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Embracing Life: A Welcoming Prayer Intensive

An offering of the Mercy Center
Centering Prayer Program


February 24-26, 2017

Begins Friday at 6:00 pm with dinner
Ends Sunday after lunch at 1:00 pm

Registration closed

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of welcoming and letting go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system. It provides a method to dismantle the emotional programs for happiness that lead us away from God. An established practice of the Welcoming Prayer can help us to live our intention to consent to God's presence and action within and around us. It can free us to embrace life present moment by present moment.

This weekend retreat provides an in-depth introduction, review, and immersion into the Welcoming Prayer. The retreat is not completely silent but alternates brief periods of silence with intensive study and practice of the Welcoming Prayer.


Cherry Haisten serves on the Contemplative Outreach national team for the Welcoming Prayer and travels around the country to lead workshops on contemplative practice as a part of Contemplative Outreach's faculty for the Living Flame program.

Local coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Northwest, Cherry is also program director of The Center at St. Andrew's, a healing and lifelong learning ministry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Seattle, where she also serves as a Eucharistic minister, healing minister, and licensed lay preacher.



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  Cherry Haisten
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Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetable and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or other special dietary menus


Registration for this retreat is now closed.



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Updated 2/28/2017