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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.

To register and send a check, please contact us at Our online payment program is under construction at this time.

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.



2018 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.

One Heart || Body of Christ

Friday, January 5 – Sunday, January 7

$315 includes lodging; $195 for commuters

This annual Epiphany Retreat is for the Membership of the Contemplative Body.  To learn more about membership, please visit

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The following retreats are under construction for registering purposes. Kindly, check back with us in a week as we consolidate our third party payment system to PayPal.


Purposeful Heart || Embodied Spirit: Aware, Balance, Center

Offered by Tom Darnall and Gary Barrett

Thursday, May 10 – Sunday, May 13

$395 includes lodging; $195 for commuters

Imperfect Heart || Befriending Tension & Imperfection: Following the Journey of Henri Nouwen

Offered by Wil Hernandez

Thursday, May 24 – Sunday, May 27

$395 includes lodging; $195 for commuters



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.

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.

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.

Wil Hernandez is the founder of CenterQuest and serves as its president and executive director. Born and raised in the Philippines, he came to the U.S. to complete his master’s (Th.M. in counseling ministry) and doctoral (Ph.D. in practical theology with a concentration in spirituality) degrees. A lay Benedictine oblate, trained counselor, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Wil regularly travels across the U.S. and abroad conducting seminars, workshops, retreats, and classes in the field of spirituality. He is the author of a trilogy of books on Henri Nouwen and is an avid promoter of Nouwen’s spiritual legacy. Besides being an active member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, Wil serves on the editorial panel of Presence, the journal published by Spiritual Directors International. A natural networker and passionate collaborator, he considers accompanying people on their sacred journeys his most rewarding personal investment of all.