Directed Summer Retreat

Come and reflect on your life and hear God’s whispers and movements. The silent, directed retreat is a rich opportunity for sacred silence with a daily opportunity for spiritual direction.

Daily reflection and celebration of the Eucharist will punctuate the days of rest and replenishment overlooking the majestic and beautiful Hudson River. Relax and enjoy the pool and grounds.

Date & Time: Sun., Aug. 2, at 5pm through Fri., Aug. 7 at 11am (after brunch)

Presenters: Fr. Francis Gargani, CSsR and Janet Corso, Sr. Connie Koch, OP and Amy Sucich.

Fee: $595 (all inclusive)


About the Presenters:

Francis Gargani, CSsR is a Redemptorist priest, and experienced spiritual director, retreat leader, and workshop leader. He has served in a variety of ministries in parishes, at college campuses, and retreat centers, Presently, Francis ministers in the area of peace and justice.

Janet Corso, MA, is a spiritual director, supervisor and trainer of spiritual directors. Janet also leads retreats and workshops, and was formerly the director of The Mariandale Retreat Center. She is a member of Mariandale’s Contemplative Formation team.

Connie Koch, OP is a Dominican Sister of Hope. She is a preacher, storyteller, spiritual director and has led retreats, parish missions, adult faith formation and youth groups. She is Promoter of Preaching for the Dominican Sisters of Hope and Chaplain for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety.

Amy Sucich, LCSW-R has a long history of deep listening as a trained social worker.  She is currently a spiritual director and retreat facilitator and an active member of the Mariandale community. Amy also serves on the Mariandale Advisory Committee.



A Spirituality of Film (Part 3): Creation of God’s Redemptive Love

All New Retreat, no need to have attended Parts 1 & 2

“…are we all lost stars/trying to light up the dark?” (song lyric)

This all-new guided retreat will continue a ‘two-themed’ approach: the call to be God’s partners in creating and giving witness to a redemptive love in the world…and how the art of film communicates such a spirituality for prayer/reflection. As the poet W.H. Auden says: “We must love one another or die.”

Topics will include:

  • Co-creative human/divine powers of redemptive love
  • The ‘multi-colored Loves of God’
  • Love’s power in the healing of wounds
  • The ‘fleshy love’ of ‘God’s Body’
  • Hope in the redeeming justice of love

(Eucharist celebrated daily; please bring a Bible and notebook/journal.)

Dates & Times: Sunday, July 26, at 5pm thru Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 at 1pm

Presenter: Bro. Michael Laratonda

Fee: $575 (all inclusive)


About the Presenter:

Michael Laratonda, FMS is a member of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, a religious congregation dedicated to Christian education. Michael’s background includes: teaching at the secondary school and adult levels in the areas of English, theology, and film; chaplaincy work in hospital and long-term care facilities with elders; retreat presenter and spiritual director; workshop facilitator in the areas of psycho-spiritual development, prayer; sexuality, journaling, and dreams.

Being Here: Life Itself is an Unimaginable Gift

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.” Join Paula D’Arcy as she presents a very special silent retreat weekend.

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

Presenter: Paula D’Arcy

Fee: $395 (all inclusive)


About the Presenter:

Paula D’Arcy, MEd in counseling psychology, author, speaker, retreat director, president of Red Bird Foundation, and adjunct faculty at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX, is a well-known author of 13 books, and has also toured for ten years preforming in an original play. She is an internationally recognized speaker and retreat facilitator. In 2001, she founded Red Bird Foundation, which supports those in need of healing.

Refreshing Summer Solitude

This silent, directed retreat invites participants to refresh their spirits and experience greater intimacy with God.  There will be opportunities for meeting with an experienced spiritual director, ample time for personal prayer, rest, relaxation, pool time, walks, meditation or sitting to take in the beautiful Hudson River views.  Daily liturgy will be available, helping to advance your spiritual journey.

Date & Time: Sun., June 21, at 5pm through Sat., June 27, 2020 at 11am

Presenter:  Nancy Erts, OP; Judy Schiavo; Maureen McMahon, RDC

Fee: $625 (all inclusive)



About the Presenters

Nancy Erts, OP is a Dominican sister of Hope and the Program Specialist at the Mariandale Center. she holds degrees in education and Theology and has completed additional work in psychology, holistic and Eco-spirituality. she has been involved in the ministry of adult spiritual development for over 35 years.

Judy Schiavo holds an MA in secondary Education/Spanish from Seton Hall University and an MS in Spirituality/ Spiritual Direction from Fordham University. After retiring from 43 years of teaching, Judy is now a full-time spiritual director and retreat director.

Maureen McMahon, RDC is a Sister of the Divine Compassion. Maureen’s background includes teaching, administration, and parish work. For over 40 years she has been an experienced spiritual director, retreat director and retreat presenter. Included in this ministry she has participated in training folks, religious and lay, to be spiritual directors. Presently she is enjoying views of the Hudson River from her residence in Croton on Hudson.


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