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Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Retreat – Monastery

Wisdom from the Desert: May 29-31, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, May 29-31, 2020
Leader: Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

Monasticism and monastic spirituality have their roots in the deserts of Egypt, Syria and Palestine, where, in the fourth century, an intensive experiment in Christian living began.  What wisdom might the early Desert Fathers and Mothers have to impart to us today? What can they teach us that might help us live well in the present age?


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Wisdom from the Desert: May 29-31, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

Consider Your Call: May 19-22, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Tuesday 5:00 pm – Friday 2:00 pm, May 19-22, 2020
Leader: Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

(I Cor. 1:26) A retreat before ordination
This retreat is intended for those about to be ordained to the diaconate or the priesthood. These few days of retreat will be a time for rest and renewal, and provide an opportunity to pray and reflect together on the mystery and wonder of our own vocation and call to ministry.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Consider Your Call: May 19-22, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

Claiming our Birthright: May 7-10, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, May 7-10, 2020
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

A retreat for men
A lethality of loneliness, competitiveness, and shame compromise the freedom to be fully alive for so many men. Work can corrupt personal identity; fierce, inbred independence can compromise a sense of belonging. We can learn from Jesus’ story and others’ about a different way.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Claiming our Birthright: May 7-10, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

My Beloved, Arise!: April 24-26, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, April 24-26, 2020
Leader: Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE

An Eastertide Retreat
Christ is risen; WE are risen!  Easter Season invites us to see afresh and embrace the transforming power of resurrection in our lives as beloved children of God.  Abiding with the first disciples and one another, we will “Go to Galilee” to see the Risen Lord – seeking him in silence, in worship and song, in contemplative sharing and fellowship.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

My Beloved, Arise!: Apr 24-26, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

FULL: My Soul in Silence Waits: March 19-22, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, March 19-22, 2020
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

A Lenten retreat 
With a tyranny of demands on our time and attention, we face depletion and desolation, and we can lose our way. Our Lenten retreat will focus on stillness, silence, and solitude – very countercultural practices, yet long-tested ways to hear, know, and love God. 


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Please Note: This retreat is full. We are taking waiting list reservations only, and we will contact you if and when a spot opens up.

My Soul in Silence Waits: Mar 19-22, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

FULL – Praying with Julian of Norwich: February 27- March 1, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, February 27- March 1, 2020
Leader: Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

“’I Saw No Wrath in God’ – a Lenten retreat
Blessed Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century woman whose visionary writings offer profound hope and meaning for those who struggle to feel God’s love as a living, personal reality. Her vivid experience of God’s boundless compassion led her to declare, contrary to the theologians of her day, ‘I saw no wrath in God.’ In this Lenten retreat, we will explore Julian’s understanding of sin, forgiveness, and our joyful union with God. 


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

First Time in Silent Retreat: February 14-16, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, February 14-16, 2020
Leader: Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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 with companionship, offer teaching, and suggest ways you might experiment with prayer.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

First Time in Silent Retreat: Feb 14-16, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

Showing Forth the Way: December 13-15, 2019

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, December 13-15, 2019
Leader: Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE

An Advent retreat 
The Blessed Virgin Mary and John the Baptist are the two saints most closely associated with Advent; they both serve as heralds, anticipating the arrival of Christ and gesturing toward him with their words and lives. In this retreat, we will explore the role of these two important saints, and how their experience and anticipation of Jesus may be born out in our own lives with God.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Showing Forth the Way: Dec 13-15, 2019

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

Waiting in the Dark: December 6-8, 2019

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, December 6-8, 2019
Leader: Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

An Advent retreat 
Amid much darkness in both sky and soul, come rest and breathe with life’s questions. We will look to a wellspring of hope and cultivate patience in the presence of God, to whom darkness and light are both alike.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Waiting in the Dark: Dec 6-8, 2019

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

FULL – Centering Prayer Retreat: November 21-24, 2019

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, November 21-24, 2019
Leader: Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

(Intermediate/Advanced)
Please join us here at the Monastery for a time of silent retreat and contemplation. We will deepen our practice of centering prayer and meditation, and explore the relationship between nondual awareness and awakening to the Light of God’s Presence. The traditions of Christian mysticism and the Desert Fathers and Mothers will serve as the framework for this ongoing transformation of mind, body, soul and our sense of Self.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.