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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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, […]

SoulCollage® Sunday Circle

With Barbara Sutton

March 15 - 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.

From A Unique Perspective | John Ilg

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

(Cancelled) 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.

(Cancelled) 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.

(Cancelled) 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.

(Cancelled) Day Away for Artists and Creatives

With Victor Klimoski and Kathy Fleming

April 17, 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.

(Cancelled) 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.

Day Away for Artists and Creatives

With Victor Klimoski and Kathy Fleming

May 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.

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.

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.

Rooted and Branching: What Our Souls Learn from Trees

With Samuel Rahberg

August 13 - 15, 2020
Benedictine Center
The more we learn about the nature of trees, the more we see the wisdom of God they communicate through their growth and decay; strength and vulnerability; and solitude and reliance on others. Join Samuel Rahberg, a tree farmer and spiritual director, to explore hands-on some insights for the spiritual life you can harvest from the woods.

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…