The silence and solitude that Peacewhisper offers make it especially conducive for the contemplative path. This inner journey, one of descent and transformation toward the Divine presence that dwells within each person, is enhanced through Centering Prayer. While there are many prayer paths to God, Centering Prayer is one method that prepares the spiritual faculties for the inner flow of grace and love.
Contemplative prayer, described as resting in God, a quiet abiding in the Divine presence, was considered the normal development of the Christian spiritual journey until the time of the Reformation. The contemplative tradition practically disappeared until the twentieth century where it resurged in the form of Centering Prayer in the early seventies. Centering Prayer is a method that regains and renews that part of our Christian heritage dating back from the fourth century with the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Fr. Thomas Keating, Fr. William Meninger, and Fr. Basil Pennington reformatted the monastic contemplative tradition into a method of prayer that could be understood and practiced by ordinary people. To teach the Centering Prayer method, as well as support those who practice it, Thomas Keating formed Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. in the early eighties. This organization is now international in scope.
Centering Prayer retreats at Peacewhisper will be facilitated by trained presenters of Contemplative Outreach.