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 Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

Program Retreats at Emery House Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

 

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:


The Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi

Recognized throughout the world as one of the greatest saints who ever lived, St. Francis shows us, through his prayers, how to love God and the world with passion.  In this weekend retreat, we allow ourselves to be instructed by his words and example, and join him in meditating on these time-honored prayers.

October 3-5, 2014

First Time in Silent Retreat

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

November 21-23, 2014

Advent Retreat

This retreat will offer teaching on the divine vision for “a new heaven and a new earth.” In silence, prayer, worship, and rest, we await the coming of the Christ, and what this means for our doing justice and making peace with the human family and the planet.

December 5-7, 2014

Christmas at the Monastery

Join the Brothers for a festive celebration of Christ’s birth.

December 23-26, 2014

Lent Retreat

Facing a tyranny of expectations and the pressures to be “virtually on” 24/7, we risk
depletion and can lose our way. This retreat will offer teaching, time, and space to hear, know, and love God, being really present to God’s real presence now.

March 20-22, 2015

Palm Sunday Weekend

Join the Brothers in a weekend that celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and anticipates the week of his Passion, the melding of his suffering and love.

March 27-29, 2015

Holy Week and Easter

Join the Brothers in this most sacred week of the Christian calendar as we remember Jesus’ witness of humble service, the invitation to Holy Communion, the agony of his death, a day of preparation, and the jubilant joy of Easter.

March 31 – April 5, 2015

First Time in Silent Retreat

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

May 15-17, 2015

Emery House Retreats

 

Advent Retreat

This retreat will offer teaching on the divine vision for “a new heaven and a new earth.” In silence, prayer, worship, and rest, we await the coming of the Christ, and what this means for our doing justice and making peace with the human family and the planet.

December 12-14, 2014

Praying with Icons

Icons offer us a window through which to see and know God, and for God to see and know us. The weekend will offer teaching on this ancient practice of the church – how icons are “written” and used in prayer – and the silence and space to pray.

January 23-25, 2015

Lent Retreat

Facing a tyranny of expectations and the pressures to be “virtually on” 24/7, we risk
depletion and can lose our way. This retreat will offer teaching, time, and space to hear, know, and love God, being really present to God’s real presence now.

Feb 27- March 1, 2015

First Time in Prayer and Quiet

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

May 6-8, 2015

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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