The House of Prayer offers retreats throughout the year, focused on our primary ministry of contemplative prayer and spiritual transformation. We hope you will join us this year for one of our retreats.

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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.

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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.


Wednesday Night Christian Contemplative 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.

Monday Night Embodied Spirit (10 Ways Chi kung)

Join Gary Barret from 5:30-6:30 in the Oratory for a weekly practice of Chi kung as taught in our Embodied Spirit retreat. There is no fee. This is designed to be primarily a silent practice. There is no experience necessary.  For those new to the practice, there will always be some light instruction and teaching available. There is no need to sign up, just show up.  come and explore how we “live and move and have our being.”

For information on contemplative prayer at House of Prayer in the City, click here.


2017 Retreats

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

Spirit & Creativity

Wednesday, September 20 – Sunday, October 1; Offered by Sister Bernie Bostwick

$75 Drop in/day; add $60/overnight

Residential and/or Single Day Drop-In option within a retreat setting:  Each day will begin by cultivating Morning Joys and enter more fully our common sense of vulnerability as a strength to explore what it means for us to understand better as artists, artisans, and lovers of beauty the co-creative process.  come and integrate Morning Walks, Morning Pages and allow the Spirit of Creation to guide you through the day as you learn how to accept That Mystery of Creativity in you and you in That.

Anam Cara Caim (Soul Friend Encirclement) for Vintage Clergy

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8; Offered by Matthew Cobb

Vintage is often a way to refer to something that has aged well in this good life.  Many clergy who are semi-retired or retired report that finding meaningful community after leaving full-time ministry can be difficult when attempting to enjoy the good life.  Of course, retirement can be difficult for anyone to navigate with much of the focus being on grief and then integration.  This retreat will provide both a living experience of intentional community and the possibility of faring forward within the framework of a community of practice and serve that matters. 


Addiction & Recovery Retreat

Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15; Offered by Judy J. and Matthew Cobb

$275 includes lodging, or $195 for commuters  (All meals included)

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”   (Step 11:  Alcoholics Anonymous, P. 59)

Through lectures, discussions, story sharing, and practice, we will unpack the meaning of these words and discover the transformation to which those in recovery are invited.


Holy Wisdom, Mother of God: An Advent Retreat

Thursday, December 7 – Sunday, December 10; Offered by Matthew Wright

$75/Saturday or $395/Full Retreat

Join us for a long weekend of chant, teaching, and contemplative practices to nourish the spiritual heart.  Together we will explore devotion to the Divine Feminine in the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly under the guises of Sophia, or Wisdom, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Attention will be given to insights from mystics Thomas Merton and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who acknowledged Christ at the center of creation and further beyond.

People of all spiritual traditions are welcome, especially the majority who affiliate with None.  One prerequisite is a healthy curiosity toward what quite prayer within a framework of silence and solitude may offer anyone on a journey.


Spirit & Breath Cooperative

Thursday, December 14 – Monday, December 18; Offered by Father K.C. Thomas

$625/Full Retreat  (Includes Sunday overnight)

Residential retreat for discerning the Fruits of the Spirit.  This retreat will introduce a method of accessing spiritual consciousness in the service of emotional healing and spiritual transformation.  It is developed from the explorations of contemplative and religious traditions.  Through accelerated breathing, combined with music and focused body work, participants gain access to levels of emotional and spiritual awareness that are not normally in our consciousness.  For many people there is recognition and integration of elements of themselves that are forgotten or energetically and emotionally blocked.  Others experience insights about the nature of spiritual consciousness, and a renewed understanding of self and God.  Many experience a new strength in their connection to the Divine.  Doing this requires a commitment to a personal journey that includes not simply the spiritual experience itself, but also reflection and integration of that experience into daily life.  The retreat is inspired by Holotrope Breathwork of Stan Grof.

Space is limited, register early.


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About Our Presenters

Gary Barrett has practiced classical chinese T’ai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung for 28 years in central Minnesota. He has taught groups in St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Brainerd, and Alexandria, Minnesota, as well as worked with many private students.  Additionally, he has been a primary presenter and participant at the annual T’ai Chi retreat weekend Way In The Woods at Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in north-central Minnesota for the past 20 years. He brings a deep commitment to the practice of contemplative mind-body work as a way to personal spiritual transformation. Gary is a member of the Contemplative Body and lives with his wife Brenda in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Cobb became the new director of the House of Prayer in February, 2016. He has served since 2008 as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wamego, Kansas, and has served in a variety of capacities, from campus ministry to spiritual care and chaplaincy in hospital and long-term care settings. He holds a doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union at University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Divinity Degree in Social Theory from the Seminary of the Southwest; a Master of Arts in Ignatian Spirituality and certification in Spiritual Direction-Directed Retreats from Creighton University. Matt has recently held a post-doctoral fellowship with St. Xavier University in Mumbai, India and he has had a daily meditation practice for 25 years.

Tom Darnall is Professor Emeritus of Theater at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University. Teaching the Theater Arts in a Liberal Arts context allowed Tom to emphasize the spiritual roots of theater. He recognized that the extensive mindful somatic training required of the actor is a journey into what it means to become fully human. Throughout his career Tom has studied with master teachers of a wide range of somatic practices, including the work of Alexander, Rolf, Feldenkrais, Linklater and others. The integration of mindful movement, breath and sound establishes the premise that the quality of being determines the quality of any action. Tom has been involved with the House of Prayer since its inception and is a founding member of the Contemplative Body.

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.

Rev. Bussho Lahn is a certified spiritual director and an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest. He is a teacher at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, Aslan Institute, and the Episcopal House of Prayer. Bussho is grounded in contemplative spirituality, interfaith experience, addiction recovery, and shadow integration. He is experienced in pilgrimage and retreat facilitation, and public speaking on a variety of spiritual subjects. His special interests include Zen ritual and ceremony, poetry, and interfaith dialogue. He also teaches meditation, mindfulness, and the basics of Zen Buddhist practice and philosophy, and is an experienced retreat and pilgrimage leader. He lives in Eden Prairie with his wonderful wife Karen and their cat, Hobbes.

Diane Millis, PhD, is a teacher of Christian spirituality, spiritual director and author of Conversation–the Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction and Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy. Diane brings twenty-five years teaching experience in the fields of Christian spirituality, communication studies, family studies and human development. Her deep gladness is witnessing hearts awaken through contemplative practices and group spiritual companioning.  Diane served as the founding director of the Companions on Journey initiative at the College of Saint Benedict and now facilitates retreats on the sacred art of conversation in corporate, health care, philanthropic, educational, and ministry settings throughout the country.

Sister Bernie Bostwick, Co-Founder of Green Mountain Monastery in Greensboro, VT.  Keeper-of-the-Flame of Fr. Thomas Berry’s life work as a Geologian, Contemporary Artist, Iconographer, Mother and Grandmother.

Judy J. is a grateful member of AA, OA, and Alanon and a meditation practitioner for 20 years.

Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider interspiritual framework. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and is a teacher for Northeast Wisdom, a non-profit rooted in the contemplative teaching lineage of Cynthia Bourgeault.  Matthew lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.

Father K.C. Thomas has a Masters in Philosophy and Integral Counselling Psychology from Sadhana Institute founded by Fr. Anthony D’mello.  He is a former faculty member of Institute of St. Anselm (U.K.), Sophia Center (Holy Names University), Oakland, and is currently the Director of Bosco Institute of Psychology and Spirituality (Trivandrum, Kerala, India) and a certified facilitator of Holotropoic Breathwork.  He has given workshops in Salesian Pontifical University (Rome) and Tangaza University (Nairobi).