This retreat is for ANYONE interested in deepening his or her centering prayer practice. Centering prayer is a way of bringing to consciousness the unconscious “emotional wounds of a lifetime” (Thomas Keating) and enabling these stumbling blocks to become cornerstones for transforming our false selves. Two books by Cynthia Bourgeault are recommended to prepare for the retreat: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening; and The Heart of Centering Prayer. Suggest reading in the order listed. The focus of this retreat is to immerse oneself in the Silence and make ourselves available to the healing power of "the Divine Therapist". This retreat experience is a good way to strengthen a beginning practice and will also deepen an already existing practice. In the evenings there will be a Wisdom Circle to reflect on what we are experiencing. There will be time to meet with retreat facilitator for guidance. This retreat will begin with supper on at 5:30 on Thursday, March 9, and conclude after lunch on Sunday, March 12.The retreat will be in silence after the opening circle on Thursday night until lunch on Sunday. Please consider giving yourself the GIFT of this time with God among the daffodils at St. Scholastica Monastery.
Total Cost: $235. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Be still and know....
Using the seasons as a backdrop for your prayer, Joyce and Macrina will encourage you to find your personal stories hidden in the life-giving spirit of these four emerging transitions: Spring, blossoming and new beginnings: Summer, fruitfulness and passion; Autumn, harvesting and fruitful-dying; Winter, nurturing the seed in the holy-darkness of your being. This seasonal circle of life is a metaphor for the spiritual, psychological, and religious journey at the heart of personal transformation. Come join the wisdom of those who gather for reflection, storytelling, song and creative ritual.
Total Cost: $245. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included.
Come join the monastic community of St. Scholastica to celebrate the Triduum during Holy Week.You will enter into worship with the sisters to follow in the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary and share inthe joy of His resurrection. We will begin this commemoration of the Paschal Mystery with orientationat 2 p.m. on Holy Thursday and conclude with the Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Cost: $115.00. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging andmeals are included in the price. Deadline for registration is March 30.
Within each of us there is a Peter: one who tries to walk on water in life’s storms and fearfully sinks. We find our hollowness as we try to please others and swing from angrily boasting (I will follow you even if no one else does!) To shamefully lying to the servant girl (I don’t even know the man!). We get discouraged as we fish all night and catch nothing. We struggle with how to repair broken relationships and to again say, “You know that I love you”. Men (and women in their second half) need to make Peter’s journey. When we discover the Peter within us, we will experience how Jesus heals our fear, anger, guilt, shame, and grief to transform us from Simon- the broken person to Peter- the rock, the most gifted disciple.
Resident Cost: $225.00. Commuter Cost: $175.00 A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is needed at the time of registration. Lodging andmeals are included in the price. Deadline for registration is April 21.
In honor of Mary, our spiritual mother and in honor of all mothers we meet for a day to pray and reflect on the nurturing qualities of your lives. We will celebrate and cherish the gifts we have been given to encourage, love and build up the Body of Christ. This will include especially those who have been placed in our care. You need not actually be a mother to attend this day. It is a day of claiming your gifts to nurture.
Cost: $50.00. A $20.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lunch is included. Deadline for registration is April 27, 2017.
Lord, When Did We See You? The disciples asked, “Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger…? New American Standard Bible Matthew 25:43-44, I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' And they too will reply, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' How clearly do we see? Do you have ‘20/20’ vision? Do you need spiritual glasses? Come share opportunities to test your heart vision, practice “seeing” more clearly and discover the Christ vision. No sun glasses needed for the anticipated ‘dilation’!
Resident Cost: $195.00. Commuter Cost: $150.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lunch is included. Deadline for registration is May 19, 2017.
Stories are one of the best tools to help us tap into our reserves ofinner wisdom. Stories help us sort through what we admire and whyand they can show us what it might cost for us to take on different challenges.In short, stories help us to imagine, to be aware of ourselves,confronting situations familiar and unfamiliar to us. Drawing from thewisdom of St. Ignatius Loyola, who believed that we can find God in allthings, even in the most ordinary, this retreat offers us the opportunityto “Let Our Heart Speak”, allowing God to draw us into the deep as wereflect on the stories of our lives that are instrumental, perhaps pivotalin our formation, of how we came to be exactly in this place, broughtinto this space with God, one another and with ourselves, then allowingus to embrace God’s grace as we move into our future.
Resident Cost: $195.00. Commuter Cost: $150.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lunch is included. Deadline for registration is June 9, 2017.
These days will be spent feasting on the Word of God. The ancient method of Lection Divina will be used to break open the Word each day. You are the seed and you are the song. In this retreat you will be offered time and space for tending the gifts you have been given.
Cost: $500.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lunch is included. Deadline for registration is July 2, 2017.
Macrina and Velma will be back together again to lead you through one day of intentional silence. They will begin Friday evening by orientating you into the Great Silence and the Holy Darkness and close Sunday morning embracing the dawn. This retreat is an invitation to honor the soul’s needs by moving through the hours mindfully. The mystical possibilities of every moment and revealed to us in our intentional pauses. In the sacred space of St. Scholastica Retreat Center you will be led into the contemplative practice of DEEP LISTENING. Throughout the retreat themes will be drawn from Macrina’s book, Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully and Velma’s accompanying CD, Seven Sacred Pauses: Singing Mindfully.
Total Cost: $245.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included.
This retreat is not just for the Irish, Welsh, and Scottish, but for everyone who has searched for God in the ordinary and in the everyday. During these days together we will reclaim this forgotten Celtic legacy as we celebrate the goodness of creation, the nearness of Saints, and the power of the Trinity in our midst. Presentations will utilize ancient poetry, art, song, storytelling, and Celtic Christianity’s beautiful legacy of prayers and blessings. (Bring Your Journal.)
Resident Cost: $195.00. Commuter Cost: $150.00. A $50.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included.
Rooted in the ancient Christian desert tradition, the Enneagram can be a powerful spiritual tool for understanding and becoming the “Essence” of who God created us to be. Friday evening ‘introduces’ us to 9 personality types. Saturday’s workshop teaches us how to leave our “egos” at the door and to use the 9 types Holy Ideas, Vice and Virtues to grow into the ‘wisdom’ of the Enneagram. There is no greater gift than knowing who we are and why we do what we do. The incisive map of the Enneagram helps us have greater compassion for ourselves and others leading us to life in the ‘Spirit of Christ’.
Resident Cost: $95.00. Commuter Cost: $70.00. A $35.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of registration. Lodging and meals are included.