The Seven Mansions of the Interior Castle

This retreat is full for 2018. Please check back for information about next year's retreat opportunities. Thank you!

“I began to think of the soul as if it were a castle made of a single diamond”
……. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Come away for a special Retreat/Conference weekend, offering sacred space and time to explore the Seven Mansions of Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. Teresa is one of Christianity's great mystics and teachers. The Interior Castle is her final work and one of the most profound literary works on contemplation and experiential mysticism.

Prayer stood at the center of Teresa’s teaching. Her fidelity to prayer was a means of deepening her intimate relationship and companionship with God. She considered a life of prayer in terms of love.

Together we will reflect on the light of Teresa's timeless insights into the human soul, its journey towards God, and how Teresa's teaching is relevant to our personal contemporary spiritual journey today.

This retreat/conference includes presentations, small group process with periods of Centering Prayer, reflection and silence.

Suggested reading for this special event is

“The Interior Castle”

(from the Collected Works of Teresa, Vol. II, I
translation by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez)
(note: some participants found reading The Interior Castle
was most helpful after attending the conference)

Presenter: Susan Komis

Susan is the former Director of Chapter Programs & Services (CPS) of Contemplative Outreach and continues to serve Contemplative Outreach as a commissioned presenter and retreat director. She is a Pastoral Minister and has been active in adult faith development, spiritual direction and interspiritual dialogue. Susan previously worked in Human Resources for two corporations.

The Interior Castle is one of her favorite topics in the contemplative dimension. Susan has offered this weekend event throughout the United States and Canada. She resides in a suburb of St Louis, Missouri, is married and the mother of adult children and has grandchildren!


SEVEN MANSIONS WEEKEND: Fri. Aug. 24 (Arrival: 4:30 pm; Soup supper: 5:30 pm; Retreat opening: 7 pm) – Sun. Aug. 26, 1 pm;

FEE: Register and pay in full by July 24: $235. Registrations and payments after July 24: $250. Private rooms.

THE CENTERING PRAYER POST INTENSIVE: Sun. Aug. 26 (Arrival: 6–6:45 pm; Retreat opening: 7 pm) – Fri. Aug. 31, 4 pm;

FEE: Register and pay in full by July 26: $490. Registrations and payments after July 26: $505.

COMBINE THE WEEKEND AND POST INTENSIVE RETREATS: Fri. Aug. 24 (Arrival: 4:30 pm; Soup supper: 5:30 pm; Retreat opening: 7 pm) -- Fri. Aug. 31, 4 pm;

FEE: Register and pay in full by July 24: $680. Registrations and payments after July 24: $695.

The Centering Prayer Post Intensive Retreat is an opportunity for more extensive periods of Centering Prayer to deepen the personal practice of contemplative prayer. The Post Intensive Retreat focuses more on complete silence for the duration of the retreat with no educational component presented. All meals are silent with no conversation. A minimum of one year regular practice of Centering Prayer is a prerequisite to attend a Post-Intensive Retreat. Facilitator: Susan Komis

WHERE: Benet House Retreat Center, Rock Island, IL 61201

DIRECTIONS: Air: Quad City International Airport (MLI); Car: Interstate US 80 from Chicago (East bound) or Des Moines (West bound)

HOW TO REGISTER: Contact: Sr. Jackie at 309-283-2108 or use the form at right.

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