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Retreats & Workshops

Events are currently are held at the Mercy Retreat & Conference Center located at
535 Sacramento Street, Auburn, CA, just north of Sacramento.
Accommodations & commuter prices available.
Most programs begin Friday evening and end Sunday at noon.
We welcome people from all backgrounds.

MCA (530) 887-2019


The Art of Sleep

The Art, Science, & Spirituality of Sleep
A Restorative Sleep Workshop


November 15-17, 2024

Do you really want to sleep? Our invisible sleep and waking rhythms influence how we feel, what we do, and affect our relationships. This program provides practical skills that honor our body’s natural clocks that guide us toward deep and restful sleep while also honoring sleep as a sacred practice we can learn to do better. Sleep can be transformed from a struggle of deprivation to a nurturing and restorative rhythm. Learn details about sleep architecture, how to navigate challenging sleep terrain, and how to align our daily patterns to bring ourselves fully and creatively to each new dawn.

Facilitated by Jessica Del Pozo, PhD

Author of Being Awake Better & The Art of Sleep


Program, 2 Nights  (Private Room), Meals & Workbook $325

Beguiled by Beauty
Cultivating a Life of 
Contemplation & Compassion

May 10-12, 2024

“There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.” -Howard Thurman


During our time together, we will explore beauty as a threshold to the divine and to the deepening of compassion and joy. Beauty allows us to behold the sacred worth of all beings in nature, the arts, and the faces of others. Cultivating the practice of beauty opens us to a deeply joyful way of embracing the loveliness and sorrows of life. We will have time for discussion, small group conversations, meditation, quiet, and creativity – and for savoring the beauty of a life of faith.

Facilitated by Wendy Farley, PhD

Author of Beguiled by Beauty & many others

Program, Private Room & Meals $300

Healing Our Healers

Self-care is never a selfish act. It is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.  ~Parker Palmer

When it's too much:

  • Find your grounding amid the demands and the chaos 

  • Tend to pressing problems with grace and boundaries in place

  • Lighten the weight of responsibility that is not your own

  •  Embrace discrepancies between personal & occupational values


Practices to sustain us:

  • Connect with and attend to the heart of the matter

  • Establish a healthy pace in the rapidly changing environment

  •  Break patterns of heavy-heartedness and restlessness

  • Deepen the call and purpose of your work and your life

Facilitated by Colleen Gregg, MA & Jessica Del Pozo, PhD

Private groups scheduled upon request.

Mindful Courage:
A Men's Retreat

March, 2024, TBD

Would you like to deepen your relationships with yourself, those you care about, the natural world, and with your Higher Calling in life? Many men yearn for deeper relationships amid a global pandemic where social distancing creates unique challenges to these natural desires. This retreat explores what it means to be mindfully and emotionally courageous on the path of connection with yourself and others.

Facilitated by Ed Brantmeier, PhD


Program, Private Room & Meals $280

Cultivating A Rhythm of Grace
A Fall Retreat for Chaplains
in Honor of Spiritual Care Week

October 2024, TBA, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Fall is a season of transition and reflection when we may shift the pace of our lives. Join us for this contemplative retreat as we explore together how to cultivate rhythms of grace in our own lives and in our ministry to others. 

Facilitated by Rev. Susan Cosio & Dr. Jessica Del Pozo

Option to arrive Thursday evening for 7:00 PM Reception & overnight accommodations: $65-150

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Women's Retreats 

October 13-15, 2023 [FULL]

April 19-21, 2024 [WAITLIST]

June 23-27, 2024 [WAITLIST]

August 7-11, 2024 [WAITLIST]

September 13-15, 2024: Mercy in the Wild

Known as the Spiritual Spa, this retreat offered three times per year provides nourishment for spirit, mind and body, with time and space for both connection and solitude, healing massage, reflection, and creative expression. Whether you are wrestling with a spiritual issue or seeking personal growth, these retreats can bring restoration. By pausing to draw inspiration and wholeness through gentle awakening of all the senses, retreatants will move forward with grace and renewed energy to continue on

life's sacred journey.

Facilitated by the Mercy Retreat Team

Wisdom of the BodySoul with Jessica Del Pozo

Program, Massage, Private Room & Meals: $300-500

 These retreats fill to capacity quickly, but retreatants are frequently able to join from the waitlist. Please call and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

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