Bethany Retreat Center

5 Day Centering Prayer Retreat

5 Day Centering Prayer Retreat

“The spiritual journey does not require going anywhere because God is already with us and in us.” -Thomas Keating

 Facilitators: Sr. Ruth Ann Madera, CA

Elizabeth Graboski


August 13 to 18, 2023

The Gift of Life – Death & Dying, Life & Living, Thomas Keating with Carl J. Arico

Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer.

This 5 Day Retreat will be an in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer.  The retreat will facilitate entrance into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community with an opportunity to spend extended time in deep silence in community to encourage a more intimate union with God.  An existing Centering Prayer practice is a prerequisite for attending this retreat. 



You must be practicing Centering Prayer twice a day for at least 20-30 minutes as there are long periods of Centering Prayer times during this retreat.


Elizabeth Graboski, is a longtime contemplative prayer practitioner, a Centering Prayer facilitator and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina for Contemplative Outreach. She currently serves with Contemplative Outreach Central Pennsylvania local chapter for the Spiritual Enrichment and Formation for Facilitators of Centering Prayer Groups.



Sr. Ruth Ann is a Spiritual Director and Retreat Director.  She provides spiritual direction on an ongoing basis as well as spiritual companioning/direction during retreats at Bethany Retreat Center.  Sr. Ruth Ann has her degree in Religious Studies from St. Francis University. She is also a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program. 


Offering:  $650.00 (4 nights, including lodging, meals and retreat deposit)

Deposit: $150.00

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