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  • Benedictine Sisters

    Benedictine Sisters
    Benedictine Sisters
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 22 - 23, 2020 (2 days)
    The Community of St. Placid welcomes you to experience the Benedictine way of life. Newer members will share their vocational journeys and formation stages to become Benedictines. Community members will share their insights on Benedictine values. Are you called to Benedictine life? Come and see!
  • 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
    We also offer day retreats which generally last from 9:00AM-5:00PM.  You will have a room to stay in and access to the Library, Center kitchen, and walking trails. Lunch is provided at no extra charge. You may wish to stay for dinner for an added fee. We invite you to register now, however we cannot guarantee that space will be available for your desired stay dates.  Someone from our office will…
  • Carlos Herrera

    Carlos Herrera
    Carlos Herrera
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Jan 14 - Mar 10, 2020 (57 days)
    Modern Mystics is a contemplative book group in which we will read and discuss books by both modern and classical mystics. If you enjoy learning from and reading works by mystics such as Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating, Thomas Merton, Ilia Delio, Thic Nhat Hanh, Tielhart de Chardin, Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Caussade, The Cloud of Unknowing, Rumi, Rilke, etc., this might be the…
  • 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
    Private retreats are unguided and flexible to your schedule.  We ask that if you are new to The Spirituality Center that you arrive M-F 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 taken with the…
  • St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Ongoing
    Time away is important for our spiritual selves. When we take the time to deepen our faith and our relationship with God, we become better people and a stronger congregation. A silent retreat is purposeful discipline. Groups that have worked with us have provided a teaching at the introduction of the retreat, released the group to spend time on their own, and ended with a time for sharing…
  • Katherine Rickert

    Katherine Rickert
    Katherine Rickert
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Dec 14, 2019 (1 day)
    We will use silence, reflection and conversation with the Book of Ruth as a lens and guide to encourage faith sharing and deepen our context of a disrupted world. The unexpected branches of the Jesse Tree give courage and hope to those past and present who live with challenges of division and displacement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monika Ellis, OSB

    Monika Ellis, OSB
    Monika Ellis, OSB
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Apr 27 - 28, 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…
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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. Come and see!
  • Angie Wolle

    Angie Wolle
    Angie Wolle
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 15, 2020 (1 day)
    How do we cultivate practices for self-care while adapting to stressful situations and seasons at work? The day will focus on creating strategies and spiritual practices that can sustain us in times of stress and resistance and work for us in whatever season of life we find ourselves in.
  • Betsey Beckman

    Betsey Beckman
    Betsey Beckman
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Jan 18, 2020 (1 day)
    Explore a series of simple dance prayers inspired by the Celtic Saints! These songs and dances were commissioned by Abbey of the Arts to accompany the book by Christine Valters Painter, The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred. All are welcome; simple contemplative dances and practices for every-body! (Book, CD and DVD available for purchase.)
  • 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.
  • Feel the feeling, drop the story. Pema Chodron
  • 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.
  • Roy DeLeon

    Roy DeLeon
    Roy DeLeon
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Feb 8, 2020 (1 day)
    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.” In this workshop, we will body-pray the wonderful Psalm 139 with gentle movements based on my book, Praying with the Body, Bringing the Psalms to Life. We will create a self-portrait to honor and praise our Creator. Drawing paper will be provided.
  • Jodi Kilcup

    Jodi Kilcup
    Jodi Kilcup
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Jan 25, 2020 (1 day)
    What can we learn about contemplative practice from an anonymous 14th century monk? This classic of Christian mysticism offers a simple, teachable process to the ordinary person who longs to experience loving union with God. In this practical workshop, we will explore the monk’s radiant vision for spiritual deepening. Recommended text: The Cloud of Unknowing, translated by William Johnston.
  • 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 required. Materials and resources provided.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
    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.
  • 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)
    Topic TBD. Saturday and Sunday 10am to noon, 2pm to 4pm
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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
    Jan 3 - 5, 2020 (3 days)
    Now that the holiday season has passed, you are invited to celebrate the New Year with the Beloved. Our guides into the depths of our hearts will be Christian mystics like Meister Eckhart, Jan Van Ruusbroec, and Thomas Merton; Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafez; and Krishna and Arjuna from the Hindu holy book, The Bhagavad Gita. Our time together can create deep community and expand your awareness…
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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 read Scripture, contemplate meanings, discuss how words inspire us and discern to what we are called. Time and space will be provided for individual prayer, faith sharing and fellowship.
  • Sister Monika Ellis

    Sister Monika Ellis
    Sister Monika Ellis
    Your guide
    St. Placid Priory and The Priory Spirituality Center – Lacey Washington Lacey Washington
    Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020 (3 days)
    During this time of silence we will meet on Friday for an introduction to the weekend and to get 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 with sharing our art and reflecting on the process and the prayer. No prior experience or training required.…
  • 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.

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