Advent Retreat – A Walk in the Light



Advent: A Walk in the Light

Welcome to our Advent journey into the Light.

Pray 10 minutes every day with calming Praying Pauses to quiet your mind, connect with God and enjoy a peaceful Advent. Learn about and practice, Centering Prayer and contemplative practices in a 90-minute live session every week, enjoy a Contemplative Sunday afternoon service and breathe more calmly during this joyous time. Jesus knew that “You are the Light of the world,” so let’s shine together during this time and celebrate THE Light to come… learn more about “A Walk in the Light” below.


Advent: A Walk in the Light

December 1- 21, 2020

Be still and know that I am God.—Psalm 46:10


Every year I look forward to Advent. I still remember those quiet Sunday afternoons of my childhood when the Advent wreath candles were burning and my mother and I would sing Christmas songs. I miss the peace and joy of my childhood Advent. Every year, I promise myself to create quiet time during this season and connect with God in a deeper way.

This is the year! 

This year has been traumatic and challenging for all of us. I will celebrate a quiet Advent and I want to take you along. If you are like me, having a daily morning routine is essential. And even if you already have a routine in place, this program will be a meaningful addition. Let’s slow down and make time to create calm and joy in our homes during this beautiful season. Many of us won’t be able to gather with family this Christmas, so creating a virtual family and friendship will be of great value.

You will learn how to

~ slow down in the middle of a busy and joyous time
~ pray and breathe while living your day
~ quiet your mind and enjoy God’s peace.

You are invited to weekly

~ live Contemplative teachings and Centering Prayer sessions, Wednesdays at 5:30 pm (EST)
~ live Contemplative services with Rev. Liam Collins, Sundays at 4:30 pm (EST).
(All sessions will be recorded and the replay will be sent to you by email).

You will receive daily emails with Praying Pauses

~ Breath prayers based on Scripture
~ Reflection questions on Scripture
~ Self- care suggestions

I invite you to enter into a Praying Pause right now:

Be still and Know that I am God.—Psalm 46:10

~Breathe quietly and Be still and know  …
~Breathe gently and Be still …
~Breathe calmly and  Be …
~Breathe …


Detailed Retreat Description

Advent: A Walk in the Light

~ Daily emails with Praying Pauses
~ Weekly Live Sessions, Wednesdays at 5:30 pm (EST) (90 min)
~ Weekly Contemplative Services, Sundays at 4:30 pm (EST) (45 min)

The Contemplative Service will be led by Rev. Liam Collins, an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Rev. Collins led the Contemplative Evening Service for four years at Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah, Georgia. He also led a Celtic Evening Service for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Savannah. We are blessed with his beautiful Contemplative soul!

Week 1 – Inviting the Light

~ Contemplative teaching: Brother Lawrence and how to live in the Presence of God.
~ Centering Prayer: Choosing a sacred word.
~ Contemplative service with Rev. Liam Collins.

Week 2 – Being the Light

~ Contemplative teaching: How God changes your brain.
~ Centering Prayer: Consenting to God within
~ Contemplative service with Rev. Liam Collins.

This week, author Rich Lewis will teach our Centering Prayer session. Rich Lewis is an author, speaker and coach who focuses on centering prayer as a means of inner transformation. He teaches centering prayer in both his local and virtual community and offers one-on-one coaching. He publishes a weekly meditation, book reviews, and interviews on his site, Silence Teaches. His recent book, Sitting with God is available now on Amazon and other retailers.

Week 3 – Sharing the Light

~ Contemplative teaching: Practicing God’s Presence in daily life.
~ Centering Prayer: Paying attention to your intention.
~ Contemplative service with Rev. Liam Collins.

You are the light of the world … let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. 

—Matthew 5:14-16

Join this year’s  “Walk in the Light” and connect with God and fellow seekers for a peaceful Advent time. Whether you live by yourself or with loved ones, the gift of connecting with a supportive and loving Christian community, will be invaluable.

I look forward to our journey into the Light!