Maintaining Our Spiritual Equilibrium by Sharing Our Wisdom

About This Event

In these times of rapid change and shifting cultural norms, what can we rely on to hold us steady? We’ll share our struggles and successes as well as draw upon the wisdom of poets, artists, and spiritual leaders to discover practices that help us restore our balance and keep faithful to our priorities.

Throughout the workshop, we’ll learn

from one another as we explore various options for how to remain spiritually grounded and attuned to the values we hold most dear. You’ll be invited to engage in written and experiential exercises both in and out of class times and then return to participate in lively discussions of what opened you to the holy all around you.


1. What makes something a spiritual practice? (Sept. 210, 2019)

We’ll examine various spiritual practices and see what they ask of us and what they offer to us. Then we’ll expand beyond our usual options to consider how to bring the spirit into more of what we do everyday.


2. Making room for spirit literally and figuratively. (Sept. 24, 2019)

We’ll explore what kinds of environ-ments encourage our spirits to emerge, express themselves, and rejoice? Will also identify where are spirits tend to retreat and become invisible. We’ll also look at how our spirits can be expressed through our creative pursuits and acts of service?

3. Meeting spiritual challenges and remaining true to our values.

(Oct. 8, 2019)

When difficulties such as loss, illness, and drastic change in all that was once familiar deplete our spiritual resilience, how do we seek renewal and find wholeness again? Where do we go to heal and what can we learn from others who have faced similar challenges?

4. Committing to What Sustains Our Spirits. (Oct. 22, 2019)

Having discussed our explorations and our discoveries over the past two months, we will share our wisdom as to what we’ve learned one last time. As a way of grounding our intentions as we move forward, we’ll write statements declaring what we seek and the spiritual practices we’ll commit to following in our quest.


Although there are no specifically assigned readings outside of meeting times, participants may find the following books illustrative or beneficial:

The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be

by Mark Nepo

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

by Mary Oliver

Match: Bringing Heart and Will into Alignment 90 Days of Practice

by Gunilla Norris

Simple Ways Towards the Sacred

by Gunilla Norris

Being Home: Discovering the Spiritual in the Everyday

by Gullia Norris

The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief

by Jan Richardson

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 Highlights

The 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.


We 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
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free


Breakfasts 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.


Traveling 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)

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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