I offer overnight retreats - for creativity, restoration, relaxation and community.


EARLY 2022


Sanctuary: A New Year's Retreat IS COMING in 2022!


Start the New Year with intention, contemplation, quiet and sharing. This weekend retreat at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA is a lovely opportunity to rest, to sit quietly and think, to write or create art, to nourish ourselves with simple and delicious food.  The retreat features a combination of shared, facilitated time and open time. You may choose to:


• Write! 

This year, by popular demand, we are offering a writing session with acclaimed author and teacher Faith Adiele, who is giving a special deep discount for retreat participants. 

Take advantage of the new year and Santa Sabina’s contemplative surroundings to jumpstart or re-invigorate your writing practice. On Saturday afternoon, Faith will lead a session of generative writing exercises designed to unearth story ideas hidden in your body, life experiences and environment, and to flex different craft muscles. This fun session is appropriate for non-writers, beginners and experienced writers working in all genres.

• Make art (collage, paint, calligraphy, origami) in the

Art Basement  - you are free to use the center's art

supplies, or bring your own.

• Rest or meditate

• Walk, hike or do yoga (self-led)

• Enjoy a massage (optional/additional cost, $95/hour)

• Be a hermit in the Hermitage 


The experience of being at Santa Sabina-- an inexpressibly lovely, calming and inspiring place--- is a gift. You will find many intentionally created spaces for contemplation, creation and just being. Rates include 2 nights lodging, six meals, and use of all facilities. A commuter option is also available. The only charge not included is payment for (optional) massage (paid directly to the massage therapist) and the guided writing session with Faith Adiele ($40).


Fee options:

Customize your retreat options when you register HERE.

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We will be back to Santa Sabina in 2022! Watch this space for dates and details.

What Retreatants Have Said...

"Thank you for such a wonderful weekend.  I knew  it would be special -- but I didn't quite realize how needed it was.  I felt so accepted and connected to the women you brought together.  I loved doing the art and sleeping and the setting and the women and YOU and the poems and all of it." - Meg


"What a joy to spend the weekend together. Thank you so much for the gift of peace." - Shizue


" heartfelt gratitude to you for hosting the wonderful retreat at Santa Sabina. I'm still basking in the glow of it all -- mostly from the energy of the sacred time and space you created for all of us to gather in, and from the energy shared silently and spoken with you and the other women." - Carol 


"My weekend at Santa Sabina was sunlight on a purple iris, salads dressed with sanctity, pouring rain, crackling fire, gentle conversation, wild revelations, powerful expressions, and discovery of myself in art and writing. You are a gifted nurturer of community and drew exceptional people with generous hearts together to inspire one another." - Jessica


"Santa Sabina is heaven on earth especially when it is shared with fierce, phenomenal, funny, fragile, focused, writers and artists; both fully engaged in our own healing and witnesses to one another’s process along the way. It was a journey magically unfolding and yet carefully constructed." - Kira


"At Santa Sabina I felt an almost instantaneous sense of welcome and of peace. More than anything, I felt the weary traveler in me was attended to with warm and genuine affection and respect. The atmosphere had a cleansing, peaceful, nurturing effect on my body & soul. There's been no experience so simple and so fulfilling in my life before! Much of the success of this retreat had to do with Santa Sabina grounds itself--the meditative spaces, the rich library, the dignified charm of the dining area, the straw-bale hermitage! I really really loved the place and all of the new friends I met along the way!" - Jaymee