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June 19, 2020—June 21, 2020

Centering Prayer: A Summer Intensive with Mary Anne Best and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. For more information, please refer here.

A time apart to listen, to reflect, to be still and refresh the soul. Within a container of deep silence we will come to know how contemplative prayer unfolds into a way of life.

A silent retreat that includes:

• selected excerpts from the videos of Thomas Keating 

• teachings on how Centering Prayer can be experienced as an empowerment, creating within a new life, though the outer circumstances of your life may remain exactly the same. 

• intensive experience in practicing Centering Prayer 

• the practice of Lectio Divina and Visio Divina

• morning prayerful movement/yoga 

• opportunity to meet individually with retreat leaders for spiritual companioning

• silence and solitude

“Contemplative prayer is the world in which God can do anything. To move into that realm is the greatest adventure. It is to be open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities. Our private, self-made worlds come to an end; a new world appears within and around us and the impossible becomes an everyday experience. Yet the world that prayer reveals is barely noticeable in the ordinary course of events.”
– Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart


Mary Anne Best serves as development director of Contemplative Outreach, stewarding fundraising and the production of special projects as an editor and coordinator for the development of new works by Thomas Keating, organizes and leads Centering Prayer retreats, and is a principal writer for online courses and the Contemplative Life Program (CLP).  She is a member and trustee of a contemplative Christian community in Austin, Texas; mother and grandmother of two beloved grandchildren; and enjoys the silence, walking, yoga, nature, and travel with beloveds to faraway places.

Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler is a founding member and served as President and executive director of Contemplative Outreach over her thirty-three year career.  She chaired the Gift Committee which is entrusted with works of Fr. Thomas Keating.  She was an editor and contributor of the Contemplative Life Program, and the Heartfulness, The Gift of Life and God is Love series. Gail has authored numerous articles on the contemplative life and was one of the principal writers for online course offerings.  Gail retired from her position with Contemplative Outreach in December 2016 and continues her work as an international speaker and retreat director focusing on contemplative living and practice.   


Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.