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The Way of the Heart: A Silent Wisdom Retreat

August 23 @ 12:00 pm - August 28 @ 4:30 pm


The Mercy Center Centering Prayer Wisdom Program presents…
The Way of the Heart: A Silent Wisdom Retreat
Starts with lunch at 12pm on August 23, ends at 4:30pm on August 28
Onsite at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California

“The heart is the place of our origin in which the soul is, as it were, coming from the hands of God and waking up to itself.”
– French Benedictine Henri Lassaux

The Way of the Heart is at the center of the Christian Wisdom tradition, a transformative pilgrimage of the soul. This immersive silent Centering Prayer wisdom retreat is an invitation to enter the cave of our hearts, to listen deeply to its rhythm, and open to the guidance we discover within. Engaging the timeless teachings of Christian mystics, teachers, and sages, we invite you to explore the depths of your being and cultivate a profound connection with the divine within and all around.

This retreat is ideal for seekers of all backgrounds who are drawn to the contemplative Christian Wisdom tradition and are yearning for a deeper connection with the divine. Whether you are new to contemplative practices or have been on the spiritual path for years, this retreat offers a sacred space for renewal, reflection, and inner transformation.

Join us in person at beautiful Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA where we will gather to explore the Way of the Heart through the teachings of mystics and the practices of Centering Prayer, chanting, Lectio Divina, guided meditation, and sacred gestures and movement; all held within the arms of the Great Silence. In this silent Wisdom retreat, there will be times of group sharing during teaching sessions.

Minimum of 25 participants needed.

Retreat Leaders:

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director whose offerings include Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices of the Christian Wisdom tradition. She is the author of The Cosmic Web: Hope For Our World Through Science and Spirituality. Find out more at joyfulfillment.com.

Heather Ruce, M.A. Heather Ruce, M. A. is a Wisdom Spiritual Director who offers Wisdom Practice Circles, Retreats, and Wisdom Schools focused on the expansive Christian Wisdom Tradition. She works within the lineage of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault, having studied with her for over a decade. Find out more at heatherruce.com.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team. She has a special interest in participating in the reclamation of the Christian Wisdom tradition and fostering the contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.

Registration closes on August 9, 2024

Please see the link below to register.


Mercy Center Centering Prayer & Wisdom Practices Program
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Mercy Center Burlingame
2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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