The Big Silence Retreat

Retreat Details

  • Place: St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, 477 Grogan Rd, Stoneville, NC 27048, 336-573-3751,

  • When: Arrival Sunday, January 14 between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. Retreat begins at 4:00 p.m. and concludes Wednesday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m.

  •  Cost: $500 by December 15, 2017 or $525 after December 15, 2017 (Cost includes tuition, private room, and meals. 29 single rooms available.)

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018. Early registration is HIGHLY recommended. This retreat is often sold out a month prior to the deadline.

What We Will Do

  • Experience community and conversation on Sunday as we prepare our hearts and minds to enter into The Big Silence.

  • Nurture trust as we seek to move/stumble/fumble our way into the heart of Christ.

  • Deepen our contemplative grounding through brief daily teachings/readings to help break through obstacles and illuminate The Way of the Heart.

  • Expand our capacity to listen to God through prayer, wisdom, and silence.

  • Explore optional opportunities to connect with God in the spaciousness of silence: walking the labyrinth; soaking in the beauty of nature; the sacred art of mandalas; one-on-one and/or small group processing; iconic images; and praying the Divine Hours in community—Morning, Midday, Vespers (evening), and Compline (before bed).

  • Receive rich and empowering resources for your continued journey into the heart of Christ.

In Preparation

  • Read: The Way of the Heart and/or Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen.

  • Watch: The Big Silence using the links below.


Read some testimonials from people who have experienced The Big Silence Retreat first hand.​


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

Through Henri Nouwen’s guidance, this retreat clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping stones:

  1. Solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God)

  2. Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive)

  3. Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart)

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