The November 6-8 retreat was held at the beautiful Canterbury Retreat Center in Oviedo.  It featured a Centering Prayer Introductory track for those who wished to learn the practice of Centering Prayer, and a deepening track for those who have an established practice, but wished to deepen it.  Almost 50 people attended this first weekend retreat sponsored by COCFL in our region.  

Here are comments from participants.

“Most helpful to hear Centering prayer experiences and have the opportunity to practice with the group. Enjoyed the quiet periods to move around the grounds. Presenters were all very good with explanations, encouragements and loving attitude to all present. Thank you”

“Love that this retreat was silent. Such a beautiful group of people gathered. Deepening.”

A person new to Centering Prayer commented, ”I am deeply grateful … learning about the Welcoming Prayer process was like receiving Manna for me — so nurturing.”  

For those who want to review the two thoughtful deepening presentations by Jim McElroy here is a link to the audio files.

Click the link below to view or download Jim’s PowerPoint slides from the deepening presentation in PDF format which were presented with the audio above.

Deepening Centering Prayer PPT Pages

Jim McElroy also did a presentation on the Welcoming Prayer. 

Retreat Photo Gallery

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