Event Details

Men Weekend Retreat: “Leading a Fulfilled Life: A Journey on Purpose”

June 7, 2024 3:00 pm
Richard Obernesser, Presenter
Steve Schwasnick, Presenter
Men’s Weekend Retreat
Check-in on Friday is from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Dinner is served at 7:00 PM. First Session on Friday evening around 8:00 pm. The retreat concludes with lunch at noon on Sunday.

Cancellation policy
Overnight or Multi-day/weekend retreats: $50 fee. Day Retreat: $20. Fees may be applied to future retreats. The fees may be waived in event of extenuating circumstances. Contact Kateri at 925-837-9141 x315.

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About the Event

In the serene haven of San Damiano Retreat, we, as a community of thoughtful, courageous, and purposeful men, will support, exchange ideas, and contemplate together. This will be a safe place for you to be intentional about you. The quality of our relationships determines our fulfillment in life. While research may lead us to believe this is true, it’s another thing to live it. In this retreat, we will create a safe space for you to refine some aspects of your internal relationship and foster connection with others. You are the author of your story. We will take it seriously yet hold it lightly.

Major Themes:

Momentum: Sometimes we are stuck. We explore blockers and discover some antidotes.

Meaning: We discover what is essential for us, not just to live; rather what may give us life. Without a rudder in our lives, we can be like a ship that moves in circles.

Mindfulness: We will explore three stages of mindfulness. Most of us have had the natural ability to pay attention conditioned out of us. Time to get it back.

Moments: The present moment has gifted us profound experiences in our lives. We will share instances that have surprised, challenged, or delighted us in ways we could not have imagined. By sharing our stories, we clear a space to move in a new direction.

You will develop actionable tools, techniques, and prompts over this weekend. Just as we may transmit our pain if it is not addressed, we can transmit empathy and presence with others when the opportunities arise. Sometimes we need to retreat to rise.

Join us for San Damiano’s annual men’s retreat led by award-winning business leader, retreat leader and executive coach Richard Obernesser and Steve Schwasnick. They will provide simple and elegant ways to connect with your Spirit, emotions and natural creativity while in community with other men.

They will be joined by special guest Tom Walsh as he shares ways to overcome anxiety and win control of your body. Participants will receive complimentary access to the 3 pathways to emotional integrity on-line courses created by Richard and WeDO Relationships co-founder and wife Karla Obernesser, LHMC. Richard, along with his wife Karla, they have been hosting our Married Couples Retreat here at San Damiano for over 16 years.

About the Presenter(s)

Richard Obernesser

Richard is a certified professional coach (CTI) and former executive leader in several industries. He provides consulting and coaching for business leaders. Experiencing success, setbacks and adversity has produced learnings he tailors to his clients, while honoring their journey. He helps others to accept, assimilate and grow on their terms.

Richard and his wife Karla (Therapist) are Co-founders of WeDO Relationships. Their mission is to foster life- giving relationships that withstand adversity. You can hear them as they discuss emotional fitness and relationship resiliency on their podcast (WeDO Relationships – The Podcast), available on your favorite streaming service. They have led retreats (including San Damiano) for 25 years, coached couples, and developed self-directed relationship enhancement programs. For more information visit WeDORelationahips.com.

Steve Schwasnick

Steve is a seasoned business leader and executive mentor. He has a passion for guiding individuals towards professional and personal fulfillment and has dedicated his career to empowering people to reach their full potential.

As a personal coach, Steve works closely with men from all walks of life, offering tailored guidance and support to help them achieve their goals. Whether it’s advancing in their careers, improving relationships, or fostering a deeper sense of fulfillment, he provides the tools and strategies necessary for sustainable growth.

Steve’s approach is rooted in empathy, authenticity, and a firm belief in the potential of every individual he works with. Through mentorship, coaching, and strategic guidance, he empowers men to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and lead lives of purpose and fulfillment.