Prayer begins when we acknowledge the loving presence of God.

Sometimes in our good and holy desires to pray we actually “junk-up” our prayer. We tally up our hours of quiet time, rush to speak holy sounding words, or feel guilty about “praying for ourselves.” We sometimes pray like a person shouting into a dark room hoping someone might be in there who might be listening. 

Jesus prayed differently. He prayed as if God the Father was intensely interested, always present and always loving. As adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus we are invited to pray with the same confidence in the love and presence of God. 

True prayer begins when we consent to, and become aware of, the loving presence of God. 

To pray as Jesus prayed is to begin with pure faith; that is total abandonment to God’s loving, creative, sustaining, divinizing presence. To pray this way cuts against our fallen assumptions that “working harder” is the way to intimacy with God. It is to acknowledge that in my relationship with God, the issue is not work but trust, trust in God’s desire to be with and support me.

Space to be still and know that God is.

Our retreats provide space for you to slow down and breathe. We take time to simply be with God in solitude, and to listen to him in silence. We are confident that if we follow Jesus into the deserted places God will reveal himself as the Good Father.

Every retreat provides meals, and housing. Depending on location linens and towels may be provided. You will also receive a helpful support packet full of ideas and guidance for how to use your time of solitude.

Freedom and support

Our prayer retreats are not conferences about how to pray. Instead, the goal is to learn through practice. Most of your time will be spent alone with God. 

At the same time we will not leave you without support and guidance. With a trained spiritual director on site we offer many opportunities to learn new tools and methods of prayer as well as receive personal guidance. Nothing is mandatory, but help is available if you desire it.

Sample schedule

Friday

5:30 Welcome and settle in

6:30 Dinner

7:00 Session 1: Informal Introduction to Contemplative Prayer.

8:00 Evening Prayer with Centering Prayer

8:30 Free time for conversation or whatever

Saturday

7:30 Morning Prayer with Centering Prayer

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Session 2: The Spiritual Disciplines: taking this weekend home.

9:30 Solitude (spiritual direction sessions available)

12:30 Lunch

1:00 Afternoon Prayer with Centering Prayer

1:30 Solitude (spiritual direction sessions available)

6:30 Dinner

7:00 Evening Prayer 

7:30 Free time for conversation or whatever

Sunday

7:30 Morning Prayer with Centering Prayer

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Solitude (spiritual direction sessions available)

12:30 Lunch

1:00 Afternoon Prayer with Centering Prayer

1:30 Solitude (spiritual direction sessions available)

6:30 Dinner

7:00 Evening Prayer

7:30 Free time for conversation or whatever

Monday

7:30 Morning Prayer with Centering Prayer

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Solitude and leave by 11:30

That's a lot of solitude!

After looking at the schedule, you might think: "Whoa, that's a lot of time for solitude! Does that mean I have to sit quietly the whole time?" No, you don’t. "Solitude" just means being alone with God. How you choose to do that, and how he chooses to lead you to do it, is up to you and him. For example, you may take long walks, play the guitar, journal, or drive into town and get coffee. There is no right way to spend your time, and the only wrong way is to refuse to slow down and trust that God wants to be with you.