Bethany Retreat Center

Introduction to Centering Prayer

Introduction to Centering Prayer

Fostering Intimacy with God Through Silence & Stillness

 Facilitators: Diane Robinson & Sr. Ruth Ann Madera

February 18-20, 2022

in addition, 6 Follow Up Sessions will be scheduled throughout 2022.

Sourced from the depths of Christian contemplative tradition, Centering Prayer has emerged as a life-changing prayer practice for those who embrace it.  Centering Prayer is a receptive method of Christian silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer; prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us – closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer.

Diane Robinson is a financial advisor, public speaker, retreat director and facilitator, and above all else, a spiritual being, in need of getting off her own back. Diane has managed several bank branches, holding various licensures and certifications, graduated from Dale Carnegie Institute, as well as being certified to teach contemplative practices. 

Diane has held many motivational speaking engagements, including A Design for Living Workshop, Long Island’s Came to Believe Retreat, and Teaching Contemplative Practices to name a few. The response to her work is always the same, with participants sharing their newfound hope, confidence, and success in being able to get off their own back. As a motivational speaker, Diane believes we all have the potential to transform our lives, from the inside, out, and the key to unlocking this potential is within each and every one of us. Diane’s goal is to empower those seeking, to connect with themselves in order to find peace and harmony in their lives. She believes that although everything we need is already within us, we just need to learn how to access that inner wisdom and harness the power of truly living; because you’re either growing or you’re dying- you’re not doing both!

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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 has her degree in Religious Studies from St. Francis University. She is also a graduate of Shalem’s Spiritual Guidance Program. 




Offering: $258.00
Deposit: $75.00
Arrival: 3:00-5:00 on Friday
Departure:  12:00 pm on Sunday

*Commuter Option Available. Call to inquire.

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