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Guided Retreats, Quiet Days & Workshops at St. John's Convent

All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).


Individually Directed Retreat The Spirituality of Islam A Day of Celebration and Reflection with St. John Open House A Day with the King (Elvis) Food for the Soul 2014-2015 Deepen your Prayer Life: Retreat
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VIEW and/or download the online version of the Food for the Soul booklet here »

BROWSE the individual webpages for each retreat, starting from the link to any one of the retreats listed below:

  • Individually Directed Retreat Tuesday–Thursday, April 25–27, 2017 - see here »
  • The Spirituality of Islam - led by Professor Liyakat Takim - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - see here »
  • A Day of Celebration and Reflection with St. John led by Sr. Doreen, SSJD, Prioress of the Sisterhood - Saturday, May 6, 2017 - see here »
  • A World of Wonder: Falling in Love with Creation Again in an Era of Climate Crisis led by the Rev. Dr. Stephen Drakeford - Friday–Sunday, May 26–28, 2017 - see here »

    • YOU ARE INVITED! A CELEBRATION OF MARY in Word and Song: Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 7 pm - Feast of the Visitation - You are invited! see here »

  • Individually Directed Retreat Friday–Sunday, June 2–4, 2017 - see here »

    • YOU ARE INVITED! OPEN HOUSE - Come! Bring someone interested in learning more about the monastic life, and about how the Sisters of St. John the Divine are reaching out to young people. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - see here »

  • Quiet Garden Day June 24, 2017 - see here »
  • Women at a Crossroads For Women Seeking Direction in Their Lives - June 30–July 23, 2017 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Days July 22, August 12, 2017 - see here »
  • A Day with the King (Elvis) for the Kingdom of God led by Sr. Doreen and the Rev. Matthew Martin, a talented Elvis impersonator - Saturday, September 30, 2017 - see here »

Preview for Fall 2017

  • UPDATE: The Spirituality of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Stories led by John Bowen - Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Retreat on the Psalms led by Joseph Clarkson Friday–Sunday, November 3–5, 2017
  • Introduction to Centering Prayer led by Elyse Strathy and Johnson Ling - Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Associate Advent Quiet Day led by Sr. Elizabeth - Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • UPDATE: Christmas Retreat led by Sr. Susanne Prue - Saturday–Tuesday, December 23–26, 2017
  • New Year's Retreat led by A Sister of SSJD - Sunday–Monday, December 31, 2017–January 1, 2018

Personal retreats or times for your church or fellowship group

  • The Sisters welcome guests for rest, refreshment, retreat, and participation in the Community's prayer and liturgy. Spend as much time as you like in a private retreat or simply enjoying some peace and quiet, fellowship, and the liturgies of the community. These are self-directed, but individual spiritual direction can also be arranged. Personal sabbatical time can be considered. Also group retreats, quiet days, and workshops scheduled to suit your church or fellowship group. Bring your own leader or ask for a Sister (if one is available) to lead.
  • See details on the personal retreats page here »


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Those who are seeking “something more” in their spiritual life and believe they can be nurtured in their spiritual journey through being connected with the life and ministry of a monastic community may be interested in visiting these SSJD webpages: