November 30 - December 2, 2018
Theme: PREPARE THE WAY. The Advent stories are
full of listening – Zechariah and Mary listening to
Gabriel, Elizabeth to Mary’s astonishing greeting,
Mary to Elizabeth’s inspired proclamation, Joseph to
an angel in a dream, neighbors to the news of the
birth and naming of John, shepherds to a whole
heavenly host out in the fields. In every story there is
a message from on High which invites and prepares
the hearers to be full participants in the Good News
announced. In Advent we, too, are invited to listen, to
be available for encounters with the Holy that prepare
a way for us to become today’s hearers and full
participants in the Good News. This retreat will offer
deep rest in the Word, in the natural world, in story
and in quiet as ways to foster such availability.
Leader: Karen Johnson is a seasoned retreat leader
who has been a part of the Dayspring community
since 1994. She is an Episcopal priest whose primary
work is spiritual direction.
Weekend retreats run Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The silence begins Friday night after dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief meditations with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends late-morning Sunday with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.
The cost for weekend retreats is $220. To reserve a space, please send a $110 deposit with an application you can print from the application page, or pay on line by going to the application page and clicking on payment options.
Dinner on Friday at 7 pm is the first official gathering. You are welcome to arrive and settle in between 3:30 and 6:30 pm on Friday. The retreat will end by 2 pm on Sunday. It is important that you come on a weekend when you can stay for the whole retreat.