Linda Neil, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Linda is a lover of our magnificent Cosmos!  She holds an MA in Earth Literacy from St. Mary of the Woods College.   Sr. Linda is also engaged in Eco-spirituality work, presenting a workshop series titled Encountering Earth: Reclaiming the Human in the Web of Life, designed to help participants become more mindful of being responsible and caring members of the Earth community. She is an educator, hiker and naturalist. Linda holds a Masters Degree from the Earth Literacy Program at St. Mary of the Woods College, IN. She has been a presenter at Manna House (Concordia, KS), Marillac Retreat Center, Leavenworth, KS, Pyramid Life Center (Paradox, NY), Miramar Retreat Center (Duxbury, MA), St. Joseph’s Provincial House (Latham, NY), the White Violet Center (St. Mary’s of the Woods, IN), St. Stephen’s Retreat Center (Oahu, Hawaii), Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center (Westfield, MA), Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Orange, CA and parishes and schools in the Albany Diocese.  

contact me at [email protected] ~ visit my blog  ​ ~ FaceBook Encountering Earth

Encountering Holy Mystery Retreat Weekend

The Holy One is present to us in every atom of creation from the great galaxies of the Universe to tiny grains of sand. Our challenge and delight is to grow in greater consciousness of the Mystery alive in our world and our lives.

The Lenten season opens our heart and consciousness to the Holy One loving us in the Cosmic story and in the Great Story of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Join us in exploring the power and majesty of these stories and in living more fully into the mystery they share.

The retreat includes reflections on the scriptures in light of the Universe Story and the Paschal Mystery. Participants will encounter the Holy One in reflection, images from Hubble, the artwork of Marion Honors, CSJ, photography, poetry, meditation and dance.

Presenter: Sr. Linda Neil, CSJ

Date & Time: Friday, March 10 at 5 pm thru Sunday, March 12 at 1 pm

Fee: $280 (all inclusive)

The Center at Mariandale

Phone: (914) 941-4455

299 North Highland Ave.

Ossining, NY



                                                                                       Encountering Earth: ​

​Reclaiming the Human in the Web of Life

Workshops, presentations, retreats

Introducing a series of experiences that are created to engage our hearts, inform our minds, and fire our passions for transformation and celebration in our relationship with Earth.

These workshops use PowerPoint presentations to weave the art of Marion Honors, CSJ, music, poetry, story, sharing and science into an experience of deeper awareness of our place in the web of life.

 Beatitudes for the Care of Our Common Home: exploring the highlights of Laudato Si that call for integral ecology and ecological conversion.

Earth, Our Common Home: exploring our place in the web of life through the lens of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment.

Earth: My Home: exploring our natural address in the Universe and experiencing oneness with the web of life.

Divine Mystery in the Heart of the Cosmos: exploring the Paschal Mystery in light of the Cosmic Story

Dreaming a New Way: exploring the New Story and experiencing the new vision and energy the Story brings to us.

Gifts of the Universe: exploring our evolutionary journey and our oneness with the emergence of the Cosmos.

Healing Earth: exploring the amazing diversity of life and experiencing the call to live in the dynamics of the Universe.

 Living Simply in a Consumer Society: reflecting on living in our society in a way that is free, compassionate and truly human!

Each workshop can be expanded from two hours to a daylong presentation or weekend retreat. The programs can be woven together and used as a full week eco-spirituality experience.

Sacred Mystery in the Heart of Creation

This interactive presentation integrates the gospel with our call to care for Creation. Sacred Mystery pulsates throughout the universe. Jesus was immersed in this mystery. He drew so much of his inspiration and so many of his teachings from the wisdom and wonder of Creation. The program includes reflections on the scriptures in light of the Universe Story, the Beatitudes and selected parables. Participants will reflect on Jesus' witness to the awesomeness of our Earth using images from the Hubble site, the artwork of Marion Honors, CSJ and the photography of Clare Pelkey, CSJ. There will be time for personal reflection and group sharing. This is also offered as a week-long retreat.

Faith Story, Cosmic Story ~ One Story

Participants in this presentation will explore the integration of our faith story - the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Paschal Mystery, with the Universe Story. We will weave the stories with art, poetry and theological reflection. The Great Flaring Forth of the universe is an invitation to contemplate how Divine Mystery enfolds the cosmos. Deep incarnation, Kenosis, deep Resurrection and the Cosmic Story are all one great mystery. There is time for reflection and sharing on integrating our faith

Dancing within the Heart of the Holy One~

This is a week-long retreat

The Holy One dances throughout the cosmos. We are invited into this Trinitarian dance of life, love and joy! The cosmos shouts that the Holy One is relationship. Out of the Trinity’s generative, loving relationship, creation takes form, fully mirroring its Creator. This is the dynamic of life planted inside everything, from hearts and circulatory systems to photosynthesis, gravity, electromagnetic fields, and the field of light that apparently is “one” throughout the whole universe. We will spend time reflecting on this mystery and the wonder of our Trinitarian God using art, scripture, poetry, cosmology and Visio Divina. Our daily themes will be: Dancing in Heart of Creation, The Dream of the Holy One, The Lord of the Dance, Dancing within the Heart of the Holy One, Living Simply and Sharing our Cosmic Story 

Pilgrim by M.Honors, CSJ

Divine Mystery in the Heart of the Cosmos~     a week retreat

Divine Mystery throbs in the cosmos as creator and lover. This retreat will invite us into deeper consciousness of the Holy One alive in the Universe, in creation and in our own being. We will explore our response as the face of the Divine for all Creation. We will seek to deepen our awareness of living in the heart of the mystery in the wonder of this Universe. Each morning we will engage in a reflective presentation that prayerfully weaves our daily theme with art, music, literature and scripture. Time will be provided for personal reflection, creative expression and sharing of the heart as the day unfolds. We will explore integrating the gospel and our call to be the face of God for all Creation. We will engage in the vision and energy the New Story brings to us, exploring our evolutionary journey and experiencing our oneness with the emergence of the Cosmos; healing Earth with the Beatitudes; and integrating the Universe Story and the Paschal Mystery. We will contemplate how Divine Mystery enfolds the cosmos and our Salvation Story.

Earthsong by M. Honors,CSJ

Celebrating Creation ~ Being Alive in the Glory. ~week retreat

This retreat is for those who want to celebrate with the Holy One alive in all creation. You are invited to take time to relax, to revel in the wonder of creation and the awe of the cosmos. You are offered opportunities to praise and thank Creator for all the beauty and marvels of nature. You are called to take time to enter into the mystery and message of Divine love that creation gives us. Each day will offer a reflective presentation featuring the art of Marion Honors, CSJ, prayer, creative response, music, dance and poetry, with time for being and re-creating.

Entering into the spirit of the retreat with praise and wonder, we will celebrate the book of nature, the powers of the cosmos, the bliss of being, and the gift of simple living. Our final celebration of this retreat is the Council  of All Beings - an immersion into the web of life.

    Spring Dialogue                             Copyright by Marion Honors, CSJ