Occasionally, we offer our own retreat programs.

 Check below to learn more about the upcoming retreats at our Abbey

Programs

Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22, 2016 

Mosaics As Meditation
Leader: Kathy Thaden
Cost: $325 per person


Come explore modern mosaics in a contemplative setting as you enter into a quiet space to listen and respond to God while arranging glass, found objects and other materials into a mosaic. This extended weekend will include six? workshop sessions. Beginners as well as experienced mosaicists will benefit from this time of intentionally focusing on the creative process. The retreat will include reflection, prayer, music and silence as well as hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

Cost of $325 per person includes room and board for 3 nights, as well as mosaic supplies. (Optional tools will be available for purchase from the instructor.)

Instructor Kathy Thaden’s award-winning mosaics have been exhibited across the US and in Canada. Kathy describes working in mosaic as “a transforming process. The glass is broken, shaped, fit together and made whole again.”
www.thadenmosaics.com

 

Wednesday, May 25 – Sunday, May 29, 2016
Gregorian Chant Workshop
Leader: Sr. Hildegard Dubnick, OSB
Cost: $300 per person

 

Are you intrigued by Gregorian Chant and curious to learn more about it? Are you drawn to chant, but a bit uncertain about how to sing it? Are you looking for a way to enliven your prayer life, personal or liturgical? The Benedictine Nuns of the Abbey of St. Walburga invite you to deepen your understanding of and appreciation for this powerful art form.

During this extended weekend retreat, we will explore the interrelationship of music, language, and prayer. Topics covered in the course of the retreat will include the history of chant and its liturgical functions. You will become acquainted with Gregorian notation and with the principles of bringing the music to life.

Participants needn’t be experienced singers or musicians, although familiarity with modern music notation will be helpful. Retreatants are invited to attend liturgies with the nuns, where the chant – both Latin and English – can be experienced in its natural setting of liturgical prayer. We will spend time actually experiencing the chants, and will encourage retreatants to explore ways to incorporate song into their own prayer lives.
With several days at our disposal, we hope to have time and opportunity to work intensively on a small number of chants, so that participants can become comfortable with a few pieces. There will be a lot of singing, but no one will be pushed out of his or her personal comfort zone.

There may also be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession).

The program begins with registration Wednesday afternoon and concludes with breakfast Sunday morning. The fee of $300 includes private room for four nights, and meals from Wednesday supper through Sunday breakfast. Pre-registration and deposit of $50 (applicable toward total) are requested to secure your reservation.

Sister Hildegard Dubnickhas been singing Gregorian Chant since she entered our Abbey in 1987. She has been the Abbey's main organist since 1995.


 


AFTERNOON NATURE HIKES

Come enjoy an afternoon of prayer and fellowship, good food and an energetic hike in our beautiful valley in the foothills.


Come and spend an afternoon of hiking and reflection on our beautiful property to experience God’s marvelous gift of creation. During the hike, we will reflect on nature's bounty as we drink in God's beauty. Please wear comfortable hiking shoes, hat, pants, and bring water and a walking stick . Moderate hiking required on rocky, uphill terrain.

Sr. Maria Josepha entered our monastery in February 2004 and made her monastic profession in 2007. She is our community’s infirmarian and has a small carpentry practice.


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