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  • Jane Valencia

    Jane Valencia
    Jane Valencia
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 22, 2020 (1 day)
    In myth and saints' lives, in medieval Gaelic manuscripts and folk tradition, herbal and other healing practices of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales were often accompanied by prayer and ritual. We'll explore specific remedies and wellness ways, and craft blessings and ceremony to use with them, bringing Celtic healing wisdom into our everyday lives.
  • Monika Ellis, OSB

    Monika Ellis, OSB
    Monika Ellis, OSB
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 24 - 25, 2020 (2 days) See 1 more date
    We are all being told over and over again to do self-care. Do you need help in making some time for yourself? Do you yearn for rest, prayer and nurturing in your busy pastoral schedule? What would your life look like if you gave yourself 3 retreats per year with guided Lectio Divina and a full day of silent prayer, time to journal, time to be—whatever it is that you need?   This retreat is…
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  • Therese Gonneville, OSB

    Therese Gonneville, OSB
    Therese Gonneville, OSB
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 28 - Mar 1, 2020 (3 days)
    What do you seek during this silent Lenten Retreat? Through guided imagery, handouts and reflective times you will be invited to knock on the door of prayer and to be open to some mountain-top experiences. There is an option to add a Spiritual Direction session.
  • There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. Swami Sivananda
  • Jan Alkire

    Jan Alkire
    Jan Alkire
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 29, 2020 (1 day)
    To have the fullness of life that Jesus longs for us to have, we need sacred companions. We need friends to walk with us as part of our relationship with God. This retreat will explore how to find companions and share your spiritual life with them, drawing on wisdom from the presenter Jan Alkire's most recent book Seeking Christ Through Friendship.
  • Suzy Petty

    Suzy Petty
    Suzy Petty
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 3 - May 12, 2020 (71 days)
    Good Grief is a program designed for recent and not-so-recent widows along with wives of husbands on their final journey to give them the space to share, learn, laugh, pray and play together.  Good Grief Founder Suzy Petty will facilitate the weekly sessions, and will also provide a copy of Miriam Neff’s book From One Widow to Another to each participant (cost of the book is included in the…
  • Tricia Burns

    Tricia Burns
    Tricia Burns
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 6 - 8, 2020 (3 days)
    As disciples of Christ, we are encouraged to make connections between the Scriptures and our lived experience of faith. We will explore chapter 4 of John’s Gospel, Woman at the Well. Breaking open the Word in lectio, we will contemplate how words inspire us to discern what we thirst for and how we are called quench our thirst. Time and space will be provided for silence, prayer, faith sharing…
  • Paul W. Jacob (Jake)

    Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
    Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 7, 2020 (1 day)
    This workshop will delve into Joseph Campbell’s pioneering studies and teachings on the mythology of different cultures, religions and spiritual systems.  Our intention will be to move past the conditioned societal thoughts regarding these myths to reflect on their vital and transformational properties which can be used to deepen our daily lives.
  • Sister Monika Ellis

    Sister Monika Ellis
    Sister Monika Ellis
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 13 - 15, 2020 (3 days)
    To start the time of silence, we will meet on Friday for an introduction to the weekend and the first art assignment. We will meet again on Saturday morning and Saturday late afternoon for two more assignments of some type of creative art. We will finish up the silent retreat on Sunday by sharing our art and reflecting on the process and prayer. No prior experience or training is required.…
  • Anatha Attar

    Anatha Attar
    Anatha Attar
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 14, 2020 (1 day)
    Whether a seasoned traveler or planning your very first journey, if you have heard the pilgrim’s call, this class will encourage you with fresh, imaginative and heartfelt practices for enriching your journey. You may be called to greater personal confidence, education, or spiritual rejuvenation; whatever your intention, this class will inspire your vision!
  • Nickie Lynn

    Nickie Lynn
    Nickie Lynn
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 21, 2020 (1 day)
    We will explore how a prostitute—Rahab, a scheming manipulator—Jezebel, and an adulterous Woman at the Well each have something to offer us as unlikely Spiritual Directors. With personal reflection and journaling, we will examine how we might use their examples of Faith, Courage, Obedience, Wisdom and Humility to grow our spiritual lives.
  • Bob Delastrada & Charlotte Thompson

    Bob Delastrada & Charlotte Thompson
    Bob Delastrada & Charlotte Thompson
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 27 - 29, 2020 (3 days)
    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. We ask that participants have at least 6 months experience with…
  • Eastsound Washington Eastsound Washington
    Mar 27 - 29, 2020 (3 days)
    • experiences
      2 Yoga Sessions, 2 Meditation Sessions, 4 Integration Sessions
    • group
      14 People per group
    • meals
      3 Meals provided each day. Vegan, organic, gluten-free, dairy-free options available
    • accommodation
      Private, shared rooms available
  • Cathy Raymond

    Cathy Raymond
    Cathy Raymond
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Mar 28, 2020 (1 day)
    Spend a day exploring your heart and soul. We’ll use simple art forms to encourage your heart and soul to speak and then engage in group spiritual direction to tell your story. Come! Be curious. Come! Try something new. Come and experience the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life.
  • Suzy Petty

    Suzy Petty
    Suzy Petty
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Apr 2 - 8, 2020 (7 days) See 1 more date
    The Priory Spirituality Center is excited to expand its offerings in iconography by hosting a Prosopon Iconography Workshop Retreat for both beginning and intermediate students. Students will be invited to paint a simple icon in the Russian-Byzantine tradition following step-by-step technical instructions. Each of the six days of this intensive icon workshop will begin with a prayer experience and…
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  • Therese Gonneville, OSB

    Therese Gonneville, OSB
    Therese Gonneville, OSB
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Apr 9 - 12, 2020 (4 days)
    Come and spend time in quiet with Jesus as he invites you as disciples into the Paschal Journey from suffering to Resurrection. During this silent retreat you will experience guided meditation , receive handouts to prepare your heart, and receive the blessings of this Triduum. Spiritual Direction is available upon request. There is an option to add a Spiritual Direction session.
  • Pamela Hunter

    Pamela Hunter
    Pamela Hunter
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Apr 18, 2020 (1 day)
    Here is an opportunity to make every aspect of your practice of journaling be something that comes from your life. In this one day workshop, you'll make the book that will become your journal. You'll be guided step by step from the creation of the hard-bound covers to the sewing together of the book.
  • Sister Monika Ellis

    Sister Monika Ellis
    Sister Monika Ellis
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Apr 25, 2020 (1 day)
    We will spend the day making art in a variety of media, reflecting on the process, and becoming aware of our connection to God Creator. No prior experience or training is required. Materials and resources will be provided.
  • Janice Ariza

    Janice Ariza
    Janice Ariza
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    May 1 - 2, 2020 (2 days)
    Kick off the Images of Peace Art Show with us at our Friday night Gala! Then, with the help of a couple featured artists, we will delve into prayerful exploration of the different art pieces using Visio Divina. We hope this retreat will help you experience Images of Peace more fully.
  • Younge Drodul Ling – Seattle Washington Seattle Washington
    May 2 - 3, 2020 (2 days)
    Join us for a weekend of teachings and meditation instruction. Rinpoche will be exploring key elements of the path from the perspective of the causal and resultant vehicles, including topics on compassion, guru yoga, Buddhist tantra and Dzogchen. Rinpoche will be presenting these teachings from the point of view of one's practice based on his own extensive contemplation and experience. This is a…
  • Darcie Richardson

    Darcie Richardson
    Darcie Richardson
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    May 9, 2020 (1 day)
    This workshop is specifically designed to work with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors and assist in expanding personal awareness of self, living with brain injury, and creating a relationship with the process of recovery. Through an exploration of the face in the mirror, participants will experience new avenues of self discovery.
  • Paul W. Jacob (Jake)

    Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
    Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    May 9, 2020 (1 day)
    This workshop will utilize the Gospels, writings from various Christian mystics, and passages from the Hindu holy book the Bhagavad Gita to increase our understanding of how, according to these cherished spiritual wellsprings, kenosis and love can form the way of union between God and the soul.
  • Jerry DeVore

    Jerry DeVore
    Jerry DeVore
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    May 16, 2020 (1 day)
    Exploring the idea of the Urban Mystic, exemplified in the work of Ignatius Loyola, we will work with spiritual exercises understood as a psychology of optimal functioning. We'll experience reflective practices of the Examen, clarifying practices of Discernment and the deepening practices of imaginative participation.
  • Lauren and Angelo Neroni

    Lauren and Angelo Neroni
    Lauren and Angelo Neroni
    Your guide
    Toledo Washington Toledo Washington
    Jun 25 - 28, 2020 (4 days)
    • experiences
      4 Yoga Sessions, 4 Meditation Sessions
    • transport
      Airport pick-up included, Airport drop-off included
    • group
      14 People per group
    • meals
      3 Meals provided each day. Vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, includes-meat, gluten-free, dairy-free options available
    • accommodation
      Private, shared, camping rooms available
  • Lucy Wynkoop, OSB; Renata and Walter Siegl

    Lucy Wynkoop, OSB; Renata and Walter…
    Lucy Wynkoop, OSB; Renata and Walter Siegl
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Jul 18, 2020 (1 day)
    God is the artist of our souls; this retreat will stimulate our creative souls. We will focus on our Potter God using clay materials. After meeting at the Priory Spirituality Center, we will drive together to the Siegl’s clay studio in Shelton where Walter and Renata will aid us with our creations. The pieces will be glazed by the Siegl’s, and will be available for pick at the Priory…
  • Paul W. Jacob (Jake)

    Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
    Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Jul 24 - 26, 2020 (3 days)
    This retreat will introduce seekers to the foundational concepts and tenets of the mystical traditions of several world religions including Christianity, Hinduism (Vedanta), Islam (Sufism) and Taoism.  We will utilize passages from various holy books as well as wisdom from revered mystics and celebrated poets of these faith traditions to inform our study.
  • Fr. Damian Higgins

    Fr. Damian Higgins
    Fr. Damian Higgins
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Aug 23 - 27, 2020 (5 days)
    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.
  • Tina Templeman

    Tina Templeman
    Tina Templeman
    Your guide
    Drishti Journeys – Seattle Washington Seattle Washington
    Sep 20 - 26, 2020 (7 days)
    Find what illuminates you in moments of peace and relaxation Join Tina Templeman and Drishti Journeys on an experience of a lifetime exploring Iceland, one of the best destinations to observe the Northern Lights. September is the beginning of the peak season to observe the Northern Lights and your yoga practice is one of the best practices to learn how to observe your own inner light and…
  • Stephanie Prima

    Stephanie Prima
    Stephanie Prima
    Your guide
    Friday Harbor Washington Friday Harbor Washington
    Ongoing package (3 days)
    Savour a peaceful, nourishing, personal retreat on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington State in this highly supportive program to embrace healthy lifestyle habits that stick. Hi there! I'm Stephanie Prima. I work with people who are beginning to feel the pain of aging and are afraid of that slippery slope. I help them age with less pain and the energy of a much younger person - their…
  • Stephanie Prima

    Stephanie Prima
    Stephanie Prima
    Your guide
    Friday Harbor Washington Friday Harbor Washington
    Ongoing package (3 days)
    Savor a fun, nourishing weekend on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington State in this informative program to embrace healthy cooking and eating habits. In today's busy world, mealtimes can often be more of a hassle or burden than a time of enjoyment.Maybe you find yourself spending money on take-out more than you want because you're always pressed for time. Or maybe you get home and stand in…
  • Friday Harbor Washington Friday Harbor Washington
    Ongoing package (4 days)
    Savour a relaxing, nourishing, personal retreat on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington State and learn how to be healthy for the rest of your life.This very special experience gives you the opportunity to remove all distractions and focus solely on learning the step-by-step process to aging vibrantly. In this total immersion program, you learn to embrace healthy lifestyle habits that stick.In…
  • St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Ongoing
    Spiritual Direction in the Christian tradition might be defined as “the practice of listening with another in a prayerful relationship in order to more clearly hear and experience the movement of God in one’s life.” It is a way of extending that "sustaining, welcoming environment" within a one-on-one relationship. It is a dynamic process where one can listen to self in order to reflect on…
  • St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Ongoing
    Our conference rooms are available to 501(c)(3) non-profit groups such as government, school, and church groups. We are available for daytime group use Monday through Saturday. Our monastic grounds are quiet, peaceful and green with trees and other plants. Since January 2007, our monastic grounds have been smoke-free; you’ll enjoy breathing our fresh air. We compost food and brown paper, and…
  • St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Ongoing
    Private retreats are unguided and flexible to accommodate your schedule.  We ask that if you are new to The Spirituality Center, you arrive Monday-Friday before 4:00pm to receive a tour.  Tours may be available on Saturday and Sunday during limited hours. Retreatants are offered the option of praying the Liturgy of the Hours with the Community. Meals, which are included in your room fee, may be…

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