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RETREATS

GROW DEEPER IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

If you are seeking time away from the busyness and demands of everyday life or if you are wishing for a space that allows your mind, body, and spirit to surrender to God’s Presence, we hope you’ll make time to attend a retreat. A common practice in many spiritual traditions, retreats offer us a peaceful environment free of daily distractions so that we might open ourselves to a deeper communion with God…
Saint Barnabas also partners with the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona to offer three transformative retreats every year, each with a different design.
For more information, contact Debbie Moore at (508) 942-8953

 

Saint Barnabas on the desert
2022 UPCOMING RETREATS


 

Saint Barnabas on the Desert Silent Directed Retreat

With Rev. Jim Clark

March 3-6, 2022

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ  |  Registration opens January. 16 2022

Silence, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Heart

Join us to explore how silence and the Lord’s Prayer guide us on the way of the heart.

“Abba, apparently, is the first word in the prayer Jesus taught us. When understood from the life of Jesus, this first word seems to say everything.
Abba’s dwelling place in the heavens, which is everywhere and nowhere, is our destiny. Jesus’ prayer and the silence of the inner room offer a roadmap for our destiny into God in the heavens right here right now.
Saint Paul describes the heart as our place of awakening and belonging. Our retreat will explore how silence and the Lord’s Prayer guide us on the way of the heart.” – Rev. Jim Clark

Over the course of four days, refresh your soul through three periods of shared silence each day, plus the morning and afternoon group conferences with Rev. Jim.

Spiritual direction and massage are available by appointment.
For more information, contact Debbie Moore at (508) 942-8953


 

Saint Barnabas on the Desert Centering Prayer Retreat

GIVING GOD THE SPACE TO BE GOD IN US – With Liza bell

April 21-24, 2022

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ | Registration opens on March 14, 2022

Imagine giving yourself the time to just BE

Facilitated by Liza Bell, this silent-directed retreat will offer participants the opportunity to explore and develop a greater understanding of the benefits and nuances of the practice of centering prayer. The first day offers an in-depth look at the practice itself, utilizing selected teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating, and James Finley. The remaining time involves the experiential nature of group silence which facilitates a gentle interior silence, opening our hearts to God’s divine therapy. There will be spacious time to rest, read, and regenerate. A labyrinth is available, as well as massage and hiking trails. Three healthy and delectable meals a day are included, and the dining room is always open for coffee/tea, water bottle refills, and fresh fruit.

Both single and shared room options are available. Spiritual direction and massage are available by appointment.

For more information, contact Debbie Moore at (508) 942-8953


Fall intensive Silent Retreat *

SOLITUDE AND SILENCE IN COMMUNITY – With Liza Bell

November 3-6 2022

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ | Registration opens September 26, 2022

* Previous silent retreat attendance is a prerequisite for registration.

The fall intensive retreat is designed for those with a well-established daily practice of Centering Prayer, or a similar daily practice of silence/meditation. Each day includes three 1 hour periods of Centering Prayer with walking meditation and evening compline. Silence is honored throughout each day, including mealtime, giving participants a sacred place to attend to the longings of their hearts and welcome God’s healing presence. A time for joy and renewal, the retreat includes ample time to walk the labyrinth, explore the beauty of the desert, read, journal, or simply rest. The opportunity to share one’s thoughts will be a joyful part of our closing ceremonies on Sunday.

Three healthy and delectable meals a day are offered, and the dining room is always open for coffee/tea, water bottle refills, and fresh fruit. Both single and shared room options are available.

Spiritual direction and massage are available by appointment.

For more information, contact Debbie Moore at (508) 942-8953


ATTENDING A RETREAT

Before you attend a retreat you might consider:

  • Having a daily practice of silence for a few months prior to the Spring Silent Retreats is highly recommended but not required. (exception: The Fall retreat has this prerequisite).
  • Those who have never had a practice of silence may find the May spring retreat a good starting place.
  • To enhance your experience and understanding of the Centering Prayer process and the language used, we recommend reading Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating before attending our retreats.
  • Attending a workshop on centering prayercentering prayer weekly groups, and/or Quiet Days will offer a valuable understanding of the practice of silence and its fruits, which would enhance your retreat experience immeasurably.

 

RETREAT REGISTRATION *

THINGS TO CONSIDER

IMPORTANT – READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE DECIDING ON YOUR RETREAT

 * Our registration process has changed

How can we make it easier for others to experience our wonderful retreats?

  • Our retreats have become a yearly tradition for many of us and their popularity has grown over time. When registration opens, they are often booked up within days! This has been disappointing to many. We are looking for ways to share retreat experiences with those who have yet to attend a silent retreat; while continuing to gratefully serve those who join us faithfully each year. Thank you for helping us to make this possible.
  • Our three-yearly retreats each have their own design and schedule. (details above) The description of each retreat makes it easy for you to find the retreat that best fits your needs and dates that work for you. We suggest you look over the descriptions and dates and make a note when registration opens for that 1st choice retreat. This process may open the opportunity for those who have not yet experienced one of our retreats to have a better chance to register.

Registrations will be made available 8 weeks prior to each retreat.

  •  If you hope to attend more than 1 retreat a year, there are options to do so. When registrations are open, you can ask to have your name on a waitlist for that 2nd or 3rd choice of retreats.  Four weeks prior to the retreat, registrations will open for ALL.  If space is still available at that time, those on the waiting list will be the first to be offered an opportunity to ‘‘hop aboard’! (There are always cancellations).