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2017 Retreat Photo Gallery

2017 Parish Retreat – Over fifty members of St. Mary’s, with many first-timers, joined us on this year’s annual parish retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. The theme this year was “Inside Out.” On Saturday morning, Parish Life Committee member Stephen Gamboa led the adults in a forum that started with a period of meditation and that then explored in small groups how the noise inside our heads can get in the way of experiencing the “peace that passes all understanding.” Riley Haggin, Theodora Knauss and Mike Stafford helped fifteen kids fill their buckets with joy. Pam and Bob Bledsoe and Arthur Perkins led attendees through a tasting of the flavors of the world Saturday afternoon. Chris Ralph served as mosquito bait while strumming his guitar (along with Stephen and Mike) while others joined in songs and s’mores around the campfire under the stars. On Sunday, Parish Life Committee member Olivia Gamboa led a peaceful Yoga session overlooking the hills. Rev. Lin then led a beautiful service in the chapel with wondrous music provided by Marla Perkins and the children. After a weekend of sun and fellowship, old and new friends were already marking their calendars for May 18-20, 2018. Can’t wait to see you next year at the Ranch!

Amy & Christian Cebrian

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