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Contemplative Retreat for Women

“my life is not a solitary thing- it is a bit of the rushing tide- a leaf of the bending tree- a kernel of grain in the golden wheat fields- a whisper of wind about the mountaintop ”

- Winston O. Abbott

The story of the evolving universe is replete with a deep sense of belonging, abundance, extravagant fullness, and the primacy of nature as a manifestation of Ultimate Reality, of God.

Join us for the Contemplative Retreat for Women as we explore these primal (core) elements of life in the natural beauty of Siena Retreat Center through silence, ritual, and individual spiritual direction. Optional activities include yoga, Tai Chi, and facilitated conversation.

Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, July 21, 2018
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 direction, overnight accommodations, and meals.


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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.  Colleen 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.  As a former religious, Colleen relates to both community life and the spirituality of single life.

Lorrita Verhey, SSND, has served as teacher and Family Nurse Practitioner with the poor, with persons with chronic mental illness, 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 with a focus on integrating creation spirituality and holistic daily living.

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.

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Contemplative Retreat for Women

$50.00 deposit required
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