Write Your Spiritual Autobiography

A Spiritual Autobiography is a written account of the events, people and places that have influenced your relationship with God.  It tells the story of how you have come to hold your beliefs, and from it, you may identify patterns or motifs by which you can recognize the flow of your life.  The process of reflection and writing is itself a spiritual practice; many find that it’s a powerful time for encountering God, and adopt it as a lifelong tool for discernment.

In this retreat, I will provide suggestions for how to structure your work, and guiding questions to help prompt your memory.  We will also meditate on Scripture passages and artwork to help us make connections with our own paths.  You will have time alone for reflection and writing, opportunities for spiritual direction, and the option of sharing with other participants within the sacred space we have created.

Like the original disciples, we, too, have a story, or testament, of God’s presence and action in our lives.  Give yourself the gift of time to reflect deeply on your spiritual life, and put pen to paper to create an account of the fullness of your journey – the mountaintop experiences as well as the mundane, the struggles, the joys, the doubts, and the grace.

Date & Time: Fri., Sept. 11, at 5pm through Sun., Sept. 13, at 1pm

Presenter: Rachele Grieco

Fee: $275


About the Presenter

Rachele Grieco, retreat facilitator and spiritual director, serves as a resource for adults who seek to explore and deepen their spiritual lives. She has been a lay leader in the Episcopal church for over 20 years, engaging small groups in Lectio Divina and Bible study, spiritual conversation and reflection. She also serves as a healing prayer minister, has lead workshops in prayer practices, and was commissioned to compose a healing circle liturgy.

Rachele holds degrees in English Literature and Christian Spirituality.  She resides in New York City with her husband, where they enjoy discovering diversity within the natural landscape as well as in the urban environment.

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 Retreat With Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen

Our retreat guides will be two spiritual giants who understood our lives and the deepest longings of our hearts. The times in which we live demand imagination, seeing God, the world and ourselves in a new way. Merton and Nouwen were open to the Spirit that brought them to new and unexpected places. Their writings and spirits will guide us during this retreat.

Join us for this very special retreat at Mariandale, enjoy the summer breeze, pool and grounds overlooking the majestic Hudson River!


Date and Time: Sun., July 12, at 5pm through Fri., July 17, at 1pm

Presenter: Fr. Anthony Ciorra, PhD

Fee: $595 (all inclusive)



About the Presenter:

Fr. Anthony Ciorra is currently the Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity and Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies at Sacred Heart University, F airfield, Connecticut. Previously, he was Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, Director of the Center of Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth and the Director for the Center for Spiritual Development in the Archdiocese of New York. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. He is actively involved in creating programs for inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

Join us as we continue to explore our spiritual paths, stressing the many areas of collaboration and understanding through dialogue.  This semi-annual series explores the many similarities between these two traditions.  We will review many of the teachings of Jesus and the Buddha and discuss the way of the Saint and the way of the Bodhisattva. This session dialogue we will be using a book entitled “The Emptied Christ of Philippians, Mahayana Meditations” by John Keenan.

Date & Time:  Sat., June 22, and Sept. 14, from 10am to 2pm

Presenter:  Fernando Camacho, Maeve Eng Wong, and Janet Reale

Fee:  $40 per session (includes lunch)


About the Presenter:

Fernando Camacho, MD is an ordained lay Buddhist priest of the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across all religious traditions. Fernando is a practicing medical oncologist in the Bronx and is the Director of the Community Oncology Program of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

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