Retreats: A time apart with God…

In the midst of our busy lives, it is important to take time apart with God. Like any relationship, our relationship with God is deepened and enriched by some focused, devoted time.

The HoTCO chapter maintains a full offering of retreats ranging from half-day “dips into silence,” to two-day commuter retreats where you can sleep at home, to 5 and 10-day residential retreats held at the beautiful Cedarbrake Renewal Center. (A number of the photos used on this website were taken at Cedarbrake.)

Half-day and One-day retreats

The following half-day and one-day retreats will be held at The Church of Conscious Harmony, unless otherwise noted.  Please Pre-Register for any of these retreats by calling 512-347-9673.

At the one-day retreats we ask for a $20 suggested Love offering. However, everyone is welcome to come, even if you can’t afford the offering. No lunch is provided so please bring your own.

Jan 18, 2020Saturday8:30 – 4:00$20 suggested love offering, brown bag lunch
Feb 5Wednesday8:30 – 5:30$20 suggested love offering, Contemplative Lunch provided, Optional 7:00am start in Theosis Chapel and 6:30pm Midweek Contemplative Communion Service
Feb 29Saturday8:30 – 12:30Lenten (1/2 day) – $10 suggested love offering
Mar 21Saturday9:00 – 3:00United in Prayer Day, $25 suggested donation. Location – Seminary of the Southwest
Apr 11Saturday8:30 – 12:30Easter vigil (1/2 day) – $10 suggested love offering
May 6Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00 Virtual Retreat via Zoom; contact CCH to Register
Jun 13Saturday9:00 – 3:00Virtual Retreat via Zoom; contact CCH to Register
Jul 11Saturday1:00 – 4:30Virtual Retreat via Zoom; contact CCH to Register
Jul 22Wednesday 9:00 – 3:00 Virtual Retreat via Zoom; contact CCH to Register
Aug 8Saturday9:00 – 3:00Virtual Retreat via Zoom; contact CCH to Register
Sep 26Saturday9:00 – 3:00Virtual Retreat via Zoom; contact CCH to Register
Oct 24Saturday8:30 – 12:301/2 day Virtual Retreat via Zoom – $10 suggested love offering; contact CCH to Register
Nov 14Saturday9:00 – 3:00Virtual Retreat via Zoom; $15 suggested love offering; contact CCH to Register
Dec 12Saturday8:30 – 4:00$20 suggested love offering, brown bag lunch

For more information, or to register for any of these retreats, please call 512-347-9673.

In-town 2-day Commuter Retreats (retreat in community, sleep at home)

A retreat format for those who can’t take a 5-day or 10-day retreat this year. These retreats are held at The Church of Conscious Harmony. Retreatants sleep at home and return the next day. Some retreats may be combined with a one or half day retreat listed above, to create a 2-day centering prayer retreat experience. No lunch is provided so please bring your own.

Feb 22-23Saturday 8:30am – 4:00pm;
Sunday 12:30pm – 4:00pm
“Preparation for Lent”, $50 Pre-register w/office; Scholarships available.
May 15-16Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm;
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
“Doorway to Devotion – Silence After Sound” led by Jim Reale, $100 Pre-register w/office; Scholarships available.
Aug 7-8Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm;
Saturday 9am – 4:00pm
“Forgiveness” led by Lauri Raymond, $50 Pre-register w/office; Scholarships available.
Oct 10-11Saturday 8:30am – 4:00pm;
Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
“Celebrating Life” led by Fr. Carl Arico, $75 Pre-register w/office; Scholarships available.

For more information, or to register for any of these retreats, please call 512-347-9673.

Multi-day Residential Retreats (2020 – 2021)

The following retreats are held at the Cedarbrake Renewal Center. Click here for a sweet slideshow from one of the retreats.  All meals and lodging will be provided for multi-day retreats.

Jan 24 – 285Renewal Retreat$495$50
Mar 6 – 1510Lenten Retreat led by Fr Carl Arico$895
Jul 24- 274Forgiveness Centering Prayer Virtual Retreat led by Laurie Raymond; contact CCH to Register$100$tbd
Sep 11 – 144Centering Prayer Retreat
“Vestibules of Centering Prayer” led by Jim Reale; contact CCH to Register
Dec 4 – 107Advent Retreat; contact CCH to Register$745$50
Tentative 2021    
Jan 22 – 265Renewal Retreat$495$50
Mar 26 – Apr 410Lenten Retreat$895$100
Jul 23- 286Centering Prayer Retreat$595$50
Sep 10 – 156Centering Prayer Retreat$595$50
Dec 3 – 97Advent Retreat$745$50

Types of retreats

All of our retreats are Centering Prayer retreats. Centering Prayer retreats are for anyone who has completed the Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop or who otherwise has a Centering Prayer practice.

Intensive Centering Prayer retreats are for people who have an established 6+ month Centering Prayer practice, and who feel a longing to deepen their relationship with God through an extended time of silence and prayer. It is not necessary to have attended shorter-duration retreats before attending a 7-day or 10-day intensive.

Our intensive retreats are structured for people who have not formerly completed a 10-day retreat, or for those who wish to deepen or renew their understanding of Fr. Keating’s model of the Spiritual Journey.  In addition to the periods of Centering Prayer, retreatants will view and discuss some of Fr. Keating’s Spiritual Journey video tapes each day.

Advanced Centering Prayer retreats are for people who have formerly completed a 10-day intensive retreat, and wish to study Fr. Keating’s advanced video tapes while on retreat. This is a wonderful way to be exposed to Fr. Keating’s most recent teachings.

Post intensive retreats are for people who have cultivated a taste for silence and are looking for increased periods of Centering Prayer, silence and solitude while on retreat.  Post intensive applicants must have formerly completed a 10-day intensive retreat. 

* Registration, deposits, cancellation & rooms

A deposit is required to register for & reserve a space at any retreat. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the retreat. Cancellations within 30 days of the retreat will incur a deduction from your deposit/payment of whatever charges are incurred resulting from the late cancellation. 

Rooms will be double occupancy with a private bath, as a general rule. If single rooms are available at the time of the retreat, they will be made available, at extra cost, to post intensive and advanced retreatants and then others on a first-to-register and request a single room basis.

Costs may change during the calendar year, reflecting housing and food costs

Scholarships are available upon request.

To register for any of these retreats, please call 512-347-9673.

Any questions on retreat content, please contact Kristi Michener, Coordinator Heart of Texas chapter of Contemplative Outreach.