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Contemplative Retreat for Women

“Isolation is a blind alley…. Nothing on the planet grows except by convergence.”

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

This is a week of inner exploration through one-on-one spiritual direction, prayer and ritual, optional T’ai Chi and yoga, and time for silent reflection.

Inspiration for this year’s theme, “community and convergence,” is drawn from the emerging universe story and thinkers such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who once said, “Isolation is a blind alley…. Nothing on the planet grows except by convergence.” 

How do you experience the interconnected essence that holds us all together?  How are the insights of community, convergence, goodness, and growth expressed in your life?  Join us for a contemplative retreat that invites a renaissance within.

Sunday, July 30, to Saturday, August 5, 2017
The retreat begins on Sunday at 3:30pm and concludes with the noon meal on Saturday.
Massage and healing therapies available.


Jennifer Grant has a master’s degree in Education and 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 on the team of directors for the Spiritual Guidance Training Program at Siena Retreat Center, Gail has completed course work 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 grieving and forgiveness.

Colleen Terry graduated from Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program and continues to offer guidance to spiritual companions.  She believes the Spirit permeates the entire cosmos, Earth, and our personal journeys as we share our stories, desires, disappointments, challenges, and hopes.  She has a master’s degree in Elementary Education and 49 years of elementary teaching and administration experience. Colleen remains grateful for 20 years of Sinsinawa Dominican formation.    As a former religious, Colleen relates to both community life and the spirituality of single life.

Linda Wieser, OSF, a Franciscan sister, is a holistic body therapist, spiritual director, 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.

Lorrita Verhey, SSND, has served as teacher and Family Nurse Practitioner with the poor, immigrants, and persons with chronic mental illness; and has 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 where she currently offers spiritual guidance.  She has offered retreat days in with a particular interest in the integration of creation spirituality in holistic daily living.

Cost of $485 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, spiritual direction, overnight accommodations, and meals.

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July 30 to Aug. 5

$50.00 deposit required
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