Current Offerings
Click for current Dynamic Dialogue opportunities.
Affiliate Member Brown Bag Conversation in June is on Progression & Regression: Strange Allies for the Journey. 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).  Click for more about spiritual direction including direction groups for women and for men. Applications are now due for Listen to Your Life and the next Internship Cycle - both begin in January 2018.
   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.

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. CLOSED


Silent Sunday - Retreat Afternoon  First Sunday of the month beginning in August*, 2:00-5:00 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.
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. CLOSED


Soul to Soul: When Biographies Open & Meet 
Thursday, July 20, 7-9 pm with Karen Gierlach

There's always more to our story than we think - and it's life-shaping. Join us for a
Biography Workshop which includes an overview of the developmental life phases we all share as well as the opportunity to exchange memories and experiences from these different phases through a wide range of guided exercises. Prepare to be surprised, moved, and enlivened. Special introductory offering.

Offering Your Gift in the World*
Wednesday, July 26, 7:00-9:00 PM 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.
Fall Reflective Reading Group
REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
Five Thursdays, Sept. 14- Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 PM

with Sandra Lommasson

Overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought for most Americans. Rest is often defined as the absence of work: late-night TV binges, hours trawling the internet. It's something to do once we’ve finished everything else on our to-do lists.

Dismissing GENUINE rest stifles our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. Join us as we explore and experiment with practices of ‘deliberate rest’ as essential to a rewarding and meaningful life. Read more about our reflective reading process.  Enrollment limited to 12.
 * 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 Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, August 29 - September 19, with another series to follow in November. Please contact Jean to reserve your space.
Our "Public Conversations" focus on moral values that underlie differences between the 'right' and the 'left' in our country. Learn how to successfully talk to and learn from each other! 
August 29 - Healthcare
September 5 - Families & Children
September 12 - Families & Elders
September 19 - Immigrants
All but the September 19th Session will be held at the Bread of Life Center. September 19th will be held at Avalon Hearing Aid Center, right next door in the same plaza.

DynamicDialogue for Non-profits
Communication in a Time of Polarization
Be a part of this one-day workshop where you will learn and practice the art of dialogue. This is an introductory day to invite non-profits into an experience that has changed lives in ways that open hearts and minds to others' viewpoints. We will explore meaningful ways to mutually define and commit to the common good. 
The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Click here to find out more and call (916) 648-1803, ext. 14 or email to register! 

Sacramento Workshops
THE FOUR FOUNDATION DAYS - led by Jean Holsten and Bread of Life team members. 

Awareness (Day 1), 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
Compassion (Day 2), 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
Creative Freedom (Day 3), 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
Interdependence (Day 4), 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Sunday, November 5, 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.
More dates coming soon! 

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.