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Benedictine Spirituality
Time-tested Wisdom

THE BENEDICTINE CENTER SHARES THE MONASTIC HERITAGE OF ST. PAUL'S MONASTERY with all who seek to live with the Gospel as their guide. The Benedictine Center partners with talented presenters to offer a wide array workshops, retreats, and meaningful conversations rooted in Benedictine insights about the life lived well. Whether your interests are primarily about life & work, prayer and meditation, community and connection, or art & spirituality, there’s something coming up for you.

Featured Events

Finding My Yeses for This Year

Thursday, January 9, 9am-3pm
Kiely Todd Roska and Sam Rahberg

The outset of a new year calls us to be clear-eyed about our lives. Choosing our yeses for the year means learning to say no to other things (even some good things) when a bigger YES is calling. Otherwise, old patterns and half-hearted commitments prevent us from engaging the purposes, relationships, and joys that give our lives deep meaning.  Join with others who know these pressures and who take new beginnings seriously. Gather for prayerful reflection about your yeses for 2020 and find practical guidance for keeping the most important things clearly within view. Register online

Always We Begin Again: A SoulCollage Retreat 

Friday, January 10-Sunday, January 12
Barbara Sutton

Benedict guides us with these words of wisdom: “Always we begin again.” This retreat will uncover old habits, periodic negative mindsets, and ego-driven hurts that seem hard-wired within one’s soul. As a way forward, retreatants will let a word and image settle in their heart and accompany them into 2020. We will pray with images of The Saint John’s Bible and make SoulCollage® cards. A SoulCollage Sunday Circle will begin meeting Feb. 16. Receive 10% off this retreat with membership in the Circle. SoulCollage is an imaginative and intuitive collage process and a powerful medium for exploring one’s heart, gifts, passions, and purpose through an expressive art process. Visit to learn more about SoulCollage. Register online

Just Write: Making Time for the Love of Words

Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2
Victor Klimoski

British playwright, Brian Clark has said that the secret to developing a writing practice is, well, to write.  Simple enough.  But writers talk about the tension between their desire to write and finding time.  This retreat is a dramatic decision to immerse oneself in the lovely, complex , frustrating, and exhilarating practice of writing.  We provide a hospitable space at St. Paul’s Monastery with comfortable, quiet, private rooms.  We offer support and encouragement with one-on-one conversations with an experienced writer to explore why you write, what you write, and ways to strengthen your writing.  We also use a simple sitting meditation process to help clear your mind so you can focus your attention. Register online

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“When I see all these people sharing their souls, I can’t help but wonder what mine has to say.”

Anonymous Patron

“Returning for the juried show each year helps me stay at my practice all year long.”

Anonymous Artist

“It’s so peaceful here. Even my body feels it when I walk through the door.”


“Wow. What can I say? I cannot thank you enough for the way that you helped me. This was a wonderful experience—one of a lifetime.”


“I am moved every time I walk in these doors and encounter a new exhibit.”


“I am an artist who just moved to town. I have found my people.”


“We found the spiritual atmosphere, architecture and interaction with the community of St. Paul's Monastery as asset to our work . . . the Benedictine Center keeps our focus on the spiritual dimension of life as it unfolds.”

Dr. Mel Kimble

“As a staff we were amazed at the quality of our experience together.”

Fr. Chuck Brambilla

“God has breathed empowering courage into my life and ministry through times of silence in this beautiful center.”

Pastor Ruth Conrad

“The Benedictine Center made our retreat with college students nothing less than spectacular. What we encountered was a true sense of Benedictine hospitality and prayerfulness.”

Aaron Miller, Campus Minister

“I can’t believe I slept for twelve hours straight. It must have been what my body needed.”


"Our time was peaceful and beautiful and blessed."


“I’ve been in spiritual direction for a long time. I wouldn't be without it.”


“My spiritual director helps me be me. I appreciate the way she encourages me as I sort through my relationship with God.”


“Sometimes I come and have no idea what I’m going to talk about. I am amazed to see what surfaces every time.”


“I’m not sure exactly why, but it just seemed like it was time to go on retreat.”


“I have had just the right balance of solitude and community. What a blessing to be able to be apart without feeling alone on my journey.”


"Thank you for the retreat. It was refreshing, renewing, restful, and helpful."


"The Center has been an immense contributor to my spiritual development . . . and I am on the path Home.”


"My first time at the Benedictine Center was a most wonderful experience! It was a time of quiet, solitude, and peace. I am coming back!"