Silent Directed Retreat

  • Chiara Center Chiara Center
  • Springfield, IL, USA
  • Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2018 (6 days)

Event Highlights

  • Chiara directed retreats are:
  • silent retreats
  • enhanced by beauty and scenic horizons
  • one with the Divine in creation
  • open to persons seeking to deepen theirrelationship with the Divine
  • primarily in the Christian tradition
  • an invitation to listen to the Spirit
  • a journey to inner wisdom
  • a spiritual commitment
  • a discovery of God in the midst of life

About This Event

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

From guest M. Frost - October 2017 "I've had the privilege of coming to the Chiara Center for several different events. I keep coming back because of the beauty of the campus, the quiet and reflective atmosphere, and the splendor of the church. In my recent visit, I took my tech staff of 10 for a staff retreat. The staff was super accommodating, the location is perfect, the meeting locations were outstanding, the rooms were clean and restful, the grounds were perfect to spread out and walk/think/reflect/pray, and the church was a perfect setting for spiritual renewal. No matter if you are looking for a personal retreat or a location for a group/team, the Chiara Center needs to be on your list."

Venue Highlights

Chiara Center is one of the healing ministries of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. All who are part of the Chiara Center ministry are committed to the spirit of St. Clare of Assisi who most clearly understood and embraced the gospel vision of St. Francis and cast a transparent healing light throughout the world. Nestled in the woods of Central Illinois, these sacred spaces exude peace and tranquility.


Built in 2006, the Chiara Center is a modern facilities with many different spaces to sit quietly or to gather with others. Our 30 guest rooms each contain two full-sized beds and face the blessed woods that silently abide with us. Whether walking the labyrinth, building your own "cairns" or meandering through the woods, these are imaginative spaces for a retreat.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Fitness Center

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Our fare hovers between "comfort food" and healthy eating. We don't pretend to be on the cutting edge of highly healthy eating but our kitchen staff does well with the challenge of special diet request.


For those flying in, we generally encourage people to fly from St. Louis Lambert International although some guests have flown into Peoria or Bloomington airports. We're an hour and forty minutes from St. Louis and two hours and 40 minutes from Chicago. When using GPS, be sure to make sure it reads out "Chiara Center."

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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