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Centering Prayer Retreats

The chapter’s most frequent retreat format is a weekend beginning on Friday afternoon and ending after lunch on Sunday.  The retreats provide Centering Prayer practitioners an opportunity to deepen their practice and relationship with God by an immersion in contemplative praying apart from ordinary life. Each retreat includes extended periods of daily Centering Prayer balanced with one-to-one “soul friending,” silence and solitude. Some may offer conference presentations, videos and small group processing including 12-step meetings.

Other longer retreats of 5, 8 or 10 days, known as Intensive or Post-Intensive retreats, introduce many more periods of daily prayer and total silence (even at meals.) These retreats have a prerequisite of an established daily practice of Centering Prayer and attendance at a shorter retreat. We try to accommodate all requests for special dietary or accessibility needs. Retreat leaders and staff are trained to facilitate and guide participants in these unique spiritual experiences.

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Centering Prayer Retreat

February 21-27, 2022 (3 p.m. Monday – 11 a.m. Sunday)

St. Benedict’s Guesthouse, Mt. Angel Abbey, Oregon

Expansive views of the Willamette Valley, walking the stations of the cross on the park-like grounds, opportunities to pray with the monks, or simply soaking in the silence, will enhance your Centering Prayer retreat whether you are coming for the first time (Intensive Retreat) or returning (Post-Intensive Retreat). Thomas Keating’s Spiritual Journey videos will be available.

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