Michigan Retreat, 2021

Resilience, Courage and Hope:
Sacred Whispers

of the Quiet Heart

A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends

Currently scheduled to be held at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center
1257 Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel
the Contemplative Retreat
scheduled for November 12-15, 2020.
2021 date TBD.


Our theme for this retreat is inspired by the words of Howard Thurman, “In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.”

Are you made weary by daily living in today's world? Do you have a burden you'd like to lay down? Have you had, or do you want to be open to experiencing, that deep communion with the Divine that can refresh the soul?

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. There will also be opportunities to share in small reflection groups. Sinking down into the silence, we may give voice to what is encountered there, longing to be heard. In our sharing, our souls touch and we find ourselves gathered in blessed community.

The Weber Retreat & Conference Center has elevator access to all floors and the Center is accessible
to people with moderate physical limitations.

Come and simply be with God. Attend to the divine stirrings of the soul, opening to grace. Space is limited to 13 registrants, so register early. We offer flexible fees based on your assessment of your means. Single occupancy: Full cost, $425; Minimum, $240. (If the ‘minimum’ is too much, contact us - info@schoolofthespirit.org.).

Retreat Leaders

photo of April Allison

April Allison (Red Cedar, LEYM) has led contemplative retreats through the School of the Spirit for seven years and is a spiritual director.


photo of Sharon Frame

Sharon Frame (Red Cedar, LEYM) is a graduate of the
SOTS "On Being a Spiritual Nurturer" program, and has served Friends in many capacities.

Directions to Weber Center, click here.


First day:
2 - 4 pm Arrival and settling in
4 pm Opening
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 $425 / $240
Double $375 / $175
* 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 info@schoolofthespirit.org or call the administrator, Jim Herr, 717.203.1642.

Cancellation Policy

30 days or more prior to the event, full refund less $20 processing fee. 21-29 days prior to the event, 50% refund. Less than 21 days, no refund.

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