First Saturdays

5-6:30pm Jungian Gathering & Dinner

Picnic! Poems! Dreams! Discussion! Arts and crafts!

Join us the first Saturday of each month beginning October 2021 for an informal get-together for lovers of Carl Jung. We will share creations, art, and dreams, and can also discuss recent episodes of the podcast: This Jungian Life. Hallie will bring a playful activity of some sort as well, whose intention is to help us access the unconscious (ie drawing mandalas, collaging, a thought experiment or writing activity, etc.)

Bring: A poem to share aloud, a dream to share, songs, art, or anything else you're drawn to share.

Cost: Free to attend; donations always accepted

How to Register: Not required

6:30-9pm Drum in the Woods

Come celebrate nature with drumming and dancing around a fire at our beautiful Spriitual Renewal Center. Our monthly drum circle is led by resident Adam Lau. Drummers, dancers, hoopers, spectators; all are welcome. Let's rhythm!

Bring: BYO instruments and chairs

Cost: St. Francis of the Woods is a nonprofit organization and donations are always accepted.

How to Register: Not required. All ages welcome, but this is an adult-centered event; children must remain with a parent or guardian at all times.

Monthly Meditating with the Mystics Retreats

Meditating with the Mystics is a retreat series lead by Fr. Aidan. Each retreat will focus on a different mystic from the Ancient Wisdom Traditions. Join us as we dive deep into the essence of the mystics through their stories and through their writings. Each retreat is independent with unique offerings and practices. Retreats include an guided meditations, breath prayer, mindfulness, nature noticing, lectio divina, and other prayer and meditation practices. We also share a vegetarian potluck lunch. Space is very limited! 

When? 11-4

Rumi - 11 September

St. Teresa of Avila - 16 October 

Cost: suggested $40 

Suggested Book: Love Poems from God, Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, by Daniel Ladinsky

How to Register: Click the registration button below!

Hildegarden Dedication

Join us as we celebrate the christening of our Hildegarden and the feast day of St. Hildegard of Bingen! We're offering workshops, a tour of the garden, hands-on projects, and will conclude with a ceremonial blessing of the Hildegarden. See below for workshop details, and make sure to register for the workshops! The event is free to attend, though some workshops have a suggested donation; this will go towards continuing to build more regenerative and integrative systems in the Hildegarden!

When? Saturday, September 18, 1-7pm

Cost: Free to attend; some workshops have a fee - check the event page for info!

How to Register: Check the event page

Exploring your Inner Landscape Day Retreat and Art Experience

Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, October 2nd 10 am-5:30 pm for a Day Retreat for Inner Exploration. You will have time to spend silence and solitude in nature while sharing the experience with others and while social distancing.

 During this mini-retreat, we will do some of exploring of the outer landscape to help view your inner landscape, and will have a chance to then express what we found via a simple art project.

Our inner landscapes are as amazingly complex as our physical bodies. In the art portion of the workshop, April will guide you through the process of creating a mixed media visual representation of your internal landscape. Available materials will include (but not limited to) paper, paint, markers, pencil, tape, stickers, and natural materials. Paints may not wash out of clothing, so please plan accordingly.


Activities will include:
Breath Prayer
Gentle Yoga
Wander Wonder Walk
Nature Object Gazing

Art Exploration

We will begin the retreat inside the Community Center, and will be able to socially distance folks. There will be an outdoor portion of this retreat, so please dress accordingly.

Please also plan to bring your own lunch. Restrooms and some snacks will be available.

Health precautions:

We want to provide participants with an opportunity to attend this retreat while also protecting public health and protecting people who are vulnerable in the midst of the complex Covid-19 situation.

For this reason, we are strongly encouraging that all retreat participants wear masks.

Additional information and precautions will be provided as recommendations and safety guidelines are updated.

When? This Retreat will be held on Saturday, October from 10 am-5:30 pm.

Cost: The cost is $50, and will be lead by Sharon Bennett, a trained Spiritual Director and April Chonlahan a Self-Leadership and Therapeutic Art Coach.

How to register: visit https://www.lightenupspiritualdirection.com/

St. Francis Day

On Sunday, October 3rd, we'll celebrate the feast day of our patron, St. Francis of Assis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Bring your pet (on a leash or in a cage) and join us outside near the library for Eucharist & a Blessing of the Animals. After the service we’ll share an Italian themed potluck lunch in the Learning Center. 

When? Sunday, October 3rd, 10:30am

How to Register: Not required

Outdoor Concert Series

Details to come! Join us for an outdoor concert series with local musicians performing live on our beautiful grounds overlooking the pond.​

When? Friday, October 29th - Justin Rice & Beau Jennings

Additional dates & performers TBA!

Martinmas Holiday Bazaar & Lantern Walk

Join us for this holiday traditionally celebrated in Germany and some other European countries. This feast day is marked by a lantern-lit procession remembering St. Martin the Merciful, whose kindness to those in need inspires us to bring warmth into the harsh and hurting places in our world. We will celebrate with a holiday bazaar including gift-making and other workshops, local handcraft holiday shopping, and concluding with a family-friendly lantern-lit walk through the woods! No admission fee, but please bring a new (handmade or purchased) hat, gloves, socks, or a new or gently used coat for donation to a local shelter.

When? Satuday, November 13, 1-7pm

Cost: Event is FREE with donation to coat/hat/mitten/sock drive; see workshop listings to enroll in those with a suggested donation (coming soon)

How to Register: Registration is only required for some workshops; visit the event page for those details

Host a Class, Workshop, or Event

Would you like to facilitate a class or workshop at on of our annual events (Earthing Day in April, Wildflower Festival in June, or Martinmas in November)? Please apply by filling out this form.

Would you like to host a class, retreat, or other event of your own using our lodging or meeting spaces? E-mail info@stfrancisofthewoods.org to inquire about pricing and scheduling availability.