Centering Prayer Retreat

August 4-9, 2017

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans


‘Embracing Oneness—Renewing Our Contemplative Life’

“In oneness, there is not more or less, there is only oneness.”
 Thomas Keating, “Reflections on the Unknowable

Presenter:  Susan Rush

Friday, August 4, 2017 — Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The retreat fee is $545. This is an increase to just cover expenses.

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is pleased to offer a very special retreat, providing an opportunity to deepen the practice Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of quiet and community support.

We will use the Psalms (Nan Merrill translation), Scripture, Chant and Sacred Poetry as prayer to assist us in renewing our Contemplative Life and explore some of our contemplative tools that may need some renewing. ,Also, we will explore, “Be filled with love that comes from a pure heart…”  — I Timothy 1:5 NLT

Susan has been active in Contemplative Outreach in leadership roles for the past 3 decades and has been serving in the field of health care throughout her adult life. Her background is in Clinical Pastoral Education and formation for Contemplative leadership. She is a Certified Spiritual Director. She said her key to remaining resilient in our wobbly world is her connection to the Contemplative Outreach Community. Compassionate presence with a contemplative heart is her goal.


  • Three extended sessions of Centering Prayer each day led by Susan Rush.
  • Daily presentations by Susan Rush on the retreat theme of
    ‘Embracing Oneness—Renewing Our Contemplative Life’
  • Opportunities for private soul friending with Susan Rush or Maggie Dawson.
  • Evening Prayer and Sharing each night.
  • Private time to explore the grounds, bird watch, walk, swim, rest and reflect.

This retreat is geared to participants who have an established daily Centering Prayer or other meditative practice. Beginners are welcome with the knowledge that the retreat atmosphere will be one of profound silence and community support, in order to allow participants to deepen their reservoir of interior silence and stillness.


  • The retreat fee is $545, inclusive of accommodations and meals. $250 commuter fee.
    A $200 deposit is required by July 20. 2017. This is an increase to just cover expenses.
  • This retreat will begin the afternoon of Friday, August 4, 2017, with check-in from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m., and the opening presentation will begin at 7:00.
  • The retreat will conclude Wednesday, August 3, 2017, after breakfast.

For further information or a registration form, please contact:
Maggie Dawson at (504) 837-0877 or

Contemplative Outreach of New Orleans is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a worldwide organization founded and headed by Fr. Thomas Keating. Part of the mission of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., is to bring the ancient Christian practice of contemplative prayer to the modern community. It attempts to accomplish this goal primarily through the teaching of the practice of Centering Prayer.