An Intimate Weekend with Allen Schoen, D.V.M., Sharon Callahan and Purusha Ananda.  September 18th - 21st

     Join Sharon Callahan, Purusha Ananda, Dr. Allen Schoen and friends for the first in a series of special weekends to experience and deepen our spiritual connection to all life and to explore practical ways to bring that connection into our everyday lives. During these weekends of meditation and sacred dialogue, we will explore ways in which we can enhance our own innermost being, while nurturing and healing the animals in our lives and all of Earth’s creatures. 

     During these weekends of sharing and exploration, we will rediscover our innate ability to engage in sacred dialog with all beings while simultaneously nurturing our own deepest selves. Through a process of meditation, sacred movements, music and intimate sharing, we will gain confidence in our ever present capacity for quiet inner listening and our own unique ability to access information intuitively in order to assist our animal companions and ourselves in a return to balance, health and wholeness.

Topics addressed during this special weekend will include

  • following your heart’s lead

  • caring for animals as a spiritual path

  • meditation - how it facilitates communion with animals

  • how to avoid compassion burn-out

  • merging with animals to access information about their physical, emotional, mental and soul qualities

  • the special needs of captive wild animals

  • tapping our own inner resources for assisting animals

  • tapping our own unique intuitive abilities

  • what animals have to teach us about life and death

  • Assisting an animal in an illumined transition from this life

  • music, singing, chanting and yoga to still the mind and heal the heart

Your Hosts:

     Sharon Callahan, internationally acclaimed animal communicator and creator of Anaflora flower essences for animals. Sharon's book on her pioneering work in the field of flower essence therapy is published by Sacred Spirit and is titled: Healing Animals Naturally With Flower Essences and Intuitive Listening.

     Purusha Ananda, after having a career as an aerospace engineer, spent more than 18 years studying and practicing such spiritual traditions as Yoga, Sufism, and Buddhism. This breadth of experience allows Purusha to teach the art of meditation to all seekers, no matter what their current spiritual path or level of practice, explaining, adapting and suggesting practices that fit both the person and his/her circumstances.

     Dr. Schoen is an internationally renowned holistic veterinarian, author, professor, and workshop leader. He is the author of Kindred Spirits, recently published by Random House, and Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing, published by Simon & Schuster. He is also the author of a number of veterinary textbooks. Dr. Schoen teaches complementary veterinary medicine at universities and conferences throughout the world. He is an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and an adjunct professor at Tufts University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  During his twenty-three year veterinary career, Dr. Schoen has also intertwined a personal spiritual journey with his ongoing commitment as a veterinarian.

Special Guests:

    Carol Buckley and Scott Blais regret that they will not be able to attend the retreat. Two new elephants are scheduled to arrive at the Sanctuary about that time. Fortunately for the elephants, Carol and Scott give them first priority.

Please visit Carol, Scott and “the girls” at  For an article on Carol Buckley see 

Music And Sacred Sharing:


Patrick Bernard A renowned New Age musician has traveled the world seeking inner gardens. His literature and musical compositions are intimately bound. They propel us to the crystal spheres where our cousins from the stars, with whom we shape networks of clarity, reside. Considered a pioneer of transformational sound, Patrick Bernard creates new forms of music. Songwriter and composer his unique style invites us to travel across the powers of cosmic vibrational frequencies, to rediscover in ourselves the joy of possibilities. With a soft and soothing voice, Patrick includes in his compositions vibrations of Sanskrit, an ancient language carrier of a prodigious power and inner transformation. His music helps to diminish stress and elevate thoughts, breathing becomes deeper, heart rate slows, the spirit sooths and the body relaxes. 

Patrick introduces us to the art of profound listening. In his book The Secret Music of the Soul Patrick says: “Sound will reveal nothing to us as long as we have not yet discovered the listeners mission whose creative contribution is as necessary as that of the composer and performer. When under the action of sound, purifying and liberating functions are carried out in our soul, the reason music exists and we truly achieve profound listening. The composer cannot accomplish the magical work alone; he needs the listeners completely…. This is what the music of the new era provides, restoring music to its true function: that of linking souls to other souls and linking souls to God.”

Anuradha Devi Dasi accompanies Patrick’s music with beautiful devotional dance. Anuradha studied and taught classical dance to the children at Bahir, in Northern India. Her work is a synthesis of traditional, Oriental and Western dance that she has infused with a new and refreshing interpretation. 
Patrick’s musical offerings include: Atlantis Angeles’ Solaris Universalis, MantraMandala, and his
most recent release: Love Divine

Tom Pincince is a sound wizard and musician who creates sound prayers which he describes as "music from inner space." Tom will execute his wizardry during the retreat so that we may open not only our eyes and hearts, but our ears as well.

Location & Registration Information:

Retreat time will be divided between the temple space that Sharon and Purusha have created at their home and a beautiful dome space, both at the base of Mt. Shasta in Northern California. Mt. Shasta is long renowned for its spiritual and healing energies and is one of the world’s sacred mountains. The village of Mt. Shasta offers a wide range of accommodations from camping to luxury B&Bs as well as many restaurants and 2 good health food stores, most within walking distance of the retreat site.

A suggested donation for a three day weekend is $350.00 with a deposit of $100.00 due by June 1st to hold your space and the balance received by August 1st.

Your registration fee includes 

  • Welcome gathering Thursday evening September 18th

  • Three full days of retreat activities Friday the 20th, Sat. the 21st and Sunday the 21st 

  • a mid-day meal each day, as well as a light supper and dessert in the evening. 

***Accommodations and breakfast are separate. Arrangements for accommodations can be made with the help of the retreat coordinator. 

Grace Waymire has more than 15 years nursing experience, specializing in the care of critically ill children and babies. She has always had a strong connection to animals and nature. Grace has recently transitioned into the area of animal care and nutrition as well as functioning as retreat coordinator for Sacred Spirit Retreats. Grace lives in Truckee, California with two dogs, three cats, and a cockatiel. 

For details, and to register, call retreat coordinator Grace Waymire at 530-550-8380 or email . For a listing of Mt. Shasta B&Bs, and motels see  or contact Grace for an information package.