Retreat Places



Here is a very helpful video on silence by Abbot Christopher Jamison, a Benedictine monk, based at Worth Abbey, UK.


“In the end, we find sanctuary in God; he is our natural sanctuary.”

Abbot Christopher Jamison, Finding Sanctuary


“We would not have any think that the value of their prayers is to be measured by the clock, but our purpose is to impress on our minds the necessity of being much alone with God.”

E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer


“The one who sits in solitude and quiet has escaped from three wars: hearing, speaking and seeing; yet against one thing shall he continually battle: that is, his own heart.”

Anthony of Egypt


“It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers…Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are.”

Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas


“Put succinctly, a retreat is an intentional time away for prayer.”

Margaret Guenther, The Practice of Prayer


“A good retreat offers us two special gifts: simplicity and silence.”

Margaret Guenther, The Practice of Prayer


“In the prayerful silence of a retreat, we are listening and receptive. Such prayerful silence is more than the absence of noise, more than refraining from the spoken word. It invites us to an inner stillness, active and creative, fully open to the encounter with God.”

Margaret Guenther, The Practice of Prayer