Centering Prayer Retreat

with Paul Ilecki

July 26 - 29, 2013

Father Thomas Keating

Come away for a while and allow time for rest and renewal. Stillpoint offers a contemplative environment where you can re-connect with yourself, nature and the Holy. Share several group Centering Prayer periods each day, allowing you to deepen your spiritual practice. Immerse into the simple rhythm of teachings, prayer, silence and nature.

Both instruction and practice in Father Thomas Keating's methods foster contemplative prayer. Grounded in sixteen centuries of Christian tradition, this prayer helps us bring our whole being to God; beyond words, beyond thoughts and images.

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

Paul Ilecki, Ed.D. a former priest and monk at St. Benedict's Monastery, holds a doctorate in adult learning and development. He was assistant dean of the Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. He currently serves on staff of Intensive Centering Prayer retreats for Contemplative Outreach of Colorado, conducts his own meditation retreats and workshops, and teaches reflective journaling using the Intensive Journal® developed by Dr. Ira Progoff for Dialogue House, NYC. Paul is president of Weaving Trust, a non-profit organization offering educational programs and retreats for personal growth and spiritual practice.
He is a musician, holding both bachelors and masters degrees, and performs as an expression of his own contemplative passage. He is a copy writer for health, wellness and motivational publications. His hobbies include weaving and spinning. Paul loves to cook. He lives in Buena Vista, Colorado.

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Attend Centering Prayer… $595 double occupancy, $695 single occupancy

Includes: Round-trip boat transportation from Homer, a tour of the boardwalks and art galleries of Halibut Cove, 3 nights lodging, mindful gourmet meals, facilitator, tuition, kayak instruction, guided kayaking and hiking, sauna, Wi-Fi and
optional spiritual direction, yoga and meditation.
(Gratuities, massage, gift shop, 3% tax, beer and wine not included.)

Receive a special savings when you attend 2events by Paul Ilecki.
Includes lodging and meals between events.

Attend Centering Prayer &
Just Noticing

(9-nights total)
$1,595 double occupancy
$1,795 single occupancy


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