My sister asked me this the other night: "So what do you DO on a silent retreat?" It's a good question, one that worried me tremendously on my first silent retreat 14 years ago. On centering prayer retreats and spiritual direction retreats (like the one I went on last week at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat … Continue reading So what do you DO on a silent retreat??
I returned home from my eight-day silent retreat at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center (at Sacred Heart Monastery) in Cullman, Alabama on Friday. It was a powerful experience, lots of shifting energy, some opening and some closing. The first evening was one of talking until after dinner, when silence began. The retreat group, about 20 … Continue reading My Silent Retreat: Reframing
Our days of silent retreat had a rhythm, and for me, that contributed to the depth of the experience. The schedule held the day in a scaffold that allowed me to be present to the sunrise and deepening day and sunset and night and meals and centering and sleep - all within that cycle. I … Continue reading The rhythm of a silent retreat day
As a part of my healing from breast cancer and its treatments, I'm taking a silent retreat this Monday through next Monday. It's a centering prayer retreat, and about six days of it will be silent. I'll be there with other centering prayer practitioners, and we will meditate together, eat meals together, stay in dorms … Continue reading Choosing silence