BCP Summer Seminars On Teaching – 2021 Opportunities

Hiking, Renewal, & Nature

Dates: June 14th, 17th and 22nd from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
June 25th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lead by Paul Spitzmueller
In person (locations below)

Looking for renewal? Looking to connect with nature and discover new hiking areas? Thoreau wrote that the genius of walking was not the mechanics of putting one foot in front of the other but, rather, mastering the art of sauntering. Sauntering, for Thoreau, was derived from people “going a la Sainte Terre, to the Holy Land.” Holy-Landers like Saint Francis and Saint Ignatius sauntered as pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela and Jerusalem, respectively. We’re not walking those great distances or journeying that far; our walking connects to the Holy within, restoring a deep peace and feeling at home anywhere. So, whether your hikes take you down-and-in or up-and-out, join us for easy-to-moderate hiking throughout the South & East Bay. There is no preparation required, and all fitness levels are welcome. Short readings from Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, Anne Dillard, John Muir and others will be on hand but not required. Materials needed: sturdy shoes, sunblock, water, a snack, and open mind.

Date/Time Location Distance (Difficulty)
June 14th
1:00 - 2:15
Mallard Slough Trail (Alviso), Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR 3.3 miles (easy)
June 17th
Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve (Los Gatos) 4.5 miles (moderate)
June 22nd
1:00 - 2:15
Arastradero Creek Trail (280/Stanford), Pearson-Arastradero Preserve 2.9 to 3.5 miles (Easy)
June 25th
Stream & French Trail (Oakland), Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park 4.5 to 6 miles (Moderate)


Rejuvenation Through Yoga

June 15th, 29th, July 13th, July 20th from 4:00-5:15pm
Lead by Miriam Fasoli
Fully Online

Come and connect with other liked-minded teachers in a four-part yoga series, designed to release stress and restore your body! Bring your notebook and pen for the first 15 minutes of reflection and dialogue, and then move on your mat in a sequence of yoga asanas designed centered on a theme. Each yoga workshop builds upon the other: the first one centers on soothing restorative poses and ends in an indulgent savasana and relaxing meditation, while the final workshop focuses more on revitalizing energy and hope that we can bring with us into the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. All levels welcome. Please bring a pen, notebook, yoga mat, and 3 blankets to each class.


Worry-free Shakespeare

June 14th – 17th from 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Lead by Russ Marcel
In person at BCP or online

Join us for an exploration of Shakespeare’s words and themes through his celebratory comedy, Twelfth Night, and a handful of sonnets. Informal, relaxed, no homework…just show up, dive into some text, and enjoy each other’s company.

Vespers in the Garden

June 24th, July 8th and 22nd from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lead by Pat Adams
In person in the BCP garden

From the Latin vespera, or evening time, this is traditionally the sixth canonical hour of the church day. This will be a chance for faculty, staff, and friends to visit, pray, and enjoy the cool of the evening in the Bellarmine Garden. Starting at 6:30pm with a reading from inspirational texts and a time for quiet contemplation, the remainder of the time (until sunset at around 8:30pm) will be set aside to enjoy some refreshments while visiting with colleagues and learning more about the garden.


And God said, "You are my beloved in whom I am well pleased:” A Women's Retreat

June 19th, 10:00am – 3:30pm
Lead by Missy Scott-Florez
In Person in the Leontyne Chapel

Do you ever feel your life is so full, and even though you give it all you have each day, you still go to bed at night demanding more of yourself...be more perfect, be more loving, be more productive, be more present. And on those same days God whispers, "You are my beloved in whom I am well pleased." Many women give to the maximum capacity in order to cherish others around us but do not always cherish and honor our goodness, generosity, and giftedness. On this retreat, we will play, pray, move, laugh, eat, and share our wisdom in order to experience God speaking love and hope into our very being. It will be a day to celebrate the gift that you are and walk away rejuvenated.


Moments of Pause: A Retreat of Inner Rest

June 30th from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Lead by Rev. David Romero S.J.
Fully online

Are you looking for an opportunity to rest & reflect, to be surprised by grace through challenges, or to reflect on obvious and disguised blessings? Join us for a day of renewal to practice meaningful pauses that can be applied in everyday life. There will be time for personal prayer, small group conversations, and opportunities to pause, reconnect with God, or simply be. Treat yourself to a day of rediscovering hope and engaging those thirsting for hope through prayer and community.