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Centering Prayer Retreat

May 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Fall Fearless Into Love: An ONLINE Centering Prayer

“Lose yourself, Lose yourself in this love. When you lose yourself in this love, you will find everything."    –Rumi

Thursday May 21, 2020 (4:00 p.m. Pacific Time) to Monday May 25, 2020 at Noon.

$325     (Scholarship funds available on request)        

Register at http://www.mercy-center.org/Flyers_2020/0521CPOnline/retreat.html

We are in a time of profound change in our world. We invite you to join us in sacred space that transcends our local spaces. Together we may awaken more fully to the Reality that we abide in God's Love at all times, and beyond all circumstances.

We Will Provide

-Tools and guidance for integrating contemplative practice in your life.
-Teachings on love and surrender.
-Opportunities to experience our bodies and our lives as chalices for Divine Love.

This retreat is for those who have some experience of Centering Prayer.

How will the virtual retreat work? 

The flexible schedule is designed to integrate prayer with your daily life, in your home, and in your circumstances as they are.

Program Features

-Live Online Centering Prayer Sessions – Join via Zoom at scheduled times, or practice on your own at those same scheduled times, or as your life permits.
-Live Online Teaching Sessions – Join us live via Zoom or view recordings at a later time.
-Live Online Small Groups – for experiential processing (not recorded).

We hope that you will choose as much or as little of it as fits in your life, on any given day. Let the rest go. Be met, exactly where you are, trusting that God's love surrounds all of it, all of us, exactly as we are. 

Entering in:

The retreat will start with an introduction Thursday May 21 from 4-5:30 pm Pacific Time.

A Typical Schedule:

  7:00 am               Optional Gentle Yoga

  7:30 am **           Centering Prayer and Moving Meditation

  8:30 am               Simple breakfast at home (mindful eating)

  9:30 am **           Teaching

11:00 am               Retreat integration with your life

  3:00 pm **          Centering Prayer

  3:30 pm **          Afternoon Teaching, Small Groups 

  5:00 pm               Free time e.g. for conscious work, dinner prep, dinner at home

  7:30 pm **          Evening Practice

**Starred items will be live via Zoom.

Sunday 5/24 there will be a break from 8:15am – 3pm, and Monday 5/25 we will end at Noon – Pacific Daylight Time.

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, scientist, and Centering Prayer Coordinator at Mercy Center.  She is dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love. 

Heather Ruce, M.A. is a wisdom spiritual director with a background as a therapist and training in a neurophysiology based approach to trauma resolution. She loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team.  She has a special interest in fostering contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.

Register at mercy-center.org or by phone at 650-340-7474. Please see the flyer below under "additional information."


Your support helps sustain our retreat center.

Call to ask about scholarships.

Registration closes May 19, 2020


May 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am
May 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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