Events


Sustaining the Practice Retreat (3 nights or more)

Flexible Dates
Benedictine Center
Often people who are feeling called to integrate the disciplines of silence and spiritual practice into their lives choose a retreat of three nights or more. A Sustaining the Practice Retreat invites a person to set aside a significant window of time (between 3 and 7 nights) for renewal and growth. One can explore the riches of […]

Peace Retreat (2 nights)

Package Dates
Benedictine Center
A Peace Retreat helps you settle in to the calm that greets you at the monastery doors. Day 1 helps you familiarize yourself with the beauty and resources. Day 2 allows you the freedom to linger without travel. Day 3 allows you to ease back into normal life. The Peace Retreat helps you begin to feel […]

Quiet Retreat (1 night)

Package Dates
Benedictine Center
A Quiet Retreat gives you one night away from responsibilities. The room and three home-cooked meals are prepared with a personal touch. You are welcome but not obligated to join the Sisters for prayer. Take in the art, read, or walk the labyrinth as you choose. The time is yours. Some guests find it helpful to […]

Day of Prayer (no overnight)

Package Dates
Benedictine Center
A Day of Prayer is a simple way to step into some quiet. Enjoy a private room and whatever degree of solitude you prefer. Some guests join the Sisters for midday prayer and visit with them at lunch. Others prefer to journal, read, pray and walk the grounds at their leisure. The monastic library, art […]

Ongoing Prayer Opportunities

Open Dates
Today's seekers are often looking for meaningful, low-obligation experiences. At the Benedictine Center, the Sisters' rhythm of daily prayer inspires unique possibilities for connection. Sisters and facilitators hold open a space, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly. Women and men with any level of experience can then drop-in when it works works with their schedules and needs. Most […]

Guided Retreat for the Emerging Poet

With Victor Klimoski

Package Dates
Benedictine Center
Looking for a chance to spend time with your inner writer? This individualized retreat, guided by an experienced poet, provides space and support to explore ways of enriching your writing practice. Over the course of the 48 hours, you will have the opportunity to meet with writing coach Victor Klimoski to discuss your poems, the […]

Explore/Inquire About a Customized Personal Retreat

Open Dates
Benedictine Center
The experienced members of the Benedictine Center staff enjoy helping women and men like you find just the right blend of resources for their unique spiritual journeys. With a better sense of your preferences in terms of timing, special diets, accommodations and more, we will help you plan your retreat and gather any resources you might need, […]

Tavern Topic Nights

With Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe

Open Dates
Join Pastor Kathie Nycklemoe at 5:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at North Star Tavern (5101 W. 98th St. in Bloomington) for conversation, beverage and food of your choice. If you enjoy talking about the basic stuff of faith and life with laughter, please come! Contact Pastor Kathie at knycklemoe@ststephen.net with questions.

SoulCollage® Sunday Circle

With Barbara Sutton

June 2 - December 1, 2019
Benedictine Center
 SoulCollage Sunday Circle will provide open space for creating and exploring your SoulCollage cards with facilitator Barbara Sutton. It is a casual afternoon for the new and experienced SoulCollage to bring our circle wisdom forward each month! Sessions will include a soulful reflection, card making, gleaning the wisdom and pairing soul and labyrinth. Images, glue, scissors and cards will be awaiting you. No previous art experience is necessary! To learn more about SoulCollage, visit www.soulcollage.com.

From Her First Mark | S. Baulu Kuan OSB Exhibit

September 9 - November 15, 2019
St. Paul's Monastery Gallery

Spirituality Expressed Through Landscape | Lake Country Pastel Society

November 18, 2019 - January 24, 2020
St. Paul's Monastery Gallery

The Welcoming Prayer

With Diane Boruff and Mary Lapham

November 22, 2019
Benedictine Center
The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The practice complements Centering Prayer by helping to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self and heal wounds by addressing them where they are stored—in the body. This introduction is most helpful to those who have been using Centering Prayer for a year or more. Participants will explore and practice the Welcoming Prayer through teaching sessions, personal reflection time, group practice, and time for conversation.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat (Fall)

With Carol Quest and Jody Reis Johnson

November 29 - December 1, 2019
Benedictine Center
Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. This retreat blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community.

Advent: Let Us Pray

With Monastic Community

December 1 - 24, 2019
Monastic Chapel
Guests are always welcome to join the Sisters for prayer, but Advent is a particularly beautiful time to mark our waiting for the coming of Christ with prayer together. The Sisters prayer morning, midday and evening daily. Come, let us pray. Call 651.777.8181 or www.stpaulsmonastery.org for the schedule.

Clergy Spiritual Direction Group in Advent

With Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe

December 5 - 19, 2019
Benedictine Center
Author John Westerhoff argues that the spiritual life is The Foundation for Preaching and Teaching in his book by the same title. The Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe invites clergy to join her for a series of three holy listening sessions in Advent. Participation is limited to five pastors, who will join her in an experience of prayer, sharing, and mutual encouragement. We will use the practice of spiritual direction to listen for God’s presence in our lives and in the lives of others.

Reclaiming Darkness as Essential to the Spiritual Life

With Kiely Todd Roska and Eily Marlow

December 6, 2019
Benedictine Center
Darkness is a place of limited sight and not knowing, and Advent is a time to practice living in the dark in new ways. How can darkness be a place of fear, of shadow, of pain? How can darkness also be a place of germination, of freedom, of new life? In this workshop we will develop rituals and practices that can help us see darkness in a new way, embracing the wisdom it has to bring. The Psalms will be our guide as we explore their subtle and expressive responses to our bewildering, beautiful lives.

Finding My Yeses for This Year

With Kiely Todd Roska and Samuel Rahberg

January 9, 2020
Benedictine Center
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.

SUBMISSIONS Seeing God: 2020 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art

January 15, 2020
St. Paul's Monastery Gallery
Sacred art contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. This exhibit features contemporary artists who work in that spirit.* The exhibit is open 9a-6p daily from Jan. 29 thru Mar. 13, 2020. Goals To encourage artists in their gifts to interpret and give form to God’s revelation in human life, nature, and more

A Time to Remember: A Retreat for Women Whose Mothers Have Died

With S. Joanne Dehmer SSND

January 17 - 18, 2020
Benedictine Center
We mourn the death of our mothers all the days of our lives. Whether our mothers died this year or forty years ago, we grieve. Some of us grieve what we had and some of us grieve what never was in our relationship with our mothers. This retreat offers women an opportunity to explore the significance of mother loss. Offered by the Loyola Spirituality Center at the Benedictine Center. Please call S. Joanne before registering at 651-641-0008 ext. 12.

Seeing God: 2020 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art

January 29 - March 13, 2020
St. Paul's Monastery Gallery
Sacred art contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. The annual Seeing God Juried Exhibit features contemporary artists who work in that spirit. Over the centuries, Benedictines have encouraged women and men who use color, form, sound, and word to express the beauty one experiences in the encounter with God’s own creativity.

Just Write: Making Time for the Love of Words

With Victor Klimoski

January 31 - February 2, 2020
Benedictine Center
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.

Standing Vigil: A Retreat with Sunday’s Gospel

With Rev. Paul Tillman

February 1, 2020
Benedictine Center
Join the journey from text to pulpit as we follow the Spirit, through prayer and reflection, deeper into the Word of God and shed light on the challenges of life and the persistence of divine grace. Paul Tillman, an Oblate and pastor, guides this afternoon of “standing vigil” (no you don’t stand the whole time) of prayer, meditation, and conversation about the Sunday Gospel. Then join the Sisters for Vigil, where we hear Paul’s reflection on the text and end the evening together over dinner. The Epiphany text of the day is Luke 2:22-40. When Jesus presents himself into my…

Conversation with Artists

With Victor Klimoski and Kathy Fleming

February 9, 2020
Benedictine Center
We bring artists and writers together to share their insights into what inspires their art-making and to help deepen our appreciation for the movement of the Spirit that inspires beauty in its many forms. Each conversation begins in the gallery as we experience in a fresh way what the exhibiting artist or artists are setting before our eyes.

Readers’ Play: “The Man Born to Be King” by Dorothy Sayers

With Katy Wehr

February 11, 2020
Benedictine Center
Every year during Holy Week, C.S. Lewis read through a moving set of plays by his friend, Dorothy L. Sayers. Now Katy Wehr, PhD, offers you the chance to share the same experience. Katy will introduce the plays and involve participants in reading from Sayers's “The Man Born to be King” - a radio play cycle on the life of Christ from 1940's England. While the plays initially sparked protests, they quickly won over their wartime listeners through Sayers's refreshing portrayal of Christ as someone who lived in a world suspiciously like our own: full of need, politics, and everyday…

Listening for God with the Ears of Our Temperaments

With Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe

February 13, 2020
Benedictine Center
Temperaments, the general description of who a person is by nature, affect not only our personalities but also the ways we are most drawn into prayer. Utilizing the Myers-Briggs temperament inventory tool, Pastor Kathie Nycklemoe will help participants explore forms of prayer that are likely to resonate with the way individuals are wired to listen for God. A basic understanding of MBTI is helpful but not necessary. Participants will receive a link for an online temperament test upon registration.

SoulCollage® Sunday Circle

With Barbara Sutton

February 16 - August 23, 2020
Benedictine Center
 SoulCollage Sunday Circle will provide open space for creating and exploring your SoulCollage cards with facilitator Barbara Sutton. It is a casual afternoon for the new and experienced SoulCollage to bring our circle wisdom forward each month! Sessions will include a soulful reflection, card making, gleaning the wisdom and pairing soul and labyrinth. Images, glue, scissors and cards will be awaiting you. No previous art experience is necessary! To learn more about SoulCollage, visit www.soulcollage.com.

What Benedict Says About Stability in Relationships

With S. Paula Hagen OSB

February 18, 2020
Benedictine Center
Benedict called for stability because he recognized that each human person needs to be grounded to form trusting relationships with God, self, and others. While it naturally includes stability of place, Benedict taught various forms of stability, internal and external, that contribute to fostering community and nourishing those who are seeking God together. S. Paula Hagen OSB is former Prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery and an experienced retreat leader.

Nature Writing as a Language of Hope

With Victor Klimoski

February 24 - April 27, 2020
Benedictine Center
Writing that comes from one’s encounter with nature carries with it a rich vocabulary that reconnects us to the Earth and her elements. The more we become fluent in the language of nature, the greater our capacity to rekindle hope for the world, our communities, and ourselves. In each session, we will read some of the best nature poems and essays, using them to guide our own practice of writing.

Lenten Pause for Pastors and Deacons

With Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe and Rev. Peter Nycklemoe

February 27, 2020
Central Lutheran Church
Once Lent has begun it’s time for deacons and pastors to pause for their own nourishment to prepare for the season of Lent. Central Lutheran will host a gathering for worship, spiritual practices, and happy hour at 1 pm to 4 pm. Cost is free, but please rsvp to Kathie Nycklemoe at knycklemoe@ststephen.net to help Central plan accordingly.

From A Unique Perspective | John Ilg

March 16 - May 2, 2020
St. Paul's Monastery Gallery

The Uncluttered Mind: A Day Retreat for Writers

With Victor Klimoski

March 21, 2020
Benedictine Center
This writing workshop is for those who want to recharge their writing practice, have a place to connect with other writers, and perhaps rediscover the deeper reasons they create art with their words. The daylong experience begins with a period of meditation and offers periods for writing, conversation, and thinking forward. The model assumes we are all learners and teachers, bringing our gifts to be in service of one another. The facilitator will provide ideas, structure, and guidance for the day. For those who may be at a distance, the Center generally has overnight accommodations available depending on its program…

Embracing the Holy Time of Lent

With Peter Watkins

March 22, 2020
Benedictine Center
This retreat is an invitation to holy renewal. Take time to go deeper during this Lenten season—deeper into your heart and deeper into your relationship with God. There will be time to listen to the Spirit through scripture, simple ritual, journaling, and conversation. Retreatants are also invited to join in a communal meal together at the end.

Becoming Bread: The Spirituality of Cooking

With Kari Alice Olsen and Victoria Fritz

April 3 - 4, 2020
Benedictine Center
In hot butter, onions, carrots, and celery become a fragrant mirepoix. Over hot coals, hearty cuts of raw meat caramelize into delicious steaks. Thrust into a hot oven, balls of dough bake into tall loaves of bread. The act of cooking may seem a daily mundane task, but it can become a window into how God loves us, feeds us, and transforms us. Come experience cooking as a catalyst for diving deeper into our own spirituality as it touches our everyday life. We will cook, read, eat, learn, and reflect together.

Shape of the Divine: Working with Clay as Spiritual Practice

With S. Virginia Matter OSB

April 6 - May 11, 2020
Benedictine Center
Under the direction of an experienced potter and gentle teacher, learn how making hand-built vessels can be a process of meditation.

Day Away for Artists and Creatives

With Victor Klimoski and Kathy Fleming

April 14, 2020
Benedictine Center
Day Away is an opportunity for artists and writers to set aside a few hours to enter a creative space of quiet and beauty. After a brief gathering in the morning with one of the hosts, participants have the day to work on/think about their art and ideas. The day closes with a time of reflection with the host.

Great Conversation: The Battle for Idealism

With Victor Klimoski

April 16, 2020
Benedictine Center
Someone has remarked that a cynic is often an idealist with a broken heart. In an era in which the fires of social anger, fear of The Other, intolerance in all its forms, and concern over what seems to have been lost burn out of control, the path to cynicism is smooth and all downhill. In this conversation we explore how we balance our troubling concerns with our deepest convictions about what is true, good, and beautiful so that we continue to aspire to our idealism despite the evidence.

Hermitage Retreat

With S. Virginia Matter OSB

April 17 - 19, 2020
Benedictine Center
After a common orientation, participants spend time in silence as they read, pray, meditate, and rest in the hospitality of the monastery. Guests enjoy a private room, prayer with the monastic community, lunch, and access to the monastic library, art exhibits, and grounds. Questions welcome. $150 includes lodging and meals Fri-Sun $25 for Saturday only.

Peace Be with You (John 20:19-31)

With Fr. Michael Byron

April 23, 2020
Benedictine Center
Into the disciples’ fear and restlessness following the Passion, the Risen Christ stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” He found them behind locked doors and spoke into the very heart of their circumstance. With this assurance and breathing the Spirit upon them, he then sent them into the world. Join Fr. Michael Byron, a theologian and pastor of Pax Christi Catholic Church in Eden Prairie, to explore Christ’s word of peace and sending for today.

Find the Balance: Bringing Intentionality, Clarity, and Integration into One’s Rhythm of Life

With Mary Martin

April 30, 2020
Benedictine Center
In addition to being steeped in Scripture and spiritual practices, St. Benedict was an astute student of human nature. He realized that relying on good intentions would not be enough when he established a “school for the Lord’s service.” Rather, for people to live each day aware of God’s presence and their call to manifest Christ in all things, there was a need for purposeful rhythm so that work, prayer, study, and leisure existed in balance and encouraged people to pay attention to God’s presence in all of life. The measure of a ‘good’ rhythm is its ability to sustain…

Intro to Centering Prayer

With S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB and Rev. Peggy Thompson

May 15, 2020
Benedictine Center
This ancient spiritual practice is a Christian way of meditating that teaches one how to listen for God’s invitation to deeper relationship. Peggy and Jackie have trained closely with S. Virginia Matter OSB, a seasoned teacher and practitioner of centering prayer who was commissioned by Fr. Thomas Keating OSCO.

Who Am I in Community? The Enneagram as a Tool for Improving Relationships

With Audrey Lucier

June 5 - 6, 2020
Benedictine Center
 The Enneagram is one way to explain and better understand nine basic personality differences that people have observed since ancient times. These differences shape our spiritualities, our vocations, and even our approach to relationships. By better understanding how each of us uniquely reflects the divine image, we can better practice compassion for ourselves and one another.

Day Away for Artists and Creatives

With Victor Klimoski and Kathy Fleming

June 13, 2020
Benedictine Center
Day Away is an opportunity for artists and writers to set aside a few hours to enter a creative space of quiet and beauty. After a brief gathering in the morning with one of the hosts, participants have the day to work on/think about their art and ideas. The day closes with a time of reflection with the host.

Visions of Nature in Art: A Retreat on the Gunflint Trail

With Rev. Peggy Thompson and S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB

July 11 - 18, 2020
Cabin in the North Woods
God the Creator has infused the world with a spirit of life and vitality, leading us to wonder and calling us to ever greater attention. Artists know this sense of wonder and practice sharpening their skills of attention so that they, too, might communicate God’s presence through their mediums. Steal away to Northern Minnesota and and join painters Peggy Thompson and S. Jackie Leiter OSB for a soulful experience of nature and hands-on forms of reflection. The week-long experience takes place at Peggy’s family cabin, nestled between lakes 45 minutes outside of Grand Marais.

Condensed School of Lectio Divina

With Samuel Rahberg, S. Virginia Matter OSB and Kiely Todd Roska

July 24 - 26, 2020
Benedictine Center
Learn the art of sustained lectio divina, "a dialogue with God through the text over time" (Kathleen Cahalan). The Condensed School of Lectio Divina adapts the Benedictine Center’s keystone experience retreat into a shorter, less-expensive format. The core teachings and the monastic experience remains intact. Sam Rahberg leads in cooperation with BC staff.

Great Conversation: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

With Kiely Todd Roska and Samuel Rahberg

August 20, 2020
Benedictine Center
Benedict emphasized the vital practices of simplicity and moderation because he recognized the difficulties of aligning our everyday rhythms with our spiritual lives. This conversation will explore how we center ourselves, practice gratitude, and focus our energy in meaningful ways. We will draw on insights from St. Benedict, Scripture, poets, and the wisdom we each bring into the room.

School of Discernment

With Kathleen Cahalan, Samuel Rahberg and S. Virginia Matter OSB

December 4 - 6, 2020
Benedictine Center
The School of Discernment is an opportunity to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit under the guidance of skilled teachers and listeners and with the benefit of wisdom from the monastic tradition. The framework includes a daily rhythm of prayer with the monastic community, sessions on the practice of discernment, reflection questions for quiet time, and one-on-one meetings. No one will be obligated to share publicly about the particulars of their own stories, but each will have the opportunity to do so as they choose. Spiritual directors will assist with the process of discernment and considering questions and insights…