Opening to Grace
A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends
Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC
October 12 - 15, 2017

Retreat Leaders
Jan Blodgett and Catherine Cox are both graduates of our two-year program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer and each has progressed through our mentorship program to be recognized as full retreat leaders. Jan is a member of Davidson (NC) Monthly Meeting and Catherine is a member of Goose Creek (VA) Monthly Meeting.  

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Rooms are located in several buildings. All are on the ground level, although some require a few steps to get to. There are 12 small single rooms available. Larger rooms have 2 beds so can be occupied as a single (large) or a double. Please indicate any mobility issues on the Registration Form.

First day:
2 - 4 pm Arrival and settling in
4 pm Opening worship
5 pm Dinner

Last day:
11 am Closing worship
12 noon Lunch followed by departure

Times are approximate. A detailed schedule will be sent in advance by the retreat leaders.

Flexible Fees

Full Cost* / Minimum
Single (large) $425 / $225
Single (small) $380 / $180
Double $355 / $155
* This is the cost per person of the event to SotS.

Discernment questions regarding what to pay:

> Is the ‘Full Cost’ of this event within your means?
> If yes, can you pay a little more to support another?
> If the ‘Full Cost’ is not within your means, what can you pay?
> Have you considered asking your meeting or church for financial assistance?
> If the ‘Minimum’ is still too much, please contact us at or call 717.203.1642.

Registration is in TWO steps.

STEP 1: click on the button below to register. The form will ask for your personal information, your room and dietary preferences, and what you can pay.

STEP 2: instructions as to how to pay will appear on your Confirmation Page. Paying online will take you to PayPal where you can pay via credit card. You do NOT need a PayPal account to do this. If you missed the link to PayPal on your confirmation page, click here.

Alternatively you can send a check made out to School of the Spirit for the amount in the table. Mail your check to: The School of the Spirit Ministry, c/o 360 Blossom Hill Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Cancellation Policy
30 days or more prior to the event, full refund less $20 processing fee. 14-29 days prior to the event, 50% refund. Less than 14 days, no refund.