Six Day Centering Prayer Retreat: 
Intensive & Post-Intensive

Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach
of Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Claggett Retreat Center
Adamstown, Maryland
October 24-29, 2021

The Retreat

The retreat will provide an opportunity to deepen one’s practice of Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of profound silence and community support. All participants observe silence from the opening to the closing of the retreat. The Intensive and Post Intensive tracks share the same schedule of several hours of group Centering Prayer daily, with one exception. The Intensive track includes a daily video with discussion of some of Thomas Keating’s teachings.  If you are relatively new to Centering Prayer, have not previously attended a Centering Prayer retreat, or would like a refresher of some of the teachings, choose the Intensive track.   

The Setting

The retreat will be held at the Claggett Retreat Center in Adamston, MD.  The Center is nestled in the rolling hills of Frederick County on 268 wooded acres with a working farm and fantastic views, yet only an hour's drive from three international airports. Lodging will be in the Christiane Inn; a range of dietary needs can be accommodated.  (For details and directions, visit:

Retreat Leaders

Susan Rush has been serving in the field of health care throughout her adult life. She has  been involved with Contemplative Outreach for about three decades. Susan was the founding coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of New Mexico, and served on the governing board of CO, Ltd for ten years. Currently she serves as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator. Susan is a presenter for the Living Flame program and serves on the Retreat Service team. The opportunity to serve in CO communities has been a great gift in her life.

Nick Cole:   Nick is a retired physician who attended his first 10-day retreat at Snowmass in May 1990, where videos on the psychological concepts behind the prayer provided an integration of psychology and religion that he’d been seeking. Nick became a commissioned presenter of the prayer at Snowmass in December 1990.  Since 1993, he’s served Centering Prayer retreats at Snowmass, Colorado, and Arkansas as well as presented Introduction workshops.  He also co-led a Centering Prayer group at a prison in Englewood, CO, from 2003-2007.   For the last five years, Nick has served on the Governing Board of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.  He feels privileged to share this prayer practice that is helping to transform his life.

Schedule and Cost

The retreat begins with dinner on Sunday, October 24, 2021 and closes Friday after lunch, October 29, 2021.  The fee of $690 includes the retreat, meals and overnight accommodations in a single room with full bath.  Some double rooms are available for $625 per person, if you already have a roommate. 

A $125.00 non-refundable deposit is required with registration. Full payment is due September 12, 2021.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available.  You may register online or by mail with the attached form.  Click on the button below to register online.  If you would like a double room and have a roommate, or if registration is closed and you would like to be on the waiting list, please contact Kathleen Blank Riether at

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