Date(s) - 06/24/2020 - 06/28/2020
All Day


Our retreat celebrates the unique richness of women’s spirituality. Women live well spiritually when they are their fullest, most authentic selves. The relational focus of women’s prayer allows hope and humor to seep into their spiritual lives. Women have stories of God and deep interior awareness that contribute to their spiritual freedom and wisdom. Poems and letters of holy women are refreshing gifts of the retreat.

Thursday, June 25: “Living Well Spiritually”
What comes to mind when you hear the word spirituality? How do women live well spiritually? What does it mean for us to “have life and have it abundantly”? (John 10:10) Let’s explore how our spirituality helps us live as our fullest, most authentic selves. Spiritual poet Jessica Powers gifts us with a poem about living with the Spirit.

Friday, June 26: “Spiritual Communication”
How do women understand prayer? What helps women pray? What do we pray about? How do we image God and relate to God? How are we communicating with God and God with us? How do hope and humor seep into our relationship? Does our communication change over time? St. Hildegard of Bingen gifts us with a letter of inspiration, blessing, and light.

Saturday, June 27: “Enjoying Our Spiritual Freedom”
What is spiritual freedom? How do we become spiritually free? How does a deeper awareness of our interior life and our greatest desires keep us on the path to spiritual freedom?  St. Teresa of Avila gifts us with a letter of encouragement, wisdom, and joy in our freedom.

Facilitators:   Sue Garthwaite, has a Ph.D. in Medical Physiology and an M.A. in Spirituality. Formerly a heart researcher, she is now a certified spiritual director, prayer group leader, retreat director, and spiritual writer in the Chicago area.  Janice Keenan, OSF, Retreat Program Manager and Spiritual Director at the Port.

Dates: Wednesday, June 24 (5:30 p.m. dinner) to Sunday, June 28 (Noon brunch)
Check in begins at 3:30 Fee:  $385 includes retreat, optional spiritual direction, meals, and room; Commuter:  $220 includes opening dinner, program, lunch, optional spiritual direction, closing brunch Single Day Option:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday (June 25, 26, 27), 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. group sessions (9:30-Noon and 4-5 p.m.) with afternoon free.  $65 per day
Morning presentations will include input, reflection, activities, and sharing.  Afternoons will provide personal time and optional activities.  Body treatments need to be scheduled in advance by calling the Port office.