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.


Recommended Educational Events

poppies by Claude Coquilleau  sxc.huThe Art of Gratefulness

A Meditative Arts Retreat
Led by Patricia Campbell Carlson

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
December 19-21, 2014

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. 

For more information and to register, please see Esalen's webpage.


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


Br. David Steindl-Rast & Jack Kornfield sitting and talkingGrateful Living: Br. David Steindl-Rast and Jack Kornfield in Conversation

The Acqua Hotel
Mill Valley, CA

These two old friends - a Benedictine monk and a Buddhist teacher - met up in 2012 before a rapt crowd and had a lively conversation that focused on grateful living practice and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives via a simple “Stop! Look! Go!” process.  The evening was filmed by a crew known for their excellent work on CBS's 60 Minutes, and you can listen and watch now, too! DVDs are available here.


Br. David, Chungliang Al Huang, David Whyte & Angeles ArrienPathways to Gratefulness Summit

The Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, California

A full-day event in 2011 with music, poetry and movement, with discussion and discourse from luminaries from around the world, including Brother David, David Whyte, Angeles Arrien, Fritjof Capra, Chungliang Al Huang, and many others—all with intention of spreading the joy of gratefulness. See the program from this marvelous day.


Br. David Steindl-Rast speaking on cruise shipAlaska Cruise with Br. David Steindl-Rast

Inside Passage of Alaska

After extensive world travels and four books written in the span of a couple of years, Br. David was up for doing a special Gratefulness Gathering in the form of a relaxing cruise. During the 2011 Alaska Cruise he gave some of his clearest, most inspired teachings about the practice of grateful living to a group of 85 people who came along. Our staff and volunteers at A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) were fortunate to capture these talks on film to share with you in the form of e-course.
Access the on-demand e-courses on this page.



bird of paradise flowerPoetry of Gratefulness DVDs and CDs
from the Benefit Reading
at the Herbst Theatre
San Francisco, CA 

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