Weekend Programs

We offer many programs throughout the year. Our weekend programs generally occur on Saturdays from 9:00am-3:00pm.  We also have a few weekend retreats that last from Friday through Sunday.

 

Iconography Workshop and Retreat

With Fr. Damian Higgins

August 26 - 30, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Fr. Damian will introduce participants to the history, spirituality and techniques of traditional Byzantine Iconography. Each student will be provided with all  the materials and supplies to complete an icon in the egg-tempera method, using all natural pigments and 23K Gold leafing. While no previous art experience is necessary, more accomplished iconographers are welcome.

Introduction to Centering Prayer

With Bob Delastrada & Charlotte Thompson

September 8, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Sourced from the depths of Christian contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer has emerged as a life-changing practice for those who embrace it. Learn the method or renew your practice of this ancient way of silent prayer. Our day-long format offers a relaxed way to hear the basics, practice, and ask questions. Bring a sack lunch.

The Fourfold Path towards Forgiveness

With Joseli Alves-Dunkerson

September 15, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Sourced from the depths of Christian contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer has emerged as a life-changing practice for those who embrace it. Learn the method or renew your practice of this ancient way of silent prayer. Our day-long format offers a relaxed way to hear the basics, practice, and ask questions. Bring a sack lunch.

The History of the Kingdom of God

With Joann Terranova

September 22, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
A consideration of sacred or salvation history from a Christian perspective and how our understanding of it shapes our lives and work. Utilizing materials and presentations from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and drawing on the writings of Sofia Cavalletti, scripture scholar and catechist, will aid in adult reflection on the themes of Creation, […]

Sisters in Rain: Exploring the Depths of Sisterhood through the Power of Poetry

With Cecily Markham

September 29, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Engaging poetry and reflective readings, we will explore feminine empowerment rising out of the spirituality of sisterhood in - family, unbreakable friendships, community, and the arc of the human story. Poems will be shared embodying various mediums. Participants will be offered a time for writing, creating art and presenting their creations. Bring a sack lunch, […]

Mirroring Self, Mirroring Soul Revisited: A Psycho-Spiritual Exploration

With Darcie Richardson

October 6, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Mirroring Self, Mirroring Soul is a dynamic psycho-spiritual exploration. Through drawing the face on the mirror, we will engage with the faces that emerge through collage, writing, and somatic exploration. These faces may surface as friends, mentors, or tricksters and will lead us to illuminate that which resides beneath the surface of everyday awareness. Bring […]

Non-violent Communication

With Janet Rhodes

October 13, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
We will explore and practice non-violent communication (NVC), also called compassionate communication. Our sources include St. Benedict, the New Testament, Rosenberg’s book Non-violent Communication, and examples of NVC from the world. Students will develop steps for moving toward more non-violent communication. The day will include creative activities. Bring a sack lunch.

Silent Centering Prayer Retreat

With Bob Delastrada & Charlotte Thompson

October 19 - 21, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
This silent retreat is a rare opportunity for experienced practitioners to be with others committed to the contemplative path. Sustained by multiple periods of Centering Prayer and tapping into chant, lectio divina, and meditative walking, we intentionally create an environment that supports our continuing Centering Prayer practice.

Moving With the Kingdom Within

With Steve Reiland

October 27, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
  The Kingdom of God inaugerated by Jesus invites us into the "Divine Sphere of Love," where we experience the life-giving love of God flowing to, within, and from us. Simple Qi Gong and Tai Chi movements help us picture this Sphere, embody its prayers, and enter its flow. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable shoes.

Cinema Divina Retreat

With Marilyn Freeman

November 2 - 4, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Open your mystical heart in communion with others in this restorative weekend-long retreat of rest, film screenings and personal writing. Re-imagining the ancient lectio divina prayer practice both for film watching and creative writing, Marilyn Freeman will engage participants in meditative screenings of short films made for contemplation and in generative personal writing. Bring preferred writing devices/materials

Sketching Grace

With Roy DeLeon

November 10, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you…” Sketching prayerfully will help us find God-ness in our daily life. We will discuss materials for and the process in this spiritual practice. No art background necessary. Bring a sack lunch, sketchbook, ink pen, pencil, and your favorite coloring tools.

Discerning a Path Forward Using SoulCollage ®

With Pamela Bradburn

November 17, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
Learn a new method of discernment, guided by your intuition and unconscious. By gathering pictures that grab your attention and creating them into collages. Explore places, people, causes, and animals your love. Reveal energies that can help you and/or hold you back.

Advent Retreat: Waiting with Mary

With Therese Gonneville, OSB

November 30 - December 2, 2018
The Priory Spirituality Center
During this silent retreat you will experience a guided meditation time, receive handouts to use during the retreat, and reflective time to prepare your heart and yourself to receive the blessings that Jesus wishes to give to you this Christmas. What you may be called to live out from this retreat. Spiritual direction will be available.

Silent Centering Prayer Retreat

With Bob Delastrada & Charlotte Thompson

March 29 - 31, 2019
The Priory Spirituality Center
This silent retreat is a rare opportunity for experienced practitioners to be with others committed to the contemplative path. Sustained by multiple periods of Centering Prayer and tapping into chant, lectio divina, and meditative walking, we intentionally create an environment that supports our continuing Centering Prayer practice.