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It's   A   Way   Of  Life:  Dance  Class  Series 

April 3rd -May 3rd 

FEBRUARY





















































DECEMBER


                                               Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carol















                                                                                              Saturday, December 5, 2015  

                                                                                                                          Matinee: 2:00 pm
                                                                                                                          Evening: 7:30 pm

                                                                                                Sunday, December 6, 2015
                                                                                                                           Matinee: 2:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                      For tickets:  $15.00
                                                                                                                                                  Sr. Deborah Lorentz, SSS  
                                                                                                                                                     818-784-4515 x 3306

                                                                              Holy Spirit Retreat Center Chapel
                                                                                                                                4316 Lanai Rd., 
                                                                                                                               Encino, CA 91436 

The Valyermo Dancers in partnership with the Sisters of Social Service invite you 
to their "Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols" concert choreographed by John West. 
This is an inter-faith, multi-cultural celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons open to everyone.
 Wander to Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino and celebrate the joyous expectations of Christmas 
through music, dance, poetry, and scripture based prayer. Come be part of our prayer and cheer! 

​Phone: 818-784-4515  Fax: 818-784-0409
hsrcenter@earthlink.net  www.hsrcenter.com




























May                             

                             The Balance of Living                           
















                     As we continue to practice living through practicing sacred dance, this workshop will focus participants on the dance
                       and spiritual concepts of balance and imbalance; of centering and being off-center in various planes of living and movement

          Sacred Dance Workshop at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino, Ca. 
                     Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed, M. A. 
         May 28, 2016 
       9:30 am -3:30 pm


             This Sacred Dance Workshop provides an opportunity for dance prayer to be experienced by the dancer and non-dancer alike. Our time
          together should serve as a resource of personal reflection and learning about living through the challenges we face as a Gospel people. 
            We cannot escape the forces that will try to knock us off of our path, but we can learn how to recover and use that energy to become better 
             selves, better members of our faith communities. Come and experience this new dimension of prayer.



                John West is an oblate of St.Andrew’s Abbey and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer,choreographer and liturgist, he has
                  been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s. He is also a lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate and 
                       university levels.  His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.



To register, please contact:  Sr. Deborah (818) 815-4496  or  Holy Spirit Retreat Center  (818) 784‐4515
Location: 4316 Lanai R d. Encino, Ca. 91436
A $10.00 non-refundable deposit to register.
$45 with lunch and $35 without lunch







  February 25- February 28, 2016



  BOUNDLESS MERCY/ MISERICORDIA INAGOTABLE


Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
  Anaheim Convention Center
  800 West Katella Avenue
  Anaheim CA


​         The Valyermo Dancers will participate in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. 
           The dance company will serve as ministers of liturgical movement for the Opening Event, the Friday 
                            Spanish Liturgy; Saturday English and Spanish Liturgies; Sunday closing liturgies.  



    Friday, February 26, 2016


        8:30-9:30 am                                               Opening Event & Welcome (Arena)

        5:15 pm                                             Spanish Liturgy - Archbishop José Gomez (Hall B)



    Saturday, February 27, 2016



        1:00-2:30 pm                     Moving With God’s Inexhaustible Mercy Within Us by John West
                                                                           Workshop Period 5 #26 session
                                                                                   Hilton, Laguna Room



            5:15 pm                                                                Protección de La Tierra Liturgy in Hall B  


​                                                                                                                           Care for the Earth Liturgy in the Arena



      Sunday, February 28, 2016

        
       8:00-9:30 am                                                       Eucharistic Liturgy in the Arena




           3:30-5:00 pm                                      Closing Eucharistic Liturgy, Archbishop José Gomez 






















   MOVING  With God's Inexhaustible Mercy Within Us 

Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A.,M.Ed.,M.A.,

February 27, 2016



Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
  Anaheim Convention Center
  800 West Katella Avenue
  Anaheim CA



Hilton, Laguna Room
Period 5
1:00-2:30 pm















The Gospel often calls us to be like little children with their boundless energy and loving spirits: it invites us to dance with their spirit
and that of the angels, the promise of heaven just before us. Come enjoy this sacred recreation and the joy of God with us, Emmanuel!
This interactive workshop welcomes all levels of experience.



John West is an educational consultant for Independent schools and schools for the gifted. He is an oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, Calif.
and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. As a lecturer in medieval and sacred dance, a gifted choreographer, dancer, and liturgist, he has been conducting
workshops at St. Andrew's Abbey as well as international and national collegiate and university venues. He and his company are regular participants in 
the Religious Education Congress; John also serves on the Congress Liturgy Committee. His professional associations include membership in the 
prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.

JANUARY

Dancing Into the Soul of the World













"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way."
-Wayne Dye

January 15th-18th 2016


Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A., and Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB.
With contributing artists ValLimar & Frank Jansen



St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $287.50 shared room.
Price includes meals.


The work and prayer of sacred dance becomes the vehicle for this weekend of celebration and praise of the unifying breath of the living God who created
 our diverse, multi-formed, humanity. Dancers, musicians, and poets of good faith are called together this weekend to translate religious, biblical, and liturgical themes into moving art reflective of God’s creative presence in all of humankind. The days are full of scripture, dance, prayer, and fellowship; the evenings are open to silence and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer, in the company of the monks, the work of previous days in a worshipful setting. (Bring, along with your imagination and creativity, a Bible, a moleskin or journal, your musical instruments, dance work clothes, and clothing suitable for liturgical celebrations.)



Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com  or call (661)944-2178  http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/ 


John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, 
as well as at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy 

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NOVEMBER






Moving in Wisdom, Dignity, and Homage to the God in US










Sacred Dance Workshop at St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, Ca. 

Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.

November 14, 2015

      9:00 am - 4:30pm
​ 
A day of gathering to proclaim and manifest through dance a transformative healing drawn f the human family. What can you bring as a sign of your personal light?

To register, please contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: email retreats@valyermo.com or call (661) 944-2178
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/

Workshop tuition: $40.00, includes continental breakfast, coffee, tea, and water.
These beverages are available throughout the day. Lunch is served following the noon Mass.

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. 
A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, Abbey. 
His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.




























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​JUNE
​              Aware of Being Moved 

                     We are called on a journey of faith that leads us to 
                     recognize landmark experiences along the way. 
      These landmarks help reinforce our belief and hope that we are
            where we need to be at the right time. We often do not
            arrive by our own conscious design, but by the silent yet
           powerful winds of the Spirit. We arrive because we have
                  been moved, emotionally, physically, spiritually. 
            Come surrender to the movement through the beauty 
                                       and power of sacred dance.


​                                                          Sacred Dance Workshop at St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo Ca.

Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.
  June 18th , 2016
       
     9:00 am -­4:30 pm

To register, please contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: email to retreats@valyermo.com or call (661) 944-2178
http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/

Workshop tuition: ​$40.00, includes continental breakfast, coffee, tea, and water.
These beverages are available throughout the day. Lunch is served following the noon Mass.


John West is an educational consultant for Independent schools and schools for the gifted. He is an oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, Calif.
and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. As a lecturer in medieval and sacred dance, a gifted choreographer, dancer, and liturgist, he has been conducting
workshops at St. Andrew's Abbey, Holy Spirit Retreat Center, as well as international and national collegiate and university venues. He and his company are regular participants in the Religious Education Congress; John also serves on the Congress Liturgy Committee. His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.
DECEMBER

  Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols Concert














































FEBRUARY​  

​ February 24- February 26, 2017

EMBRACE TRUST/ CONFIA 

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
  Anaheim Convention Center
  800 West Katella Avenue
  Anaheim CA

congress@la-archdiocese.org

​  The Valyermo Dancers will participate in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. 
  The dance company will serve as ministers of liturgical movement for the Opening Event, the Friday 
  Spanish Liturgy; Saturday English and Spanish Liturgies; Sunday closing liturgies.
​​
  Friday, February 24, 2017   

                        8:30-9:30 am                             Opening Event & Welcome (Arena)

                               5:15- 6:45 pm                            Joy of Love In Marriage Liturgy 

                                                                                   Spanish Liturgy - Archbishop José Gomez (Hall B)

​   Saturday , February 25, 2017

                            10:00-11::30 am                           Moving With Trusting Hearts and Minds for Grace to Enter from Unlikely Places   
                                                                                                           Workshop Period 4  #423 session
                                                                                                                        Convention 204 C 
​             
                             5:15-6:45 pm                               Inmigrantes,  Exiliados y Refugiados Hall B  

​   -                                                                               Immigrants, Exiles & Refugees in the Arena 

  Sunday, February 26, 2017

                             8:00-9:30 am                               Eucharistic Liturgy in the Arena

                             3:30-5:00 pm                               Closing Eucharistic Liturgy, Archbishop José Gomez 






JANUARY-MARCH                         

                                                    It's A Way of Life 













Keep healthy in body and spirit by 
     integrating physical and spiritual exercises 
    through modern dance in a sacred mode.

John West, Director of the Valyermo Dancers and workshop facilitator at both St. Andrew’s Abbey and HSRC, offers 
  two series of modern dance classes that integrate both physical and spiritual exercises. Using his rich background in  
  Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Horton, and Dunham techniques, John will lead students from teens and young adults 
  to seniors to improve their physical condition and ward off the intimidations and restrictions of stress and limited 
  physical abilities. With attention to the physical core and the spiritual core, movers and dancers will develop a sense of  
  community and joy in the celebration of Life and the gifts of the Creator. The classes will offer a unique opportunity 
  for friends and those in relationship to speak and communicate in & through dance, 
“the hidden language of the soul” [Martha Graham].





























“I will transform the valley of trouble into a gateway of hope.”
-Hosea 2:15

January 13th-16th 2017
Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop
Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A., and Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB.

St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $287.50 shared room.
Price includes meals.
​​
Hope is the dream of the soul awake; hope has no boundaries. Though we believe hope is a perennial flower of the human spirit, its seeds must be discovered, watered, and tended in each of our lives. That calls for time apart, time to reflect and tend to the spirit. This workshop is an invitation to come to the Abbey as a gateway and to use this retreat to sow those seeds of hope deep within; to look forward to a full healing and harvest of our soulful selves. Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith are called together this weekend to translate hope into movement reflective of God’s creative presence in all of humankind. The days are full of scripture, dance, prayer, and fellowship; evenings are open to silence and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer the work of previous days in a worshipful setting and in the company of the monks. Bring comfortable clothes to move with ease.​

Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com or call (661)944-2178 http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/ 

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s, as well as at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturg




Holy Spirit Retreat Center
4316 Lanai Rd.,
Encino, CA 91436

Sr. Deborah 
Phone: (818) 815-4496

www.hsrcenter.com


  Ten Session Series:

Thursday evenings 7-8:30 pm

  *January 12, 19, 26

 *February 2, 9, 16

    *March 2, 16, 23, 30

Fee: $20 per session or
prepaid series of ten: $180


​                     

                   Discovering the Living Desert and Creator Spirit











                                                            July 21th -23rd 2017 

                                                 Valyermo Summer Dance Workshop 

Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A., and Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB
Creation and our shared role in it usually display themselves in the lush of spring and summer; the green of forest and blue, teaming shores and depths of water. 
Come rediscover the “seamless beauty” of Mother Earth, God’s original gift of “all that is” in the midst of the mysterious desert and the warmth of the California summer. Participants will revisit the dance of creation as called by the psalms, the dance of Miriam at the Exodus, and the spirituality of the Desert Mothers. We will come to sing and dance together “Laudato, Si.”

Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith are called together this weekend to translate our care for the Earth into movement reflective of God’s creative energy in all of humankind. The days are full of scripture, dance, prayer, and fellowship; evenings are open to silence and reflection. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of previous days in a worshipful setting. Bring comfortable clothes to move with ease.

  Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com or call (661)944-2178 http://www.saintandrew            






MAY
Finding Moments of Gratitude, Healing, and 












Holy Spirit Retreat Center 

Sacred Dance Workshop
May 20, 2017 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Let your life’s dance include steps, great and small, that give thanks for what you have, preparing you for the joys and gifts to come. The more actions of gratitude we seek and do, the more joy and balance we will find. Come celebrate and practice these steps of life in the dance! This Sacred Dance Workshop provides an opportunity for dance prayer to be experienced by the dancer and non-dancer alike. Come and experience this new dimension of pray


​                                                                                                                             www.hsrcenter.co


SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER  
                                                                               It's A Way Of Life














John  West, Director of the Valyermo Dancers and workshop facilitator at both St. Andrew’s Abbey and HSRC, offers two series 
  of modern dance classes that integrate both physical and spiritual exercises. Using his rich background in  Graham, 
Humphrey-Weidman, Horton, and Dunham techniques, John will lead students from teens and young adults 
  o seniors to improve their physical condition and ward off the intimidations and restrictions of stress and limited 
  physical abilities. With attention to the physical core and the spiritual core, movers and dancers will develop a sense of  
community and joy in the celebration of Life and the gifts of the Creator. The classes will offer a unique opportunity 
  for friends and those in relationship to speak and communicate in & through dance, 
“the hidden language of the soul” [Martha Graham]. 



Six Sessions Series:

Thursday evening 
7-8:30 pm

September 14, 21, 28


 October 12, 19, 26

Fee: $20 per session or
prepaid series of six: $155





                                                                         Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols Concerts 

                                                                      St. Lawerence Martyr in Redondo Beach

                                                                         Dec. 16th 

                                                                          2 pm & 7 pm 






​  
    Dancing Festival of  Lessons and Carols Concerts


                          Holy Spirit Retreat Center 


                             Dec. 2nd  and Dec. 3rd 

                                          2 pm  



Holy Spirit Retreat Center

4316 Lanai Rd.,
Encino, CA 91436

Sr. Deborah 
Phone: (818) 815-4496

www.hsrcenter.co





OCTOBER


Remembering To Tell The Story
























Sacred Dance Workshop at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, Encino, Ca.


  Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed, M.A.,

  9:30 am- 3:00 pm


Dance is a “tongue,” a language of its own:“…why should not mankind speak again in its most ancient
language of the mystery of movement and counter movement: the one movement which proceeds from this
world to God, and the other movement which proceeds from God to this world?
 [Gerardus van der Leeuw]


This Sacred Dance Workshop provides an opportunity for dance prayer to be experienced by the dancer
and non-dancer alike. Each of us holds onto family stories that we share from one generation to another.
Join us to celebrate and dance those stories and memories together. The workshop will include reflection
on the multicultural experience of the triduum of Hallowtide – Oct, 31st through November 2nd –and the
dance of remembrance.

Fee: $45.00 with lunch; $35.00 without lunch $10.00 non-refundable deposit with registration.


John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. 
 A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew’s Abbey. 
His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.


Register at Holy Spirit Retreat Center
818-784-4515 Fax: 818-784-0409
hsrcenter@earthlink.net
www.hsrcenter.com
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                                             The Sacred Space of Humanity 






















Valyermo Mid-Winter Dance Workshop 

January 12th-15th 2018  

This workshop is an invitation to step into the sacred space of the Abbey and use it as a portal into
 the sacred space of our humanity. Overcoming the division and fraction between one another 
                      calls for the "application of Trust"--prayer.

Dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith are called together this weekend to move beyond words into heartfelt and embodied prayers for and about the dignity, mutual respect, and faith love we share in the ongoing work of Creation.The days are full of scripture, dance, prayer, and fellowship; evenings are open to silence and reflection. Sunday night provides the participants the opportunity to offer the work of previous days in a worshipful setting in the company of the monks. Bring comfortable clothes to move with ease..​

                         Led by John West, Obl. OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A., and Fr. Philip Edwards, OSB.





St. Andrew's Abbey, Valyermo, CA
$350 single room; $287.50 shared room.
Price includes meals.

Please Contact St. Andrew’s Abbey: retreats@valyermo.com or call 
(661)944-2178

http://www.saintandrewsabbey.com/ 





John West is an oblate of St. Andrew’s Abbey and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew’s and Holy Spirit Retreat Center; a member of the Religious
Education Congress Liturgy Committee. A lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate 
and university levels, his professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy and the Sacred Dance Guild Board of Directors


Saturday, December 10, 2016 
2:00 pm Concert


Sunday, December 11, 2016
2:00 pm Concert​



 Holy Spirit Retreat Center Chapel 
4316 Lanai Rd., 
Encino, CA 91436 ​

Once again the celebrated Valyermo Dancers pair their sacred art with the mission of Holy Spirit Retreat Center to offer two concert presentations of their Dancing Festival of Lessons and Carols, choreographed by John West

Spend an afternoon at Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino and celebrate the joyous expectation of Christmas through dance, music, poetry, and
 Scripture-based prayer. Open to all, this is an interfaith, multi-cultural and multi-lingual celebration of the season of light. If this is a return visit,
 you will likely find new works added to your previous favorites.

Sidestep the commercial hurry and wander to Holy Spirit Retreat Center to celebrate Advent and Christmas.

Come be a part of our cheer!
​  HSRC contact: Sr. Deborah Phone: (818) 815-4496 

  www.hsrcenter.com