Mercy Center


Back to Calendar Page


Centering Prayer and the Relationship
Between Contemplation and Action
with Amber Sturgess and Ruah Bull


November 17-19, 2017
Friday 6:00 pm (dinner) to
Sunday 1:00 pm


$285 Overnight / $245 Commuter
Registration closes Nov 10, 2017

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate
all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give.

The practice of Centering Prayer changes the way we think and perceive everything and everyone around us thus changing the dynamic of all of our relationships. It opens us to be more directed by the spirit in our daily actions and interactions and leads us to discover that the transformation of ourselves becomes the transformation of our world.

Join us for a weekend – with God, a praying community, and the natural beauty of the Mercy Center grounds – to deepen our consent to this transformation.




Our retreat will include silence, several periods of Centering Prayer, conferences, sharing, liturgy, contemplative free time, reflection, rest, and opportunity for gentle yoga and body work.




Rev. Amber Sturgess is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, and a seeker on the contemplative path. She enjoys teaching contemplative practices that deepen our spiritual awareness. Amber currently serves as Priest in Charge at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Carmel.

Ruah Bull, Ph.D. is a spiritual director in private practice at The Angela Center in Santa Rosa, California. She offers workshops and retreats on Incarnational Spirituality, Contemplative Practice, and Imaginal Wisdom throughout the Bay Area. Ruah is dedicated to supporting the reintegration of body, mind, soul, and spirit in the Christian tradition.





Print   The retreat schedule will be posted
Print   Retreat orientation will be posted




Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetarian and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or special dietary menus



Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  An account is optional—credit card data is not stored

Overseas Residents: Please do not register online. Email to register.

Or call (650) 340-7454 for further information.




Please read our cancellation and refund policy.