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Centering Prayer: Weekend Immersion

Friday, October 08, 2021 - Sunday, October 10, 2021

06:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Canceled - Will be rescheduled as an on-line event series in 2022

Zoom meeting

Canceled - Deepening the

Contemplative Dimension of Life

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach - Chicago and Connecticut

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This retreat is canceled, tickets will be refunded.

We are hoping to reschedule this as a series of on-line winter practice gathering events in early 2022.

Retreat Theme:

This retreat will focus on Centering Prayer and the integration of consent in our lives. There will be communal Centering Prayer sessions each day. We will explore attentiveness to the wholeness of our being and open to the knowledge and presence resident in our bodies. Centering Prayer will open us to a deepening felt sense of presence. We will explore the calling to live into a higher mode of consciousness, one of abundance and liberation. This invocation comes with responsibility to remove the obstacles we have in us which arise from the addictive and reactive structures that restrict our growth. 

We will meet for Centering Prayer sessions and brief presentations with each session. In addition to reflection and prayer, you will be invited to practice attention throughout the weekend. We assume that participants have a regular practice of Centering Prayer.

This retreat is a collaboration between the Contemplative Outreach Chicago and Connecticut Chapters. The retreat venue has changed to a Zoom conference.


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Alan Krema is a presenter of Centering Prayer and Welcoming Prayer for Contemplative Outreach. Alan is a Wisdom student of Cynthia Bourgeault and has completed the Living School program at the Center for Action and Contemplation. He is a long time practitioner of Centering Prayer as well as facilitator of several Centering Prayer groups. Alan currently serves as chapter coordinator for Contemplative Outreach Chicago and is a member of the Shalem Institute program for Group Spiritual Leadership.

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Mike Smoolca is an experienced contemplative group and workshop facilitator and a dedicated teacher and student of contemplation and contemplative practices. He is a Contemplative Outreach presenter and coordinator for the Christian Contemplative Experience at Holy Family, Contemplative Outreach of CT and the Northern CT Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. Mike is a practicing spiritual director and supervisor and BioSpiritual Focusing companion and instructor. 

Chant Leader:

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Frank Pendola is a commissioned presenter for Contemplative Outreach and serves the Contemplative Outreach of CT leadership team. He currently serves as music minister at local parishes in Rhode Island. Frank loves to lend his voice in chant or song as an aid to contemplative practice with friends from various denominations and spiritual traditions.

Registration Information:

Since this retreat will only be offered via Zoom now, there is only one ticket type for this retreat: Virtual Attendee (via Zoom)

Virtual Attendee (via Zoom) -

With the Virtual Attendee a Zoom link will be sent to your email by October 7th @ 6 PM (US Central Time) along with a schedule of retreat meetings and Centering Prayer sessions. When a meeting or CP session starts, click on the Zoom link to be connected to the retreat. Price is $50 per person.

Session Timeframes (all times US Central Time):

  • Friday - 7 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturday - Centering Prayer at 7 AM to close at 8:30 PM with breaks for meals and afternoon rest from 1:30 to 3 PM
  • Sunday - Centering Prayer at 7 AM; teaching and closing ritual from 9 AM to Noon.

Scholarships are available, contact for more information.

For Virtual Attendee, registration will close October 7th @ 6:00 PM (US Central Time).


Please email for any questions.

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