Minneapolis Minnesota

  • Michelle Vandepas

    Michelle Vandepas
    Karen Parker

    Karen Parker
    Michelle Vandepas +1
    Your guides
    Oct 27 - 31, 2019 (5 days)
    Are you a coach, healer, author, practitioner or dreamer who wants to:✅  restore body, mind and spirit?✅   find your mission✅   build your business and open up to an amazing new life?Then we invite you to join us for a three-day deep dive retreat in Minneapolis, Minnesotta.This retreat is all about connecting your purpose, through your brand Personal power and your mission…
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  • S. Joanne Dehmer SSND

    S. Joanne Dehmer SSND
    S. Joanne Dehmer SSND
    Your guide
    Nov 1 - 2, 2019 (2 days) See 1 more date
    We mourn the death of our mothers all the days of our lives.  Whether our mothers died this year or forty years ago, we grieve.  Some of us grieve what we had and some of us grieve what never was in our relationship with our mother.  This retreat offers women an opportunity to explore the significance of mother loss.  Offered by the Loyola Spirituality Center at the Benedictine Center. …
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Nov 2, 2019 (1 day)
    Poets have always been part of the force seeking to advance our better angels as people. In this workshop, we will read a range of poems and poets to explore how they call and challenge us. Participants will try their hand at writing their own poems about social change.
  • Jody Reis Johnson

    Jody Reis Johnson
    Carol Quest

    Carol Quest
    Jody Reis Johnson +1
    Your guides
    Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2019 (3 days)
    Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. This retreat blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community.
  • Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe

    Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
    Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
    Your guide
    Dec 5 - 19, 2019 (15 days)
    Author John Westerhoff argues that the spiritual life is The Foundation for Preaching and Teaching in his book by the same title. The Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe invites clergy to join her for a series of three holy listening sessions in Advent. Participation is limited to five pastors, who will join her in an experience of prayer, sharing, and mutual encouragement. We will use the practice of spiritual…
  • Mary Lapham

    Mary Lapham
    Diane Boruff

    Diane Boruff
    Mary Lapham +1
    Your guides
    Nov 22, 2019 (1 day)
    The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The practice complements Centering Prayer by helping to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self and heal wounds by addressing them where they are stored—in the body. This introduction is most helpful to those who have been using…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Ongoing package (3 days)
    Looking for a chance to spend time with your inner writer? This individualized retreat, guided by an experienced poet, provides space and support to explore ways of enriching your writing practice. Over the course of the 48 hours, you will have the opportunity to meet with writing coach Victor Klimoski to discuss your poems, the practice of writing poems, and ideas for deepening your development…
  • Fr. Michael Joncas

    Fr. Michael Joncas
    Fr. Michael Joncas
    Your guide
    Dec 3, 2019 (1 day)
    The liturgical season of Advent in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite has two distinct foci: the mystery of the coming of Christ at the end of history (Parousia) and the mystery of the coming of Christ in history (Christmas). We will explore how these foci are expressed in the lectionary readings and hymns of the day for the Sundays of Advent as well as Advent texts, ceremonies and customs from…
  • Eily Marlow

    Eily Marlow
    Kiely Todd Roska

    Kiely Todd Roska
    Eily Marlow +1
    Your guides
    Dec 6, 2019 (1 day)
    “New life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb, or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark.” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor Darkness is a place of limited sight and not knowing, and Advent is a time to practice living in the dark in new ways. Darkness can be a place of fear, of shadow, of pain. Darkness can also be a place of germination, of freedom, of new life.…
  • Ongoing package (3 days)
    A Peace Retreat helps you settle in to the calm that greets you at the monastery doors. Day 1 helps you familiarize yourself with the beauty and resources. Day 2 allows you the freedom to linger without travel. Day 3 allows you to ease back into normal life. The Peace Retreat helps you begin to feel at home. Some guests find it helpful to meet with a spiritual director during a Peace Retreat. If…
  • Ongoing package (2 days)
    A Quiet Retreat gives you one night away from responsibilities. The room and three home-cooked meals are prepared with a personal touch. You are welcome but not obligated to join the Sisters for morning (8a), midday (11:30a), or evening (5p) prayer. Take in the art, read, or walk the labyrinth as you choose. The time is yours. Some guests find it helpful to meet with a spiritual director during a…
  • Ongoing
    Often people who are feeling called to integrate the disciplines of silence and spiritual practice into their lives choose a retreat of three nights or more. A Sustaining the Practice Retreat invites a person to set aside a significant window of time (between 3 and 7 nights) for renewal and growth. One can explore the riches of solitude while benefiting from the rhythm of monastic life and the…
  • Ongoing package (2 days)
    A Day of Prayer is a simple way to step into some quiet. Enjoy a private room and whatever degree of solitude you prefer. Some guests join the Sisters for morning (8a), midday (11:30a), or evening (5p) prayer and visit with them at lunch. Others prefer to journal, read, pray and walk the grounds at their leisure. The monastic library, art exhibit, and outdoor labyrinth are all at your disposal,…
  • Barbara Sutton

    Barbara Sutton
    Barbara Sutton
    Your guide
    Jan 10 - 12, 2020 (3 days)
    Benedict guides us with these words of wisdom: “Always we begin again.” This retreat will uncover old habits, periodic negative mindsets, and ego-driven hurts that seem hard-wired within one’s soul. As a way forward, retreatants will let a word and image settle in their heart and accompany them into 2020. We will pray with images of The Saint John’s Bible and make SoulCollage® cards. A…
  • Barbara Sutton

    Barbara Sutton
    Barbara Sutton
    Your guide
    Feb 16 - Aug 23, 2020 (190 days)
    $175 membership (come to as many Sundays as you like and receive a 10% discount off the Jan. 10-12 retreat) $40 drop-in rate SoulCollage® Sunday Circle will provide open space for creating and exploring your SoulCollage cards with facilitator Barbara Sutton. It is a casual afternoon for those new to and experienced with SoulCollage participants to bring their circle wisdom forward each month! …
  • Samuel Rahberg

    Samuel Rahberg
    Kiely Todd Roska

    Kiely Todd Roska
    Samuel Rahberg +1
    Your guides
    Jan 9, 2020 (1 day)
    The outset of a new year calls us to be clear-eyed about our lives. Choosing our yeses for the year means learning to say no to other things (even some good things) when a bigger YES is calling. Otherwise, old patterns and half-hearted commitments prevent us from engaging the purposes, relationships, and joys that give our lives deep meaning.  Join with others who know these pressures and who…
  • Jan 15, 2020 (1 day)
    Sacred art contributes to keeping us mindful of God’s abiding presence. This exhibit features contemporary artists who work in that spirit.* The exhibit is open 9a-6p daily from Jan. 29 thru Mar. 13, 2020. Goals To encourage artists in their gifts to interpret and give form to God’s revelation in human life, nature, and the cosmos. To demonstrate how the arts can expand one’s capacity to…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020 (3 days)
    British playwright, Brian Clark has said that the secret to developing a writing practice is, well, to write.  Simple enough.  But writers talk about the tension between their desire to write and finding time.  This retreat is a dramatic decision to immerse oneself in the lovely, complex , frustrating, and exhilarating practice of writing.  We provide a hospitable space at St. Paul’s…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Feb 24 - Apr 27, 2020 (64 days)
    Writing that comes from one’s encounter with nature carries with it a rich vocabulary that reconnects us to the Earth and her elements.  The more we become fluent in the language of nature, the greater our capacity to rekindle hope for the world, our communities, and ourselves.   In each session, we will read some of the best nature poems and essays, using them to guide our own practice of…
  • Rev. Paul Tillman

    Rev. Paul Tillman
    Rev. Paul Tillman
    Your guide
    Feb 1, 2020 (1 day)
    Join the journey from text to pulpit as we follow the Spirit, through prayer and reflection, deeper into the Word of God and shed light on the challenges of life and the persistence of divine grace. Paul Tillman, an Oblate and pastor, guides this afternoon of “standing vigil” (no you don’t stand the whole time) of prayer, meditation, and conversation about the Sunday Gospel. Then join the…
  • Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe

    Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
    Rev. Kathie Nycklemoe
    Your guide
    Feb 13, 2020 (1 day)
    Temperaments, the general description of who a person is by nature, affect not only our personalities but also the ways we are most drawn into prayer. Utilizing the Myers-Briggs temperament inventory tool, Pastor Kathie Nycklemoe will help participants explore forms of prayer that are likely to resonate with the way individuals are wired to listen for God. A basic understanding of MBTI is helpful…
  • Katy Wehr

    Katy Wehr
    Katy Wehr
    Your guide
    Feb 11, 2020 (1 day)
    Every year during Holy Week, C.S. Lewis read through a moving set of plays by his friend, Dorothy L. Sayers. Now Katy Wehr, PhD, offers you the chance to share the same experience. Katy will introduce the plays and involve participants in reading from Sayers’s “The Man Born to be King” – a radio play cycle on the life of Christ from 1940’s England.  While the plays initially…
  • Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2020 (3 days)
    “When we think ‘prophetic’ we need not always think grandly about public tasks. . . It is the vocation of the prophet to keep alive the ministry of imagination.” ― Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination Being called a prophet may seem beyond the ordinary circumstances of our everyday lives. But what if it’s true? What if something needs to be done to confront the world’s…
  • Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2020 (6 days)
    Christian in its origin and ecumenical in its scope “It wasn’t what I wanted. It wasn’t what I expected. It was exactly what I needed.” John The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery’s School of Lectio Divina adapts the ancient monastic riches of sustained lectio divina to contemporary people. Through an intensive retreat experience set in the rhythm of life at…
  • Feb 27, 2020 (1 day)
    The foundation of welcome is the inherent dignity of the human person, as created in the image and likeness of God. We are called to welcome others with a presence that is more than just polite and that extends beyond our reservations. We are called to the kind of hospitality that is communal, revolutionary, and transforming. But there have always been challenges to such hospitality, like unknown…
  • S. Virginia Matter OSB

    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    Your guide
    Apr 6 - May 11, 2020 (36 days)
    Under the direction of an experienced potter and gentle teacher, learn how making hand-built vessels can be a process of meditation.
  • S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB

    S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB
    S. Kathleen Atkinson OSB
    Your guide
    Feb 28, 2020 (1 day)
    Seven years ago, S. Kathleen Atkinson did something that she had often thought about doing but had never pursued. She picked up the phone, called the chaplain of the North Dakota State Penitentiary and asked if there was anything she could do as a volunteer at the prison. That phone call began a journey that has changed her life and set in motion Ministry on the Margins, a volunteer-based…
  • Victor Klimoski

    Victor Klimoski
    Victor Klimoski
    Your guide
    Mar 21, 2020 (1 day)
    This writing workshop is for those who want to recharge their writing practice, have a place to connect with other writers, and perhaps rediscover the deeper reasons they create art with their words. The daylong experience begins with a period of meditation and offers periods for writing, conversation, and thinking forward.  The model assumes we are all learners and teachers, bringing our gifts…
  • Samuel Rahberg

    Samuel Rahberg
    Diane Millis

    Diane Millis
    Samuel Rahberg +1
    Your guides
    Mar 26, 2020 (1 day)
    When pressures and limitations seem to outweigh our sense of strength and possibility, how do leaders avoid becoming disheartened? By learning how to tell a more life-giving story. Narrative Theory suggests that the ongoing discipline of leadership requires crafting a more genuine story, one that is both rooted in the reality of the moment and expands our sense of mission. During tough times, our…
  • Victoria Fritz

    Victoria Fritz
    Kari Alice Olsen

    Kari Alice Olsen
    Victoria Fritz +1
    Your guides
    Apr 3 - 4, 2020 (2 days)
    In hot butter, onions, carrots, and celery become a fragrant mirepoix. Over hot coals, hearty cuts of raw meat caramelize into delicious steaks. Thrust into a hot oven, balls of dough bake into tall loaves of bread. The act of cooking may seem a daily mundane task, but it can become a window into how God loves us, feeds us, and transforms us. Come experience cooking as a catalyst for diving deeper…
  • Peter Watkins

    Peter Watkins
    Peter Watkins
    Your guide
    Mar 22, 2020 (1 day)
    This retreat is an invitation to holy renewal. Take time to go deeper during this Lenten season—deeper into your heart and deeper into your relationship with God. There will be time to listen to the Spirit through scripture, simple ritual, journaling, and conversation. Retreatants are also invited to join in a communal meal together at the end.
  • S. Virginia Matter OSB

    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    S. Virginia Matter OSB
    Your guide
    Apr 17 - 19, 2020 (3 days)
    After a common orientation, participants spend time in silence as they read, pray, meditate, and rest in the hospitality of the monastery. Guests enjoy a private room, prayer with the monastic community, lunch, and access to the monastic library, art exhibits, and grounds. Questions welcome. $150 includes lodging and meals Fri-Sun $25 for Saturday only, 9a-4p
  • Eily Marlow

    Eily Marlow
    Kiely Todd Roska

    Kiely Todd Roska
    Eily Marlow +1
    Your guides
    Apr 24, 2020 (1 day)
    “God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in robust love.” (Eph. 4:15) We often struggle to have important conversations, not for lack of good intention, but because of imbalance. If we speak bluntly, we can be unnecessarily hurtful. If we speak indirectly, we avoid the heart of the matter. The most healthy and life-giving communication involves both candor and care. Join…
  • Mary Martin

    Mary Martin
    Mary Martin
    Your guide
    Apr 30, 2020 (1 day)
    In addition to being steeped in Scripture and spiritual practices, St. Benedict was an astute student of human nature.  He realized that relying on good intentions would not be enough when he established a “school for the Lord’s service.” Rather, for people to live each day aware of God’s presence and their call to manifest Christ in all things, there was a need for purposeful rhythm so…
  • In the summer rain
    The path
    Has disappeared. Yosa Buson

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