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A Guided Autobiography Retreat
with Liz Dossa and Sr. Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM

September 29 - October 1, 2017
Begins Friday with dinner at 6:00pm
Concludes Sunday at 11:30 am


$285 overnight / $265 commuter
Registration fee includes materials
Registration closes Sep 18, 2017

"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." Frederick Buechner

Come spend a weekend devoted to reflecting on the stories in our lives and to begin to write them down. No writing experience is necessary.





  •  Respond in writing to themes which help us gather memories
  •  Enjoy quiet time to reflect on the stories in our lives
  •  Share in a supportive small group as we are comfortable
  •  Listen responsively to others' stories
  •  Participate in reflective prayer



Liz Dossa is a certified Guided Autobiography instructor and has led Guided Autobiography at Mercy Center and at Marian Oaks Life Center. She has worked in public relations and communications for the Sisters of Mercy for 20 years. A former English teacher, she has always been fascinated by people's life stories.

For more information about Liz and work with Guided Autobiography, visit her website:

Sr. Joan Marie O'Donnell, RSM has guided a variety of retreats/programs that explore the sacred journey. A participant in Guided Autobiography, she has taught English at both Mercy High Schools and has a special interest in helping people reflect on graced moments of their lives and realize their gifts.





What I liked most about the Guided Autobiography class was getting to know and share with the other members, allowing me to open my heart to the story I have lived.

What I liked most about the class was the openness, the non-judgmental, safe environment, the participants, the leader! Just about everything!

Guided Autobiography changed how I felt about some of my experiences, because I could see them as part of a larger whole instead of as isolated events.





Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select the RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  An account is optional—credit card data is not stored

Or call (650) 340-7454 for further information.





Please read our cancellation and refund policy.