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A Contemplative Lounge: Exploring Centering Prayer as Meditation Practice

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9 am - 12:30 pm

This morning gathering is open to all who wish to learn this spiritual discipline - newcomers to the practice as well as to those who have some background in Centering Prayer but want to strengthen their knowledge base. A special invitation is extended to seasoned practitioners experienced in Centering Prayer but want to revive and update their understanding of it. You have a lot to offer those just learning! The longer we practice Centering Prayer, the more we know the truth of staying in “beginner’s mind.” Like the human condition itself, Centering Prayer has its joys and frustrations. We’ll discuss its gifts as well as the areas where one may get stuck.

Facilitator: Kathy Reardon, Spiritual Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center and commissioned teacher of Centering Prayer.

Cost: A $15 donation is suggested.

Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Avenue in Clive

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 18-Hour Lenten Retreat

March 8-9, 2019

Beginning with a simple supper on Friday evening and concluding with lunch on Saturday, we'll share about 18 hours of silence, prayer and reflection. In addition to ample Centering Prayer time shared together, other spiritual disciplines will be offered for prayer, inner work and worship.

Contact: Paul Witmer, 515.240.1653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cost: $55

Central Presbyterian Church,  Des Moines
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12-Step Centering Prayer Retreat

August 9-11, Fri 5:00pm–Sun 11:00am
Presented by Rev. Paul Witmer

Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat
2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland IA

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God . . .”

On this weekend Centering Prayer Retreat, we will explore CP as an integral part of your 12 step recovery program. Some prior knowledge or practice of CP or other silent meditation practice is desirable, but not required. You can learn Centering Prayer and deepen your practice either way. This retreat is 12-step supported and will include at least one (open) 12-step meeting.

To Register Contact:
Margaret Kruse, OSF
Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat
Office: 563-374-1092  Cell: 414-640-1491
Register: 563-336-8414



Pray Without Ceasing
8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

September 20-27, 2019

St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska

This Post-Intensive Retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Those who wish may attend daily mass at the Priory.

Cost is $650, which includes single occupancy room with private bathroom, and all meals. A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available. Please visit with Chris Frantsvog about prices, scholarships, restrictions you have: (515) 306-1221.

Retreat Directors: Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer

Registrations are limited to 22 attendees

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A Contemplative Lounge: Exploring Centering Prayer as Meditation Practice
Feb. 23, 2019
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18-Hour Lenten Retreat
March 8-9, 2019
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8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat
Sept 20-27, 2019
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