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2019 California Teaching Retreat

  • 10/23/2019
  • 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • 10/27/2019
  • 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • St Columba's Retreat House, Inverness, CA
  • 4


  • Covers all meals, facility use, and teacher stipend. Commuters must arrange their own lodging.
  • Covers shared room with shared bath, all meals, facility use, and teacher stipend.
  • Very limited number available. Covers room with shared bath, all meals, facility use, and teacher stipend.

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The Shape of a Céile Dé Teaching Retreat
Céile Dé annual residential teaching retreats are intensive, deliberately so, in order to create conditions that people are generally unable to manifest by themselves at home and in their everyday lives. They also give people who are following the tradition an opportunity to receive sufficient material to work with until the next annual teaching retreat.

  • Days begin with meditation before breakfast.
  • Generally there are two sessions of around one hour's duration every morning, with a break between for silent reflection. 
  • In the afternoons, we take more time for quiet reflection, either in Nature or indoors, as you wish, and a third and possibly a fourth teaching session.
  • Before dinner, we return to the circle for meditation and/or sacred conversation.
  • There is usually some free time after dinner and perhaps a less formal teaching session or an optional session, giving retreatants the choice to rest a little - or stay intense.
  • Every day ends with a meditation around 9 pm, after which we go straight to bed and hope for rich dreams after a day filled with soul nourishment.

Light kitchen duties (e.g. washing your own dishes) are part of the retreat experience at St Columba's. We will all share responsibility for creating an atmosphere of attentive silence, conducive to absorbing the teachings. 

We aim to hold silence at all times outside of teaching sessions. Our annual gathering is a ‘Teaching Retreat’ because it is residential, the teaching sessions are supported by frequent contemplative practices, and a peaceful silence is held at all times between teaching sessions in order to aid absorption of the powerful energies transmitted during teachings and practices. You can read more about the culture of silence at our teaching retreats HERE.

St Columba's Retreat House: St Columba's Retreat House, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937, is a contemplative ecumenical retreat center administered by St Columba's Episcopal Church, which is in the same building. Most rooms are shared. To get a sense of this unique facility and information about its location, etc., visit

Ongoing Community: Newcomers will have the opportunity to consider further, ongoing teachings and practices within groups that offer a powerful container for those who seek a path that invites commitment and openness to real inner change.

Registration & Payment Information

St Columba's is a former residence with a unique collection of rooms with different configurations. Accordingly, the registration form asks for information to help us prioritize room assignments according to health need. Please be as specific as you feel you need to be; this information will be kept confidential.

Registration By Mail
  1. Register here online, but do not follow the link to pay online. You will receive an invoice by email. 
  2. Print out the invoice and mail it immediately with your $100 deposit to: Janice Freeman-Bell
    California Chapter of Termonn, Inc.
    P.O. Box 7040
    Halcyon, California 93421

    Please make checks out to "California Chapter of Termonn, Inc.". Be sure to write "2019 Teaching Retreat" in the memo line of your check. 
  3. Your deposit and any other payments will be applied to your invoice.
  4. You are not officially registered until we receive your deposit. 
  5. Your balance is due by October 1 and can be paid by mail or online.
Online Registration

You can also register and click the "Pay Online" button to pay the total amount using a credit or debit card via PayPal (Alas, you cannot make partial payments via PayPal at this time).

Please Note: Unless you communicate with Janice, our Chapter Treasurer, if we do not receive your full payment by the deadline, your registration may be removed and someone else may take your place. Accommodation is possible on a case by case basis if you communicate your situation to the Chapter Treasurer.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please be certain that you are committed to attending this retreat before you register. Your $100 deposit is not refundable, and if the deposit is not paid in a timely manner, we reserve the right to offer your place to someone else. (We expect this retreat to be fully booked.) Cancellations received before October 1 will receive refunds of the amount paid, minus the $100 deposit, only if we are able to fill your place with another retreatant. No refund will be made for cancellations after October 1. 

    Scholarships: Scholarships for retreat registration costs (but not for travel expenses) are available as Termonn Trust funds allow. Be sure to pay your deposit before June 15 and follow the instructions on the Scholarships page on this website. 

    Donations to Termonn Trust
    If you can afford it, please consider donating to the Termonn Trust to help others in need attend this teaching retreat. 

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