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Contemplation and Joy: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends

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The School of the Spirit

Siena Retreat Center, Racine, Wisconsin
April 5 – 8, 2018

During this retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing soli­tude in community. There will be individual silent time for prayer, reflection, rest, walks, and contemplative interaction with scripture and other spiritual resources.

View of Lake Michigan near the Siena Center.

Meals will be taken in silence, and an evening spent in “active silence,” where we will gather comfortably to read, journal, do hand-work or artwork, or engage in some similar quiet activity.

Sinking down into the silence, we may want to give voice occasionally to what is encountered there. Thus there will also be opportunities for speaking out of the silence in groups, as well as an invitation to meet one-on-one with a retreat leader. In our sharing, our souls touch and we find ourselves gathered in blessed community.

Retreat Leaders

Roger Hansen and April Allison completed the mentoring program of the School of the Spirit and are now offering their fifth retreat in Wisconsin. Roger (Milwaukee, Northern Yearly Meeting) has also helped to lead retreats in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania, and has formed spiritual nurture groups in several monthly meetings. April (Red Cedar, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting) is contemplative by na­ture and justice seeking by conviction. She is a SotS board member and a spiritual director.

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