Guided Silent Retreat

flowers in archSilent Retreats offer a sacred space of silence, stillness, and rest, to facilitate deeper listening to our own hearts and to God. Each weekend will be shaped by this intention.

KAIROS Silent Retreats are held at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 North Church Road, Wernersville, PA 19565.  This setting includes classrooms, chapels, peaceful nooks and 260 acres of rolling hills and woods for strolling and solitude. Contemplative group prayer is offered several times throughout the weekend. Students have private rooms with shared baths.


Objectives of the Silent Retreat Weekend

  1. To nurture desire to deepen individual relationship with God and self, while surrounded by an encouraging, supportive community.
  2. To explore silence and solitude as pathways to a growing awareness of how we are known and loved by God.
  3. To engage spiritual practices which enhance our understanding of God’s movement and deepen faith.
  4. To explore the riches of contemplative life and prayer.
  5. To be more attentive to God’s invitation to share one’s gifts with the world.

Retreat Themes

Our monthly themes serve as gentle guides towards a deepening and transforming experience of God’s loving presence. Each retreat weekend will offer brief (optional) input focused on that month’s theme. However, the primary focus will be the retreatant’s individual journey (unique needs, desires, and prayer). Spiritual direction is provided at no additional cost.

  •    October 13-15, 2017…………………….Come………………………………..Register by Wednesday, October 4
  •    November 17-19, 2017…………………Stillness……………………………Register by Wednesday, November 8
  •    December 2, 2017……………………….Advent Day……………………...Register by Wednesday, November 22
  •    January 5-7, 2018……………………….Longing……………………………Register by Wednesday, December 27
  •    February 2-4, 2018……………………..Held………………………………..Register by Wednesday, January 24
  •    * March 2-4, 2018……………………Lenten Journey………………..Register by Wednesday, February 21
  •    April 6-8, 2018……………………………Linger……………………………..Register by Thursday, March 28
  •    May 4-6, 2018…………………………….Breathe……………………………Register by Wednesday, April 25

Participants are invited to register for the whole weekend or just Saturday.

* The March retreat will provide a silent space to begin your Lenten Journey. As the season of Lent begins, we are invited to return to God with all our heart. Come experience abundant space and time for silence and reflection. The weekend will offer prayer stations, an indoor prayer labyrinth, and art opportunities. This retreat is also one of all-school silence, when year-long students and faculty will also enter into the full silence of the weekend. To learn more visit www.kairosjourney.org/lenten-journey.


Individual Commitments during Silent Retreat Weekend

  1. Respect the silence for yourself and the silence of others on retreat.
  2. Be open to sharing some of your spiritual journey with others in a small group setting.
  3. Be drawn to contemplative spirituality (spiritual practices: i.e., praying the scriptures, solitude, formative reading, silence, prayer, and meditation).
  4. Be prayerful for retreat leaders, other participants, and Jesuit Center staff and residents.

About the Facilitators

Donna Holstein

Donna finds great joy in companioning others on their spiritual journeys. She attended Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, MI and later Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, majoring in English Literature. In 2004, Donna joined KAIROS, first as a student in Year One Spiritual Formation, followed by the Spiritual Direction Training Program (receiving certification in May 2009). Donna also served on the KAIROS Board from 2007-2011. Donna offers spiritual direction in her home and is a Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator. Donna and her husband, Garry, live in Eagleville PA. They have four children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys writing, art journaling, fiber and mosaic art, kayaking and hiking.

Linda Witmer

Linda finds silent retreats renewing for her own spiritual journey so companioning others gives her great joy. She is a spiritual director and has created space in her Lancaster City home for retreatants. See tendingplace.weebly.com. Linda spent many years in Guatemala working with the Q’eqchi’ Maya as a health and development worker. She completed an M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA in 2007 and spiritual direction training at KAIROS: School of Spiritual Formation in 2009.  She served on the KAIROS Board for nine years. Presently she is the Administrative Director and Associate Professor of EMU Lancaster ‘s nursing program.


Cost

$275 Weekend (Friday – Sunday)
This option includes “room & board” – 2 nights and 6 buffet style meals. The weekend begins with dinner, Friday, 5:45 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday.

$75 Saturday Only (1-Day)
This option includes arrival at 9 .m. –  lunch (served at Noon) – and departure at 4:00 p.m.

$750 Three Weekend Package (Three weekend retreats during the 2017-2018 schedule)
Book three silent retreat weekends now for a discounted rate ($250/weekend). This option includes “room & board” – 2 nights and 6 buffet style meals – for three weekends of your choice. Each weekend begins with dinner, Friday, 5:45 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday.

$1,200 Five Weekend Package (Five weekend retreats during the 2017-2018 schedule)
Book five silent retreat weekends now for a discounted rate ($240/weekend). This option includes “room & board” – 2 nights and 6 buffet style meals – for five weekends of your choice. Each weekend begins with dinner, Friday, 5:45 p.m. and concludes with lunch on Sunday.

**Special Note If you need regular menu items prepared differently, such as low-salt, or vegetarian items, please advise our administrative staff upon registering for a class/retreat. If you need specialized alternatives that are not routinely stocked by the Jesuit Center kitchen, please bring them with you and inquire about refrigerated storage space.


OPTIONS to Register and Pay

How to Register & Pay for retreats online:
Click on the PayPal icon associated with your selected retreat option listed below.

How to Register & Pay in other ways:
Call or email your registration: 717-669-2957 / office@KAIROSjourney.org
Mail your payment to: 301 St. Thomas Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
Please be sure to include your name, retreat name & date, your contact information and email address if available.


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