"I AM That I AM"

The Invitation at the Center of Contemplative Prayer

A silent, contemplative retreat with Claire Rusowicz and Anne Simpkinson

May 5 – 8, 2024

Single - $535 | Double - $460
(Includes an ensuite bathroom and all meals from Sunday dinner through Wednesday breakfast.)


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About this Offering

“From within the mystical tradition, we are being challenged to be contemplatives willing to be stretched beyond ourselves toward a new epiphany of the Holy, incomprehensible Mystery.”
- Constance Fitzgerald, OCD

Contemplative prayer draws us to the center of our being where Silence and Presence open us to God's dynamic, spacious, ever-evolving reality — the God Who is, not the God we expect. In this silent retreat, through periods of Centering Prayer; contemplative practices; simple body exercises; contemplative conversation; and quiet time for reflection, reading, and walking the grounds, we will heed the call to meet the God of unsettling mystery and grace, sometimes unfamiliar and unpredictable, sometimes wonderfully surprising and bountiful.

This silent retreat, intended for those with a centering prayer or other contemplative prayer practice, will draw on the writings of Thomas Keating, Ilia Delio, Teilhard de Chardin, Meister Eckhart, and others. It will offer the opportunity to explore your experiences with the Sacred and reflect on how and whether your image and relationship with the divine have changed over the years. Where is God calling to you? How are you responding?

About the Presenters

Anne Simpkinson has been practicing Centering Prayer (CP) since 1996. She is a certified Introductory CP retreat leader and, while living in New York City, served as a CP facilitator at St. Bartholomew's and St. Ignatius Loyola churches and co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach for three years. She currently facilitates contemplative prayer and writing retreats in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Claire Rusowicz is a spiritual and retreat director and spiritual director supervisor, with more than 25 years’ experience working with groups and individuals. Based in Connecticut and Massachusetts, she currently works in private practice and serves as a guest retreat director at centers in both states. Claire is also a member of the College of Directors at Fairfield University’s Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Connecticut.

Together, they co-facilitate contemplative three-and four-day retreats in New England.