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Fall Fearless Into Love

Centering Prayer Spring Retreat


Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D.
Heather Ruce, M.A.

Catherine Regan, Ph.D.


May 21-25, 2020
Thursday 4:00 pm to
Monday 12:00 noon


Lose yourself, Lose yourself in this love. When you lose yourself in this love, you will find everything. Rumi





We Will Provide

  • Tools and guidance for integrating contemplative practice in your life.
  • Teachings on love and surrender.
  • Opportunities to experience our bodies and our lives as chalices for Divine Love.

This retreat is for those who have some experience of Centering Prayer.


How will the virtual retreat work? 


The flexible schedule is designed to integrate prayer with your daily life, in your home, and in your circumstances as they are.


Program Features

  • Live Online Centering Prayer Sessions - Join via Zoom at scheduled times, or practice on your own at those same scheduled times, or as your life permits.
  • Live Online Teaching Sessions – Join us live via Zoom or view recordings at a later time.
  • Live Online Small Groups – for experiential processing (not recorded).

We hope that you will choose as much or as little of it as fits in your life, on any given day. Let the rest go. Be met, exactly where you are, trusting that God's love surrounds all of it, all of us, exactly as we are. 





The retreat will start with an introduction on Thursday evening May 21 (4-5:30 pm Pacific Time).


Typical Schedule - Please note: all times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)


  7:00 am Optional Gentle Yoga
  7:30** Centering Prayer and Moving Meditation
  8:30 Simple breakfast at home (mindful eating)
  9:30 Teaching
  11:00 Retreat Integration with your life
  3:00** Centering Prayer
  5:00 Free time for conscious work, dinner at home
  7:30** Evening Practice


**Starred items will be live online via Zoom.

Sunday 5/24 there will be a break from 8:15 am - 3:00 pm, and Monday 5/25 we will end at noon. 





Retreat Leaders

Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D. is a spiritual director, scientist, and Centering Prayer coordinator at Mercy Center.  She is dedicated to fostering Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices that help us become aware of God's ever-present love.

Heather Ruce, M.A. is a wisdom spiritual director with a background as a therapist and training in a neurophysiology based approach to trauma resolution. She loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Wisdom Tradition.

Catherine Regan, a spiritual director, retired psychologist, and adjunct staff member at Mercy Center, primarily serving on the Centering Prayer team.  She has a special interest in fostering contemplative practices so urgently needed at this time in our world.




Registration for this online retreat is now closed.




Please read our cancellation and refund policy.