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Sacred Pathways to Earth Healing
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Sunday August 14, 2022 through Friday August 19, 2022
Cost: $480.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 pm August 14, 2022 to
12:00 pm August 19, 2022

Sacred Pathways to Earth Healing – from cosmic grace and guidance to personal choice
with Maureen Wild, SC, MEd

Stained glass image created by Franciscan Sister Ann Therese Kelly -  Inspired by the ‘Canticle of Creation’ written in 1224 by Francis of Assisi, it reflects the cosmic view of the earth - Sun, moon, stars, wind, water, and the earth teeming with birds and fish, water, fire, mother earth, continents, trees and leaves. 

God’s good Earth and cosmos continues to evolve around us and within us, as an ongoing process, a cosmogenesis.  Divine creativity unfolds a sacred creation and each morning we awaken into it, its own healing energies flowing through us …as we reflect the same.

This living consciousness evolves and deepens within us as we also make connections to the life-enriching compass that navigates a loving Christ-presence in our world.  We see ourselves as integral members of a universal heart that longs for deeper communion and wholeness, and draws us all towards greater healing and peace. 

We experience a 2000-year allurement to the Christ love song, drawn to its healing ways that our spiritual founders and Saints have known and shown, and as lived out within our own multicultural community and in ourselves.  We traverse along this great and long legacy singing, as we go, this love song into new modes of existence.  

We now walk the pathway being forged for all humanity:  for the healing of Earth as an essential way of life (Laudato Si’) while also fostering ‘our innate vocation’ to genuine friendship and solidarity with all persons (Fratelli Tutti).  All pathways for healing find ways to converge, as streams to a river, within God’s flow of cosmogenesis, Christogenesis … the genesis of love unfolding. 

Foundational resources in preparation for this retreat, choose one or more:
1. Journey of the Universe (2011) film and/or book; request free access to film 
and e-book once registered for this retreat.
2. An Astonishing Secret – The Love Story of Creation and the Wonder of You, 
by Daniel O’Leary (2017)  

Maureen Wild’s graduate studies (Boston, 1993) and primary ministry focus for many years has been on themes of our Living Cosmology and Sacred Ecology.  She served as Director of two spiritual-based ecological learning centers: Genesis Farm, NJ, followed by The Centre for Earth and Spirit, BC, which she co-founded.  She is one of the Sisters featured in the book Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology (Harvard Univ. Press, 2007).  Pope Francis’ encyclicals, Laudato Si’ and Fratellit Tutti, are also an important focus for her work. As a sought-after speaker and retreat guide, she continually develops educational and retreat initiatives. 



If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy 

Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from Light Supper (at 5:15) on Sunday to Lunch on Friday
For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
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