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Living into the Body of Christ

A Centering Prayer Retreat
with Joy Andrews Hayter
and Fr. Bill Sheehan


February 8-11, 2018
Thursday 6:00 pm to
Sunday 1:00 pm

$360 Overnight / $300 Commuter

Registration deadline: January 31, 2018

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. John 17:22-23




The Gospel and St. Paul's writings tell us that we are evolving to become a more unified body, with Christ as the Head. What does this mean for us as individuals, as members of the body of Christ, and for the role of religion as we respond to the needs of a rapidly changing world? In this pre-Lenten retreat we will explore some talks on these subjects, from videos by Fr. Thomas Keating (God is Love series) and talks by Fr. Bill Sheehan.

Our retreat will include silence, several periods of Centering Prayer, contemplative free time, reflection, sharing, rest, contemplative Eucharist, and the opportunity for gentle yoga and body work, as well as optional ½-hour meetings with staff.




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 scientist, 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 is a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order and lives in an Oblate House of Prayer in Lowell, Massachusetts.





Print Daily retreat schedule will be posted soon
Print Welcome & 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: Email to register.

Or call (650) 340-7474 for further information.




Please read our cancellation and refund policy.