CAMPANDO Maryknoll is for social justice and environmental leaders in LA County who are feeling burned out and need to recharge – with nature, with each other, and in the community of those who have spent their lives on the front lines. It’s an oasis of nourishment and reflection.
Campando launched as a prototype in 2017 and was conceived, like everything else we do, in a Blitz.
What would it take, we asked, to provide a place of rejuvenation for community leaders at the forefront of social and environmental work (and at no cost to them)?
How might we include great diversity among participants – including in age and range of experience in service?
With these ambitions in mind, Campando was prototyped and then implemented as a series of weekend retreats at the campus of the Maryknoll Sisters in Monrovia, CA, nestled at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains.
To help justice and environmental changemakers in LA County deal with burnout and recharge their batteries.
To offer a meaningful program with ample time for walks in the area, reading, reflection, and conversation with their peers.
We launched in collaboration with the Maryknoll Sisters, who for 100 years have served the needs of the County and locations around the world – including in some of its most dangerous areas.
Their seven-acre Monrovia compound houses a number of sisters in retirement and is home to birds, deer, bear, raccoons, and coyote.
Campando represents the desire of the Maryknoll community to support LA County leaders who are united by a vision of radical commitment – for the Earth and its people.
The Campando program’s impact extended to 28 diverse individuals from at least 5 faith traditions, representing 24 social, environmental, and educational institutions.
Campando is a cellphone-free zone: cellphones are put into a box upon arrival. Friday night typically begins with a meet-and-greet happy hour. Sunday concludes with brunch, perhaps a hike, and a ritual of support for LA environmental and justice leadership.