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Entering the Cave of the Heart:
A Journey with the Divine
A contemplative retreat with
Fr. Michael Fish, OSB

July 20-23, 2017
$395 Overnight / $340 Commuter


Day's End by John Fowler

Mine Entrance by Ron Kroetz Deadvlei Namibia by Hampus



The spiritual journey leads us, like our ancestors in the Hebrew Testament and Jesus, himself, into the wildness of the desert, the wilderness of prayer, the cave of self-knowing. 

This is a journey into integration, creativity, facing our doubts and despair, and ultimately our surrender to power of the Spirit moving through us.  In the contemplative silence of this retreat, Michael will lead us to deepen that discovery of oneness and surrender. 

Presentations will be balanced with time for rest, prayer, creative expression and enjoying the beauty of Mercy Center Burlingame.



Retreat begins Thursday evening at 6:00 pm with dinner, then we will go into silence. The retreat ends Sunday morning at 11:00 am.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no lunch on Sunday.



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Michael Fish is a member of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur California. Michael has been given permission by his community to explore solitude and the way of the hermit in greater depth. Although he returns to the Hermitage regularly, he currently lives as a hermit, in solitude and prayer.

Solitude is only part of his calling and he offers retreats, talks and spiritual direction to his brothers and sisters in religious and lay communities. Michael, with the assistance of contemporary writing and teachers, especially Thomas Merton, continues to develop the notion of "the inner monk", "the hermit in the world" and how to live a monastic rhythm in the world.

For more information, visit Michael's website:



Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetable and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or other special dietary menus


Please read all of the following information.

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  An account is optional—credit card data is not stored

Overseas Residents: Do not register online. Email for assistance.

Or call (650) 340-7454 for further information.



Please read our cancellation and refunds policy.