Listening with the Spirit
- St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center
- 500 College Street NE, Lacey, WA 98516
- Oct 1, 2019 - May 31, 2021 (609 days)
- $1,900.00 - LWS Year 1 Tuition $2,000.00 - LWS Year 2 Tuition
About This Event
The Priory Spirituality Center is opening registrations for Listening with the Spirit (contact info blocked), a spiritual direction formation program.
Kindly review the materials in the “Overview of Listening with the Spirit and call Prerequisites for LWS” pdf file below. Dr. Mary Pandiani and Sister Lucy Wynkoop will facilitate the spiritual direction formation program. If you have further questions, kindly contact Sister Lucy Wynkoop at (contact info blocked) or (contact info blocked). If you would like an interview, kindly let Sister Lucy Wynkoop know and she will send you the materials and interview process. Interviews will take place between February and May, 2019.
Overview of Listening with the Spirit and call prerequisites LWS.
“This 2 year program is quite intensive. In some ways too much is covered, but that is because there is an assumption that people who want to work as Spiritual Directors have already studied or lived and experienced the rigorous paths of their own spiritual lives and are now being refined in how to Listen to the Spirit with others. A level of spiritual maturity is required before entering into the program. And then, the program is a kind of Refiner’s Fire that burns away the dross. In Listening with Spirit those who would stand in as instruments of Spirit (as directors) are acquainted with the challenges of different aspects of spiritual life as it is lived in ordinary life as well as during periods of crisis, in order to hold people in love, warmth of spirit and holiness. What a gift!” –Patricia Kay
“The Spiritual Direction formation program, Listening with the Spirit, at Saint Placid Priory is a wonderful training for pastors; we really are doing spiritual direction in all kinds of ways in every pastoral encounter! We get through seminary and CPE and jump right in, and we still, always, will have more to learn about helping people recognize the Spirit at work in their lives (and in our own). The expert leaders and supportive cohort bring out so much in us, give us so many tools for listening and guiding, and the supervision aspect takes us deeper and answers so many questions. I am a better priest for the gifts of the Listening with the Spirit program at the Priory.” –The Rev. Canon Nancy Ross
My stay at the Spirituality Center was grounding, peaceful, and rejuvenating. The agreement to unplug from technology and dive into a monastic lifestyle led me to be present. The nature trails are divine from the lush trees to the quiet calls of the birds. Sharing a meal with the community was welcoming and nurturing. I greatly enjoyed my time.
Venue HighlightsThe Priory Spirituality Center is an ecumenical Christian ministry that encourages people of all faiths to seek and discern the voice of God in their lives and in the world. We are a ministry of St. Placid Priory that reflects the Benedictine values of peace, hospitality, community, learning and prayerful discernment.
We offer a peaceful and contemplative setting for personal reflection. We encourage and challenge people to know the presence of God in their lives through classes, workshops, retreats and individual spiritual direction. Other offerings include a women’s book group and formation programs.
AccommodationsWe have ten retreat bedrooms, most of which are equipped with two twin beds. The rooms may be shared if you are coming with a friend or partner, but generally there is just one person per room. Our building is set back among the trees so the rooms stay fairly cool. There is a heater in each room for the colder nights. Each room has a sink, mirror, chair, desk, and small closet area. Towels and linens are provided, but please bring your own toiletries. Bathrooms are shared and showers are available.
Retreatants are welcome to join the Sisters for Mass, Praise, and meals. There is wi-fi available in the Priory Library from 8:30am-8:00pm everyday. The Priory Store is also open on Fridays and Saturdays. Plenty of walking trails wind around the Priory's property and are open to retreatants.
Spiritual Direction is available upon request at an additional charge.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineBreakfasts are on your own in our Center Kitchen Monday through Saturday. We provide traditional breakfast items such as eggs, milk, bread, cereals, and fruit. You are welcome to bring supplemental food. On Sundays the Priory provides a delicious brunch usually consisting of eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, fruits, and pastries.
Lunch and dinner are provided at the Priory. These meals consist of one or two main dishes and a salad bar. There are often dairy, gluten and soy-free options. If you need to bring supplemental foods or meals, you may keep them in our Center kitchen, cook them there, and eat there or bring it to community meals.
A silent dining area is also available if you prefer to spend your meals in silence.
Coffee and tea is also available around the clock.
DirectionsTraveling north from Portland, on I-5:
Take Exit 109
Turn left onto Martin Way at end of exit
Stay in the far right lane
Turn right at second light onto
College Street NE
Turn right at St. Placid sign
(second possible right turn)
Traveling south from Seattle, on I-5:
Take Exit 109
Turn right onto Martin Way at end of exit
Stay in the far right lane
Turn right at the light onto
College Street NE
Turn right at St. Placid sign
(second possible right turn)
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Bev Parnell January 27, 2020
What an incredibly beautiful day of connection, dance, prayer and contemplation! The vibrant energy of Betsey was such a GIFT and the flow of the day was a dance unto itself. I will treasure my CD, feather memento for continued dancing and the closing poem created has been an ongoing source of contemplation and prayer Huge gratitude and thanks for a wonderful, deeply impactful spiritual experience and for the phenomenal St. Placid hospitality. My spiritual fire, focus and faith were all refueled.
Flemming Oppenhagen Behrend January 23, 2020
Dear Sisters at the Priory. I did enjoy the workshop, although I felt that it was very light on content. The facilitator was charming, but the material she presented was extremely "new Age" and she seemed to run out of ideas one hour before the workshop was finished. One of the exercises was to walk around the room with a feather and figure out for ourselves what to do with it. Several times we were just without direction in the room. I left with no idea what Celtic spirituality was really about. What I did like was to meet other people and share personal stories, but as a whole, I would not recommend it.
Amber Christine January 20, 2020
I'm so thankful for St. Placid. Every time I visit, I feel so warmly welcomed and feel God's kindness and presence. The rooms are always clean, quiet, and peaceful. The forest is such a beautiful place for sacred moments to happen. I recommend it to everyone!
Julie A. Ferraro December 19, 2019
When I first arrived in Washington State, a top priority was finding St. Placid's Priory. Immediately made to feel welcome, I was also invited to the Oblate's Advent retreat, where the atmosphere was so pleasant, the hospitality so genuine, and the discussions so lively, I went away with my soul feeling refreshed and energized. The benefits of attending St. Placid's programs are many! Everyone should make a point to take such time from their regular routine to "get back to basics": the relationship between the individual and God.
Pamela Sampel November 29, 2019
My retreat day at St. Placid Priory Spirituality Center on Thomas Merton, led by Paul (Jake) Jacob, was outstanding. A great mix of Merton's works and readings, reflection, discussion questions, and time in a small group. Jake really covered a wide range of Merton's material and offered much appropriate background information and knowledge and the day flew by. We also had time for attendance at Morning Praise with the Sisters and a break for lunch. This was one of the best retreat days I've attended.
Linda Lysne July 19, 2019
I have been on silent retreats here before, but was blessed this time to be able to take my daughter on our own private retreat. The first full day, I believe we both slept most of the day! We needed that!! The place provides just what I need to rejuvenate my soul and get more solid on my faith walk - every time! It is so very peaceful there, clean and neat, and the people very friendly, but at the same time, providing the space you need. I love the nature setting and trails for walking. Hope to come back, time and again! <3
Stuart Scadron-Wattles June 09, 2019
The material was as advertised and the leadership (although overly male), was impressive in both experience and humility. The retreat began in a mode that relied too much on power point style presentation, given the level of experience of the participants. It took a few hours of this before it was opened up into more of a shared discussion with a leader at the front. I think I would have benefited more, had there been small group breakouts with more discussion and exchange of experience. Given that it was billed as an intro to CP, it makes sense that this was not planned. It could, however, have been provided for as an optional direction for the leadership to take.
Bill Lindekugel May 31, 2019
It was very helpful to have a room full of people, from a variety of addiction backgrounds, who use the 12 Steps. I have never had anyone in AA able to talk about the 11th Step using the Centering Prayer method. It was especially helpful to have two 12 Steppers, with years of experience, to share how they have used CP to deepen 12 Step Spirituality. Finally, I was able to get some language and ways of talking about CP to my fellow 12 Steppers. Sitting in Silence, Bill Lindekugel
Pauline Erera May 30, 2019
The retreat / workshop at the Priory Spirituality Center was a lovely experience. The topic and the presenters were interesting and the locations was magnificent. From my perspective, there was one problem:more than half of the retreat addressed meditation 101, assuming none of us meditates. Only a small part of the retreat focused on the Centering Prayer. I suggest that in the future you be clear about that and that you devote the morning to meditation 101, and invite experienced meditators to join in the afternoon for the Centering Prayer. Thank you! Pauline
Tony May 23, 2019
I appreciated the initial warm welcome of Janice, sharing Mass and morning/evening meditation. I was fortunate to have Total privacy during my stay. My Spiritual direction sessions with Sr. Monica helped framed my visit; I appreciated how she gave me space to draw my own revelations and conclusions. I have special memories with a few nuns I had meals with. I am Grateful I came.
Maria Slizys May 16, 2019
This was my third time at St. Placid for an extended retreat stay. All times I have spent there have been restful, regenerating and wonderful! The Spirituality Center Staff attended to comfort and logistics in the most gracious way. I look forward to my next experience soon!
Gail Shurgot April 17, 2019
St. Placid Priory near Olympia, Washington, is located in a large quiet setting of fir trees and native plants. The monastery houses a community of Benedictine nuns along with its Spirituality Center for retreat guests. The Priory has a beautiful chapel and a good library and dining hall which are also available to the guests. The Spirituality Center has comfortable, private rooms and several areas for meetings or for individual prayer.
Robert Alan Rife April 08, 2019
The best part of a deepening spirituality is just how "normal" it is. We may come expecting divine fireworks. Instead, we get light ocean breezes rustling old trees who have heard it all before. We get the fun and energetic conversations at tables and the promise of more of the same. In the words of Iraeneus, "the glory of God is a human being fully alive." St. Placid helps me become just that! Many thanks, as always...Robert Rife
Michele McCall April 05, 2019
This was my first extended Centering Prayer Retreat. I truly went without any agenda, just wanting to sit in God’s presence silently as much as possible. The time felt deep, peaceful, and I know God met me there. The weather was amazing and allowed time for silent reflection outside. Even eating in silence with other people was a pleasant experience! I undoubtedly will attend another-like retreat sometime in the future if at all possible.
Suzanne Johnson February 03, 2019
The quiet, the kindly conversations, the fresh food, the natural beauty, the generous and hearty laughter, the gracious fun, and the meaningful fellowship, each add to the sense of a need to return again, soon. The veil is thin in this place, the distance between heaven and earth seems nearly transparent. The lived expression of fidelity to Christ's Way of Love seems evident in interactions between visitors and those who invite them. Gracious reminders of His Life, His Love, and His Resurrection radiate in the people of this place.
Hillary B. Kimsey December 01, 2018
I very much enjoyed my private retreat at St. Placid's Priory. I went for one night, arriving around noon the first day and leaving around 8am the next morning. The sisters and the staff received me with hospitality and explained everything I might need to know about services, meals, and available resources. I very much look forward to going again.
Laura Tenisci November 27, 2018
For this personal retreat, I combined a weekend of quiet time at the Priory Spirituality Center with a day workshop on Soul Collage by Pamela Bradburn. Though there was already a retreat happening at the Spirituality Center, but a room was available. It was perfect, AND quiet. The retreat group were also very kind and welcoming to a stranger in their midst. There was a hostess on site for the weekend to help with questions and needs. I attended Mass at the Priory that evening and then joined the Sisters for dinner. Bonus! At the end of the evening prayer service, Camille the postulant became Camille the novice! There is a profound sense of peace, warm hospitality and caring at St. Placid's. The bookstore and area near the front desk are full of treasures waiting to be discovered. I didn't get a chance to walk the woods this time as I forgot my sneakers, but they (nature, woods, and trails) too are a welcome invitation to deepen the spiritual journey. Check out their website for program offerings. Benedictine spirituality rocks!
Mary Helmer Grant November 15, 2018
I spent 4 days with my sister at St. Placid Priory. We met there to share some time together in a beautiful, spiritual place. We walked the trails through the surrounding woods, ate dinner with the nuns and attended a few of their services. The nuns were warm and embracing, and very open minded, truly interested in talking with us and sharing stories. However, if you choose not to partake in any of the dining or service activities, that is an option also. The rooms were small, but comfortable with the bathroom down the hall. They provided all the basic necessities. I would highly recommend a visit to the priory if you are looking for a peaceful, safe, friendly place to be.
Kat Duck November 11, 2018
This retreat was excellent in several ways. First, participants were able to employ the stages of lectio divina in a new and very meaningful way; second, the short films were beautifully done; and last, the experience of sharing with others was enlightening and helpful. The retreat leader was knowledgable and talented both as a film maker and as a lectio divina guide.
Terry Murray November 07, 2018
Thanks so much for holding the container for time in personal reflection, prayer and connection with other clergy. It's a blessing to me.
Robert Alan Rife October 10, 2018
My most recent incursion into the peaceable, but lively existence of the dear folks at St. Placid Priory was, as ever, transformative. I haven't a great deal to say here since I wrote more extensively about a previous experience on my blog (https://innerwoven.me/2017/10/10/st-placid-silent-notes-from-a-noisy-journal/). I say simply this. I am uncertain how the Desert Mothers and Fathers might react to the reality of my weight gain at a spiritual retreat center, but I think they'd offer me leash when I tell them it came at the cost of deeper, less visible interior growth! I love this place. I think it's coming to love me too. Come for the food. Stay for the peace! Robert
Melody Adams-Forsstrom October 10, 2018
Nice area. Accommodations sufficient. Location access hard for Friday traffic.
Rebecca DeShaw October 07, 2018
We held our Fall retreat at The Priory for Daughters of the King. The folks are helpful and the grounds and other facilities are lovely. There was a minor issue of what a volunteer knew regarding my Canine Companions for Independence puppy being present and the acceptance by the people I talked to when making the arrangements. My time would have been calmer if they had been in sync.
Darcy Cline September 04, 2018
I attended the Iconography Workshop at St. Placid Priory with Fr. Damien from the Monks of Mt. Tabor Monastery in August 2018. This workshop was wonderful. It provided me with an opportunity to reflect and meditate on the process of painting holy icons for worship. I left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and excited about my faith and a future in the Catholic experience. This positive experience in art and religion is not for everyone. It is about the process of our faith and creating art that is given over to a higher power. I am already looking forward to next year's workshop. 5 stars for this experinece!
carol gabbert September 04, 2018
St. Placid Priory is far and above, one of the most welcoming places I have ever visited. The Sisters, the volunteers, and the staff responded to my every question, concern and need, both in preparing for my visit and during my stay, with an attitude of gracious hospitality. This was my first experience with Icon writing and I cannot recommend Fr. Damien Higgens more highly! Wonderful, wonderful week, I look forward to returning!
Judy Delong-Rittman August 17, 2018
I love everything about The Priory. The sisters and staff are so welcoming. The absolute only thing I'd change is this cheesy guru.com platform. All of the 'canned' emails I've received since you started the on line registration process detract from what I know you really are. It is so not you. Is there any other vendor you could use? You are all about being personable and the emails though computer generated with my name are clearly not written by anything but a template pre programmed....except of course when I go directly to your website and leave a personal email....then I get a lovely, warm response.
Angela Ensminger August 14, 2018
I have been coming here for years and once again, it was a relaxing and restorative time for me. The rooms are just enough to keep my mind and heart focused without being distracting. They supply towels and all bedding. There are private walking trails with plenty of benches and nooks to spend private time in prayer and comtemplation. You can attend prayer and Mass with the sisters or use the chapel on your own. Breakfast foods are available in the retreat center and lunch and dinner are supplied in the main building. There is a basic selection of food but it is all wonderful. You won't go hungry. Lots of books and art supplies are available if you need those.
Jennifer Garrison Brownell July 17, 2018
This retreat was so inspiring and God was so present. Beautiful hospitality, delicious food, comfortable bed, and lovely setting. I was especially grateful for permission to rest!
Sidney Barthell June 30, 2018
My weekend at St Placid Priory was so restful! It was my first visit to the Priory and I enjoyed the people and the woods. Mass on Sunday was a special treat.