Programs/Retreats

The House of Prayer offers retreats throughout the year, focused on our primary ministry of contemplative prayer and spiritual transformation. Facilitators include invited guests such as Cynthia Bourgeault, Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam., and Martin Laird, OSA, as well as director Ward Bauman. Join us for Advent, yoga, one of our wisdom schools or another of our programs.

 

Cynthia Bourgeault at the 2012 Holy Week Retreat

Cynthia Bourgeault at the 2012 Holy Week Retreat

From a program attendee:
The magnificence of God’s spirit continues to humble me. I have been led to a tremendous amount of peace and joy, and all just for the asking. God’s grace is so good and also resides in this holy place. Avail yourself of it and trust in the Lord to guide you and keep you all the days of your life.

To register and send a check, please contact us at houseprayer@csbsju.edu.

To register and pay online for any of our programs, click here.
Note: Our secure payment page now allows you to pay by credit card or EFT.

A $100 deposit is required for all registrations. You can charge the deposit during registration or send a check to the Episcopal House of Prayer, PO Box 5888, Collegeville, MN 56321. When mailing a check to register, please send the name of the retreat, your name, mailing address information and e-mail address.

If you are interested in learning more about ongoing formation in contemplative prayer with the Membership of the Contemplative Body, click here.

Wednesday Night Contemplative Christian Prayer

All are welcome to join us on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 for contemplative prayer. Free and open to the public, we sit together in the Oratory. The prayer begins with a simple chant, and we observe two 20-minute periods of silent prayer with a contemplative walk in between, concluding with a simple chant. If you are coming for the first time, we recommend you arrive ten minutes early so we can welcome you and introduce you to the practice and space.

 

Note: All programs begin with dinner at 6 p.m. on the first day and end with lunch on the final day. Plan to arrive between 3-6 p.m. and leave on the final day, which is primarily a travel day. Ask about staying an extra night or more for individual retreat time attached to one of our programs. More general information about our retreats, including travel information, is available here.

2014 Retreats

 

Monday, August 11 – Saturday, August 16

August Wisdom School: The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three– FULL

Led by Cynthia Bourgeault

$720

NOTE: This retreat is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Susan at houseprayer@csbsju.edu. Also see Cynthia’s Advent retreat, which has openings, listed below.

In her 2012 book, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity, Cynthia Bourgeault asks us to take a radically new look at the Trinity, moving far beyond the traditional formula of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” that Christians mostly recite on autopilot. Embedded within this ancient symbol, she claims, is a powerful metaphysical principle—The Law of Three— that could change our understanding of Christianity and give us the tools so long and so sorely needed to reunite our shattered cosmology, rekindle our visionary imagination, and cooperate consciously with the manifestation of Jesus’ “Kingdom of Heaven” here on earth.

This advanced Wisdom School will be an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practical applications of The Holy Trinity understood as a dynamic mandala of the Law of Three. Morning teaching on theological, historical and mystical aspects of the topic will be complemented by afternoon sessions focusing on practical skill building, applying the Law of Three as a pathway of creative change.

 

 

Thursday, September 4 — Sunday, September 7

Sacred Food for Soulful Living

Led by Ward Bauman

$395

Nature has gifted us with an amazing abundance and variety of foods, spices and herbs. How we use them has evolved across the world’s many cultures to a deeply meaningful art. This retreat will focus upon the pleasures and opportunities of seasonal vegetarian cooking drawing on the abundance of locally produced foodstuffs. Participants will explore foods along the arc from market to cutting board to table. Among the topics to be covered include how to create lively menus, make optimal choices at the market, and strengthen technical skills. Ward Bauman, author of Sacred Food for Soulful Living, and guest teachers will lead us in this playful and spiritual exploration.

To register with a deposit or pay in full, click here.

 

 

Tuesday, September 23 — Sunday, September 28

Benedictine Experience

Led by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey and Ward Bauman

Presented by the Friends of St. Benedict

For many people who would never consider themselves monastic, a Benedictine Experience cultivates and nourishes that monastic dimension within them. This carefully planned week is a unique attempt to bring together in community men and women, lay and clerical, to study and experience the balanced way of life envisaged in the Rule of Benedict. Giving attention to body, mind and spirit, participants come together in community and take part in ordered days of prayer, study, work and leisure.

Registration for this event is through the Friends of St. Benedict in Washington, DC. They have just announced a new executive director and a broader outreach. Visit their site for more information.

 

 

Friday, October 24—Sunday, October 26

Yoga: A Spiritual Practice

Led by Carole Baker and Ward Bauman

$330

Led by Carole Baker, This meditation intensive will offer the beginning techniques of yoga combined with Christian contemplative practice. The combination is offered to help the practitioner experience spiritual practice as it occurs through one’s body, developing ways to respond and open to new channels of spiritual energies. The retreat is complimented by the healthy, vegetarian food for which the House of Prayer is known. This introduction to yoga and contemplative practice will require the participants to be in generally good health. Appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students of yoga.

To register with a deposit or pay in full, click here.

 

Thursday, November 13- Sunday, November 16

Prayer in the Cave of the Heart

This retreat is nearly full, so we’re taking down online registration. To register, please contact Susan at houseprayer@csbsju.edu.

Led by Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam.

$395

In this retreat, Cyprian explores Christian meditation from its own historical perspective but also through the lens of Universal Wisdom, what we can learn from the practices and wisdom of other traditions. The conference materials are drawn from his book Prayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to Contemplation, echoing Bede Griffith’s belief that the call to contemplation is neither an Eastern or Western experience but the prayer of all people. Cyprian Consiglio, prior of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California, draws on his experience as a Camaldolese monk to invite readers into prayer that makes them “present to the Spirit who is already present to us.” The retreat is a good entry to the work of the House of Prayer and also appropriate for experienced practitioners of Christian contemplative prayer.

To register with a deposit or pay in full, click here.

 

(6 p.m.) Tuesday, December 9 – (9 a.m.) Monday, December 15

The Ground Luminosity Retreat

This retreat is full. Please e-mail Susan at houseprayer@csbsju.edu to be put on the waiting list. We do anticipate a few spots opening up as the date gets closer.

Led by Cynthia Bourgeault

$780

During the octave of December 10-17, an extraordinary collection of mystical luminaries left this earth, transitioning to the next realm. The list includes Thomas Merton (Dec 10), J.G. Bennett and Bede Griffiths (Dec 13), and Rumi on December 17th. Additionally, the date of the celebrated feast in the film Babette’s Feast is December 15. All told, this seems to constitute a cosmic “thin place” at the heart of Advent. In this immersion retreat, we will contemplate the light in the darkness as we prepare for the primary feast of the incarnation, the indwelling of God in our brother Jesus, and the ongoing presence of Emmanuel, God with Us. Note: this retreat ends with a feast on the evening of Sunday, December 14 (though we will have prayer Monday morning). Monday the 15th is primarily a travel day.

To register with a deposit or pay in full, click here.

 

About Our Presenters

Carole Baker is a practitioner and licensed teacher of Iyengar yoga. She has served on the board of directors of the Episcopal House of Prayer and the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Minnesota. Carole serves as a trustee on the board for the Trust for the Meditation Process. She has been a student of yoga for 35 years and couldn’t imagine life without it.

Lynn Bauman, PhD, is a retreat director, teacher, and seminar leader. He is executive director of the Praxis Retreat and Learning Center, an ecumenical retreat facility which offers opportunities for prayer and study in the rural countryside of Northeast Texas. Lynn is an author and partner in a publishing house for the creation and production of materials and texts for spiritual formation, spiritual direction and contemplative living. He has taught at universities and seminaries on comparative religion, ascetical theology, spirituality and hermeneutics. With Ward Bauman and Cynthia Bourgeault, he is the author of The Luminous Gospels, translations of the Gospels of Thomas, Philip and Mary Magdalene.

Rev. Ward Bauman became the director of the House of Prayer in 2002. Prior to this he served as a parish priest in the San Francisco bay area of California. During that time he developed an organization for interfaith dialogue as well as a spiritual life center for prayer and renewal. His history took him to the Middle East where he lived, worked and traveled, living in Iran for four and a half years. Returning to the U.S., he spent seven years in California’s Napa Valley helping to run a retreat center. All of these things have brought him to this present work where he brings together his passion for working with people in pursuit of a more profound spiritual life. He is the author of Sacred Food for Soulful Living, a cookbook of recipes from the House of Prayer kitchen, and translator with Lynn Bauman and Cynthia Bourgeault of The Luminous Gospels.

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault is a spiritual teacher, writer, and seminar leader, in addition to her life calling as an Episcopal priest. She also serves as the principal teacher and advisor to the Contemplative Society, an ecumenical not-for-profit association that encourages a deepening of contemplative prayer based in the Christian tradition. She has worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating as a teacher of Centering Prayer, Fr. Bruno Barnhart, and other Christian contemplative masters, as well as in Sufism and the Christian inner traditions. Bourgeault is the author of countless articles and many spiritual books, including The Wisdom Jesus, Changing Psalms, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, and The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.

Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam., is a musician, composer, author, teacher and currently the prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Benedictine Camaldolese monastery in Big Sur, California. After his initial formation years, he spent ten years living in a hermitage near Santa Cruz, California. He has released numerous collections of original music and is part of the Collegeville Composers Group. A student of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda, Cyprian has a great love for comparative religion. He has done extensive work in interfaith dialogue and serves on the board of the Bede Griffiths Trust and the US branch of MIDMonastic Inter-religious Dialogue. He is the founder of the Sangha Shantivanam in Santa Cruz.

Fr. Martin Laird, OSA, has lectured and led retreats throughout the US, UK, and the Republic of Ireland. He is the author of Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness, and Contemplation. He is preparing An Ocean of Light: Contemplation and the Ethics of Silence (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). He is professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University, near Philadelphia.