Spiritual Formation

The Big Silence Retreat

You are invited to experience big spaces of solitude and silence in community for the purpose of tending the inner fire of your soul. Inspired by the documentary The Big Silence with Abbot Christopher Jamison, and encouraged by several Clergy School of the Spirit students, this 4-day mostly silent retreat is grounded in the modern classic The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen. Since it was first published more than twenty years ago, The Way of the Heart has helped millions of men and women cast off the anger and greed that trouble the world––and find love, compassion and peace in the heart of God.


If you have questions or would like to learn more about this ministry please contact Rev. Bret Cogan.

Centenary United Methodist


646 West Fifth Street

PO Box 658

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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