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Food For the Soul 2013-2014

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Registration: Food for the Soul

To register for any of the Food for the Soul events

Please fill out a separate form for each person and each event and mail to St. John’s Convent with your deposit. The Guest House only accepts cash or cheques.

  • Registration Form: preview / download here »
  • The registration form can also be requested from the Guest House office:
    St. John’s Convent Guest House
    233 Cummer Avenue
    Toronto, ON M2M 2E8

    416-226-2201, ext. 305 or email foodforthesoul@ssjd.ca ».

You may phone or e-mail to check whether the retreat is full, but to reserve a place, we MUST have your written registration form AND deposit. Balance of payment is due when you check in.

Please check in at the main Convent lobby, NOT the Guest House entrance.

Schedule Times
  • Overnight Retreats (including guided retreats) begin with Evensong at 5:00 pm on the first day.
  • Please plan to arrive by 4:00 pm if at all possible to have time to check into your room and get settled.
  • Retreats end after the noon meal on the last day (approximately 1:30 pm).
  • For retreats ending on Sunday, there is an option to stay for the afternoon and join the Sisters for Evensong and our weekly supper-with-conversation.
  • All retreats have a limited number of participants, usually 25.

Food for the Soul: Opportunities and Fees

Retreats, Workshops, and Quiet Saturdays

Fees (and deposits where applicable) are listed in the individual descriptions above. Cash or cheque only; we cannot accept debit or credit cards. Fees are correct at the time of printing but may be subject to an increase in 2018. Please call to confirm fees. Deposits and fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Guided Retreats

These overnight retreats focus on a particular theme and include four or five talks over the course of two days, with ample time for personal reflection, reading, walking, and prayer.

Participants are invited to join the Sisters for chapel services. Meals are eaten in silence, and the Guest House is a place of silence during the retreat.

The fee and (non-refundable) deposit are listed under the description for each retreat. Commuters are welcome if there is space. The fee is 55% of the overnight fee, and the deposit is the same as listed.

Upcoming guided retreats are included in the full list here »

Quiet Saturdays

These are one-day retreats, beginning with coffee and conversation at 9:30 am and ending by 4 pm. Each focuses on a particular theme, and the retreat leader gives two or three short talks during the day, leaving ample time for participants’ prayer and personal reflection, and the opportunity to join the Sisters for the noon Eucharist.

There is an opportunity for quiet conversation over a bag lunch or, for an additional fee, a hot (silent) dinner in the Refectory with the Sisters. Fees are listed under the description for each Quiet Saturday.

Full payment is required with registration.

See list of upcoming Quiet Saturdays here »

Quiet Garden Days

Enjoy some time for rest, reflection and prayer in the Convent courtyard, labyrinth, gardens and walks, beginning with coffee and conversation at 9:30 am and ending by 4 pm.

A Sister will give a brief introduction with suggestions for how to use your day, you can join the Sisters for the noon Eucharist, and the day ends with a brief gathering for sharing and reflection.

Fees (and deposits where applicable) are listed in the individual descriptions. Full payment is required with registration.

See list of upcoming Quiet Garden Days (2016) here » / 2017 here »

Personal Retreats
Schedule your own retreat or come with a friend. Standard fee is $80 per night, including three meals ($70 for seniors; $70 for full-time students with ID). If you would like to have individual spiritual direction during your retreat, the cost is $35 per session. No Monday arrivals except clergy.

Design your own program & customized sabbatical programs, see here »

Bursary Assistance

No one is turned away from a retreat because of inability to pay. Please let us know if you cannot afford the full cost of a retreat. We can assist with a special bursary fund supported by donations for this purpose.
Special Dietary concerns
We are able to provide for gluten-free and vegetarian diets only. If you have any food allergies, please consult with the Guest House prior to arrival.