Registration Form: Trauma: Initiation Into the Holy
Retreat Theme

No one gets through this life without some experience of trauma. Trauma overwhelms our capacity to cope and implodes our sense of reality, our imagined narratives of what life is and should be. Trauma thrusts us into that far country of pain, confusion, and despair where sometimes only grace can reach us.

Healing demands that we overcome our fear and come to terms with the reality of the trauma. We have to be willing to suffer through the pain and grief of it all. Then we can ultimately reconnect with life in a new and vital way. Meaning has to be reconstructed more than restored, before we can love again without fear, and trust again in life's inherent goodness.

All the great religions have narratives, images, metaphors, and rituals in which to re-discover meaning and renew our connection to self, others, and God. Christianity uniquely has trauma as its central symbol and narrative. In this retreat we are invited to find ourselves in the great drama of the gospels and to reimagine the potential of trauma to deepen our understanding of ourselves and God’s purposes in our lives.

The Retreat begins with registration from 4-6 pm Friday, November 8, concluding at 9 am on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm on Friday.


+Non-refundable deposit of $100 for lodgers, and $50 for commuters by October 5.
+Payment in full by October 20.
+Limited number of partial scholarships available, check the box in form to request.

Another option for those who are seeking lodging is to register as a commuter and stay at local lodging. Some nearby locations are:

Abalone Inn:
Cottages at Point Reyes Sea Shore:
Motel Inverness:
Olema House:
Tomales Bay Resort:

Please fill in your answers below, and you will be contacted with payment information and instructions. If you have any questions, please email
Email address *
Name *
Full name of person attending retreat
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Gender (for room assignments) *
Preferred Room Type *
Limited number of single occupancy rooms.
Are you able and willing to be in an upper bunk of a bunk bed if in shared accomodations? *
Name(s) of preferred roommates (if applicable)
We will do our best to match preferred roommates, but cannot guarantee.
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Dietary Restrictions *
The standard meals for this retreat are lacto-ovo vegetarian. If you have specific needs, please check yes below, and describe in the next section.
Description of Dietary Restrictions *
Please describe your dietary restrictions below, if none, write N/A. We attempt to make reasonable accommodations for dietary restrictions and will contact you in advance about requests we cannot accommodate.
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St. Columba's Scholarship Fund
St. Columba’s is committed to offering retreats and workshops at the most affordable rates possible. To that end, we offer reduced rates and scholarships to those most in need. If you can assist us in building our scholarship program we would be grateful.
Scholarship Donation
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