Contemplative Retreats


More than ever, in these days of fast-paced living, multi-tasking, and continual connectiv­ity, we need times apart – times of “retirement” as early Friends used to say. We need time for com­munion with God and the refreshment of the soul.

Come and simply be with God. Attend to the divine stirrings of the soul, opening to grace.

Labyrinth at Avila Retreat Center, North Carolina

Labyrinth at Avila Retreat Center, North Carolina

During the retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing soli­tude in community. There will be individual silent time for prayer, reflection, rest, walks, and contemplative interaction with scripture and other spiritual re-sources. Meals will be taken in silence, and an evening spent in “active silence,” where we will gather comfortably to read, journal, do hand-work or artwork, or engage in some similar quiet activity.

Sinking down into the silence, we may want to give voice occasionally to what is encountered there. Thus there will also be opportunities for speaking out of the silence in groups, as well as an invitation to meet one-on-one with a retreat leader. In our sharing, our souls touch and we find ourselves gathered in blessed community.

Space is limited, so please consider registering early. We offer flexible fees based on your assessment of your means. If the “minimum” cost is not within your means, please contact us.

You may also include a donation to support another Friend’s attendance. The School of the Spirit Ministry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the Religious Society of Friends.

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 led contemplative retreats in Wisconsin for six years. She is a School of the Spirit board member and a spiritual director.

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

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 the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Sharon Frame is a member of Red Cedar Monthly Meeting (Lake Erie Yearly Meeting) and a graduate of the School of the Spirit’s On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program. She has served as director at Beacon Hill Friends House (Boston) and as resident friend at Friends Meeting at Cambridge.

Roger Hansen is a member of Milwaukee Monthly Meeting (Northern Yearly Meeting) and has led retreats in Wisconsin for six years.

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

Upcoming Retreats

You Who Are Weary, Come Home: A Contemplative Retreat in the manner of Friends, November 7-10, 2019, at Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI. Click here for more information and to register.

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