“A Thrill of Hope”: A Contemplative Advent Retreat with Claire Rusowicz

Friday, December 2 - Sunday, December 4, 2022

Single occupancy $450, all rooms have ensuite baths and price includes 
all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast 

“We think we have to make Christmas come … all God needs
 is a willing womb, a place of safety, 
nourishment and love…”
--Loretta Ross-Gotta 

This weekend of silence and contemplative practice is an opportunity to quiet yourself in body, mind and spirit, and move deeply into your emerging Advent hopes for Emmanuel, “God with us.” 

There will be scheduled periods for communal contemplative practice, including Centering Prayer (or a silent prayer practice that you prefer), lectio divina, visio divina, engagement with nature (weather permitting) and evening prayer.  The remaining time is unstructured for private reflection; optional materials and focus questions for personal consideration will also be available.  Silence will be maintained after our opening evening gathering through prayer Sunday morning, including at all meals after Friday dinner. 

You are invited to bring a seasonal ornament, image, book or any other companioning resource that will be part of your Advent weeks; we’ll keep them at the center of our gatherings to bless as well as offer as inspiration to one another. If you are not familiar with Centering Prayer and would like to know more, there will be information available Friday evening.

Claire Rusowicz is a certified spiritual and retreat director and a spiritual director supervisor. She co-facilitates weekly online Centering Prayer groups.