About the Event
A Retreat Beneath the Trees will be an opportunity to see beneath the surface of trees, to better understand the science of their outer structures and their inner systems. We will also have solo time and group time to reflect on our inner lives and perhaps discern, with the inspiration of our arboreal companions, how we can contribute to the betterment of our world. Our time together will include outdoor walks, tree lore, time for personal reflection and creation, group sharing, a tree planting, and mass.
“Trees and stones will teach you what you cannot learn from masters.”
— Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
About the Presenter(s)Dennis & Anne Yniguez
Dennis and Anne are consulting arborists in Berkeley, California. Their practice includes tree health and risk assessment, forensic tree examinations, evaluation of tree-related casualty claims, and resolution of tree-related disputes. They bring prior life experience in law, social work, insurance administration, and art therapy. Together they have over fifty years of professional experience studying trees, working with trees, and many hours just getting to know trees from the ground and in their swaying canopies.
The study of trees is endlessly deep, fascinating, and inspiring. In many ways, they are like the best humans whose lives we admire for their selflessness, very often unrecognized and unheralded until they are gone.
Jim Greer is the Director of San Damiano Retreat. Prior to joining San Damiano, he has served as the Executive Director of three other retreat centers: one Passionist, one Jesuit, and one Divine Word Missionary. This is the first time that Jim has worked in California. He is trained in spirituality, religious education, pastoral counseling, and he is a certified addictions counselor. Jim has also been in recovery one day at a time for forty-five years and has led hundreds of 12-step retreats.