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.
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.
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.
Program, Private Room & Meals $280
Cultivating A Rhythm of Grace
A Fall Retreat for Chaplains
in Honor of Spiritual Care Week
October 27th, 2023 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
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.