Gratefulness Events

A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) offers periodic retreats, workshops, and symposiums.  We are happy to receive inquiries about offering an event in your area.  We foster ongoing grateful-living groups and create e-courses which, after their debut, you can schedule at your convenience.

Events offered by Brother David Steindl-Rast are listed on this page.

Restoring Gratitude in a Fast-paced World

A retreat led by Margaret Wakeley & Saoirse McClory
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Friday, November 7, 2014 and Saturday, November 8, 2014

bonsai plant on a tableThis retreat is designed to help refill the reserves of people suffering from burn-out that results from compassion fatigue, overwork, or (as is often the case) a confluence of the two. We will explore gratefulness as a way of life with specific practices that restore our sense of sufficiency and wonder in the present moment – the only moment fully given to us – thus easing our anxiety about whether we have enough money, friendship, and other resources to get by. Through guided meditation, journaling, dialogue, life review, music, quiet space to breathe, and other tools, we will reconnect with what most inspires us. This is a non-judgmental retreat in which it is okay to be ungrateful, which is sometimes a necessary step in peeling off layers to a fundamental gratitude that springs from simply being alive. Please see this page for complete details and registration information.

poppies by Claude Coquilleau  sxc.huThe Art of Gratefulness

A meditative arts retreat
Led by Margaret Wakeley

What does it mean to be grateful through the ups and downs of life? How can we appreciate the gift of each day without minimizing the challenges that face us personally and as a global community? Through mediums of music, movement, poetry, and collage we explore how we even come to ask such questions and how gratefulness applies to our losses, our everyday lives, and our relationships. 

If you would like to sponsor this retreat in your community, please get in touch with us here.

Recommended Educational Events


E-courses for Reflection and Practice

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Special readings several times a week and community interactions let you reflect, share, and practice at your convenience. Taking part in e-courses benefits your personal growth and also supports the work of A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) and our sister site, Spirituality and Practice. Click here to see an index of available courses.

Past Events

Birds of ParadisePoetry of Gratefulness DVDs and CDs
from the Benefit Reading
at the Herbst Theatre
San Francisco, CA 
February 3, 2008

Relive the Poetry of Gratefulness 2008 or experience it for the first time, through a DVD or CD created by Conference Recording Services, or you can view free video clips.