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Program Policies & Information (Opens in a new window)
A Journey in the Daring Way
Sunday, August 26 - Wednesday, August 29
Women Writers Workshop
Thursday, September 13 - Sunday, September 16
Mysticism & Mindfulness in the Work of Hildegard of Bingen
Friday, September 21, 10 am - 3 pm
Advanced Centering Prayer: Deepening the Silence
Sunday – Sunday, November 25 – December 2
A Short Advent Retreat
Friday, December 7, 10 am - 3 pm
A sacred space to explore living with courage and vulnerability and the things that get in our way. Facilitated by the Rev. Cyndi Banks and the Rev. Karla Woggon, Certified Daring Way Facilitators.
We live in anxious times amidst a multitude of internal and external voices that define what success looks like in our lives. It is easy to lose our bearings and find ourselves struggling with all the voices telling us that we fall short. The Daring WayTM process helps us peel back the layers and understand what happens to us and goes on to point a way forward where we can engage our lives with our whole heart.
We will wrap this experience in prayer, ritual, and community, rooted in an inclusive Christian spirituality, as we find our way forward together. Due to the nature of the work we will do, this event is alcohol-free. We also ask that participants be present for the entire event—we are unable to accommodate late arrival and early departure. Commuters are welcome, but we ask that you be present for all sessions and meals.
$304 Full Program (per Weekend)
$169 Commuter Rate (includes all meals)
$58 Day Student or $116 for Friday & Saturday
Some people dream and talk of writing, while others just do it. Writing is often a lonely pursuit, but it is the most satisfying expression of our thoughts and feelings. You may find that it's much easier to write in the company of like-minded people and with the guidance of a professional who loves to encourage others in the craft of writing. Join this group of women writers to capture memories, define thoughts, express emotions, bring order out of chaos.
New writers are most welcome.
A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerina Whitley has worked as a church journalist on the diocesan and national levels, taught at universities, and is the author of six books.
Full Program rate covers all lodging, meals, and program costs. Commuter rate includes meals and program costs. Deepen and hone your craft, get to know some wonderful women, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Valle Crucis for a long weekend. What could be better?
Advanced Centering Prayer Retreat: Deepening the Silence
Sunday – Sunday, November 26 – December 3
Becky Hannah, Joan Ricci Thome, & the Rev. Bob Cook
$533 Full Program
Housing in the Inn
This retreat is for those who would like a more prolonged experience of centering prayer and who are interested in entering into the more profound levels of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community.
Centering prayer is a silent form of prayer that directs a person's attention toward God, with ancient roots in the mystical and monastic tradition. The retreat will help participants develop and sustain a regular centering prayer practice. In addition to several centering prayer periods offered daily, you will also have opportunities for contemplative worship, individual meetings with retreat leaders, walks and hiking, labyrinth walks, and time for solitude and reflection.
Retreat leaders are Becky Hannah, co-coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Western NC, and Joan Ricci Thome, presenter of contemplative prayer retreats at the Oratory and St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC. The Rev. Robert Cook, Vicar of Christ Church, Walnut Grove, NC is spiritual director for the week. Joan and Becky have both been trained to facilitate centering prayer by Contemplative Outreach, the organization founded by Father Thomas Keating as a spiritual network committed to living the contemplative dimension of the gospel in everyday life.
Due to the length of this retreat, each participant should have an established practice of centering prayer for at least a year. This retreat is limited to the first 20 registrants. Participants must stay on campus and plan to attend the entire retreat.
If you have questions about the contents or itinerary for the retreat, please feel free to contact Becky Hannah at (828) 702-3518.