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with Joy Andrews Hayter
and Marty Badgett


Sundays: Feb 18, 2018, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Feb 25 and Mar 4 & 11, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Registration closed

"Be still and know that I am God."

Are you feeling a desire to deepen your prayer or to learn about the Christian contemplative path?


Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to more fully receive the gift of God’s presence. This is traditionally called contemplative prayer. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heartour whole beingto God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayerverbal, mental, or affective prayerinto a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.

This introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and group practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.




Learn more about Centering Prayer contemplative retreats offered throughout the year.





Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love. As a scientist, she sees in the physical world an expression of that love.

Marty Badgett is an Oblate of the Camaldoli Benedictine Community. He has co-led extended Centering Prayer retreats for many years, and hosted many one-day Contemplative Prayer days at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley.




Registration for this series is now closed.




Refunds can be made only for the series registration. First session payment is nonrefundable.