For many people who would never consider themselves monastic, a Benedictine Experience cultivates and nourishes that monastic dimension within them. A Benedictine Experience is neither conference nor retreat but a carefully planned, unique attempt to bring together in community men and women, lay and clerical, to study and experience the balanced way of life as envisaged in the Rule of St. Benedict, giving due attention to body, mind, and spirit. To allow participants to fully experience this balance, Benedictine Experiences range from a long weekend to a full week.
Participants take part in an ordered day of prayer, study, work and leisure. The framework of each day is the daily worship of God, including prayer offices that begin with Morning Prayer, continue with Eucharist, Evening Prayer, and Compline or Night Prayer closes the day. After Compline, the Great Silence is observed through breakfast the following morning. Daily lectures and meditations are led by a gifted faculty and time is set aside for silence and meditation. Because the work of the hands is a vital part of the Benedictine way, participants are encouraged to take part in a work project. Evenings allow time for further talks, discussion, or music.
Upcoming 2013 Benedictine Experiences
For more information, contact The Friends of St. Benedict at
202-363-8061 or email@example.com
Dallas Conference Center, Dallas, TX, June 19-22, 2013
The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, CA, June 24-30, 2013
Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England, July 8-15, 2013
St. John's Abbey and Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville MN, September 24-30 (information coming soon)