A Triduum Retreat


The Paschal Mystery and

Contemplative Ecology

Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday

April 9 - April 12

Retreat Theme  Join Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, Vicar of St. Columba's, for our third annual retreat immersion into the sacred mysteries of the Easter Triduum (i.e., Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday). The themes and activities of the retreat will open the way for reflection on Paschal Mystery through the lens of a contemplative ecology. This is a retreat for those who love the beauty of ritual, the transformational power of the liturgy, and the spiritual depth of the Paschal Mystery. A synthesis of active participation in the liturgies, as well as group and personal reflection on their meaning for ecological justice, weave these holy days into an experience of community-building, contemplative reflection, and climate action. Among the activities retreatants will be invited to engage are the liturgical celebrations, personal faith sharing, contemplative reflection, trail hikes, and a beach clean-up and meditation. Join us in the rustic and cozy comfort of St. Columba’s Church and Retreat House nestled in the beautiful environs of Point Reyes National Seashore.

The retreat begins on Thursday evening, April 18th with a light supper at 6:30 pm followed by a celebration of the Holy Thursday liturgy at 8:00 pm. Retreatants are welcome to attend all of the liturgies for Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Holy Saturday, and our Easter Sunday Eucharist at 10:00 am. The retreat ends with a communal Sunday Brunch after the morning Eucharist.

Director's Bio The Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, founded New Skellig Contemplative Christian Community in 2006 and serves as a Professor of New Testament and Christian Mysticism at the University of San Francisco. Drawing upon his rich academic and theological background as Vicar of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and Retreat House Fr. Pizzuto works for the advancement of contemplative Christianity through his many workshops, lectures, sermons, and retreats given here annually. His most recent book, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life, was published in April 2018 by Liturgical Press. In its pages he seeks to bring his readers into a lived realization of the Christian doctrine of “Deification” – that is, the affirmation that through the Incarnation we have all been made partakers of the divine nature. It is this theological conviction that underlies his mission and ministry at St. Columba’s.

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Accommodation & Cost St. Columba’s Retreat House is renowned for its rustic beauty and charm. Two of our shared rooms host 6 or 12 guests respectively, while other rooms accommodate up to two guests. Couples will be given priority in double rooms whenever possible. We host only two single rooms which are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a supplemental fee. This is a residential retreat, including Thursday, Friday and Saturday night lodging, and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday brunch. The standard cost for the retreat is $365 (with a $100 supplement for a single room depending on availability). Commuters are welcome for a rate $250, which includes retreat supplies and meals.