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“From a transformed heart and mind comes transformed perception,
 and from transformed perception comes transformed action.”

- Cynthia Bourgeault

What if we embodied a new way of being in the world?

What if we lived from love rather than from fear?
What if we based our interactions on our shared humanity rather than on differing concepts?
What if we recognized that every perspective has a piece of the Truth and no perspective has the whole Truth…and what if we listened with curiosity to hear the pieces of Truth?
What if our realization of interconnectedness made an evolutionary difference?

How would the world be different, then?

In the community of this retreat, we find the courage to explore and deconstruct the old stories and make conscious choice in the creation of our new stories— ones that open our hearts. Here, we connect with others from a place of curiosity and compassion, choosing the path of evolution. We invite a mode of being that is beyond personal perspective through:


As the forest holds each tree and the ocean holds each wave,
we can hold the perspective of the totality as well as each single entity.

Are you ready to wake up to other ways of viewing, being with, and existing in the world? 
Are you ready to accept the challenge of exploring your own worldview assumptions?





The intention of this retreat is to offer a safe container for participants to experience deep connection with ourselves, each other and the world. Through this connection, we become more aware of interbeing and attunement. Through consciousness of interconnection, we realize a sense of unity in diversity. We discover that curiosity and compassion naturally arise, we feel more fully alive, we access more of the totality of our being, and a new way of relating evolves.

Read "Realization of Interconnection: Game-Changer for the World?

Read "So We're Interconnected...So What?"

“Awakening to Interconnection” is facilitated by four experienced teachers, Marianne Rowe MS, LMFT; Katie Dutcher, MA; Jennifer Edwards, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT; and Patricia Wolff, DC, MFT. We offer perspectives from wisdom traditions, shamanism, mindfulness, psychotherapy, neuroscience, and nature therapy.

Elements of this retreat will include:

  • Meditation (Guided and Silent)
  • Teachings
  • Gentle Yoga, Qi-gong, and Authentic Movement
  • Relational Practices
  • Mindful Inquiry and Discussion
  • Reflection and Writing
  • “Shinrin-yoku” (Forest Bathing)
  • Periods of Silence
  • Ritual and Ceremony



Commonweal is defined as the "happiness, health, and safety of all of the people of a community or nation; the common welfare; the public good." Commonweal Retreat Center is a nonprofit center for service and research in health and human ecology located on a beautiful 60-acre site at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Walking trails, natural elements, and a labyrinth are just a few of the contemplative environments to be found on the grounds.


Marianne and Katie share about this special place: Commonweal Retreat Center in Bolinas, CA.



The main hub for our activities will be Pacific House, beautiful and historic, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific.

Registration fees include lodging in your own room, with a shared bathroom. (Some rooms with double beds are available. If you wish to attend with a partner or friend and share a bed, costs per person are $920 before March 1 and $995 after March 1.)



Local, seasonal, organic meals and snacks will be plentiful. Our caterer, Claire Heart, visits the farmer's market to find the best of what's in season, and offers each meal with love. Meals will be buffet-style, and snacks will be on offer throughout the day.


Prepare for Your Retreat

Arrival & Departure

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Commonweal, arriving on Thursday, April 19, at 3:30 pm and staying for the duration of the retreat, departing at 12:00 pm on Sunday, April 22.

Directions to Commonweal

Commonweal is located in Bolinas, California at 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA 94924.
Download a PDF with driving instructions from San Francisco, San Rafael, or the East Bay
Download a PDF with directions from Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Vallejo

Of Note

Guests at Commonweal should prepare for dramatic changes of weather at almost any time of year. The winter may bring frequent rain, and this coastal site is often windy. We suggest warm, layered clothing and good walking shoes so you can enjoy the extraordinary resources of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

This is a place for people who enjoy the isolation and accept the occasional inconveniences of a rural retreat center.

CEU Certificates

15 CEUs available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs & LEPs

Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097. Details and learning objectives here.




Registration is now closed.

$1150 Before March 1

$1225 After March 1

(Reduced prices for shared room)

Registration deadline March 19.


  • 3 nights lodging in a private room
  • Facilitation by 4 teachers
  • Locally-sourced, organic, gourmet meals
  • Practice Guide

15 CEUs available


Provider #050097

(See more info at the bottom of this page)


  • A full refund is available until March 1, 2018
  • No refunds are available after March 19, 2018

Marianne, Patricia, and Jennifer discuss shifting our narrative and moving into a place of connection.

Jenn offers a short meditation and teaching on noticing the perceptions and stories that we create.