Family Day at Villa St Joseph

Join the Villa Team, and our Associates for a family day “of living simply that others may simply live” on June 8, 2019 from 1-6pm.

During the afternoon there will be “fun” ecological activities for children and teens, a presentation and practical workshops for adults, games, a free barbecue and a live concert. Mass (for Sunday) will be celebrated for those who wish at 4 pm.  Come, learn and enjoy at this beautiful space by the Lake. Bring your children and grandchildren and please register early: 905-372-2741 or by e-mail at We look forward to seeing you there!

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To Care for God's Good Earth

At this time of the year we often think ahead to wrapping gifts in readiness for Christmas. What we don’t always think about is that much of the paper we use for gift-wrapping is not recyclable and gift wrap constitutes a vast amount of the paper we use. So we add here some helpful thoughts for wrapping gifts this year as we seek to find small and practical ways to care for God’s gift of the Earth just as we care for one another.

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Bereaved Mothers Weekend

This ministry seeks to create a safe and sacred place for parents to “undress their hearts” before the Creator and others who know and feel their pain. Within this loving circle of support ‘a new day dawns for those who weep’ and ‘their tears are turned into dancing’ … quite literally … as the weekend often incorporates sacred circle dancing into its prayer services, workshops, meditations and candle lighting.

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What Plants Talk About

When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like "behavior" with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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A Failed Promise and God’s Promise

In the world of vegetable production, purveyors of GM seeds promised great things for the global community, trumpeting there would be greater food production and reduced pesticide use in a relatively short time. GM seeds were the answer for a starving world. This was in the late 80’s -90’s. Canada and United States bought into that message. Western Europe did not.

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Spiritual Direction

Within each of us lies the desire to find meaning beyond the discover our true grow closer to God and to one another. A spiritual director can help you to satisfy that longing.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction, also known as Spiritual Companioning, is a gentle, non-judgemental process of Holy Listening to recognize how God is being revealed in your life. In this process, you are free to express questions, name doubts, sort through decisions, experience mystery and the call to engagement in the world.

Spiritual Direction invites a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspects of being human. While it may be appropriate at time to discuss personal and relational struggles in the context of spiritual direction, a spiritual director is neither a psychotherapist, a moral advisor, not a counselor, but one who has received training to accompany you on a specific spiritual journey to discover God’s presence in the daily experiences of your life.

The director is not there to supply answers, but to suggest questions for the directee to think and pray about.

When would I seek Spiritual Direction

  • When you are experiencing a new sense of God in your life…
  • When you are feeling distant from God…
  • When you are facing an important decision or discernment…
  • When you are facing a change or transition in your life…
  • When you are feeling fragmented, disinterested, out of touch, fearful or angry…
  • When you are involved in ministry within your faith community…
  • When you desire growth in prayer and growth in compassion…

… then Spiritual Direction may be something for you to consider

Spiritual Direction at Villa St Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre

If you would like to engage in on-going Spiritual Direction with a member if the Villa team, please call the Villa.  An initial interview will be arranged. At that time, you can discuss your hope and expectations, and ask questions. The companioning takes place in the context of confidential one-on-one sessions which are usually scheduled about once a month, but vary according to individual needs. Should you decide to continue, the suggested offering is $40.00 per session; however, this is negotiable.

Spiritual Direction is also available as an option during our retreats here at Villa St Joseph Ecology and Spirituality Centre. It is recommended that, if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, you request it in advance. The suggested offering of $20.00 per session will be added to the cost of the retreat.

If you would like on-going direction and live too far to travel monthly, please inquire about other centres that offer similar opportunities.