October 4 - October 6, 2019
Theme: SACRED MOVEMENT: EVERY STEP
BECOMES A PRAYER. Sacred movement integrates
mind, body, and spirit, takes us down into the silence
within, and opens us to the wholeness of our souls.
During this silent retreat, we will gather together in
sacred circle dance, an ancient form of body prayer.
It is movement grounded in intention with steps so
easy to follow there can be “no mistakes, only
variations.” We will move in community to the music
of Taize chants, including Teresa of Avila’s “Bookmark
Prayer” of trust and patience: “Let nothing disturb
you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing…
God alone suffices.”
Leaders: Suzi Kindervatter is member of a Sacred
Circle Dance group and the Coordinator of the
Labyrinth Ministry at St Columba’s Episcopal Church
in DC. In recent years Suzi has discovered the power
of "contemplative movement" for deepening her
openness to God. She has led retreats and workshops
in the Metro area for the past ten years. Evi Beck,
Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at the
University of Maryland, has been dancing all her life,
but when she found Sacred Circle Dance she knew
she had come home. She facilitates three circles in
the DC area. Sacred Circle Dance is central to her
An Open Retreat.
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 $225. To reserve a space, please send a $100 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.