Programs

Gift Certificate

Open Dates
A gift purchased for someone you would like to bless with a retreat, program or spiritual direction.  Several options, listed at right, are available.  Contact the Center for more information. 360-438-2595

Spiritual Direction

Open Dates
The Priory Spirituality Center
Spiritual Direction is a way of extending a"sustaining, welcoming environment: within a one-on-one relationship. It is a dynamic process where one can listen to self in order to reflect on life's questions in light of our Gospel call. Sessions typically last one hour. Multiple sessions can be scheduled. Read about our […]

Meeting Space

Open Dates
The Priory Spirituality Center
Our conference rooms are available to 501(c)(3) non-profit groups such as government, school, and church groups. We are available for daytime group use Monday through Saturday. Our monastic grounds are quiet, peaceful and green with trees and other plants. Since January 2007, our monastic grounds have been smoke-free; you’ll enjoy breathing our fresh air. We […]

One-Day Personal Retreat

Open Dates
The Priory Spirituality Center
We also offer day retreats.  You will have a room to stay in and access to the Library, Center kitchen, and walking trails. Lunch is provided at no extra charge.

Private Overnight Retreat

Flexible Dates
The Priory Spirituality Center
 Spiritual Direction is available for an added cost. We […] Lunch and dinner are also available for an added cost.

Zoom: Summer Zentangle®

With Monika Ellis, OSB

July 2 - August 27, 2024
During this 9-week series we will explore various Zentangle patterns and what can be done with them. We will use color, colored paper and inks, paper with watercolor splashes; and create mosaics and more. No prior experience is needed - only a spirit of summer adventure. "Anything is possible one stroke at a time." These classes are all presented on Zoom and recorded. If you cannot attend all the classes, you'll receive the links to the recordings.  Tell your neighbors and friends about these sessions.  It's really fun to do the creating with someone, either side by side in person or on…

Weekend Silent Centering Prayer Retreat: The Gift of Ordinary Time

With Sr. Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB

July 26 - 28, 2024
This in person retreat is the perfect place for those new to Centering Prayer and silent retreats to begin, as well as for experienced practitioners to have a chance to sit with others and experience a weekend of silence and rest. Readings for our sits and optional lectio will be centered on “ordinary time”, that time between holidays and yearly deadlines. A time to find the extraordinar in the ordinary. We will gather on Friday night to set our intention for the weekend and then begin our silence after a Centering Prayer sit. We will sit together throughout the weekend,…

Learning to Connect with your Higher Power

With Annika Wallendahl

August 2, 2024
From time to time, we may feel drawn to take more intentional steps to connect with our higher power. Perhaps you are exploring your spiritual connection with your higher power for the very first time. Or maybe after an extended season of stress, life changes, recovery, or busyness, you yearn to rekindle a connection you have felt in the past. This one-day retreat offers attendees an introduction (or reintroduction) to five “spiritual tools” that can be used to foster a deeper spiritual connection with their higher power. This non-denominational, experiential retreat will give attendees the opportunity to practice and experience different forms…

Hybrid: Contemplative Rest Practice on First Saturdays Monthly

With M Freeman

August 3, 2024
This Contemplative Rest Practice series is open to those who have taken a Contemplative Rest retreat with M Freeman. Each session offers opportunities for awe-savoring, somatic, guided meditations by M and silent resting-in-awe practice together as well as gentle time for group sharing, connecting, and cherishing the transporting benefit of communal contemplative practice. “All living beings will profit from your relaxation and energy. This is the most basic kind of peace work,” Thich Nhat Hanh writes in How to Relax. And when we practice together? “The energy is amplified,” he writes, “and you will create a powerful collective energy…for your…

God the Artist: We the Co-Creators

With Lucy Wynkoop, OSB and Walter Siegl

August 3, 2024
God is the artist of our soul.  This retreat will stimulate our creative souls.  We will focus on our Potter God, using clay materials.  All creations will be hand-built and a slab roller may be used. We will meet at The Priory Spirituality Center at 9:00 a.m. and drive to Walter Siegl’s clay studio in Shelton in carpools.  He will aid us with our creations.  All of us are artists, so come to play and pray!  The pieces will be glazed by Walter and you may pick them up at The Priory Spirituality Center after they are glazed. Register by prior…

Summer Walk – Forest Bathing

With Denise McDermott

August 3, 2024
Due to the great success of our Forest Bathing retreat last Fall, Cascadia Forest Therapy will be offering a series of Guided Forest Bathing Sessions honoring the gifts that each season has to offer.  Now continuing on with Summer and finishing again with Autumn - making a full circle through the seasons. Forest Bathing is a gentle and physically undemanding practice of being in a natural setting to slow down...awakening your senses to the present moment and allowing your mind to rest from its busy work. The practice is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in…

Hybrid: Contemplative Rest: Our Basic Peace Work

With M Freeman

September 13 - 15, 2024
Priory Spirituality Center
Retreat Overview Explore, savor, and rest in the numinous* in this latest iteration of the Contemplative Rest retreat led by media artist, author, and spiritual director M Freeman. Inspired by decades of heart-centered contemplative practices and by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness teaching that rest is our most basic peace work, Freeman’s Contemplative Rest illuminates and nurtures participants’ experiences of awe, and transforms those experiences into fortifying, present-moment, embodied resources. How does Contemplative Rest help make peace? This is where contemplative practice becomes an art—an imaginative, healing, and unitive space. In recognition of the notion that, "The essence of…

Oasis 2024-2025

With Lucy Wynkoop, OSB, Paz Vital, OSB, Sister Monika Ellis, Sr. Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB, Sonja Weber, OSB and Laura Swan, OSB

September 19, 2024 - May 15, 2025
Do you yearn for rest, prayer and nurturing in your busy schedule? What would your life look like if you gave yourself or/& to a beloved one two retreat opportunities at the Center, plus six quiet afternoons during the year? Silence, spiritual direction and Lectio Divina are available to aid your reflection. Every Third Thursday of the month, 1:30 pm- 7:15 pm --at the Center or Zoom Sep 19: Ch.1 Learning to Pray in Silence —Sr. Lucy Retreat: Oct 16-18 Wednesday, 7:15pm - Friday, 1:00pm at the Center Oct 17: Ch.2: The Homing Instinct of the Human Heart —Sr Anna-Camille…

Prayer Practices Certification Program

September 26, 2024 - May 19, 2025
Prayer Practices is a certificate program to explore a wide variety of ways to approach a prayerful life. You will be able to learn to connect with the sacred in diverse ways in order to help guide others. If you are a spiritual director, pastor, pastoral counselor or work in a ministry, different prayer practices enrich your work with others. It is an opportunity to be grounded in your own practice and get to know new ways to let that personal prayer experience permeate your entire life. Each presenter will share how his/her/their own prayer practice has touched his/her/their own life(s).…

P.A.U.S.E. retreat: Prayer and Understanding Silent Experiences

With Kathy Holley

November 23, 2024
At our P.A.U.S.E. retreat, we gather to rest, explore Christian Contemplative Prayer, and set our intention on being present together in God’s omnipresence. While conversing with God in prayer is vital, contemplative rest in His presence is equally important for fostering an intimate connection with Him. Within this Christian discipline are elements of spiritual formation, soul care, holistic healing, deepening faith, and knowing God: “...Be still, and know that I am God...” (Psalm 46:10). During our retreat, we pause from the busyness of life, releasing distractions to gain a deeper understanding of resting silently in God’s presence and receiving rest…