The Winter Weekend Retreat: Enter the Chaos

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

02:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Portiuncula Center of Prayer

9263 W Saint Francis Rd, Frankfort, IL 60423, USA

Please note: the Winter Retreat is fully booked and registration is now closed. Hope to see you at the Howard Thurman Workshop on June 6 and other future events!

ENTER THE CHAOS: ENGAGE THE DIFFERENCES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE is being offered by Contemplative Outreach Chicago in co-sponsorship with the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue.

If you have ever wondered how you can better participate in our polarized societal and political discourse … if you have ever felt the urgency for a new approach in communicating with friends or family members whose views are different from your own …

then please join us Thursday afternoon through Sunday noon, February 20-23, 2020 at the beautiful Portiuncula Center of Prayer in Frankfurt Illinois.

This is a unique opportunity which combines ...

 - the transformative power of extensive centering prayer practice

 - with the teaching of Ken Wilber’s Integral theory of stages of personal growth and development, as formulated in the Spiral dynamic context and developed by Don Beck, 

 - with new engagement skills for real situations characterized by tension among different stages of consciousness and seemingly opposing value systems.

About the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue

The Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD) of Detroit MI has designed and developed this retreat. The ICCD retreat guides will be: Nancy Sylvester, IHM; Margaret Galiardi, OP; and Vernice Solimar, Ph.D.

Please visit the ICCD website for more details.

About the Portiuncula Center for Prayer

Nestled in a lovely wooded 55-acre campus of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Center provides a peaceful environment for renewing body, mind, and soul. It is a place where you can enter your heart’s center to rest, refresh, and meet again the God who loves you.

The Center is located 45 minutes south of Chicago near the intersection of Route 45 and I-80 and is accessible from Chicago airports by shuttle services: Portiuncula Center for Prayer, 9263 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort, IL 60423. Phone: (815) 464-3880. Fax: (815) 469-4880.

About accommodations

Accommodations will include both single and double rooms, as well as commuter.

The rooms are private with shared bathrooms. The facilities are air-conditioned and handicapped accessible. There is a designated refrigerator for those who bring their own dietary foods.

About the cost

The cost for a single room is $480.

The cost for a double room is $440 per occupant.

The cost for commuter is $380.

Scholarships are available.

Common areas, nine meals, and all materials are included.

There is a $50 cancellation fee. No cancellations after February 7, 2020.


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