The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Take a Retreat With Us

Sue EavesDuring the retreat, I saw and heard real healing taking place in the opening hearts of those who had had some bad experiences with religion and folks who had had more than they could bear of suffering. I remember looking round the room at one point and thinking that these were deeply thirsty people taking a very long and refreshing drink, making sure they did not spill a drop (me too!).

 

—The Rev. Sue Eaves
St. Thomas', Richmond, VA

 


Taking time away from the demands of everyday life, to be quiet, to pray, to worship, to read, rest, and relax, allows us to refocus our lives on what is most important to us. Some people come on retreat at moments of transition, when they feel the need for particular discernment. Others come on retreat simply to refresh and renew their spirit. Our relationship with God, like all relationships, needs attention and care to grow. Times of retreat allow us to turn our whole selves to the love of God, to listen and be attentive to the voice of God. Many people experience retreats as times when God seems particularly near.

 

Types of Retreats


We offer three different types of retreats at the Monastery Guesthouse and at Emery House. Please explore these retreats below.

Program Retreats at the Monastery Spring 2014


 

Program Retreats at Emery House Spring 2014

 

To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.

Individual Self-Guided Retreats

Guests on an individual guided retreat visit us for a time of reflection and prayer in silence. They also have opportunity to join the Brothers in the house’s regular round of worship, silence, and meals.

Most weekdays and some weekends are available for individual companioned retreats.

Please note: For these retreats spiritual direction must be requested in advance and is subject to availability of a brother for the time of the retreat.

Suggested fees for a Guided Retreat
$100.00 per person per night
$50.00 for full-time students
Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

About Suggested Fees
We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it. (Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.)
However, the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. We are grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

Individual Guided Retreats

Guests on an individual companioned retreat visit us for a time of reflection and prayer in silence and to meet with a brother for some time of individual spiritual direction. They also have opportunity to join the Brothers in the house’s regular round of worship, silence, and meals.

Most weekdays and some weekends are available for individual companioned retreats.

Please note: For these retreats spiritual direction must be requested in advance and is subject to availability of a brother for the time of the retreat.

Suggested fees for a Companioned Retreat
$100.00 per person per night + $25.00 per spiritual conversation
$50.00 for full-time students + $15.00 per spiritual conversation
Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

About Suggested Fees
We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it. (Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.)
However, the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. We are grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

Program Retreats for Individuals

Monastery Retreats:


First Time in Silent Retreat - Full - email for waitlist

If you haven’t yet come on retreat with us because it’s new or daunting, this weekend is for you. Br. Jim will gently usher you into the experience of silence and solitude, offer reflections and suggest ways you might experiment with prayer between sessions.

Retreat leader: Br. Jim Woodrum, n/SSJE
May 16-18, 2014 (Friday 6:00 pm through Sunday 2:00 pm)

 

Emery House Retreats

 

Eco-theology 101

Theology literally means "God-talk." This retreat is an introduction to that conversation that seeks to re-frame both meaning and context for man's dependence on and responsibility for the health of our planet.

Retreat leader: Br. Robert L'Esperance, SSJE
June 6-8, 2014

Emery House Farm Weekends

Join us for an Emery House farm weekend. Help the brothers care for the land, work in the gardens, tend the livestock and enjoy the bounty of the land, while sharing together in worship and fellowship. On Friday evening and Sunday morning, there will be opportunities to reflect with Br. James on our experience of God as Creator.

Retreat leader: Br. James Koester, SSJE
May 30-June 1 or July 25-27 at Emery House, West Newbury, MA
(The suggested weekend rate for the farm weekend is half our usual rate, given our gratitude for your work on the grounds: $125 standard or $65 for students).

 

Program Retreats for Groups

Program retreats are offered for individuals, or for various types of groups (parish, seminarians, clergy, vestries, etc.).

In addition to joining the Brothers in the house’s regular round of worship, silence, and meals, guests attends a series of addresses or meditations on a retreat theme, offered by the brother who is the retreat director. Time is set apart to encourage prayer, reflection, and recreation. Customarily, all on the retreat will observe silence.

Group program retreats are usually conducted from Thursday or Friday evening through Sunday noontime. Occasionally a group can book a longer retreat, beginning on Tuesday evening.

Please note: During these retreats individual spiritual direction is normally not available.

Suggested fees for a Group Program Retreat
$135.00 per person per night
$65.00 for full-time students
Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

About Suggested Fees
We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it. (Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.)
However, the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. We are grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.

 

 


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