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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).


Food for the Soul 2017-2018 Compassionate Chair Yoga Christopher Leadership Course A Day with the King (Elvis) The Spirituality of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Stories Individually Directed Retreat The Psalms as a School of Prayer Mosaic of Colours Introduction to Centering Prayer Deepen your Prayer Life: Retreat
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View and/or download the online version of the Food for the Soul 2017-2018 booklet here »

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

  • Compassionate Chair Yoga - with Barb Rosen, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher - Tuesdays during the Fall of 2017 from September 12 - see here »
  • NEW! Speak with Confidence! Find your voice with the Christopher Leadership Course - Tuesday Evenings 7-10pm: 11 weeks from September 26 - December 5, 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 »
  • The Spirituality of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Stories led by John Bowen, Professor of Evangelism at Wycliffe College from 1997 till 2011 - Saturday, October 14, 2017 - see here »
  • Individually Directed Retreat - Tuesday – Thursday, October 24-26, 2017 - see here »
  • The Psalms as a School of Prayer led by Joseph Clarkson, MTS, retreat leader and former school principal - Friday–Sunday, November 3–5, 2017 - see here »
  • Mosaic of Colours led by Sr. Jessica Kennedy, SSJD, and her assistants - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - see here »
  • Introduction to Centering Prayer led by Elyse Strathy and Johnson Ling, presenters commissioned by Contemplative Outreach - Saturday, November 18, 2017 - see here »
  • Associate Advent Quiet Day led by Sr. Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas, SSJD, Reverend Mother - Saturday, December 9, 2017 - see here »
  • Christmas Retreat: Joseph, the Earthly Father of Jesus led by Sr. Susanne Prue, SSJD - Saturday–Tuesday, December 23–26, 2017 - see here »
  • New Year's Retreat led by Sisters of SSJD - Sunday–Monday, December 31, 2017–January 1, 2018 - see here »


  • The Body and Spirit in Movement: Call to Wholeness led by Alexandra Caverly-Lowery, M.Div, ThM, a spiritual director, movement educator and liturgical dance artist - Saturday, January 27, 2018 - see here »
  • The Gospel of Ruth led by Marion Taylor, Professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College - Friday–Sunday, February 2–4, 2018 - see here »
  • Lenten Quiet Day for Associates, Oblates and Friends Discipleship in Mark: a Lenten path led by Bishop Stephen Andrews, Principal of Wycliffe College - Saturday, February 17, 2018 - see here »
  • Material Prayer: Prayer in Paint and Paper led by Janet Read, a practicing visual artist, musician and sometime poet - Friday, March 2–Sunday, March 4, 2018 - see here »
  • Individually Directed Retreat - Tuesday–Thursday, March 6–8, 2018 - see here »
  • The Real St. Patrick as Told by Himself led by Sr. Constance Joanna, former Rev. Mother, adjunct faculty member of Wycliffe College, and Vocations Coordinator for the Sisterhood - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - see here »
  • Holy Week Retreat: The Passion of Jesus Christ according to Handel’s Messiah led by Sr. Anne Norman, sacristan of SSJD and a professional musician -Wednesday–Sunday - March 28–April 1, 2018 - see here »
  • C.S. Lewis’ Spiritual Journey and Ours: Surprised by God led by Led by John Bowen, Professor of Evangelism at Wycliffe College from 1997 till 2011 - Saturday, April 14, 2018 - see here »
  • Radical Women, Fierce Faith led by Sr. Doreen McGuff, Prioress of SSJD - Friday–Sunday, May 4–6, 2018 - see here »
  • Mosaic of Colours led by Sr. Jessica Kennedy, SSJD, and her assistants - Saturday, May 12, 2018 - see here »
  • Walking the Camino: Stories & Reflections on the Way to Santiago led by the Rev. Dr. Pauline Head, an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Niagara and an Associate of SSJD - Friday, June 1–Sunday, June 3, 2018 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Day - Saturday, June 23, 2018 - see here »

  • Women at a Crossroads For Women Seeking Direction in Their Lives - July 6–29, 2018 - see here »

  • Quiet Garden Days led by Sr. Jessica Kennedy, SSJD, and her assistants - Saturdays, July 14, August 11, September 15, 2018 - see here »

Preview for Fall, 2018

  • Transforming Grief (Max Woolaver) - Friday–Sunday, September 28–30, 2018
  • Individually Directed Retreat - Tuesday–Thursday, October 2–4, 2018
  • A heart’s Journey – A Sacred Journey - (Monica Brown & Hilary Musgrave) Friday–Sunday, October 12–14, 2018
  • Spirituality for Activists (Maylanne Maybee) - Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • A Celtic Well of Wisdom (J. Philip Newell) - Friday–Sunday, November 2–4, 2018
  • A Mosaic of Colours (Sr. Jessica, SSJD) - Saturday, November 1 , 2018
  • Associate Advent Quiet Day (Sr. Susanne, SSJD) - Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Christmas Retreat (Julie Poskitt, Oblate of SSJD) - Sunday–Wednesday, December 23-26, 2018
  • New Year’s Retreat (A Sister of SSJD) - December 31, 2018 - January 1, 2019

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: