January Contemplative Intensive Retreat

January 2020 Contemplative Intensive Retreat


This retreat will be held on the campus of Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in the Historic Laundry building guest house, located at 17383 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. The retreat will begin at 6:00p.m. Thursday January 23rd, and conclude after 11:00 Mass on Sunday the 26th.

Sr. Joan Saalfeld, SNJM, will lead our retreat, sit with us, present talks and offer interviews. Sr Joan is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She has studied and practiced Zen and Contemplation for 40 years, first with Robert Aitken, then with Fr. Willigis Jaeger, OSB, and most recently with Fr. Pat Hawk, C.Ss.R., who encouraged her to teach in CIRs.

The retreat will be a standard CIR integrating an optional opportunity to attend daily Mass.The sitting schedule will begin at 6:00 a.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m.This is a short and intense CIR retreat. All retreatants must commit to participating fully in the entire schedule of group sittings.

Space is limited to a maximum of 10. Additional applicants will be wait-listed in case of cancellations. The Guest House offers residential facilities for nine retreatants, consisting of a private room and full bath. Residential retreat fee is $330 (member rate
$300), non-residential fee is $240 (member rate $210). If you wish, the extra $30 of the non-member rate will be applied to membership in Seven Thunders for the calendar year (please check box on form), which will then quality you for the member rate at other Seven Thunders regular retreats and sesshin through the remainder of the calendar year.

All meals included. Meals will be prepared and delivered by volunteers. The fare is vegetarian, simple, and balanced. Participants will share setup and cleaning assignments around
meal activity.

Full payment is due upon registration. Registrations will be made in the order of postmark dates, alphabetically by last name within each date. Should you need to cancel, all but $30 is refundable until December 26; after that date half the fee is refundable until january 9. No refunds in the last 2 weeks before the retreat. You will receive a confirmation from the registrar. If for any reason you find the full fee a barrier to attending, please check the box on the registration form requesting a scholarship
or contact the registrar. Affordability need not be a deterrent to attendance. Full or partial scholarships are available to Seven
Thunders members. Donations for such scholarships are both appreciated and tax-deductible.

Some sitting equipment will be provided on the premises, but you may wish to bring your own to be sure you have what you need or prefer. Dark, layered clothing is right for this occasion. Distracting jewelry and perfumes are not. Bed and bath linens are provided.

To register for the retreat, complete the form (linked here) and send it with your full payment to retreat registrar: Jenny Brausch, PO Box 3119, Albany, OR 97321. Please make checks payable to Seven Thunders. Alternatively, you may e-mail Jenny Brausch at Livinggreen@comcast.net with your registration and pay the fee online at SevenThunders.org (Click on the ‘Contribute’ tab and follow the donation process, leaving a note in the last window saying that this is your January CIR fee payment.) Questions?
Please contact retreat registrar.