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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 | 9 am – 12 pm

Praying with Sacred Images

Full-day Retreat led by Rev. Carole Crumley, former senior program director of the Shalem Institute 

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” MATTHEW 5:8

Jesus tells his followers that there is a graced way of seeing that draws us toward God. Praying with holy icons, an ancient-yet-ever-new spiritual practice, is a vital way of training the contemplative eye for this graced way of seeing. It is a precious means of teaching, prayer and opening to divine presence. Praying with sacred images is a way of schooling the spiritual eye, inviting us deeper into the wholeness/oneness of God and sensitizing us to letting everything we see become a potential icon of God.

Our time will include some sharing of our own experiences of praying with sacred images as well as time to be together in prayer with a holy icon. Program Facilitator: Benedicte Vibe Christensen

About Rev. Carole Crumley

Carole  Crumley is the retired senior program director of Shalem Institute and former canon educator and founder of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at Washington National Cathedral. A sought-after retreat and conference leader, Carole continues to teach and lead pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S. Carole is a lover of storytelling, moveable feasts, and country music.

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


“SAVE THE DATE” for our Fall Retreats!

NOVEMBER 19, 2022 | 9 am – 12 noon
Thomas Keating and the Snowmass Dialogue” led by Netanel Miles-Yepez

At our November retreat, Netanel Miles-Yepez will report on the historical interfaith discussions among world religious leaders that took place at Snowmass, as described at length in his book, “The Common Heart, An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue.”

DECEMBER 3 | 9 am – 12 noon (Location to be announced)
“Embodying Centering Prayer” led by Ildiko Viczian

At our December retreat Ildiko Viczian will present Embodied Prayer, the In-Body and Consciousness opening to God, through posture and movement. When Father Thomas Keating observed the practice, he recommended it as a ‘vestibule’ to Centering Prayer. Program Facilitator: Ellen Barlow

These retreats all take place virtually on the third Saturday of the month. Additional program information to come! 

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