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La Casa’s buzzin’ in Montecito Neighbors Magazine

Posted Aug 12 2019 byCindy Swain / Rebuilding / Comments Off on La Casa’s buzzin’ in Montecito Neighbors Magazine /

We’re the buzzin’ featured non-profit in this months’ Montecito Neighbors Magazine.

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Request for Proposal – Master Architect

Posted Aug 9 2019 byLa Casa de Maria / Rebuilding / Comments Off on Request for Proposal – Master Architect /

The Immaculate Heart Community (IHC) seeks to retain a qualified Master Architect/Master Planner to conduct a design development process for its 26-acre retreat center located at 800 El Bosque Road in Santa Barbara County, CA, known as La Casa de Maria and the Center for Spiritual Renewal (Retreat Center). 
IHC is a multi service nonprofit 501c3 public benefit corporation that

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Posted Jul 5 2019 byCindy Swain / Rebuilding / Comments Off on /

Mother Nature is performing her wonders at La Casa; our trees are fascinating. This ancient red oak is in front of the Chapel and it’s ‘sealing’ itself. Trees do not heal, but respond to injury by “compartmentalizing” injured tissue with the gradual growth of new, healthy callus tissue.

Reference: Shigo, A.L. 1982
Alex Shigo was a plant pathologist and

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Latest Update on La Casa de Maria – November 2018

Posted Nov 20 2018 byKathleen Buczko / Rebuilding / Comments Off on Latest Update on La Casa de Maria – November 2018 /

Slowly but surely, the grounds of La Casa de Maria and the Center for Spiritual Renewal are getting cleaned up and plans are being made for the rebuild of the property.
In making plans for the rebuild, the staff, the Board of Trustees and the Coordinating Council are visioning what is possible with the property, given new maps of the

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Poignant Gathering in Sadako Peace Garden

Posted Aug 10 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding, Recovery / Comments Off on Poignant Gathering in Sadako Peace Garden /

Each year on August 6, the anniversary of the US detonation of an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) holds a remembrance event in La Casa’s Sadako Peace Garden. This year marked the 24th annual gathering and it was especially poignant – as just six months ago the Peace Garden was awash in mud and debris

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Record heat doesn’t dent enthusiasm for return to La Casa

Posted Jul 13 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Rebuilding / Comments Off on Record heat doesn’t dent enthusiasm for return to La Casa /

The record-setting heat was the headline for many in Santa Barbara on Saturday, July 7 but for two small groups on the grounds of La Casa de Maria that day, it was barely a footnote.

In the relatively cool Terrace Room of the big stone house – the Center for Spiritual Renewal – a group began the day in

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Six months after the mud and debris flow

Posted Jul 9 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Six months after the mud and debris flow /

 
In a normal year, July would be a busy time at La Casa de Maria, with programs, groups, and retreatants all making use of our facilities, land, and unique offerings. But, due to the December fires and January’s massive mud and debris flow, sadly, we are still closed while we plan for our renewal and rebirth.
We have, however,

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Offering Support for La Casa’s Rebuilding

Posted Jun 21 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Offering Support for La Casa’s Rebuilding /

On Wednesday, June 20, founder of Spiritual Paths Institute and longtime friend of La Casa de Maria Ed Bastian came for a visit. His purpose was two-fold – Bastian wanted to see firsthand the devastation that is a result of the 1/9 mud and debris flow. But he also came to offer financial support and delivered a $12,000 donation in support of

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Introduction to Capacitar July 7th

Posted Jun 15 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Events, Home, Mud and Debris Flow / Comments Off on Introduction to Capacitar July 7th /

This one-day workshop and retreat will introduce participants to Healing and Wellness practices, which were devised by Capacitar International and have been used in more than thirty countries for over 25 years.
Capacitar International is a wellness training organization, integrating spirituality and body wisdom practices with a research-based focus resulting in an experience that is truly holistic, incorporating body,

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