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Centering Prayer Retreat
October 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Contemplative Outreach of Central PA presents:
Contemplative Attitudes Through the Practice of Centering Prayer
A Retreat Based on the work of David Frenette
October 11-13, 2019 (Fri. to Sun.)
Presenters: Roberta White and Nancy Cord-Baran
In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer—the silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating’s senior student, friend, and adviser, David Frenette, reveals the profound depths of this practice, facilitating a deepening of intimacy with God.
The retreat will focus on the contemplative attitudes, as reflected upon in David’s book. It will also include silence and Centering Prayer.
Contemplative attitudes, the fruits of contemplative prayer, are revealed in daily life and we will explore how to foster them. Such qualities as simplicity, gentleness, letting go, resting in God, embracing, and finally integrating one’s experience of prayer into one’s daily life, are paired with David’s Guided Meditations.
This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.
Check in is from 3:00 to 5:00 Friday afternoon. There will be an optional video on the method of Centering Prayer (recommended for those new to the practice) at 4:00 PM.
A reception and welcoming at 5:30 begins the retreat, followed by dinner.
Roberta White has been involved with Contemplative Outreach since 2001. She has led retreats throughout the country on Centering Prayer, the Forgiveness Prayer, Lectio Divina, the Welcoming Prayer Practice and Centering Prayer as an 11th-step Practice. She has served on the Formation Team for those preparing to become commissioned Centering Prayer workshop presenters. Roberta formerly served as co-coordinator of the Atlanta Chapter of Contemplative Outreach and is currently a member of the Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta Leadership Team.
Nancy Cord-Baran is a Spiritual Director, Co-Coordinator for the Contemplative Outreach of Central PA and a member of the Formation Team. Nancy has been practicing Centering Prayer since 1998 and has been inspired on numerous retreats with David Frenette. She is a Commissioned Presenter for Centering Prayer, the Forgiveness Prayer and 12-step Outreach.