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2017 & 2018 Retreats & Workshops


Red Leaf
Welcoming Prayer Retreat
October 6-8, 2017

Presenter: Sr. Rita Panciera, RSM

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God's presence and action in the events and situations in daily life. It provides a method of being aware of our physical and emotional reactions and a method of dealing with them prayerfully in the midst of daily life.

The Welcoming Prayer helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored - in the body. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Contemplative Prayer.

The time together will be both retreat and workshop, with opportunity for silence and Centering Prayer in community. Also, participants will be introduced to the actual method of the Welcoming Prayer and provided with opportunities to practice. Discussions will include the human condition and the false-self system as the conceptual background of the Welcoming Prayer practice. There will be time for focusing, working with what is happening in our bodies and practicing the prayer. Brochures available.

Sr. Rita Panciera, RSM is a Sister of Mercy and Director of the House of Prayer in Erie, PA. She has been an experienced practitioner of Centering Prayer for many years and has facilitated many Centering Prayer retreats and programs, both at Bethany Retreat Center and elsewhere.

SPACE is LIMITED
Offering: $185 per person
Deposit: $50 nonrefundable deposit due by September 20th
Make Checks payable to: COCPa
Save $15 - Bring your own single sheets & towels

 


11th step retreat
October 13-15, 2017
 
Presenters: Nancy Cord-Baran & Michael Gidlewski

This retreat is for people in 12-Step Recovery programs to introduce or expand and deepen the experience of Contemplative Prayer as part of a daily 12-Step Practice.

Centering Prayer is a simple method of prayer rooted in ancient Christian practice that opens us to God's presence and divine healing. It is simply moving deep within ourselves, in silence, saying nothing, asking for nothing, just being and allowing our Higher Power to be with us.

The retreat will offer an environment of solitude and silence in community with time for reflection, fellowship, and a 12-Step Meeting. For those new to Contemplative Prayer, the retreat is an Introductory Workshop on Contemplative Prayer in the context of 12-Step recovery.

For those with an established Centering Prayer practice, there will be the option of reviewing any part of the Introductory Workshop or participating in a Track Two if there is enough interest. (Please let us know when you register.)

Retreat staff have been active in 12-Step programs for many years. They have completed the Formation for Contemplative Service process of Contemplative Outreach as well as the Formation Training for Presenting and Leading Retreats for Contemplative Prayer and the 12-Steps. Brochures available.

SPACE is LIMITED
Offering: $185 per person
Deposit: $50 nonrefundable deposit due by October 3rd
Make Checks payable to: COCPa - Save $15 - Bring your own single sheets & towels


4-Day Intensive
Contemplative Prayer Retreat

October 26-29, 2017 (Thurs. to Sun.)

This retreat gives Centering Prayer practitioners an opportunity to deepen their practice and relationship with God by joining with other in a silence community the experience of immersion in Contemplative Prayer apart from ordinary life. This retreat will include several periods of prayer, and daily Mass. There will only be one video conference and the rest of the retreat will be in deep silence and solitude.

Requirements: Established daily practice of Centering Prayer.

Arrival: 5pm and Dinner at 6pm
Departure: 11am Sunday
Offering: $200 per person
Deposit: $75
~ Save $15 bring your own single sheets & towels ~

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Personal Days of Renewal
November 6-10, 2017 (Mon. to Fri.)

You are invited to take a day or days of personal retreat to focus on your "self care". How am I taking care of myself spiritually, physically, and emotionally? Bethany Retreat Center is offering days of renewal for those who want to come for a day, overnight, or a few days to join the Sisters for prayer and daily Mass, walk the grounds, opportunity for reconciliation, and home-cooked meals.

Offering: $80 per night (includes meals)
Deposit: $25 (nonrefundable)

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Centering Prayer Advent Weekend Retreat
December 1-3, 2017

Theme: Advent & Christmas Series
Bridges to Contemplative Living with writings from Fr. Thomas Merton


Take some time during this Holy Season of Advent and begin your Advent journey with us! The retreat will be on the Advent and Christmas Series of Bridged to Contemplative Living with writings from Fr. Thomas Merton.

The weekend will include conferences, prayer, personal time, meals, and Mass in an environment of silence. This retreat is designed for those with an established daily practice of centering prayer who wish to deepen the transforming love of God in the midst of silence and solitude.

Requirements: Established daily practice of Centering Prayer.

Arrival: 5pm and Dinner at 6pm
Departure: 11am Sunday
Offering: $190 per person
Includes: overnights, meals, & retreat handouts
Deposit: $75
~ Save $15 bring your own single sheets & towels ~

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Holy Week Triduum Retreat
March 29 - April 1, 2018

Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, participants can share in the Holy Week Liturgies and silent atmosphere of Bethany. Participants not registered for the full retreat may attend any of the services.

Holy Thursday
5:30pm - Seder Meal~Please make reservation
7:00pm - Liturgy & Adoration
9:00pm - Tenebrae

Good Friday
10am - Outdoor Stations of the Cross
2:00pm - Celebration of Our Lord's Passion
7:30pm - Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday
10pm - Easter Vigil

Arrival: 4pm and Seder at 5:30
Departure: 11am Sunday
Offering: $100 for full retreat/per person
Deposit: $25

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8-Day Intensive ContempLative Prayer Retreat
Heartfulness Transformation in Christ

2018 Dates to be announced

Facilitators: Sr. Rita Panciera, Sr. Ruth Ann Madera, & Fr. Philip Billotte

Bethany Retreat Center is providing an in-depth retreat for those with experience with Centering Prayer who wish to enter into a more profound level of spiritual practice. Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ: condenses the accumulated wisdom of Fr. Thomas Keating's many years of teaching and practice into nine essential areas for study, reflection and spiritual growth for our time. Fr. Thomas talks about the importance of silence and contemplative practice as a means of opening the mind and heart and one's whole being to God, or the Ultimate Reality.

Requirements:

Contemplative Outreach, under whose auspices these retreats are given, require that those who participate in the Intensive Retreat be regular practitioners of Centering Prayer.

Arrival: 5pm & Supper at 6pm
Departure: 11am, Sunday

Offering: $400 for Semi-Private Room
$450 for Private Room
$500 for Private Room w/Bath
Deposit: $150
Limited Scholarships Available
Save $20 - Bring your own single sheets & towels


8 Day POST Intensive Contemplative Prayer Retreat
2018 Dates to be announced

Facilitators: Sr. Rita Panciera, Sr. Ruth Ann Madera & Fr. Philip Billotte

This Post-Intensive Retreat provides an extended opportunity for Centering Prayer in deep solitude and silence with other participants.

Requirements:
Contemplative Outreach, under whose auspices these retreats are given, require that those who participate in the Post-Intensive Retreat:
1) Be regular practitioners of Centering Prayer
2) Have made an Intensive Retreat prior to making the Post-Intensive Retreat

(Massage Therapist available - not included in the cost.)

Arrival: 5pm & Supper at 6pm ~ Departure: 11am, Sunday
Offering: $400 for Semi-Private Room,
$450 for Private Room
$500 for Private Room w/Bath
Deposit: $150 nonrefundable
Save $20 - Bring your own single sheets & towels
Limited Scholarships Available


 
 

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