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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
With Victor Klimoski
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 […]
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, […]
With Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
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 email@example.com with questions.
May 6 - July 5, 2019
St. Paul's Monastery Gallery
Featuring Various Artists.
With Barbara Sutton
June 2 - December 1, 2019
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.
With S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB and S. Virginia Matter OSB
June 21 - 28, 2019
Settle in for eight days of quiet and renewal, solitude within the rhythm of the monastic community. Each day you will meet one-on-one with a spiritual director who will accompany you wherever the Spirit leads. The remainder of the day you are welcome to join the Sisters for prayer, walk the labyrinth, take in the exhibit, explore the resources in the library, or simply enjoy the privacy of your own room for prayer and rest. Questions are welcome if you are considering such an experience for the first time.
With Rev. Peggy Thompson and S. Jacqueline Leiter OSB
July 6 - 13, 2019
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.
With Christine Luna Munger
July 12, 2019
As a spiritual director and teacher, Dr. Christine Luna Munger knows how challenging it can be to notice and appreciate the presence of God in our everyday lives. Despite our best efforts, God can seem distant. That’s why Dr. Luna Munger has developed a framework with concrete practices that help people notice the presence of God in new ways. This day-long workshop offers participants an opportunity to experiment with prayerful exercises like simple body movements and holy listening that attune our spiritual senses to healing and wholeness. People of all physical abilities welcome.
With Samuel Rahberg and S. Virginia Matter OSB
July 19 - 21, 2019
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, in cooperation with S. Carol Rennie OSB and […]
With Carol Quest and Jody Reis Johnson
August 9 - 14, 2019
Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. Blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community. $375 includes lodging and meals $150 thru Sunday only
With Rev. Terri Hansen and Michael Rowe
August 16, 2019
This day of conversation and quiet reflection is inspired by the questions we hear from Jesus in the Gospels. What did they invite people to see then and what invitation do they offer Christian disciples today? Led by a spiritual director and an Oblate, the day of reflection and conversation concludes with prayer in the style of Taizé.