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July 5, 2019—July 7, 2019

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

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here.
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:

  • A showing of Silence and Centering Prayer by Fr. Thomas Keating 
  • Teachings on how Centering Prayer moves into contemplative prayer and surrender to the will of God becoming a way of life
  • Intensive experience in practicing Centering Prayer 
  • The practice of Lectio Divina
  • Daily prayerful movement/yoga 
  • The opportunity to meet individually with retreat leaders for soul friending and guidance
  • Silence and solitude

Retreatants will be given a copy of Centering Prayer, The Prayer of Consent, a 40-day practice guide which is part of the Contemplative Life Program series.



Mary Anne Best
 serves as finance and development director of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. overseeing the stewardship of financial resources and fundraising. Mary Anne also is an editor and coordinator for the development of new works by Fr. Thomas Keating, organizes and directs Centering Prayer retreats, and is a principle 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.   

Registration Options

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