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Tracing the Sacred in our Labor

  • St John's Abbey Guesthouse Collegeville, MN (map)

A Contemplative Journaling Retreat at the Lake Side

If you are looking for a way to spend the Labor Day weekend, here is a Friday evening to Sunday retreat that may help you to use well the time. 

A central theme of Benedictine spirituality is the integration of prayer and work, such that both are made holy.  In our busy and secular world, how can this be possible?  This question misses the point that both already are holy.  We will together explore our own lives through writing about important and sacred moments in our work and personal lives, and sharing these stories with each other. We will grapple with questions like: what is my work?  Can it be volunteer work?  Housework? Homework? What work am I called to do? What meaning did or does my work have?


Chuck Huff, professor of psychology, Benedictine oblate and an expert in how people tell the stories of their lives will facilitate the storytelling. Together with his wife Almut Furchert, Ph.D., a German-trained scholar and practitioner bridging the fields of psychology, philosophy, religion and therapy, we will ponder the stories of the companions for our way: e.g. Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, and Rumi Maulana Balkhi.

Since this is a small group setting we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible but best by July 28th, 2016.

PS: We still have some room so you can still join us. Just click on reservation. 

Retreat Place

Our cloister seminar takes place at the beautiful, modern and calming guesthouse  at St. John's Abbey, overlooking a picturesque lake and forest. It starts on Friday 5 p.m. with a warm welcome before dinner and ends on Sunday after evening prayer around 5:30 pm.

After settling into the monastic space on Friday we invite you for a calm Saturday of reflecting, group and solitude practices and guided journaling. Sunday there will be also plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings and a dip in the lake. We will end the retreat with some sharing of our experiences and if you wish joining the monks in evening prayer.

As always you do not need to be home in any denomination or religion in order to participate. Chuck will introduce you to the Benediction prayer as a contemplative practice and you can choose how much you wish to participate in the monastic rhythm.


Requested offering is 290$ per person (460$ per couple) incl. private room and bath, all meals, guided practices and materials; and our Friday evening reception. 

Since this is a small group setting we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible but latest until July 28th.  

Also there is the possibility to prolong your stay until Monday or Tuesday as you wish. For doing so ask directly at St John's Abbey guesthouse.