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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 »

2018

Food for the Soul 2018-2019 Quiet Garden Days Compassionate Chair Yoga Listening for the Heartbeat of God A Celtic Well of Wisdom Personal Retreats
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NEW! Food for the Soul 2018-2019 retreats - View and/or download the booklet pdf here » - or browse
individual webpages for each retreat, starting from the link to any one of the retreats listed below:

Summer 2018

  • Women at a Crossroads - For Women Seeking Direction in Their Lives - July 6–29, 2018 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Days led by SSJD Sisters - Saturdays, July 14, August 11, September 15, 2018 - see here »
  • 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 »

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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Fall & Winter 2018

  • Compassionate Chair Yoga - Alternate Tuesdays starting September 11 - Led by Barb Rosen, a certified Kripalu (Compassionate) Yoga Teacher - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Day led by SSJD Sisters - Saturday, September 15, 2018 - see here »
  • Transforming Grief - Led by the Rev. Max Woolaver: Friday–Sunday, September 28–30, 2018 - see here »
  • Silent Directed Retreat Led by a trained spiritual guide: Tuesday–Thursday, October 2–4, 2018 - see here »
  • A Mosaic of Colours - Led by Sr. Jessica Kennedy, SSJD: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - see here » Please note date change
  • A Heart’s Journey – A Sacred Journey - Led by Hilary Musgrave & Monica Brown: Friday–Sunday, October 12–14, 2018 - see here »
  • Spirituality for Activists - Led by the Rev. Maylanne Maybee: Saturday, October 27, 2018 - see here »

  • SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: JOHN PHILIP NEWELL
  • Evening Lecture: Listening for the Heartbeat of God - by J. Philip Newell: Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7 pm, followed by a reception and book signing. There are spaces still available for the lecture - see here »
  • Weekend Retreat: A Celtic Well of Wisdom led by J. Philip Newell: Friday–Sunday, November 2–4, 2018.
    Please note
    : overnight registration & commuter spaces are fully booked. There is a waiting list in the event of cancellations - see here »

  • The Soil of Our Soul - led by the Rev. Samantha Caravan: Please note due to a change in the date of Diocesan Synod, this Quiet Day has been postponed until October 26, 2019. - see here »
  • Advent Quiet Day - Led by Sr. Susanne Prue, SSJD: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - see here »
  • Christmas Retreat - Behold: Images of the Nativity - Led by Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert, SSJD: Sunday–Wednesday, December 23-26, 2018 - see here »
  • New Year’s Retreat - Ring out the Old, Bring in the New - Led by Sisters of SSJD: Monday-Tuesday, December 31, 2018 - January 1, 2019 - see here »

2019 - Winter

  • The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila: Responding to the Summons of the Second Half of Life - Led by Maureen McDonnell, D.Min: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - see here »
  • Praying with Evelyn Underhill - Led by Deborah Smith Douglas: Friday–Sunday, February 8–10, 2019 - see here »
  • Lenten Quiet Day: Life, Death and Resurrection - Led by Bishop Riscylla Shaw: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - see here »
  • Silent Directed Retreat - Led by a trained spiritual guide: Tuesday–Thursday, March 12–14, 2019 - see here »

2019 - Spring & Summer

  • Celtic Knots: Draw Surprising Insights from Playful Doodles - Led by Brian Dench: Saturday and/or Sunday, March 16 and 17, 2019 - see here »
  • In the Footsteps of Jesus - Led by Canon Dr. Richard LeSueur: Wednesday–Sunday, April 17–21, 2019 - see here »
  • What Trees Teach Us about Love - Led by Sr. Mary-Ellen Francoeur: Saturday, May 18, 2019 - see here »
  • Stepping out on the Contemplative Path: A Silent Themed Retreat - Led by Barbara Sheppard, Oblate of SSJD: Friday-Sunday, May 31–June 2, 2019 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Day led by SSJD Sisters - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - see here »
  • Icon Writing Workshop - Taught by Symeon van Donkelaar: Monday–Friday, July 1–5, 2019 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Days led by SSJD Sisters - Saturdays, July 13, August 10, 2019 - see here »
  • Women at a Crossroads - There will be no women at a Crossroads program in the summer of 2019. The next program is scheduled for July 3 – 26, 2020.

2019 - Fall

  • Silent Directed Retreat - Tuesday–Thursday, September 10–12, 2019 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Day led by SSJD Sisters - Saturday, September 14, 2019 - see here »
  • Born to Fly - Led by Margaret Silf: Friday–Sunday, September 20–22, 2019 - see here »
  • Sacred in the City - Led by Margaret Silf: Tuesday–Thursday, September 24–26, 2019 - see here »
  • The Soil of Our Soul: A quiet day based on the parable of the sower- Led by the Rev. Samantha Caravan: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - see here »
  • The Book of Esther - Led by Marion Taylor: Friday–Sunday, November 1–3, 2019 - see here »
  • Silent Directed Retreat - Tuesday–Thursday, November 12–14, 2019 - see here »
  • Quiet Saturday - Led by Josephine Lombardi: Saturday, November 16, 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 »

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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