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 Open Mind Open Heart
18-Hour Lenten Retreat

March 8-9, 2019

Join us for 18 hours of shared silence, prayer, reflection and meditation. We’ll share three meals together, including Friday supper, Saturday breakfast and lunch. We’ll be guided by selections from Fr. Thomas Keating’s most famous work on Centering Prayer: Open Mind Open Heart.
Optional guided group experiences in Lectio Divina and Yoga will be available to all.

Beginning with a simple supper on Friday evening and concluding with lunch on Saturday, we'll share about 18 hours of silence, prayer and reflection.

Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cost: $55

Central Presbyterian Church,  Des Moines
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12-Step Centering Prayer Retreat

August 9-11, Fri 5:00pm–Sun 11:00am
Presented by Rev. Paul Witmer

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat
2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland IA

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God . . .”

On this weekend Centering Prayer Retreat, we will explore CP as an integral part of your 12 step recovery program. Some prior knowledge or practice of CP or other silent meditation practice is desirable, but not required. You can learn Centering Prayer and deepen your practice either way. This retreat is 12-step supported and will include at least one (open) 12-step meeting.

To Register Contact:
Margaret Kruse, OSF
Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat
Office: 563-374-1092  Cell: 414-640-1491
Register: 563-336-8414
www.chmiowa.org


 

 

Pray Without Ceasing
8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

September 20-27, 2019

St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

This Post-Intensive Retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Those who wish may attend daily mass at the Priory.

Cost is $650, which includes single occupancy room with private bathroom, and all meals. A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available. Please visit with Chris Frantsvog about prices, scholarships, restrictions you have: (515) 306-1221.

Retreat Directors: Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer

Registrations are limited to 22 attendees

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March 8-9, 2019
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12-Step Centering Prayer Retreat
August 9-11, 2019
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8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat
Sept 20-27, 2019
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St. John of the Cross wrote, ‘The Father spoke one word from all eternity and he spoke it in silence, and it is in silence that we hear it.’  This suggests that silence is God’s first language and that all other languages are poor translations.”  (Intimacy with God, 55)