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Nurturing the Seeds of Compassion:   Monthly
Retreats on

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

Fourth in a series of monthly retreats for 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. 

Fourth retreat on Islamic Sufism & Compassion
with Dr. Jilla Benham and Negar Dadgari
Sunday, June 2nd from 2:00 to 8:00 pm
San Damiano, 710 Highland Dr., Danville
$40-60 sliding scale, Dinner included.
confirm your reservation by Friday, May 28th at noon.

All are invited to participate.  Binders with the handouts are included in the fee.  Sliding scale and scholarships available for the regular program. June 2nd concludes our first monthly series of Compassion Day Retreats.  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
Completed, April 7th, 3-6 pm,                                         Judaism
Completed, May 5th,  3-6 pm,                                         Hinduisms
June 2nd, 2-8 pm, 40-60 Dinner at 7:00 pm               Islam & Sufism

July off

August 17th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm – $55.00 to 70.00.  We are cosponsoring the Day Retreat at Unity Walnut Creek with Mirabai Starr, on her new book on the Female Mystics of many traditions called Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.  Call 925-937-2191 for more information.   Unity Walnut Creek is at 1871 Geary Rd., Walnut Creek.  

Second Season:

September 8th, from 2-8 pm with dinner                     Paganisms, Dr. Felicity Grove
October 6th, 3-6 pm, dinner optional                            Sikhism, Dr. Erica Bains
Nov. 3rd, 3-6 pm, dinner optional                                  Baha’í, Dolores White
Dec. 1st, from 2-8:00 pm with dinner                            Christianities, with Rev. Will McGarvey, Rev. Kristin Powell and Father Tom Bonacci

Resources you can start reading now:

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

  • June 2nd– chapters 5 & 6
  • September 8th– chapters 7 & 8
  • October 6th– chapter 9
  • November 3rd– chapter 10
  •  December 1st– chapters 11 & 12


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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