Saint Luke's Women's Retreat 2021

Friday, October 1st – Sunday, October 3rd

Mercy Center, Madison, C.T.

This retreat is dedicated to Judy Holding.  She led the retreat in 2019.  Her wise and spiritual leadership of the retreat, and so many other parish activities over the years, was a precious gift to us.  We are better, more loving sisters for having had her among us.

About our retreat leader: 
Andrea McDonough, Life Coach

Andrea is a Certified Professional Life Coach and Positive Intelligence (PQ) Coach. She has received certifications to lead workshops in Mindful Self-Compassion and The Daring Way™ (a Brené Brown program). Before becoming a life coach, Andrea was a Nutrition Therapist (RD).  Recently here at Saint Luke’s, Andrea led one of the sessions in the Lenten retreat series Women-Wilderness-Wisdom, so you may already be familiar with her gift for leading others to deeper self-understanding.

About the retreat:

From Friday afternoon, October 1 through Sunday noon, October 3, we will be taking a break from the whirlwind of fall activities—demanding, as they do, so much of our energy.  This weekend is for being calm together with friends, and refreshing that spirit of sisterhood that has characterized our lives together.

 Last year, with the enforced isolation necessitated by COVID, our contact has been limited in time and in expression and now it is time to reclaim that personal connection that is the source of joy for us as we go about the activities of the church.

This retreat offers an opportunity to explore where you are on your journey using creative spiritual practices and guided group discussions that will include prayer, play, worship and fellowship. It also will include time to truly retreat for rest, relaxation and spiritual nourishment.  The venue is the lovely Wisdom House, where the beautiful setting will enhance the experience.

Our retreat leader, the Andrea McDonough, will encourage and inspire you to continue your spiritual journey, enriched by your fellow pilgrims along the way—your Saint Luke’s sisters.  Please join us for this special time to re-connect and form meaningful ties with the women with whom you share the pews of Saint Luke’s.

The retreat will end, as it traditionally does, with the pot ceremony, when we take our cares and burdens and offer them to the Lord and remove them from our plate of stresses.

 About The Mercy Center in Madison:

The Mercy Center, completely renovated and improved since the earliest days of the Women’s Retreat, is situated on a spacious campus on the Sound.  It offers excellent accommodations to its visitors.  Each visitor’s room, whether double or single, has a bath.  Large picture windows in the common area have ocean views.  There is an outdoor labyrinth and lots of places for great walks along the beach. 

The food is cafeteria style but excellent and healthful.  Special dietary requests can be honored as well, given enough notice.

Cost: Retreat pricing:  (all prices are per person and include rooms and meals for the weekend)*

Private room/private bath:                     $375

Shared room (double)/private bath:    $350

*A very limited number of scholarships are available.

Please sign up early to guarantee your spot!

Please enroll here!  Payment by credit card is also available as per below.  Otherwise, secure your enrollment by sending a check to the Parish financial office—put “Women’s Retreat.”

There is also a sign-up sheet at the desk in the Parish office, if you prefer to enroll that way. Questions? Martha Cook (203-984-1381)

If you would prefer to pay by check please drop the check off in the Parish Office or mail it to Saint Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. Please be sure to pay before August 15th. Please make check payable to “Saint Luke’s Parish” and include “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line