Spiritual Stillness in Community; Spiritual Stillness in Solitude
Cultivating Quiet retreats are opportunities for participants to step back from their busy schedules, and explore what gifts a time of silence can bring to their lives. In an environment of mutual support, participants are encouraged to empty themselves of agendas, obligations, and goals and allow themselves to just “be” for a day, to become comfortable with the quiet, and experience what happens.
"It was a surprisingly fruitful experience to sit and be quiet for a while. I've been to Stony Point many times, but I had a new experience of looking and listening thanks to 'Cultivating Quiet.'"
-Andy James, Pastor, Whitestone Presbyterian Church, Retreat Participant
Cultivating Quiet can be scheduled for varying time lengths. The following is the template for a two-day retreat. The retreat’s short time of less than two days can be richly rewarding and renewing. Trying out a time of quiet and stillness among friends can ease anxieties and open up spaces. It often provides a time of greater spiritual awareness and connection with God.
Silence is generally practiced from before breakfast until dinnertime, allowing for preparation the evening before, and reflective sharing during and after dinner. The last morning can be used for further reflection on the experience and how it can be integrated into participants’ lives.
Stony Point Center can schedule a Cultivating Quiet retreat exclusively for your group or help you plan an individual retreat for yourself as a spiritual sojourner. A two-day retreat can be scheduled for a minimum of 6 people for $50 per person in addition to the standard overnight package. For more information, please email Kitty Ufford-Chase or call 845-786-5674 x121.
"When we go on these retreats it is to gather and talk and share and communicate, and this retreat was just the opposite. A very different experience and I thought Kitty had 'cultivating silence' very well put together."
- Rose Ronde, Whitestone Presbyterian Church, Retreat Participant
Kitty Ufford-Chase is a lifelong Quaker. She has been cultivating quiet in her life so that she can connect with the Divine, even as she co-directs Stony Point Center with her husband, Rick, and co-parents their three children. She has twenty years of experience leading spiritual workshops and retreats on various topics that provide safe spaces for participants to explore and reflect on their lives. She enjoys listening and accompanying others on their spiritual journeys, through challenges and fears, as they strengthen their relationship with the Divine and discover ways to live their faith.
"Cultivating Quiet was life changing. To sit in silence and listen to God speak through the birds singing, rain drop falling and eating without speaking, brought tears to my eye. God reminded me to 'Be still and know that I am God.' To be silent is to listen and wait for God to answer the question."