Contemplative Outreach Puget Sound - North


A Day of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
A Contemplatives's Advent Retreat ​

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 10 am to 2 pm
St. Mary’s on the Lake, Bellevue​​​​

We gifted ourselves with a retreat from the busyness of the Christmas season, and entered into the restful silence of Centering Prayer in community with others at the beautiful St. Mary’s on the Lake retreat center in Bellevue. We allowed ourselves to enter more deeply into the gifts offered by Advent, and set the foundation for a rich appreciation of the coming Holy Day of Christmas. This retreat included periods of Centering Prayer, Meditative Walks, and the practice of Lectio Divina.
 





A Weekend Retreat with Susan Komis
April 21st-23rd, 2017
Camp Indianola on the shores of Puget Sound

This retreat guided participants through three elements to deepen their faith life, and their inner resources to participate in the call for both Contemplation and Action. Friday evening’s talk was on the Essence of Servant Leadership. Saturday morning the Stages of Prayer Related to Faith Development was presented. Saturday afternoon’s talk presented the Four Levels of Listening and Sunday’s talk included “Soul Friending.” ​​









​United in Spirit Retreat
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

St. Mary on the Lake Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellevue

A day in prayer, contemplation, community and reflection.  Following a year that has focused on what divides us, United in Spirit Day invited us to examine the nature of such alienation, the bonds that connect us and how to nurture those bonds-sustained by the deeper spark of divine connection-a spark that can provide the foundation for healing, peace and developing opportunities for unity. The day of inter-religious dialogue, prayer and contemplation featured Rabbi Olivier Benhaim of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Seattle, Father William Treacy of the Treacy Levine Center, Pastor Terry Kyllo of Neighbors in Faith, and of course,  Contemplative Outreach facilitators.




Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
February 18, 2017, 9am to 1pm
Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Sammamish

The workshop was presented by chapter coordinator and commissioned presenter Jeff Renner, who also heads the Contemplative Outreach Presenter Formation Service Team.


A Contemplative’s Advent Retreat:
​A Day of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

held on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 10am to 4pm
St. Mary on the Lake in Bellevue
Facilitator-Jeff Renner, Chapter Coordinator

A retreat from the busyness of the Christmas season in the restful silence of Centering Prayer in community with others at the beautiful St. Mary’s on the Lake retreat center.  An opportunity to more deeply into the gifts offered by Advent, and set the foundation for a rich appreciation of the coming Holy Day of Christmas. The retreat included periods of Centering Prayer, Meditative Walks, and the practice of Lectio Divina.


EXPERIENCING THE PRESENCE OF GOD
THE PERSPECTIVES OF BONNIE SHIMIZU

held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
St. Mary’s on the Lake, Bellevue

Our thanks to Bonnie Shimizu, Father Thomas Keatings' long time assistant, retreat director and teacher of Centering Prayer. Bonnie spent a day with us Saturday, 10/29, enriching our understanding of Centering Prayer, the Contemplative Life and deepening our practice. 

 
Here is Bonnie’s description:
“Most people who are drawn to Centering Prayer are responding to an inner call to find God in a much more intimate and experiential way.  To paraphrase St. Augustine, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
 
Centering Prayer has given us a way into the silence that Fr. Thomas has called, “God’s first language”, and a way into the stillness which is the essence of our being.  The silence of prayer is the deepest encounter, but beyond that is the work of daily life, which is sometimes orderly and serene, but often full of surprising mishaps, missteps, and even chaos.  We can learn to see that everyday life itself is not just things and events that happen to us, but that life happening for us….  It is the call of the Spirit who is not only our deepest essence but is all of life itself.”
 

A Day of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

​A Contemplative's Advent Retreat

Saturday, December 16th, 2015 -10 am to 2 pm
St. Mary’s on the Lake, Bellevue
 
Gift yourself with a retreat from the busyness of the Christmas season, and enter into the restful silence of Centering Prayer in community with others at the beautiful St. Mary’s on the Lake retreat center in Bellevue. Allow yourself to enter more deeply into the gifts offered by Advent, and set the foundation for a rich appreciation of the coming Holy Day of Christmas. This retreat will include periods of Centering Prayer, Meditative Walks, and the practice of Lectio Divina.