and every thing) is a manifestation of this reality, though we tend to identify with a much smaller self, that is, our individual ego. This identification with a smaller, isolated – ultimately untrue – self is the cause of anxiety, suffering, competition and violence in all its forms and structures. The peace, happiness, compassion and justice we all desire will come, therefore, only when we realize our true nature. This then is the real challenge of today: learning how to realize our true nature and re-make our world accordingly.

Retreat- this 1.5 day retreat is designed for healers, including but not limited to therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, teachers, physicians, clergy, and social service staff. Diane and Danny will introduce you to the practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue for Life (DfL) that will enable you to use brief meditation practices and dialogue skills to enhance your ability to befriend yourself and improve your interactions with clients, patients, and co-workers.

With Mindfulness, you will learn to increase your ability to deal with stress by being more present, to more fully understand patterns of thought, and to allow appropriate space for emotions as they arise. With DfL you will learn to bring this expanded awareness to your interactions with others in order to enrich the exchanges and generate creative outcomes. Through dyadic and small group experiences and training’s you will learn how to integrate these skills into your life. The workshop will conclude with participants developing a plan for implementing a Mindfulness-Dialogue way of living.

The entire retreat will consist of an afternoon and evening session on Day One and a morning and afternoon session on Day Two. It will also include an individual coaching phone call follow up within three weeks of the training.

Learning goals:

  • Develop Stress Management
  • Develop Mindfulness Practices
  • Develop Dialogue Practices
  • Develop a Mindfulness-Dialogue practice

Dates & Time: Fri., June 14, at 3pm through Sat., June 15 at 3pm

Fee: $335 (all inclusive)

Presenters: Danny Martin, STL, PhD; and Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW


About the Presenters:

Danny Martin, STL, PhD is the creator of Dialogue for Life and has more that 30 years of experience bringing DFL to public health departments, hospitals, substance use treatment centers, therapists, educators…more about Danny visit

Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW is a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher, Facilitator and Researcher. Her work in mindfulness and parenting is nationally recognized and she has published several papers on the effects of mindfulness. Diane is a Professor of Obstetrics, Genecology, and Pediatrics and the Director of Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research Division (MATER) at Thomas Jefferson University. Her primary areas of expertise in research are with under-served populations and include health behavior change, implementation science, primary care practice change, evaluation and outcomes, behavioral epidemiology and drug dependence treatment.


The Alchemy of Memoir

When you write your memoir, you turn pain into healing, confusion into insight, life into art. You witness the corner of the world that fate entrusted to you.

Come learn to shape your story and make it sing on the page at this two-day retreat. Envision the difference your book can make. Bring paper and pen or a laptop. Perfect for new or  struggling memoirists.

Date & Time: Sat., Oct. 6, at 10am to Mon., Oct. 8 at 1pm
Presenter: Lorraine Ash
Fee: $250


About the Presenter:

Lorraine Ash, MA, is a book editor, author, coach, and editorial director of Cape House Books. She has penned two memoirs: Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing and Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life. Lorraine studied at Fordham University.

A Retreat: Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves

A Retreat for Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Living Within the Sacred

In this weekend retreat, we will explore and strengthen our relationship with trees. We will slow down to listen to what these sacred beings can teach us.

To make this journey, we will use poetry and poem-making as a way to express and describe this relationship with ourselves, one another, and within the larger context of living as stewards of this planet, express it as part of the fabric of the cosmos.

Please bring a story (or poem) about a single tree or a forest, or an orchard, or a grove of trees, whatever is significant to you, that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you, including the cosmos. This poem can be yours or be written by someone else. You are invited to bring a photograph of a tree.

The weekend retreat is limited to 22 registrations. Please register early to reserve your spot.

This weekend retreat begins Friday evening at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. The Friday evening event,  A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop, starts at 7pm.

A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday workshop only)

A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, at 1pm: Fee: $250 (whole weekend); includes all meals and overnight accommodations.


About the Presenter: John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,) and Holy Names University, Oakland.  He taught for twenty years as adjunct at John F. Kennedy University – first through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and then since 1997 in the Arts & Consciousness Department. For more about John Fox, visit his website

Writing Retreat with Paula D’Arcy: The Heart and Soul of the Writer

The Mariandale Center is pleased to welcome back author and inspiration Paula D’Arcy.

Come together with others who love to write, whether you are skilled or a beginner. Contemplate your life through writing until the silenced voices begin to speak and you feel the power of words and the sound of your own voice. Writing practice will fill our days, and film will also be used.

Required reading:  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Date & Time: Wed., June 27 at 5 pm to Sun., July 1 at 11am (all meals included)

Presenter: Paula D’Arcy, MEd

Fee: $550

Please register and pay in full by June 13




About the Presenter

Paula D’Arcy is a well known author of 13 books, and has also toured for ten years performing in an original play.  In addition to her writing, she is an internationally recognized speaker and retreat facilitator. In 2001 she founded Red Bird Foundation, which supports those in need of healing.

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