Way of the Spirit—On Retreat
Residential retreats begin at 5pm on Thursdays, and conclude around 1pm Sunday. The schedule flows between worship, group content sessions, and time for integration through spiritual exercises, discussion, or small group sharing.
Each day offers quiet for prayer, a walk in nature, creative expression, journaling or a renewing nap. Some time is spent in sacred silence, broken only by worship and spiritual accompaniment sessions.
The program’s gently guided, experiential approach is uniquely attentive to the movements of the Holy within each participant. Program staff are always available for spiritual accompaniment.
We build a respectful, trustworthy community that nurtures profound soul work. Using carefully structured group processes based on Parker Palmer’s Circles of Trust, we speak authentically of our own spiritual experience. As we respect differing theological language and perspectives, they stretch us and encourage growth. Our listening becomes contemplative practice. We hear movements of the Holy Spirit “where the words come from” (to quote a story of Quaker minister, John Woolman)