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Centering Prayer Retreat

with Joy Andrews Hayter
and Fr. Bill Sheehan


August 7-11, 2017
Monday 6:00 pm to
Friday 1:00 pm


$485 Overnight / No commuter rate
Registration deadline: July 31, 2017



Come taste the silence of prayer with other contemplative companionsand rest in the stillness. An established practice of Centering Prayer for six months or longer is suggested but not required. We will enjoy several hours daily of Centering Prayer, optional half-hour meetings with staff, and time for contemplative Eucharist.

In his conferences, Fr. Sheehan will highlight themes from Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer, as well as the gifts of the Welcoming Prayer.

There will also be time for rest and reflection, for enjoying Mercy Center’s beautiful oak-studded acres, and the possibility of receiving healing body work.



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.

Rev. Bill Sheehan, OMI, is an experienced retreat director and has led many Centering Prayer workshops and retreats, including many 11th step retreats. He has been involved with Contemplative Outreach, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, since 1983, practicing centering prayer and guiding others in this way of prayer for more than 25 years. He is a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order and lives in an Oblate House of Prayer in Lowell, Massachusetts.




Print Retreat schedule will be posted soon
Print Retreat orientation will be posted soon



Overnight registration includes:

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


Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select the RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  An account is optional—credit card data is not stored

Overseas Residents: Please do not register online. Email to register.

Or call (650) 340-7454 for further information.



Please read our cancellation and refund policy.