Centering Prayer Gathering

Series Time & Dates

This series meets once a quarter.
Please see the schedule to the right for specifics.

Zoom Registration

Please click on the ‘Register Now’ buttons on this page to be complete registration. You will be redirected to the Mary & Joseph website. Zoom information and links will be emailed to you a few days before each event.


The cost for each workshop is $45. This event is sponsored by Mary & Joseph Retreat Center.


Herb Kaighan, Spiritual Director
37 years sober

Through working the steps as contained in the Big Book Herb experienced
a profound spiritual awakening. He will discuss the impact of the Process & Principles for walking this path, practicing emotional sobriety to develop emotional maturity and a practice of daily intentional consciousness.

Allen Berger, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
50 years clean and sober

Dr. Berger will discuss mental health concepts like emotional dependency, self-esteem, independence, interdependence & manifesting our true self.


If you have any questions or would like to contact the Retreat Center, please email Jose S. at:

Emotional sobriety
A Quarterly Series

Emotional Sobriety and 12 Core Principles

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM PST (via Zoom)

Dr. Berger and Herb K. will unpack 12 Core Principles of Emotional Sobriety that each sustain emotional growth. This powerful experience will give each participant an opportunity to look at the current quality of life from a fresh perspective and have a new personal experience.

Transformation creates a new attitude and experience towards ourselves, others and “Power”. This workshop creates a template for emotional growth helping us discern and manifest our true self, identify our internal obstacles to joy by practicing these Principles, live with balance, humility and vitality, and be the determining force in our own lives and a positive force in our community.

Honestly Ask Yourself:

What are the sources of the symptoms of my current suffering?

Do I have a quality life?

Do I have balance?

Do I have a sense of personal value, purpose and meaning?

You will experience a process for:

Identifying the obstacles to “quality living.”

Holding on to your self, regaining your balance after you have lost it, discover the path to authentic freedom and happiness.

Fostering your life, having personal freedom and VIBRANT relationships.

9AM-1PM PST Topic
9:00AM Orientation
10:00AM Application of Effective Principles
11:00AM Awareness and Action
12:00PM Conclusion
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One Way of Life: Optimal Living & Personal Happiness

Saturday, October 16th, 2021 – 9:00AM to 1:00PM PST (via Zoom)

Dr. Berger and Herb K. will discuss a solution not only to addiction but for dealing with our human condition – unmanageability. Carl Jung had suggested “The Spirit is the antidote to spirits” = optimal living and happiness. Bill Wilson states in the Big Book “…our way of living has its advantages for All.” This workshop will be a deep dive into the application of tools for optimal living. We will find emotional balance, a purposeful life, and personal fulfillment.”

Honestly Ask Yourself:

Are you unhappy, irritable, discontent, depressed?

Do you find yourself frustrated by self-defeating patterns of negative thinking, feelings or behavior?

You will experience a process for:

Identifying the primary obstacles to a healthy relationship with yourself.

Taking responsibility for producing a positive attitude and taking effective actions.

Fostering your personal growth toward a sense of meaning, value, purpose and joy… life that really flourishes!

9AM-1PM PST Topic
9:00AM Orientation: Responsibility for our Suffering
10:00AM Are We a Human Be-ing and/or a Human Do-ing?
11:00AM Principles: Being Awakened – Effective Use of Conscience (Step 10)
12:00PM Happiness: Staying Awake – Practice of Consciousness & Compassion
(Steps 11 & 12)
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