Programs & Retreats

Event Details

Cosmic Symphony of Love Unfolding
Location: Conference Center
Category: Conference Retreats
Date: Sunday July 22, 2018 through Saturday July 28, 2018
Cost: $525.00
Minimum Deposit: $100.00


7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018
to Noon Saturday, July 28, 2018

"Cosmic Symphony of Love Unfolding"

presenters: Maureen Wild, SC, with the musical support of Joyce Rouse 


This retreat opens the doorway to our revelatory cosmic scriptures so that we may better know the deep time story of love’s emergence and unfolding. It invites resting in cosmic love and relaxing within one’s
contemplative, mystic self. Conferences integrate the legacy and identity we share as
Cosmological-beings, Earth-beings, Christcentered beings, and beings within the universal heart of love that is continually carried forward. Conferences will also integrate parallel themes from Pope Francis on
integral ecology, the urgency for protection and compassion highlighted within Laudato Si Care of our Common Home. This retreat had its debut for the Federation of the Sisters of Charity which welcomed almost seventy Sisters and Daughters of Charity and their Associates to Emmitsburg, MD, in 2015. It has
since been adapted by Maureen and Joyce to reach wider audiences.

Maureen Wild, SC, is originally from the Peace River country of northern Alberta. A Sister of Charity (Halifax) since 1983, she served as parish assistant and teacher for several years in the inner cities of Edmonton, AB, and Roxbury, MA.  In 1987 Maureen did an internship with scientist Sister Rosalie Bertell, GNSH, while also studying at St. Michael’s College where she was introduced to the writings of Father Thomas Berry, CP, through a study of Ecological Ethics.  Thomas’ synthesis and wisdom has had ongoing and profound impact on Maureen’s way of seeing the world. 

In 1990 she made her final vows within a new context; she vowed to live as an integral and responsible member within the community of all creation. She strives to practice this in her lifestyle and prayer, in her ministry and in her way of being in the world.  Maureen’s graduate studies (’93 Boston) and primary ministry focus for over two decades has been on themes of our Living Cosmology and Sacred Ecology. She served as Director of two spiritual-based ecological learning centers– Genesis Farm, NJ and Centre for Earth and Spirit, BC (which she founded). As a sought after speaker and retreat guide, Maureen continually develops educational and retreat initiatives. (

Joyce Rouse, grew up on a farm near Cresco, Iowa where the music of the Earth touchedher at an early age. The ‘leitmotif’ of Joyce’s music ministry is ‘Helping Heal the PlanetOne Song at a Time.’ Joyce has deep affinity to Sisters; in the last two decades she has worked with many congregations of religious as they explore their deep concern for Earth along with new understandings of our cosmological context. She invariably brings her wonderful spirit and prophetic gift of song. ( With a Masters of Arts in Earth Literacy (2002 from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, IN) and extensive music and theatrical training, Joyce spreads the concepts of Earth connection and sustainability.  

She also has a passion for teaching the principles of the Earth Charter in creative, lively and musical ways!

If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so. 
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail a printable registration form along with your payment to:

     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155 

Refund Policy

Includes: Retreat, Lodging,
and Meals from Light Supper on Sunday to
Lunch on Saturday

For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
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