Current Offerings
Click for current Dynamic Dialogue opportunities.
Affiliate Member Brown Bag Conversation in May is on Balance. Become a member and get the details. 
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).  Click for more about spiritual direction including direction groups for women and for men.
   ALL OFFERINGS are at Bread of Life in Sacramento unless noted otherwise.
Listen to Your Life: A Sacred Voice Is Calling is full for 2017. Now accepting applications for 2018. Contact Sandra for more information.

Allowing Joy*
Monday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 with Sandra Lommasson.  One of the most crucial - and for many people most difficult practices - is allowing joy.  What makes joy so essential to life and so difficult?
Step 11 and Soul Collage:
Engaging Recovery & Art
Saturday, June 10, 10:00 to 3:00 pm with Shari Roeseler and Joan Stockbridge
Whether new to twelve step programs or an “old timer” this workshop offers a unique hands-on approach to working the 11th Step. This workshop will teach you how to use SoulCollage© to improve your conscious contact with your Higher Power.
Trauma, Healing & Spirituality:
An Experience in Two Parts
Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 22, 9:30-4:30 with Tanda Ainsworth and Sandra Lommasson

Because traumatic experience affects body, mind and spirit, healing must also engage the whole person. Learn to desensitize your brain to negative experiences, and to cultivate sensitivity to positive ones. It's the  essential foundation to engaging the spiritual tasks trauma necessarily opens, allowing what began as a breakdown to become a breakthrough.Enrollment is limited.

Soul Renewal: A Communal Response to the Call of Our Time
July 15, 2017 to Sunday July 16
An overnight retreat experience co-sponsored by Bread of Life and Mercy Center Burlingame.

A gathering for discerning together the loving action and service needed for mutual support in engaging our world at this specific time in history. Can we -- forged by formation as spiritual directors, pastors, listeners and other forms of soul-tending -- become travelers together in life-giving response to the challenges of shadow, despair and disunity of our time?  Click for flyer. Register at Mercy Burlingame.

Offering Your Gift in the World*
Wednesday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 with Sandra Lommasson. What is the purpose of the intentional spiritual journey? Freeing the one-of-a-kind gift you are for the world. The journey is ultimately about being freed to serve without compulsion or the expectation of ego-driven outcomes. Free will offering. Must contact the office to reserve your space.
 * The 4th in our annual 'Practices for Life" series based in the 4 movements of grace. It repeats annually as a service to our community. You are welcome to enter at any point in the cycle.
FALL - Engaging change as a Spiritual Practice
WINTER - Looking for Life in the Desert
SPRING - Allowing Joy
SUMMER - Offering Your Gift in the World

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 register for any of our sessions, please click here.
Our next series will be announced soon. Meanwhile we are taking these conversations out into communities like yours. Contact Jean for more information.

Our "Public Conversations" focus on moral values that underlie differences between the 'right' and the 'left' in our country. We can successfully talk together and learn from each other!
 Sacramento Workshops
THE FOUR FOUNDATION DAYS - led by Jean Holsten and Bread of Life team members. 

Awareness (Day 1)
  • Friday, July 7, 2017 
  • Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
Compassion (Day 2)
  • Saturday, July 8, 2017
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
Creative Freedom (Day 3)
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 
  • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Friday, December 8, 2017
Interdependence (Day 4)
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017
To register for any of these please click here.
 A Taste of Dynamic Dialogue
Want to hear more about how it works? We offer periodic 'tastes' experiences at no charge. Must send an email or call (916) 648-1803 to reserve your place.
May 2017 Schedule:
Wednesday, May 17th - 8:00am to 9:30am
TOPIC: Awareness
Monday, May 22nd - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
TOPIC: Creative Freedom
Wednesday, May 31st - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Bring your own lunch. 
TOPIC: Interdependence
All workshops held at the Bread of Life Center. 
Community of Practice Meetings
Community of Practice groups create an adult learning environment designed to build a community of individuals committed to practicing their Dialogue skills. Groups are available in Elk Grove, Sacramento, St. Helena, Santa Barbara and San Diego. Anyone who has attended a Dialogue workshop is encouraged to participate.
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.