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A Christian Approach to Yoga
with Fr. Cyprian Consiglio
and John Marheineke


July 13 - 15, 2012
Friday 6:00 p.m. (dinner) to
Sunday 1:00 p.m. (lunch)


Registration Closed

We will be exploring both in theory and in practice the Christian approach to the practice and philosophy of Yoga. On a practical side we will do asana, pranayama and meditation together each day. On the theoretical side we will discuss how the spiritual anthropology––the view of the human person––implied in each tradition converges, and sheds new light on the transformative promises of the Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension.





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Cyprian Consiglio, OSB, Cam, is a monk of New Camaldoli Hermitage, musician, composer, author and teacher. He lived for ten years at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, serving as liturgist, choir director and teacher. Cyprian currently lives in a hermitage near Santa Cruz, California. He spends about half his time at home and half his time traveling, performing and teaching. Much of both his music and his teaching revolve around the Universal Call to Contemplation through spirituality and the arts. A student of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda, Cyprian has a great love for comparative religion, and published a book Prayer in the Cave of the Heart by Liturgical Press, based on wisdom culled from what he has gained from his studies. He has been to India numerous times as well as other countries in Europe, Asia, and the Mideast, performing as well as studying and teaching. Besides concerts and recording, he regularly leads retreats and conferences on meditation, and has done extensive work in inter-faith dialogue.

John Marheineke teaches theology and philosophy, and also serves as Campus Minister at St Francis Catholic High School in Watsonville, CA. He is also an accomplished athlete; with his degree in Exercise Physiology, he has coached high school track and field, and cross country. He has considerable experience as a retreat leader and has been recently working with Fr. Cyprian in the area of integrated spirituality. He is a husband and father of four girls.




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Meals include locally-sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, soups, salads and meat entrees. Our meal service department cannot offer all-vegan or other special menus. For your convenience, we have kitchenettes equipped with microwave ovens and refrigerators located on each residence floor. There is a health food store in Burlingame, a short distance from Mercy Center. Guests are welcome to bring special foods or supplements to retreats.