2017-2018 Day Retreats

Annual Thomas Merton Day Retreat

Glenn Mitchell gathers everyone together this June for a day apart with the works of Thomas Merton. We have been gathering annually for 15 years in the beautiful setting of Still Waters to explore the continuing contribution of Merton. Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk, writer, poet, contemplative, was one of the most influential Christian voices of the 20th century. The day will hold reflections on a theme, time for retreat along the banks of the lovely Conodoguinet Creek, and time to share with other seekers.
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where:  Still Waters Retreat Center
501 W. Slate Hill Road, Carlisle, PA 17013
Cost:   $75- $95 (as you are able) 
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*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided. Space is limited to 18, so register early.

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The Contemplative Art of
Watching Butterflies

Teresa Knipper, Spiritual Director, master gardener, and intuitive art teacher will offer this day long program about the contemplative art of watching butterflies.  The program will include instruction on the best plants to use to attract butterflies to your home garden, tips on viewing and photographing butterflies, and suggestions on field guides and garden information. Ample time will be provided to settle inward and discover the significance of butterflies in your own personal journey through private prayer time journaling and art experience. The day will also include walks to view butterflies in the Mercer Educational Gardens. Please dress for the outdoors with sturdy shoes, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen if you use, and bring water and lunch.
Date: Saturday, June 9,  2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where:   Mercer Educational Gardens  
431A Federal City Road
Pennington, NJ 08534       
Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able)     
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Still and Still Moving

How can you practice “stillness in motion” in tattered threads of your life’s web? Kent Grof will help participants learn ways to open to surprise—with silent times, film clips, music, writing, gestures, and reading. Examples: pause with another to convert your insight into a question?; invite “silent applause” in groups; use “examen” in the shower to discern a centering word/image—then expect still points on the go; enter your “portable monastery” at the computer. As you weave life’s web with “still spaces,” experience interactive contemplative moments while moving still. 
*T.S. Eliot phrase .
Date: Friday, June 15,  2018
Time:  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
WhereChrist Presbyterian Church
 421 Deerfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011   Cost: $60- $85 (as you are able) 
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​*Please bring a bag lunch, drinks will be provided.

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Join Michael Allwein, Barbara Hutchinson, and Marjorie Ellen Rupert on any of the 4 hikes offered per year. Celebrate the changing of seasons during this 5-7 mile hike in southeast PA or northern MD. Hiking participants will be guided into times of reflection, sharing, solitude, and community.

Location: Pine Grove Furnace
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $25-$50.  (as you are able)
Register online or call 717-737-8222
to attend any or all of the remaining opportunities this year:

* Thursday, June 21, 2018​  

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"The Oasis Program has offered me a safe and sacred space in which to deepen my inner listening. I have gained valuable resources for opening to God's presence." -Jonathan Shenk (Participant SDSG, 2015-2017)

"I have been soaked in the Spirit, steeped in the study of contemplative practice and spiritualities and filled up with Love at this Oasis!"- Maria Cirillo-Lein (Graduate SDSG, 2015)