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Contemplative Retreat for Women

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Many people today are conscious of living at a time of a great quantum shift, an evolving mysticism, interconnection—even “entanglement”—an emergence into wholeness. 

Grounded in the emerging cosmology that integrates science and spirituality, the Contemplative Retreat for Women is a week of inner exploration through one-on-one spiritual guidance, ritual and reflection, embodied prayer such as yoga and modified T’ai Chi, and time for silent reflection. This is a silent retreat.

Sunday, July 21, to Saturday, July 27, 2019
The retreat begins on Sunday at 3:30pm and concludes with the noon meal on Saturday.
Cost of $495 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, spiritual guidance appointments, overnight accommodations, and meals.


Rev. Barbara Cathey has a background in social work and spiritual guidance.  She holds a Doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Seminary and is the Pastor of Edgewater Presbyterian Church in Chicago.

Jennifer Grant has a master’s degree in Spirituality from Loyola University with a specialization in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.  Jennifer is a wife, mother, spiritual director, retreat leader, and reiki master.  She believes deeply in the sacred bond between healing and nature.

Gail Ross, MSEd, is a mental health therapist and retreat leader.  Formerly one of the leaders of the Spiritual Guidance Training Program, Gail has completed coursework for a master of divinity degree at Loyola University in Chicago.  She has taught meditation and worked with groups and individuals in the process of grief and forgiveness.

Colleen Terry completed Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program and ministers as a spiritual companion.  She believes the Spirit permeates the entire cosmos, as we share our stories, desires, disappointments, challenges, and hopes.  Colleen has 49 years of elementary teaching and administration experience.  As a former religious, she relates to both community and single life.

Lorrita Verhey, SSND, has served as teacher and Family Nurse Practitioner with the poor, with persons with chronic mental illness and immigrants and managed an outpatient clinic in Ghana, Africa.  While teaching in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois, she completed the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at Siena and an internship at Claret Center in Chicago.  She offers retreat days that integrate creation spirituality and holistic daily living.

Linda Wieser, OSF, a Franciscan sister, is a holistic body therapist, spiritual guide, and Certified Personal Life Coach, who focuses on the whole person, integrating the healing of body, mind, spirit, and emotions.  She holds a master’s degree from Creighton University and has done extensive study in body therapy and spiritual direction.

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Contemplative Retreat for Women

$50.00 deposit required
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