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Contemplative Retreat for Women

Registration for this retreat is closed at this time.

The Wisdom of the Universe moves through time and finds vitality in the many spiritual traditions of our day.  Wisdom awakens us to the world around us and brings a deep ecological consciousness and the knowledge of our relationship with the cosmos.  This retreat will call together wisdom from many of the world’s spiritual resources to renew, enrich, and inspire us to be an awakened people in a world that needs our love and action.

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.

Sunday, July 19, to Saturday, July 25, 2020
The retreat begins on Sunday at 3:30pm and concludes with the noon meal on Saturday.
Cost of $515 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, spiritual guidance appointments, overnight accommodations, and meals.  Massage and reiki are available for a separate fee.


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.

Marianne Kempa, SSND, a School Sister of Notre Dame, is currently serving as a Minister of Pastoral Care at the SSND retirement and Health Care Center.  Marianne is a graduate of Siena Retreat Center’s Spiritual Guidance Training Program and continues to offer spiritual guidance as she welcomes companions to embrace the ‘star within’ and celebrate God’s abundance.  She has a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, as well as degrees in Administration and Education.

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.