Programs

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 […]

Private One-Day 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 […]

Zoom: Stations of the Cross Fridays

With Roy DeLeon, OblSB

February 16 - March 29, 2024
For 7 Fridays during Lent, Roy DeLeon, OblSB, is offering a free guided meditation on the Scriptural Stations of the Cross: On Nonviolence. We will do lectio and visio divina on 2 stations per Friday with time for silent reflection and voluntary sharing. The images for visio divina come from news media to connect Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection to our present time. Then on Good Friday, we will meditate on all 15 stations including the Resurrection. These sessions are free, but your donation is appreciated and will help support our ministry.

Hybrid: Contemplative Rest Practice on First Saturdays Monthly

With M Freeman

March 2, 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 somatic, awe-savoring, 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…

Sociocracy Workshop

With Ted Rau

March 9, 2024
Is your organization struggling with slow, frustrating decision making processes? Do you feel key voices are left out of important conversations? Do you go around in circles, with more talking than doing? Or with more doing than reflecting and listening? Join us for an eye-opening, hands-on workshop on sociocracy - a revolutionary decision-making method that is empowering teams across the nonprofit sector. In this practical training, you’ll learn: Consent Decision-Making: How to achieve genuine agreement without majority rule so every voice is heard Decentralizing Power: Foster autonomy and ownership by distributing authority across your organization Productive Meetings: Facilitate efficient, collaborative…

Let’s Zentangle in March!

With Monika Ellis, OSB

March 12 - 26, 2024
Zentangle - not what it sounds like!  Neither of the Zen tradition, nor about getting tangled up.  It is a method of drawing that uses small, deliberate strokes of a black pen on white paper. The images that come from Zentangle are stunning.  The experience is focused and fun.  You will not believe the beauty that comes from your hand when creating in the Zentangle method.  Sister Monika is a Certified Zentangle Teacher who wishes to spread the joy and the benefits of this simple way of making images. March 12 - Marasu ~  March 19 - Planks and Orbs…

Zoom Hybrid: Spiritual Tools March~Caves, Cathedrals & Barns

With Evan Clendenin and Janice Ariza

March 14, 2024
Spiritual Tools for Artists has a new format with a series of seven topics. We are calling it Rendering the Ground: An Art and Spiritual Direction Series. and will begin with the theme of coming to the table. We are now on the sixth topic of 7 and are continuing to explore a diverse set of artistic themes, movements, and objects. We have looked at painting, carving, furniture, artistic embellishments on everyday items and more. We hope to provide you with art appreciation and spiritual direction in a kind and open-hearted group setting as we look at houses inside and…

Let’s Zentangle in March!

With Monika Ellis, OSB

March 19 - 26, 2024
Zentangle - not what it sounds like!  Neither of the Zen tradition, nor about getting tangled up.  It is a method of drawing that uses small, deliberate strokes of a black pen on white paper. The images that come from Zentangle are stunning.  The experience is focused and fun.  You will not believe the beauty that comes from your hand when creating in the Zentangle method.  Sister Monika is a Certified Zentangle Teacher who wishes to spread the joy and the benefits of this simple way of making images. March 19 - Planks and Orbs  ~ March 26 - Sandswirl…

Introduction to Centering Prayer

With Sr. Anna-Camille Wooden, OSB and TBD - Additional Presenter

March 23, 2024
Sourced from the depths of Christian contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer has emerged as a life-changing practice for those who embrace it. Learn the method or renew your practice of this ancient way of silent prayer. Our day-long format offers a relaxed way to hear the basics, practice, and ask questions. Bring a sack lunch. Intro to CP Workshop-SAC & tba Saturday, March 23⋅10:00am – 2:00pm

Let’s Zentangle in March!

With Monika Ellis, OSB

March 26, 2024
Zentangle - not what it sounds like!  Neither of the Zen tradition, nor about getting tangled up.  It is a method of drawing that uses small, deliberate strokes of a black pen on white paper. The images that come from Zentangle are stunning.  The experience is focused and fun.  You will not believe the beauty that comes from your hand when creating in the Zentangle method.  Sister Monika is a Certified Zentangle Teacher who wishes to spread the joy and the benefits of this simple way of making images. March 26 - Sandswirl ~ No art experience necessary. You will…

Triduum Retreat

With Sr. Lucy Wynkoop, OSB

March 28 - 31, 2024
Come and join St. Placid Community for a time of reflection on the Triduum beginning Holy Thursday afternoon and ending on Easter Sunday. During this silent retreat you will meet for an opening with Sister Lucy Wynkoop who will prepare you for the liturgical events and give you some helpful reflections to accompany the Triduum’s  liturgical events.  

Hybrid: Contemplative Rest Practice on First Saturdays Monthly

With M Freeman

April 6, 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…

Hybrid: Monastic Ecological Wisdom for Contemporary Christians

With Samuel Torvend

April 20, 2024
Participants will explore the values and practices of early Benedictine life that support our current efforts “to cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect and restore the beauty and the integrity of all creation.” With presentations, guided meditation, and discussion, participants will discover how ancient and contemporary monastic wisdom can inform our lives during the climate crisis and give us hope for the future.

Contemplative Photography Retreat

With Julie A. Ferraro

April 26 - 28, 2024
With modern cell phones able to take photos, anyone can snap pictures. What, though, do we see in those photos? This retreat will offer participants an opportunity to see – and photograph – the natural surroundings at the monastery and other sights, while contemplating the purpose of those efforts, the results, and how the spiritual journey can progress while considering the beauty being captured with digital technology. (Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their DSLR or another style camera or cell phone with a high-resolution camera.)

Spring Walk – Forest Bathing

With Denise McDermott

May 4, 2024
Due to the great success of our Forest Bathing retreat this Fall, Cascadia Forest Therapy will be offering a series of Guided Forest Bathing Sessions honoring the gifts that each season has to offer.  They will began with Winter and now are continuing with Spring.  Summer and finish again with Autumn 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 forests…

Hybrid: Contemplative Rest Practice on First Saturdays Monthly

With M Freeman

May 4, 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…

Cinema Divina Overnight – Slowing Down

With M Freeman

May 4 - 5, 2024
With M Freeman In-person and via Zoom Scheduled gatherings: Saturday May 4 | 3:00-4:15pm | Opening Gathering, Intros & Guided Meditation Saturday May 4 | 6:00-7:30pm | Cinema Divina Contemplative Screening Sunday May 5 | 10:00-11:15am | Closing Insights, Wishes & Intentions Surviving pandemic isolation unleashed a whole lot of traveling for many of us. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how social and outward-oriented life has turned. Meanwhile, I wonder how many are noticing what I’m noticing: A longing to turn more attention inward, to nurturing the interior life. I’m beginning again with slowing…

Meditation and Prayer for Urban Contemplatives

With Jerry DeVore and Monty Smith

June 18 - July 2, 2024
Connecting with the presence of God through all things. Ancient practices based on inspiration, intuition and experience have been scientifically investigated for efficacy, benefits and potential dangers. This courses surveys the contemporary why, how and what of  meditation from an experiential and scientific perspective.  The course offers a scientifically informed foundation for daily meditation and prayer practices while addressing religious diversity and individual  differences.  

Mindful Eating as a Christian Practice Retreat

With Rosemarie Oliver

July 12 - 14, 2024
As Christians, we believe that we meet God, the source of Love, in the Now. Mindfulness involves paying attention in the present moment without judgment and with self-compassion. A practice of mindful eating can increase our sense of the divine indwelling throughout our day. It can also help us access the inner wisdom of our bodies that we frequently do not hear or heed and nourish our whole selves-mind, body and spirit. This weekend is planned for you to experience mindful eating and mindfulness meditation from a Christian perspective.  We will meet on Friday afternoon for a session on…

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…