In a world of noise, confusion and conflict, it is necessary that there is a place of inner silence and peace, not the peace of mere relaxation but the peace of inner clarity and love.
— Thomas Merton


Our Need for Retreat...

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In the ever-increasing demands of the lives we live, there is a need to find solace; a time and space for inner quiet.

Solitude and silence helps us learn - again - Who I am before I was a ______ (my job), or a ______ (my roles)?  We all need a free and engaged place in which we can hear our own longings, our own needs, and reconnect with or rekindle our hope.

One of the gifts of this kind of silence and solitude is that it can help us stop thinking and “just look” (contemplation) or "just be."  It is an opportunity to meet our own soul again exactly as we are.  A retreat grants us permission to get out of our head, to let go of explanations and certitudes, out of our need to know, or our desire to fix, solve, or figure things out.

One of the core components of this kind of silence is a deeper sense of attentiveness that is difficult to find in a busy, noisy life.  In the words of poet Mary Oliver, "paying attention is the beginning of devotion.”


Retreat Options


Personal Silent Retreat

Designed for seclusion, rest, and reflection.  Retreatants can choose half-day or full-day retreats.  Use of The Shelter includes access to the beautiful working garden.  Individual direction is available on request.

Circle of Trust Retreat

These experiential Courage & Renewal* retreats, developed through the work of Parker J. Palmer (author of The Courage to Teach and A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life), invite you to join with others to reflect, renew, and reconnect with the inner passion, courage and sense of purpose that gives meaning to your work and life in the world. 

The retreats are open to individuals from all professional settings, including those in business, health care, education, public and social services, voluntary and community work. Courage & Renewal work simply offers space for those who welcome an opportunity for reflection and renewal in order to illuminate their own life journey, or enhance their leadership role in work, organizational or community settings. 

Retreats are offered throughout the year in one-day, two-day, and weekend formats. Sign up to be the first to hear about upcoming Circle of Trust Retreats.

*For more detailed background on the Circle of Trust® approach, explore the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Guided Silent Retreat

Throughout the year, Dane plans Guided Silent Retreats for a small group of retreatants.  These retreats are typically scheduled over a weekend at a retreat center.  Retreats include guidance, allowing the retreatant to spend directed restful time in solitude and reflection. Sign up to hear about upcoming guided silent retreats.

Retreat Leadership

Dane has extensive experience in retreat planning, development, and facilitation.  Are you are interested in speaking with Dane about joining your group in preparing your retreat experience?

Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities from each other. In the process, we become separated from our own souls. We end up living divided lives, so far removed from the truth we hold within that we cannot know the ‘integrity that comes from being what you are.’
— Parker J. Palmer