At the water's edge retreat
Mar 11, 2022

At the still point of the turning world, neither flesh nor fleshless; neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is. ~ T.S. Elliot Our lives are punctuated by spaces of transition. Often we want to rush through these changes to get to the 'other side', wherever that is. We don't want to linger in letting go of what has been while we race toward the next chapter because that might slow us ... Continue reading...

Chris Koellhoffer, Lenten retreat
Mar 4, 2022

The word, Lent, comes from the root meaning of “Spring.” What invitation might this unfolding season offer for the renewal and flourishing of our spirit? What tender shoots of kinship, compassion, and hope are we called to nurture during these days? Join us as we accompany Jesus and enter more deeply into a practice of presence that heals and repairs both our own lives and that of our beautiful, yet wounded world. This weekend will include ... Continue reading...

All Creation Waits
Jan 15, 2022

The painted turtle encased in warm muck at the bottom of the pond. The black bear shrinking in her den. Striped skunks enfolded in one another. Frozen wood frogs nestled in leaf beds. These beautiful creatures instinctively know what to do as the days shorten and the air grows cold. Like all of creation, we too are naturally inclined to hibernate and rest during winter, but that instinct has been suppressed over time. The advent ... Continue reading...

spiritual director, spiritual direction, silent retreat
Jan 14, 2022

Begin the new year by focusing on your path ahead and tuning into God’s voice. Our winter directed retreat consists of five whole days (6-night stay) of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director ... Continue reading...

Advent retreat
Dec 8, 2021

“The Lord will come and he will not delay.” (Cf. Habakkuk 2:3) Advent is about waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus; commemorating his birth and first coming and also anticipating the second coming of Christ. But our Christian faith tells us that God is with us, already and still. This holy season also invites us to encounter God in the present, in the day-to-day of our lives. Set aside some personal time for this ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, spirituality
Oct 27, 2021

Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century, embodied soul care - in the way he cared for his own soul and the soul of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we too can engage in deep, personal soul work that will benefit us, the people we care about, and also those we seek to minister to. Through Nouwen’s rich insights and lived example, we will learn how ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, spirituality
Oct 27, 2021

Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century, embodied soul care - in the way he cared for his own soul and the soul of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we too can engage in deep, personal soul work that will benefit us, the people we care about, and also those we seek to minister to. Through Nouwen’s rich insights and lived example, we will learn how ... Continue reading...

mourning, prayer for mourning
Sep 8, 2021

Jackie Antkowiak, spiritual director and dear friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, passed away peacefully on Sunday. She began serving on directed retreats in 2018 and truly touched all whom she encountered with her sweet, gentle spirit. Jackie's directees always shared their immense gratitude for her daily guidance during these retreats. She had an incredible way of making everyone feel comfortable right away. One of her recent directees commented, "Jackie is one of the ... Continue reading...

Bible on altar
Aug 29, 2021

We were so happy to have Fr. Michael Schleupner with us last week as a spiritual director for our August Directed Retreat. He also celebrated Mass several times throughout that retreat. Today, we're sharing one of those homilies that offers a great reminder to all. Compare and Despair Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30 Today’s gospel is a good lesson about comparing ourselves to others. The workers in this vineyard who began working at dawn would have been okay if they ... Continue reading...

Aug 25, 2021

Last week, Rev. Stephen Wade served as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat. He has been guiding guests during this annual retreat for many years and enjoys his time at the Center each summer. During his downtime at the Center, you can often find him with his camera in hand. He shared these beautiful images with us below. The outdoor photos were taken in the evening and the Chapel photo was taken in ... Continue reading...