in the manner of Friends
These retreats are not entirely silent, but are grounded in the living silence with designated opportunities for words to arise out of the silence. Because of possible confusion, as of January, 2014, we changed the name of these retreats to "contemplative" from "silent."
April 4 - 7, 2014
The DeKoven Center, Racine WI
Led by Roger Hansen and Catherine Cox
September 18 - 21, 2014
Opening to Grace
Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC
Led by Patty Levering and Carole Treadway
- ► About Contemplative Retreats
- ► DeKoven Information Sheet, for more about the leaders, schedule, accommodations, fees, and scholarships.
- ► Avila Information Sheet, for more about the leaders, schedule, accommodations, fees, and scholarships.
- ► Online Registration for the events above.
- ► Offline Registration for the events above. While online registration is preferred, if you wish to mail in your registration, click "Offline Registration" for a registration form.
- ► if you may be called to the facilitation of Silent Retreats.
- ► for maps and directions to the various retreat centers.
Come and simply be with God and attend to the divine stirrings of the soul.
In these days of fast-paced living, multi-tasking, and continual connectivity, more than ever we need times apart; times of “retirement” as early Friends used to say, for communion with God and the refreshment of the soul.
During this retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing solitude in community. Along with individual times for prayer, reflection, a walk in nature and meeting one-on-one with retreat leaders, participants will share meals in silence and bring handiwork, reading, journaling, drawing, letter writing to the gathered group in times of “active silence.”
There will also be opportunities for group spiritual reflection and devotional reading when participants will share out of the silence. As we sink down into the silence, we may give voice to what is encountered there and longs to be shared. In our sharing we touch that place of silence in another and find ourselves gathered together in blessed community.
Space is limited, so please consider registering early. If cost is a concern, consider registering early. Thanks to the generosity of the Tyson Memorial Fund, the Shoemaker Fund, and the Legacy Granting Group, you may claim one of two levels of scholarship. You may consider the cost of travel in estimating your scholarship need. Please include a brief explanation to substantiate your scholarship request. If the scholarship assistance offered still does not meet your needs, then please contact us. You may also include a donation to support another’s attendance.
For more on this ministry's approach to a contemplative retreat, click here.
Linda Chidsey is a recorded minister in New York Yearly Meeting and former clerk of that yearly meeting.
Catherine Cox is a member of Goose Creek Monthly Meeting (Baltimore Yearly Meeting), is a graduate of our program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, and is in the midst of our Mentoring Program.
Roger Hansen is a member of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting (Northern Yearly Meeting) and recently participated in our Mentoring Program.
Patty Levering is a retiring Core Teacher of the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program. She is a member of Davidson (NC) Monthly Meeting and formerly worked as a chaplain in an oncology practice.
Carolyn Moon is a member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) and has facilitated these retreats with Linda for many years.
Carole Treadway is a former Core Teacher of the On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program. She is a member of Friendship Monthly Meeting in Greensboro, NC.
Opportunities to be Mentored
If you believe you may have a calling to be a facilitator in our Contemplative Retreats program, please read about our Mentoring Program.