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


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)

Register online here or call 215-934-6206

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)

Register online here or call 215-934-6206

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.


Shift Report: Ethics and End-of-Life Care
Facilitator: Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $150 (includes lunch)

Register online here or call 215-934-6206

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

Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD, a Sister of Mercy from the Mid-Atlantic Region, is a theologian and ethicist with experience in Catholic health care and education.  Most recently she served as Vice President of Mission Services at the Catholic Health Association of the United States.  She now consults, presents and writes about mission, ethics and leadership formation.