Current Offerings
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Affiliate Member Brown Bag Conversation in August is on Legacy as we reflect together on legacy received and shared. 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 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.
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. 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.$65 plus purchase of the book


Soul to Soul: When Biographies Open & Meet with Karen Gierlach

New dates TBA soon!

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.

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?

FALL - 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.

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 Amanda 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.
Next Series: Monday evenings, January 22 - February 12, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Topics coming soon. 

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, October 20, 2017
Compassion (Day 2), 9 AM - 5 PM
  • 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.