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Silent Centering Prayer Retreat

May 21-27, 2017

Begins Sunday at 6:00 pm
Concludes Saturday at 10:00 am

Registration for this retreat is closed.
Call 650.340.7474 to go on the waiting list.

"Contemplative prayer is a process of interior transformation.
A restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers
one to perceive, relate, and respond with increasing sensitivity
to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything
that exists
." Fr. Thomas Keating

Enter into a more profound level of spiritual practice in a time of silence & community. Our retreat offers two tracks this year:

Intensive – designed to intensify one's practice of Centering Prayer and to provide a conceptual framework for the prayer through viewing Thomas Keating's video series on "The Spiritual Journey."


Post-Intensive – running concurrently, designed for those who are already familiar with "The Spiritual Journey." There will be additional time for Centering Prayer and daily Lectio Divina.

This is a retreat for those with some experience of Centering Prayer.

Each day includes several periods of Centering Prayer and walking meditation, liturgy, free time for being in nature, reflection, rest, and opportunity for gentle yoga and bodywork.



Catherine Regan Ph.D. is a spiritual director, clinical psychologist, and adjunct program staff member at Mercy Center where she coordinates the Centering Prayer Program.  Her great interest is in the renewal of contemplative practices as a path of transformation - of ourselves and of our world.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.  As a Professor Emerita of chemistry, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Bill McLennan is a Camaldoli Oblate and practitioner of Centering Prayer for 22 years. He is the Communication Manager for Contemplative Outreach of Northern California, maintaining their website and email distribution list. He co-facilitates Centering Prayer retreats and Introductory Workshops.




 Read Intensive daily schedule
 Read Post-Intensive daily schedule
 Read Retreat Questionnaire
 Read Welcome & Orientation Letter



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. Call 650.340.7474 to go on the waiting list.



Please read our cancellation and refund policy.


Photo by Uzi Yachin, Creative Commons license.


Updated 5/10/2017 with schedules and resources.