Current Offerings
 Interested in Dynamic Dialogue?
(Click to visit our new Dialogue website)

Affiliate Member
Brown Bag Conversation in November is on "Vulnerability and Hope."
Become a member and get the details. Membership is half off for the remainder of the year.

LONG-TERM PROGRAMS include our 2-year Dynamic Dialogue Practicum; the annual Listen to Your Life Listen to Your Life program (January 2018), and the 2-year Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction (January 2018). Applications are now due for both.

Click for more about spiritual direction including NEW direction groups for women and men beginning fall 2017. 

  ALL OFFERINGS are at Bread of Life in Sacramento
unless noted otherwise.

Listen to Your Life: A Sacred Voice Is Calling  Applications are now due for January 2018. Contact Sandra for more information.

Silent Sunday - Retreat Afternoon First Sunday of the month*, 2:30-5:30 p.m. with Janice Boyd

Join us for a time of centering prayer, silence, simplicity, and personal solitude. "Come Away" to some quiet time to center, reconnect, and renew inwardly. Designed for those comfortable with extended silence. Enrollment limited to 15. Must reserve your place: Free will offering on day of event. Suggested donation $15.

*Click on the link for dates.
The Rhythm of Grace
We repeat this annual cycle as a gift to the community. There is a pattern to the spiritual/life journey that is universal, sequential, and cyclical - like the 4 seasons. Something like the eternity symbol or a moebius strip, it is internal and external, personal and social. Knowing the pattern and engaging it consciously helps us grow with the four great questions:
  • How to face change in a way that brings life?
  • How to meet obstacles and move through suffering?
  • How to receive joy?
  • How to offer our gift in the world?

- Engaging Change as a Spiritual Practice (Nov. 9, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm.)
- Looking for Life in the Desert (Feb. 8, 2018, 6:30-8:30)
- Allowing Joy (May 10, 2018, 6:30-8:30)
- Offering Your Gift in the World (July 12, 2018, 6:30-8:30)

You are welcome to enter at any point in the cycle. Repeaters are welcome - the wisdom of this ancient way and the practices it invites are inexhaustible. Limited to 15. Free will offering. Must contact to reserve your place.
  Deep Calls to Deep: A Quarterly Series

An extension of Bread of Life’s Soul-Tending Membership to the greater Bay area in partnership with Mercy Burlingame. Quarterly gatherings to encourage deepening within regional communities of soul-tenders.

Click for more information
and to register for offerings
in the Deep  Calls to Deep Series.

It's Been a Year! Learnings & Leadings on Being a Citizen Soul-Tender
Saturday, November 11, 1:30-3:30*
Mercy Center, Burlingame

Manna Moments in the Wilderness
Saturday, March 3, 1:30-3:30*
Mercy Center, Burlingame

Registration closes February 21.

Deep Calls to Deep: The Community Renews
Our 2
nd Annual Overnight Retreat, Mercy Center, Burlingame.
Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10 am to Sunday, August 19 at 11 am Facilitated by Sandra Lommasson, Tom Morgan & Marjorie Hoyer Smith. Retreat registration opens April 1.

Winter 2018 Reflective Reading Group
Dignity: Its Essential Role
in Resolving Conflict

6 Thursday evenings at Bread of Life, January 18-March 1, (no meeting on 2/8), 6:30-8:30. Facilitated by Sandra Lommasson. Limited to 12.

Our Reflective Reading groups are about much more than reading and discussion. We select intentions each week related to what is most alive in our reading and learn from integrating these practices into our lives. Dignity by Harvard Fellow and International Conflict Mediator Donna Hicks opens the door to 10 practices that make recognize the essential dignity of others in ways that allow a higher ground to emerge.


Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10-3:30
A collaboration with Mercy Auburn
Our Days with Directors foster a sense of learning community among spiritual directors and other soul-tenders in northern California. Join us in the colleague community as we ponder together our experiences of  ‘tending the holy’ in life, and the many ways we are invited to grow beyond the small selves we think we are. Topic to be announced. 
Soul to Soul: When Biographies Open and Meet with Karen Gierlach
Two Saturdays: February 24 and March 3 2018, 9:30 - 3:30

There's always more to our story than we think - and it's life-shaping. This 2-part Bio
graphy Workshop follows our well-received introduction with opportunity for deeper exploration of the developmental life phases we all share and opportunity to exchange memories and experiences from these different phases through a wide range of guided exercises. Prepare to be surprised, moved, and enlivened.
A Benefit for Bread of Life
with Don Bisson, FMS

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sacramento Location TBA

Dialogue is a practice for our time, a time of growing complexity and perplexity. Rather than pulling back into silos and surrounding ourselves with the like-minded, we intentionally seek a creative common ground that yields more than "You see it your way and I see it mine."

Our basic workshop series focuses on 
core components of practice like Awareness, Compassion, Creative Freedom and Interdependence. To see the calendar of offerings and to register for any of our sessions, please click here to visit our DynamicDialogue website.
To honor the commitment of registrants and presenters we have a two-week registration deadline for all events unless otherwise noted. If the minimum number of registrants is not reached two weeks prior to an event, Bread of Life reserves the right to cancel the event. For events cancelled by Bread of Life, 100% of monies paid by registrant will be refunded.

You may cancel your registration for an event by its registration deadline and be refunded all but a 10% processing fee or $5 minimum. For cancellations after the registration deadline we regret we cannot offer refunds as the monies are already committed.

Retreats as well as our long-term Dialogue and Spiritual Formation programs have their own registration and refund policies. Please inquire.