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Contemplative Retreat

Contemplative Retreat: Responding to Creation’s Love for Us
Ignatius Jesuit Centre—Loyola Retreat House
25–28 April 2017

Join contemplatives from around the world at Ignatius Jesuit Centre—Loyola Retreat House in Guelph, Ontario, to continue seeking connection with community, creation, and Spirit.

Earth, in her abundance, is continually revealing the God of life and love. In Ontario’s spring days, when creation blooms anew, we will pray our way into deeper relationship with the Divine—in Earth and within ourselves—for all is God’s dwelling place. This retreat will weave together Guelph’s long history with the land and wisdom in Ignatian spirituality. This journey of connection will be supported by presentations, guided walks, contemplative reflections, and personal and communal prayer on the Loyola Retreat House land. This is a silent retreat with individual spiritual direction.

Loyola Retreat House has earned an international reputation for its work in Ignatian Spirituality and the adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises to address themes including ecology, community, and promoting greater awareness and mutual healing action with Earth. With six-hundred acres of land to explore, the inspiring grounds are comprised of organic farmland, wetland and woodland areas, formal gardens, naturalized landscapes, and walking trails.

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Private room USD$515

Cost includes transportation, tuition, three nights of lodging, and ten meals (beginning with lunch on Tuesday, 25 April and ending with a bagged to go lunch provided on Friday morning).

Each room has a single bed, a counter with sink and drawers, mirror, desk, chair, and lounge chair. Bed and bath linens are provided. Shared bathrooms are located in the hallway.

Contemplative Retreat Guide

Yvonne Prowse, MA, chairs the spiritual direction training programs at Loyola Retreat House in Guelph, Ontario, and leads the centre’s work in integrating spirituality, ecology, and agriculture. She has worked extensively with Ignatian spirituality and has developed a variety of retreats and programs to bring its wisdom to the contemporary ecological crisis. Yvonne is a former director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and has worked in justice, peace, and environmental ministries for over twenty-five years. A Roman Catholic, she has also studied and practised with teachers in indigenous spiritualties and finds bridges between them expressed in her own spiritual practice.

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