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Food For the Soul 2019-2020

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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). See the regular chapel and meal schedule here »

2019 - Fall

Food For the Soul 2019-2020 Great Women of the New Testament Compassionate Chair Yoga Advent Quiet Day Christmas Retreat New Years Retreat Companions Women at a Crossroads Personal Retreats
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Food for the Soul 2019-2020 retreats - View and/or download the booklet pdf here » or browse individual webpages for retreats, starting from the link to any one of the retreats listed below:

    VIDEO of SPECIAL EVENT 'Further Up and Further In' - Anglicans and Orthodox in Conversation with CS Lewis - with Dr. Edith M. Humphrey & Dr John Bowen held Thursday, January 25, 2018 - click YouTube logo bottom right to view larger screen in new tab/window

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  • Personal Retreats - 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 - see here »
  • Compassionate Chair Yoga twice a month - Led by Barb Rosen, certified Kripalu (Compassionate) Yoga teacher - see here »
  • Quiet Saturday: Great Women of the New Testament - Led by Josephine Lombardi: Saturday, November 16, 2019 - see here »
  • Advent Quiet Day: Seek Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly - Led by the Rev. Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, S.S.J.D.: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - see here »
  • Christmas Retreat - Monday–Thursday, December 23–26, 2019 - see here »
  • New Year’s Retreat - Tuesday–Wednesday, December 31, 2019–January 1, 2020 - see here »


  • For retreats and workshops in 2020, see the Food for the Soul booklet - here »
  • NEW! Silent Directed Retreat - Tuesday–Thursday, May 29-31, 2020 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Days 2020 led by SSJD Sisters- see here »
  • Women at a Crossroads - A residential program for women at a crossroads in careers, study or lifestyle - July 3 – 26, 2020 - see here ».

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 :