“Pilgrimage as Prayer”

A Fall Weekend Retreat for Women

Offered by “Confluence: A Center for Spirituality”

The Barn Abbey, New Harmony, Indiana

October 25-27, 2013

Barn Abbey, New Harmony

Barn Abbey, New Harmony


“Send out your light and truth that they may lead me…’ (Ps.44)  Using these words from the Psalter, this weekend retreat will explore the theme of being led by God on a sacred journey.  As pilgrims on our path, we will have the opportunity to experience what it is to pray while walking an outdoor labyrinth, listening to the sounds of nature or the music of Tibetan singing bowls, baking bread or taking a prayer walk among sculptures in the historic, picturesque town of New Harmony, Indiana.  (New Harmony is located approximately 150 miles east of St. Louis on Hwy. 64 – an easy 2.5 hour drive from downtown St. Louis.  Go to http://www.newharmony.biz/  for information about New Harmony.)

The retreat will be led by The Rev. Susan Skinner, a member of Spiritual Director’s International and an experienced retreat leader.  The program will be held in The Barn Abbey, a simplistic, monastic-like structure with small single rooms and communal bathrooms.  The time will include input from the retreat leader, suggested meditative experiences from the Benedictine and Celtic traditions, as well as times for silence and group reflections. Using the Benedictine model of “ora et labora,” participants will help in the preparation of meals and enjoy the use of the New Harmony Inn grounds and facilities for prayer.

The retreat begins with registration and a simple supper at 5:00 p. m. on Friday, October 25 and concludes with a noon time Eucharist on Sunday, October 27.

The $225 program fee covers the cost of lodging for two nights, five meals and all materials. A $125 non-refundable deposit is necessary by September 20, 2013 (or you may pay the full fee if you choose). The remaining balance of $100 is due at the commencement of the retreat.  Space is limited in order to allow for individual rooms.

The retreat is filled but you may read the Pilgrimage as Prayer Registration Form here.

Mail the completed Registration Form and a check made payable to “Confluence – Women’s Retreat” to Confluence, 400 Mark Dr., St. Louis, MO 63122.

For more information, contact the Rev. Susan Skinner at exdir@confluencespirituality.org or (314) 252-8997.

Walking the Cathedral Labyrinth

Gatehouse ChapelStreamBarn Abbey grounds sculpture: ShalevWalking Trail