Work and Spirit Series

The Work and Spirit Series is designed to provide breathing space to professionals to reflect on their deepest values and hopes for their own lives and for society. With retreats led by seasoned facilitators, Cranaleith offers a sanctuary-like setting for quite reflection and a process for supportive dialogue with colleagues. Retreats range from one to several days and can be customized to the unique needs of an organization. Regardless of the program offering, participants have the opportunity to explore, from their own experience, what humanizes the workplace, honors the human spirit, and frees people to do their best work, from a sense of integrity and larger purpose.

“The most helpful aspect of the program was taking the time, without pressure, to reflect on my decisions, my goals and the path going forward.” Past Participant


A Day of Respite and Insight for Caregivers 
Facilitator: John Collins, CsSr
Thursday, January, 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $125 (includes lunch)

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Serving persons with chronic illness or disabilities is a rewarding endeavor, but often places extreme demands on the caregiver. They can become overwhelmed by stress, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. This retreat is a time of respite for caregivers to refresh body and spirit, learn ways of balance and self-care, and draw on the support of others who share this privileged call. Participants will discuss common issues, share ideas, identify the degree to which they are taking care of their own well-being, and determine ways to improve their self-care skills.


Ethics and End-of-Life Care: Shirt Report 
Facilitator: Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $150 (includes lunch)

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End-of-Life care has changed dramatically in the twenty- first century. However, the Christian’s obligation, arising from the theological and pastoral tradition within our faith still calls us to the corporal works of mercy – caring for the sick and dying. Nurses and other health professionals often face ethical challenges as they care for persons at the end of life.
This presentation will:
– Examine the ways that end-of-life care has changed in this century
– Root responsibility to care for those at end of life in the Catholic moral tradition
– Explore specific ways to address the ethical challenges they face as they care for persons at the end of life


From Critic to Champion: Claim Your Leadership Voice
Facilitator: Cheryl Rice, MS, PCC 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $50

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It is hard to take risks, increase your influence, and ask for what you want when plagued by self-doubt and self- criticism. To reach your goals, you must learn how to quell the voice of the inner critic and turn up the volume on your inner champion.
Learn how to:
– Quiet the voice of self-doubt.
– Meet your internal champion who encourages your best
– Greet change and challenge with enthusiasm.


Courageous Truth-Telling: Giving Performance Feedback
Facilitators: Marisa Guerin, PhD and Karol M. Wasylyshyn, PsyD
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $150 (includes lunch)

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Improve your capacity to manage performance with courage and compassion. Learn about the dynamics that make this task so universally challenging, and get guidance on a framework for giving meaningful performance feedback.


Engaging the Human Spirit of Enterprise
Facilitator: Stephen Hart, MS and Mary Trainer, RSM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $150 (includes lunch)

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The traditional model of command and control leadership is under considerable pressure in today’s organizations. In this new era, employees want to experience a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in their work, expect leaders to practice more inclusive behaviors, and desire to work more collaboratively. These emerging propositions of work may require a shift in the way traditional command and control leaders think about their role, motivate, develop, and retain their staff, and how they direct the work of others to achieve business results. Join us as we explore these shifts and learn how to truly engage the human spirit of the enterprise in the new era of work.


Re-Imaging Your Life for Women (50+) 
Facilitators: Carole Cohn, MEd and Jean Hurd, PhD
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 5 p.m.-Friday, May 4, 2018, 5 p.m.
Cost: $150 (includes lodging and meals)

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There are times on our life journey when we are visited with sudden and unwanted changes in our lives. Or we may wake up one day and notice subtle shifts in our inner landscape, signals that it is time for a change. We become aware of the invitation to re-imagine our lives, to look on our mature years as an opportunity for second adulthood, embodied with wisdom, meaning and grace. In this workshop, we will explore what is passionate and authentic in each of us and support each other in awakening new dreams and actions that will help to move us to the next, rich phase of our lives. Held in safety by Cranaleith’s beauty and peace, participants will be nurtured by silence, poetry, the rich wisdom of one another, and the guidance of skilled mentors.