Retreats and Workshops

Stillpoint Contemplative Retreat Days

The Stillpoint Contemplative Retreat Day is silent and includes eight sitting sessions with chanting, contemplative walking and teachings. Dress comfortably and bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided. You'll have a chance to enjoy a quiet walk outdoors on woodland trails that wind through monastery property to Lake Erie.

Seasons of the Spirit

Life IS – Change HAPPENS!
Erie Benedictine Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski began the Spirit of the Seasons (SOS) retreats 32 years ago as Saturday Reflection Days based on the natural seasons of Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring connected with the four Paths of Creation Spirituality (Via Positiva, Via Negativa, Via Creativa and Via Transformativa). Soon afterwards SOS became weekend experiences with 100 weekends offered at the monastery over the years. For the past several years Spirit of the Seasons transitioned into Seasons of the Spirit with particular themes for each weekend. In 2016 SOS programs return to the original format of Saturday Reflection Days.

SOS is an interactive opportunity and provides:
• Presentations
• Prayer and Ritual
• Personal Solitude and Reflection
• Shared Wisdom
• Creative Activity

Listening Point
Hermitages at Mount St. Benedict Monastery

In the spirit of Benedictine hospitality, three hermitages located in the woods about a five minute walk from Mount St. Benedict Monastery are available for guests. They provide an opportunity for silence, solitude, prayer and contemplation.

Each hermitage is self-contained, heated and equipped with a kitchen; guests may bring their own food or eat at the monastery. Linens are provided. Early reservations are encouraged for hermitage stays, especially April through October. Guests are welcome to share in community prayer, meals and have use of the monastery library and grounds. The hermitages are not accessible by car; because they can only be reached on foot, it is advisable to bring walking shoes or boots and to be prepared for muddy ground, rain or snow at all times. Monastery guest rooms are accessible. Out of consideration for all, smoking and pets are not permitted in the hermitages or monastery guest rooms.

Retreat and Workshop Directors

Do you need a retreat or workshop leader? These qualified directors are available to come to your parish or community.

Anne McCarthy
Sister Anne McCarthy

Sister Anne leads retreats on themes of monastic and Benedictine spirituality.

Anne holds a MA in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville in monastic studies and completed Shalem Institute’s program, “Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.” Long involved in peace and justice ministry, she serves on the board of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue internationally and in the US.

Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski
Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski

Erie Benedictine Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski leads retreats using selected books by Joan Chittister, OSB. Here's what retreatants have to say about Sister Carolyn's retreats: "It changed my life." "I found God in places I never thought to look." "We did the retreat together and our communication has deepened." "Wow." "Thank God I came to this retreat."

Sister Carolyn brings 20 years of experience in leading retreats.

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