Upcoming Programs

 

General Information

  • Room, meals, and linens are included in program cost.
  • Unless noted otherwise, weekend programs begin Friday at 7:30 pm and end Sunday after the noon meal.
  • Programs may be cancelled for insufficient registration.
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Would  you like more information about any of our programs?  We can be reached at (256) 734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org.

 

 

 

 

intensive Centering Prayer Weekend: Focusing on the Welcoming Prayer

November 11 - 13, 2016

 

For those who have attended an Introduction to Centering Prayer retreat, this weekend will allow you to further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  The Nov. 11-13 weekend will include instruction on the Welcoming Prayer. The Welcoming Prayer is about "letting go," consenting to God's presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to situations in our daily lives.  Its purpose is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day.  The weekend will also include extended periods of Centering Prayer. 

This workshop is for people who have practiced Centering Prayer and would like to learn the Welcoming Prayer, as well as for people who want to deepen their experience of the Welcoming Prayer.

 

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

advent day of reflection

Wednesday, December 7, 2016; 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

 

The season of Advent speaks to the heart's longing to birth new life.  This day will offer the opportunity to ponder your heart's longing for God in the context of the scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent.

Retreat Director: Sister Kathleen Gallas, OSB
Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)



 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 13 - 15, 2017

 

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 

This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

Creating holy pauses

January 27 - 29, 2017

 

Across the centuries, people have paused at different hours of the day to pray.  This retreat brings a creative component to such holy pauses as participants are guided in a variety of prayerful art experiences.  There will also be opportunities for personal reflection, scheduled spiritual direction, and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist with the monastic community.  Materials will be supplied, although participants are encouraged to bring a journal.  Shelley Szoka is a spiritual director who has studied education, fine adn graphic arts, and mandala interpretation.  She incorporates expressive arts into spiritual direction.

Retreat Director: Shelley Szoka
Cost (includes art supplies): Private room $270; Shared room $230/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

intensive Centering Prayer

February 3 - 5, 2017

 

Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  Ther will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina. The weekend will be spent in silence.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Embracing the Lenten Journey

Tuesday, March 7, 2017; 9:00 - 2:30

 

Lent is a special time for spiritual renewal and nourishment.  We are beckoned during thsi holy season "to listen with the ear of our hearts." Selected Lenten scriptural passages will provide the framework for our pilgrimage toward Easter. The day will include prayer, presentations, private reflectins, and Eucharist with the monastic community.

 

Retreat Director: Sister Marie Leonard, OSB

Cost: $30, includes lunch

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

Desert Spirituality: dry season in the christian journey

March 24 - 26, 2017

 

In Christian spirituality, the desert is understood both as a place of encounter with God and of the sense of God's absence. In this retreat, experienced retreat diretor Bonnie Thruston will guide us in considering the metaphor of the desert in the Christian journey by focusing on Biblical images of the desert, the desert spirituality of the Gospel of Mark, and the question: Where is God in the 'dry places'? Tmes of silence will be incorporated into the weekend.  Bonnie Thurston, a New Testament scholar and poet, lives quietly in West Virginia. Her most recent book is Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld. Bonnie has led retreats and lectured on a wide variety of topics in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Retreat Director: Bonnie Thurston

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

The Cross and Transformation

April 7 - 9, 2017 (Palm Sunday weekend)

 

As the liturgical year unfolds and we move from Lent into the Sacred Triduum and then celebrate Easter, we will take time to reflect on the Paschal Mystery's deepest meaning: "In Christ we live and move and have our being." On this weekend when we liturgically mark Jesus' journey into Jerusalem, we will reflect on and pray with our own sufferings, losses, hurts, sins and grief, and search together for the Promise of New Life, Resurrection, and Transformation in Christ in our daily lives. Participants will need to bring a Bible, journal, and a cross or crucifix. 

 

Retreat Director: Sister Janet Franklin, C.S.J.

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

The Sacred Triduum

April 13-16, 2017

 

Experience the three days of the Sacred Triduum immersed in the beauty of Sacred Heart Monastery, joining the Sisters in their silence and in their prpayer as they celebrate the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.  Limited enrollment; Silence. 

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

 

8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 23 - 30, 2017

Intensive: An in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer.  The retreat will facilitate entrance into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community, designed to assist participants in entering a more intimate relationship with God.  DVD's of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course will be viewed.

Post-Intensive: A next step into a profound silence and stillness to facilitate a more intimate union with

God.  An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a prerequisite of the Post-Intensive.

Arrival is between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on May 19, with departure after breakfast on the final day.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

For cost and registration information:  Cost: $750 (includes lodging, meals, linens, and program materials). Please contact Katy Smith at (205) 410-1493 or smithdoc20 [at] gmail [dot] com for registration information.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for the 8-day retreat.  Deadline for registration and deposit: May 1, 2016.

 


 

A Day of Reflection with Cackie Upchurch, Director of Little Rock Scripture Study...

 

 

God is With Us... And it Doesn't Get Any Better Than That!

 

June 3, 2017 ~~  9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

So many of us search for ways to make our lives better, to give meaning to our routines, to tap into something bigger than ourselves.  The key is quite simple: recognizing God’s presence with us.  In this special Day of Reflection, Cackie Upchurch, Director of the Little Rock Scripture Study, will lead us in exploring some of the key stories of Scripture, hoping to find the gift of God’s presence in a fresh way.  We invite you to come together to uncover God’s desire to accompany us, and return home refreshed and renewed.

 

Cackie Upchurch taps into years of experience in Bible study and adult faith formation to share the life-giving message of Scripture. She serves as director of Little Rock Scripture Study, an international ministry from the Diocese of Little Rock. She is the general editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible, an associate editor of The Bible Today, contributor to Give Us This Day, and the author of Mary, Favored by God and Moses, Called and Equipped.

 

Retreat Director: Cackie Upchurch

Cost: $30, includes lunch and refreshments

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

Five-Day Directed Retreat

Summer 2017 - dates TBA

 

This retreat offers an opportunity for on-going faith development under the personal guidance of an experienced director.  Enjoy silence, scheduled consultations with a spiritual director, and time for personal reflection and prayer.  Participants have the option of joining the Benedictine Community for Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours.

 

Retreat Directors: Sister Kathleen Gallas, O.S.B. and Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B
Cost: Private Room $470

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

September 1 - 3, 2017

 

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 

This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

Telephone: (256) 734-8302
E-mail: retreats @ shmon.org