All Shall Be Well: Contemplation in an Age of Crisis
A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends at the Siena Retreat Center, Racine, Wisconsin
Much as these days, more than ever, need times of “retirement” as early Friends used to say, we have had to cancel this retreat. Although when we did so because of the corona virus, on March 13, we were unsure of ourselves. For the sake of everyone’s health it seemed prudent.
We have reserved space at the Siena Retreat Center for next year, April 8 – 11, 2021. Please check back after the first of the year to register.
Come then and simply be with God. Attend to the divine stirrings of the soul, opening to grace.
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 resources.
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.
April Allison and Roger Hansen are offering their seventh retreat in Wisconsin through the School of the Spirit, and are delighted that Elizabeth Evans, as part of our mentoring program, will join the leadership team this year. Roger (Milwaukee, Northern Yearly Meeting) has also helped to lead retreats in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania, and has formed spiritual nurture groups in several monthly meetings. April (Red Cedar, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting) leads contemplative retreats for School of the Spirit in Wisconsin and Michigan and is a spiritual director. She is contemplative by nature and justice seeking by conviction.
April Allison & Roger Hansen
Siena Retreat Center has 67 private bedrooms with private bath facilities. There is elevator access to all floors and the center is accessible to people with moderate physical limitations. Retreatants have access to the retreat chapel, outdoor labyrinth, Siena Center library, washing machine and dryer on each floor, and Creativity Room with a variety of arts supplies. Please indicate any mobility concerns on the Registration Form. A gallery of photos is available on the Siena Center website.
3:30-5 pm Arrival and settling in
12 noon Lunch followed by departure
Times are approximate. A detailed schedule will be sent in advance by the retreat leaders.
Full Cost* / Minimum – 2020
Single $425 / $240
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Alternatively you can send a check made out to the School of the Spirit Ministry, 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.
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.