reflection about desert
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... Continue reading...

religions, interfaith
Apr 25, 2021

Intensive Training Program for those Interested in Spiritual Direction Course Description and Goals: This is the 4th group of students within our Introduction to the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute program. Our first week-long course is an introduction and overview of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is intended to enhance the student's understanding of the spiritual life, with attention given to beginning to develop the basic skills necessary for this ministry. Classes will involve ... Continue reading...

weekend grief retreat
Apr 23, 2021

Grief Retreat: Come Away Awhile ~ Allow ourselves time to more deeply experience the transforming, healing power of our God’s Grace. Through stories, writings of wisdom teachers such as Jesus the Christ, Buddha, Rumi, through the poetry of  Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry, and through delving deeper into our own stories of losing and(hopefully) finding, we learn to hold the whole of life with its joys and sufferings and feel healing, awe and gratitude. Quotes and writing prompts will be ... Continue reading...

caregiver, elderly care, loved ones
Apr 17, 2021

Uncovering the Blessings of the Caregiver Journey – An Afternoon of Reflection Spend the afternoon being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including, but not limited to, dementia. Participants will be invited to explore the spirituality associated with their role as a caregiver by engaging in storytelling, prayer, meditation, and other exercises that validate their experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not provide hands-on care ... Continue reading...

Mini Retreat
Feb 27, 2021

Join us this Lent as we spend time reflecting on the hidden or unknown years of Jesus’ life and prayerfully discerning their relevance to our unique journey with Him. Much of what we know about our Lord in the Scriptures involves His birth, public ministry and Passion. But, our hearts and minds often wonder what experiences He shared in that formed Him during His adolescent, teenage and young adult years. After lunch and through meditation, dialogue ... Continue reading...

Sojourn at Bethany
Feb 26, 2021

This Lenten retreat, inspired by a painting at Bon Secours, offers an invitation to immerse ourselves imaginatively in the gospel stories that take place in Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Bethany is the place where Jesus seems to have found respite, rest and a home at critical moments in his ministry. The weekend will feature a series of meditations, with art and original poetry, around the family relationships at Bethany, and especially ... Continue reading...

grief group
Feb 6, 2021

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”  ~ Rumi The concept of grieving the loss of a loved one as a journey allows human beings to understand the healing process in stages, with accompanying tasks, and with needs that are both universal and unique.  Yet, there are many faces to grief and innumerable ... Continue reading...

Mind Body Medicine, healthy living, health workshop
Feb 6, 2021

A Serenity Pause in the Busyness of your Life:  Relax Deeply, Balance your Mind & Emotions, Replenish your Energy This Daylong Retreat allows you to step out of the complexity and busyness of your life and to listen deeply to your body, heart and mind. The central practice on our retreat will be mindfulness, a time for reflection, a time to witness what is going on inside you, a time to experience the present moment with no ... Continue reading...

hope, waiting, Advent, retreat
Dec 12, 2020

The Season of Advent often becomes lost on us as Christians in the flurry of the holidays and all that demands our attention each December. Join us for a day of retreat and reflection, an opportunity to reclaim Advent as the gift for which it is intended.  Through prayer, meditation and writing, participants will explore the connection between desire as holy and the unique ways in which the Advent experience can nourish and deepen our celebration ... Continue reading...

centering, centering prayer, meditation
Dec 8, 2020

Virtual Centering Prayer sessions are held weekly. We hope to move back to in-person sessions soon and we will then pick back up with our rotating day and evening schedule. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer, in which one abides in the Presence of God in interior silence. Centering Prayer emphasizes the indwelling Presence of the Holy Trinity within and among us, and our openness, through receptive silence and restful surrender, to God’s ... Continue reading...