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Oblate and Friends Retreat

August 31-September 03

Welcome Home Retreat

***The date for this years Oblate Retreat is August 31-September 03,2018. Labor Day weekend.


Everyone is welcome - even if you are not an Oblate please join us for the weekend.

Our presenter this year will be award winner Judith Valente. She is a Journalist, Poet, Author and Producer. She has been a regular contributor to PBS, NPR and the NPR affiliate in Central Illinois.
She has written numerous books, one of which is titled "How to Live" - What the Rule of St Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community.
Her new book "The Art of Pausing" is co-written with Trappist Brother Paul Quenon and Michael Bever.
Please join us for this weekend retreat with Judith - all are welcome to this place!

"Being Truly Alive: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community"

Retreat Schedule:

Friday Evening:
7 pm to 7:45

"A Poetry Entertainment: Reflections on The Rule of St. Benedict through Poems"

Saturday Morning:

Theme: "Yearning for Life: On Waking Up"

9:30 am - about 10:15 am -- Judy's Talk

10:15 am Break

10:30 am - 11:15 am Silent reflection on questions for reflection, followed by group discussion

12:30 Lunch

Saturday Afternoon:

Theme: "Linking Arms: A 21st Century Vision of Why Community Matters"

1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Judy Talk

2 pm - 2:15 pm Break

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 pm Silent reflection, followed by group sharing.

Sat evening Free

Sunday morning:

Theme: "Sharing the Treasure"

11 am - noon Oblates have a chance to reflect on what they will take away from the retreat

The rates will be:

Single: $225.00
Married Couple: $375.00
Deposit: $85.00

Commuter: $95.00 (Saturday lunch included)

We always try to keep the rates as low as possible for everyone. Remember that the guest rooms have private bathrooms and the rate includes three delicious meals per day. There will be a welcome social the first night.

I invite you to come and share a weekend with us in this beautiful valley, where your heart, mind and spirit will be lifted up and you will leave feeling alive and refreshed.

Abbot Aidan Gore, OSB oliv


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