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." 

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April 5 - 8, 2018 at Siena, Racine, WI


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.

Retreat Leaders

April Allison is a member of Red Cedar Monthly Meeting (Lake Erie Yearly Meeting) and has completed our Mentoring Program.

Jan Blodgett is a member of Davidson (NC) Monthly Meeting, is a graduate of our program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, and has completed our Mentoring Program.

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 has completed our Mentoring Program.

Roger Hansen is a member of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting (Northern Yearly Meeting) and has completed our Mentoring Program.

Carolyn Moon is a member of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) and has facilitated these retreats with Linda for many years.