Contemplative Prayer Retreat

Sept. 14-17, 2023
5:00 pm
9:00 am
Mountain Time
Westcliffe, Colorado
Total cost:

We often associate prayer with the words we say. And sometimes, we feel required to “report” to God — perhaps out of feelings of guilt or fear — or like we are shouting our requests into a dark, empty room. It sometimes feels like God is distant and uncaring.

Prayer can become another task on our to-do list. Just another requirement on our time. Instead of being restorative and restful, prayer can become exhausting. This makes us feel anxious, sad, and insufficient. 

But prayer doesn’t have to be like that. 

The historic Christian practice of contemplative prayer is a different kind of prayer. It does not depend on giving God information, rather, it’s a way of trusting and resting in the presence of the Holy Spirit. It’s a way of being with God without wordiness or work.

Instead of working harder, contemplative prayer is resting and waiting. We rest in God, and depend on him to initiate communion and communication. We do not ask for things, we simply open ourselves up to God.

This retreat is for everyone who wishes they could have that kind of restful and graceful experience with God.

You’ll learn to keep your heart alert and awake to the presence of God and his Word. It will refresh your perspective on God and yourself, and you’ll have an opportunity to recover the vitality of your relationship with him. 

This weekend will ask you to practice a bit of solitude, silence and patience, but it is not the heavy work that we sometimes associate with prayer or “quiet times.” Instead it’s a place of quiet rest. A posture of receptivity to God’s love and care.

See a sample schedule, and learn more about what happens on a group prayer retreat here.

Free spiritual direction.

Every attendee receives a free session with our on-staff spiritual director. It’s like having a supportive tour guide for your time away with God. Someone to listen to you, and to God with you. And of course, spiritual direction is entirely optional.

Important details.

per person

We take care of all the details so you can slow down, relax, and spend time with God. We provide delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals, friendly advice and instruction for those who desire it, and a helpful packet full of ideas for how to use your times of solitude.

The only requirement is that you never feel required!


  • Room. First-come-first-served: 2 private rooms and 2 multi-bunk rooms.
  • Linens.
  • Meals Thurs. Dinner, Fri.-Sat. Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner, Sun. Continental Breakfast.
  • A printed prayer support packet.
  • One 30-minute session with a trained Spiritual Director if desired.

If you are flying...

If you are flying, we offer a shuttle service from the Colorado Springs Airport for an additional $25, please note the following:

Arrival: our shuttle will pick you up from the Colorado Springs Airport at 4:00pm. Please book your flight to arrive before then.

Departure: Our shuttle will drop you off at the Colorado Springs Airport at 11:30am. Please book your flights accordingly.

Cancelations and refunds

If you cancel your reservation 2 or more weeks before the start date you will receive a full refund minus a non-refundable $25 administration fee. You may also choose to transfer the full amount to any other retreat we offer in the same calendar year, subject to availability.

If you cancel your reservation less then 2 weeks before the start date you will receive a 50% refund. You may also choose to to transfer your 50% refund amount to any other retreat we offer in the same calendar year, subject to availability.

Presenters & Hosts:

Brandon Booth

Brandon is President of Signpost Inn and our on-staff spiritual director. He has over 25 years of ministry experience, and a passion for prayer and helping others reconnect to God. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Historical Theology.

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Liv Booth

Liv Booth is co-founder and Hospitality Coordinator of Signpost Inn. On her long ministry travels she has learned to find beauty anywhere and to create hospitable spaces wherever she and her family land.

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Starry Peaks Lodge

Starry Peaks Lodge sits at 9,000 feet atop a private ridge overlooking the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Located in the beautiful Wet Mountains, which are the highest location in the world to be certified as an international dark sky community, the stargazing is second to none. Surrounded by 36 acres of private land and backing to over 700 acres of public land there are limitless hiking and exploring opportunities. Retreatants stay in a comfortable and spacious lodge with amazing views and a wrap-around deck. Sunrises and sunsets are not to be missed!

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Please contact your retreat guide:

Brandon Booth

P: 314-973-7294