St Johns Bridge in Portland

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Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

Welcoming Forgiveness and Centering Prayer Retreat

With Mary Dwyer

September 5, 2023 – September 10, 2023

This 6-day retreat will explore the dance between
Welcoming Prayer and Forgiveness.

There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer, Silence & Solitude.

Purple Crystal Cluster

No Frills Second Sits

Mondays through Fridays
Through Friday, Feb 10, 2023.
(Will break for one week then restart Feb 20)

4:30-5:00 pm (Pacific)

No chit-chat, no extras.
All are welcome.
Drop in any time
All are welcome – drop in any time.

Contact for login information.

Photo by Daniel Olah

Close up of a large succulent.

New Spiritual Journey Course - Zoom

What does it mean to live a contemplative life?

Spiritual Journey Course

Every Tuesday night 5:00 – 6:00 pm
(right after NoFrills – same link)

Community building through guided Lectio, video, and discussion.

Come to all in sequence or drop in.

February 2023
Learn about the false self, philosophical model, and the human condition.

photo by lycheeart

Water Lily

The Welcoming Prayer (online)

Contemplative Enrichment Day

Saturday, January 28, 2023
6:00 am to 1:30 pm (PST)

January 28, 2023
8:00 am – 11:00 am

“To assist Centering Prayer, we need complementary practices. Centering Prayer teaches us consenting in stillness; the Welcoming Prayer practice teaches us consenting in activity.”

Photo by Saffu

Candle burning in a pine cone

Centering Prayer Silent Weekend Retreat Encino, California (in person)

February 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm through
February 12, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

$175 – $300

Photo by Павло Павлюк

Fairy Lights in the Woods

Meditation Chapel

Pray in silence with practitioners from all over the world with this ecumenical, interfaith community.
Centering Prayer groups are practicing daily on this global video platform of online meditation groups.

To join, go to Learn More button below for simple instructions.

photo: Renaud Confavreux

Book Cover The New Monasticism: A Manifesto for Contemplative Living

What Does Centering Prayer Have to Offer the 21st Century?

The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living

Rory McEntee and Adam Bucko

(In Person and Zoom Presentation)

Saturday, February 25, 2023
8:00 am – 2:00 pm (PST)
Online Cost: $60

Scholarships are available

Water dripping on person's hands

Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat

Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Idaho
March 13 – 19, 2023

Suggested donation
Single Occupancy: $745
Shared Occupancy: $1290

Scholarships are available

photo: Austin Keheier

Mercy Center Auburn

Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat

Mercy Center, Auburn CA
March 15 – 23, 2023

Call to get on the waitlist!

Fall Leaves lined up on a wood board


May 5-12, 2023 – Lafayette, OR
Currently full with a waitlist

Nov. 29 – Dec. 7, 2023, Auburn, CA
Registration open

March 6 – 14, 2024, Auburn, CA
Registration will open Mar. 2023

Oct. 16 – 24, 2024, Auburn, CA
Registration will open Oct. 2023

 lone tree in a mystical fog.

Why am I reaching again for the brushes?
When I paint your portrait, God,
nothing happens.
But I can choose to feel you.

At my senses’ horizon
you appear hesitantly,
like scattered islands …

All creation holds its breath, listening within me,
because, to hear you, I keep silent.

(Image Kyryl Levenets – Unsplash)

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