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Nurturing the Seeds of Compassion:   Monthly
Retreats on

Interfaith Council of Contra Costa Monthly Retreats on Compassion at San Damiano!

A monthly retreat beginning Sunday, March 10thfor everyone, from students to older people of any particular faith or life philosophy, to those with an Interfaith spirituality.  Sliding Scale and scholarships available.

Come for the afternoon, the whole day or overnight.

Give yourself a break each month. Come to San Damiano Franciscan Retreat Center in Danville for an afternoon of conversation, art, silence, music, gardening, journaling, ritual and sharing spiritual practices from a different faith tradition each month.  See the reverse side for the full schedule. 

Second retreat on Judaism & Compassion
Sunday, April 7thfrom 3:00 to 6:00 pm
San Damiano, 710 Highland Dr., Danville
$15-20 sliding scale for 3-6 pm
Dinner at 6:00 pm $20 by reservation,
confirm your dinner reservation by Friday, March 29th

All are invited to participate.  Binders with the handouts are included in the fee.  Sliding scale and scholarships available for the regular program. April 7th  continues our monthly series of 3 more Compassion Day Retreats on the first Sunday afternoons of the month, April 7th, May 5th & June 2nd.  A second season will finish the book from Sept to Dec.  Each month we will take a look at Compassion through the lens of a different faith tradition or life philosophy.  Register by email at interfaithcccc@gmail.com or by calling Rev. Will McGarvey, Exec Dir. of the Interfaith Council at 925-597-9797. 

If you want to spend more time at San Damiano, (10 am on, $25 includes lunch) or overnight registration ($60, includes breakfast) needs to be made either online at sandamiano.org or by phone at the office of San Damiano at 925-837-9141.

Nurturing the Seeds of Compassion: Monthly Interfaith Retreats on Compassion

First Season: 

Completed, March 10th, from 2-8 pm                           Buddhism
April 7th, 3-6 pm, dinner optional                        Judaism
May 5th,  3-6 pm, dinner optional                                  Hinduisms
June 2nd, 2-8 pm, 40-60 Iftar at sunset                       Islam & Sufism

July off

August 4th, from 2-8 – Catch up retreat for those who missed the first season.  Review of the prayers and spiritual practices, our leadership team presents what meant the most to them.  Including the Cultivating Compassionate Practices piece from each of the 4 traditions.  

Second Season:

September 8th, from 2-8 pm with dinner                     Paganisms
October 6th, 3-6 pm, dinner optional                            Sikh
Nov. 3rd, 3-6 pm, dinner optional                                  Baha’í
Dec. 1st, from 2-8:00 pm with dinner                            Christianities


Resources you can start reading now:

Karen Armstrong,“Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life”  Link   Reading Schedule:

  • March 10th– chapters 1 & 2                                             • September 8th– chapters 7 & 8
  • April 7th– chapter 3                                                           • October 6th– chapter 9
  • May 5th– chapter 4                                                            • November 3rd– chapter 10
  • June 2nd– chapters 5 & 6                                                  • December 1st– chapters 11 & 12
  • August 4th – catch up retreat, 1-6


Other Resources to reference:

Hazrat Nader Angha,“Sufism: the Bridge Between Religions and Revelation” Link

Andrew Dreitcer,Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus”   Link
Christina Feldman, Compassion: Listening to the cries of the world” Link
Frank Rogers, “Practicing Compassion”  Link

Frank Rogers, “Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus”   Link

Richard Rohr, “Naked Now: Learning to see as the Mystics See”  Link

Joyce Rupp,“Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life”,  Link Her companion book called “Prayers of Boundless Compassion”  Link

Sharon Salzburg,“Loving-kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness”  Link

Gail Strauss, Circle of Compassion: Meditations for Caring – for the self and for the world”  Link

Gail Strauss, “Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self Connecting with Society”  Link


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