The Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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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 2015 and Spring 2016


Program Retreats at Emery House Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

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:


Ask, Search, Knock: A Retreat for Young Adults

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, October 23-25, 2015
Retreat leaders: Brs. Luke Ditewig and Keith Nelson

Many people experience their twenties and thirties to be a time of special discernment, learning, and meaning-making. On this retreat (led by Brothers in their thirties), you’re invited to rest in the company of Jesus and reflect on that journey alongside your peers.  Together, we’ll “ask, search, and knock,” seeking to discover underlying connections between our personal stories and the Story of God’s redeeming work in the world.

First Time in Silent Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, November 20-22, 2015
Retreat leader: Br. Jim Woodrum

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.

Threshold of Grace - An Advent Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, December 11-13, 2015
Retreat leader: Br. Keith Nelson

Paradox can lead us by way of seeming contradictions or sudden reversals to a threshold of grace. In Advent we prepare our hearts for the great paradox of the Incarnation: that God became a human being, Word became Flesh, and dwelt among us. In this retreat, we’ll pray with scripture, poems and icons rich with Advent paradox as we wait expectantly for the coming of Christ. 

Seekers’ Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, January 8-10, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Robert L’Esperance

Have you ever considered that your deepest desires and longings have their source in the voice of the Spirit calling deep within you? Do you long to find ways to make yourself available to the Divine Other as it calls to you? Come and learn some of the age-old wisdom of monastic practice that can help you listen the stirrings of the Spirit.

A Retreat in Lent

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, March 11-13, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Mark Brown

This weekend retreat will explore the themes of silence, simplicity and solitude as ways to prepare for the Easter feast.

My Beloved, Arise! - An Eastertide Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, April 8-10, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Jonathan Maury

Christ is risen; WE are risen! Easter Season invites us to see afresh and to embrace the transforming power of resurrection in our lives as beloved children of God. Abiding with the brothers, those first disciples and one another, we’ll “Go, to Galilee” that we may see the risen Lord --- in silence, worship and song, contemplative sharing and fellowship.

First Time in Silent Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, May 20-22, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Luke Ditewig

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.

Pre-ordination Retreat

Tuesday 4:00 pm-Friday 2:00 pm, May 24-27, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. David Vryhof

This three-day retreat is designed especially for those about to be ordained to the diaconate or priesthood.

 

Emery House Retreats

Living in the Real Presence

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 12-15, 2015
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist

This weekend retreat, in the beautiful sanctuary of our rural monastery, Emery House, will offer an experience of being really present to the real presence of Christ, now. We will draw on our senses, the cadence of poetry, music, and the gift of movement for a weekend promising to be re-creative for the soul.

A Child of God

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, December 4-6, 2015
Retreat leader: Br. John Braught

Jesus’ nativity reminds us of our own: how, from the beginning, God has been with us, shaping, forming, and reforming us to be fully alive.  This Advent retreat will explore prayer practices to identify God’s amazing presence and activity in our lives, as we look for the signs of what we can hope for in the future.

First Time in Silent Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, January 22-24, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Nicholas Bartoli

If you haven’t yet come on retreat with us because it’s new or daunting, this weekend is for you. You will be gently introduced to the experience of silence and solitude, and offered teaching on monastic prayer and contemplation.

He Giveth His Beloved Sleep: A Lenten Retreat

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, February 26-28, 2016
Retreat leader: TBD

The psalmist reminds us that sleep is a gift from God to God’s beloved. This retreat, in the midst of what for most people is a busy Lent, will be a time to stop, rest and pray (and maybe even get a little sleep!) in order to rediscover how much God loves us.

Palm Sunday Weekend

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, March 18-20, 2016

Join us in the country for a time of preparation and pageantry, as we begin our celebration of Holy Week. The weekend includes teaching, time for prayer and reflection, and joining in festive worship and meals.

Come Away and Rest a While: A Clergy Renewal Retreat

Tuesday 5:00 pm-Saturday 2:00 pm, April 5-9, 2016
Retreat leaders: Brs. Geoffrey Tristramand Curtis Almquist

This is a time of rest, refreshment and renewal for clergy after a busy Lent and Easter. There will be ample time for rest and prayer, conversation and fellowship. Our time together will include a day of silent retreat as well as an “in-house” movie night. While the program ends on Saturday afternoon, participants will have the option to stay over Saturday night for a Sunday departure.

Eco-theology 101

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, April 29-May 1, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Robert L’Esperance

We face a modern environmental crisis unprecedented in scale in the history of mankind. This retreat is an introduction to Christian thinking that seeks to expand both our religious understanding of humankind’s relationship to the created order as well as our proper place in that order.

Embodied Spirituality: Cultivating Body-centered Awareness

Friday 5:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm, June 3-5, 2016
Retreat leader: Br. Nicholas Bartoli

During this retreat we will explore the monastic roots of prayer and meditation based on stillness and body-centered awareness. You will be introduced to practices designed to encourage an integration of mind, body, and soul in service of moving toward being more prayerfully present for each moment in a life of wholeness.

 

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
$75.00 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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