We continue our celebration of 25 years with an outstanding schedule of contemplative programming. Please join us for one of our Retreats!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 | 9 am – 12 pm (via Zoom)

Thomas Keating and the Snowmass Dialogue

A Half-Day ONLINE Retreat led by Netanel Miles-Yepez 

Netanel Miles-Yepez, will discuss the famous Snowmass Interreligious Conference (as described in his book, The Common Heart, An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue), that was convened by Father Thomas Keating, bringing religious leaders into retreat with one another from 1984 to 2015. He will also talk about Father Thomas’ views on contemplative practice, dialogue, and interspirituality. 

Program Facilitator: Josephine Garnem – Coordinating Team Member

About Netanel Miles-Yépez

Netanel Miles-Yépez, D.D., is an artist, philosopher, religion scholar, and spiritual teacher. He is considered a leading thinker in the Interspiritual and New Monasticism Movements. After studying History of Religions at Michigan State University, he moved to Colorado to study Contemplative Religions at the Naropa Institute. He was a close student of the innovative Hasidic master and leader in ecumenical dialogue, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement) and Father Thomas Keating (Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer Movement). Miles-Yépez has authored or edited over thirty books.

Retreat Registration: $25

Includes half-day retreat and link to recorded session

Registration is Required

If anyone has particular financial hardship, please contact Linda Hall, COMW Treasurer

When you register, you will be prompted to pay via PayPal or by check. PayPal also gives you the option to pay by other major credit cards. Retreat payment is non-refundable except in the case of cancellation of the retreat.

Mail checks to: Linda Hall, COMW Treasurer, 1959 39th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(Please add “October 15 Retreat” to Memo line on check)


Donations are welcome! COMW has always made its retreats available at the cost of providing them. You might consider adding a donation for the benefit of our future programs to allow us to expand outreach activities. Make your donation here

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 9 am – 12 pm (via Zoom)

Embodying Centering Prayer

A Half-Day ONLINE Retreat led by Ildiko Viczian

In this retreat, Ildiko Viczian will offer her decades-long integration of the practices of somatic awareness, contemplative movement and Centering Prayer to the larger Contemplative Outreach Ltd. community for the first time.

Ildiko will begin the prayer sessions with a brief practice of opening to God, being present in body and consciousness. In the teaching portion of the retreat, she will lead us in an exploration of how the support of the earth and the body’s alignment with gravity facilitate letting go of muscular holding, thus preparing us for letting go of thoughts during prayer. She will also introduce a method of respiration that has the potential to fill us with the Holy Spirit’s presence. As well, she will demonstrate contemplative walking, movement and prayer, inviting participants to join and adapt according to their individual needs.

Program Facilitator: Ellen Barlow

About Ildiko Viczian

Ildiko began her career in visual art and design. She then studied with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of the School for Body-Mind Centering® and anatomy and kinesiology at New York University and became certified as a Teacher of BMC® in 1992. She continued her studies with Dr. John Upledger, founder of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, Dr. Jean Pierre Barral, founder of Visceral Manipulation, and Elaine Summers, founder of Kinetic Awareness. She has taught these educational and therapeutic modalities in the US and throughout Europe.

Ildiko started attending retreats with Father Thomas Keating in 2002 and visited him often at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO. She was commissioned as a Presenter of Centering Prayer in 2005, and presents and facilitates Centering Prayer groups in the US and Europe in person and via Zoom. She is member of the Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Translation Working Group.

Learn more about Ildiko’s teachings and this embodied prayer practice from an article she wrote in “The Voice” last spring. Download>

Retreat Registration: $25 (Required)

Includes half-day retreat and link to recorded session

Please see above for payment policies and donations options.

Maryland/Washington metro area

Facilitator Training/Enrichment

In partnership with our national organization, Contemplative Outreach Ltd. (COL), COMW offers a three-step, hybrid path for Facilitator training/enrichment for those in the Maryland/Washington DC area. It combines:

  • COL’s Online Training: Level I Facilitator Formation Workshop (Level 1 Facilitator Training videos and a document about how to use the videos).
  • For would-be Facilitators in Maryland or Washington, D.C., a mentoring period in conjunction with the online Level 1 Facilitator Formation workshop (above) is available. Occasional mentoring is also available for present COMW Facilitators.

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When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 6:6