Retreat Programs

Explore our retreat offerings. And remember! You can also visit us for a “self-guided” retreat any time.

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Associates Retreat
Humility: Embracing the Liberating Truth of Who We Are

Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, January 19
:: Led by Br. Robert James Magliula, Director of Associates

Chapter 7 of the Rule, by its length and position, is the heart of Benedict’s presentation of the way to God. The texts that at first appear unattractive are often the ones that will repay the efforts to understand them. Going beyond the 6th century cultural forms envisaged by Benedict, we will try to find in our own experience a reflection of the realities to which the Rule refers. Open to Associates and those considering membership.

Cost: $265, deposit: $80

Taste and See …

Tuesday, January 28 – Friday, January 31
:: Led by Suzette Cayless
An opportunity to explore prayer from the perspective of enjoying God’s hospitality. Such an awareness of God’s invitation and presence leads to a deepening of our intercessory praying; experiencing this as hospitality to others. “Taste” the graciousness of God through scripture passages, poetry and many stories; in silence and worship “See” the transformative effects of grace at work.

N.B. Part of the Retreat time will be in silence. Provision will also be made for fellowship with others through conversation.

Cost: $250, deposit: $80

Clergy Workshop
The Art of Hearing Confessions

Tuesday, February 4 – Friday, Feb 7
:: Led by The Rev’d Martin Smith

This workshop offers intensive, practical training in this rewarding ministry through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the Anglican pastoral tradition. Drawing on forty years of experience as a confessor and clergy mentor, Martin Smith has recently co-authored Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions (Morehouse)with Julia Gatta. Priests at all levels of experience are welcome.

Cost: $285, deposit: $80

Winter Library Retreat

Tuesday – Friday, February 25-28
:: Led by Brother Bernard Delcourt

Join enthusiastic volunteers for a labor of love – and balance work, prayer and recreation – as we continue the rewarding tasks of caring for and cataloging over 20,000 volumes.

Cost: $200, deposit: $80

Stepping Into Lent, Moving into the Desert
Path Practice and Prayer

Tuesday, March 4 – Friday, March 7
:: Led by the Rev’d Gwyneth Murphy

The spiritual journey is our evolving relationship with ourselves, each other and the Divine. Lent is a special time in this journey, an invitation to enter more deeply into the mystery of what it means to be human, created in the Divine Image and called to continue Jesus’ ministry of compassion and justice. As we are not the same from year to year, neither is our Lenten Path.

Lent rests in the apparent paradox that the spiritual journey is done alone, as well as in community. Thus, there will time spent in silence and solitude, as well as time together.

We shall enter into the Gospel stories of Jesus’ Baptism, and of His then entering into the Desert for Forty Days. Through Guided Reflections offered by the Retreat Leader, and our shared prayer and reflection, we shall each uncover the path, practice, and prayer to which God calls us this Lent.

We join the Brothers at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a festive pancake supper to celebrate Fat Tuesday a/k/a Shrove Tuesday a/k/a Mardi Gras. We gather after supper to enter our Retreat Time together, We spend Ash Wednesday fasting* and in silence, joining the Brothers for Liturgy. Thursday and Friday, we’ll gather together for continued reflection and prayer, followed by time in silence.

*Cheese, fruit, bread and water are available during the day. In the evening, soup and salad. If you need more sustenance, you are welcome to bring food; there is a refrigerator for your use.

The Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy is Interim Pastor at St. Gregory’s, Woodstock, NY, a Retreat Leader, Spiritual Director and Sacred Dancer.

cost: $300, deposit: $80

Holy Cross Lent Retreat:
“There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy”

Friday – Sunday, March 7 – 9
::Led by Fr. Bob Pierson, OSB

Our image of God is very important for our spiritual life. Is God a loving parent? Is God a just judge? Scripture tells us that God is merciful, but it also contains a great deal of material that paints an angry, judgmental picture of God. In this retreat, Fr. Bob will share his own experience of coming to a deeper understanding of God’s love and mercy for us through his reflection on those Gospel passages that describe Jesus’ experience of God’s love and mercy.

Fr. Bob has been a Benedictine monk for more than thirty years. Since April 2013, he has been living and working at Holy Cross Monastery, helping with individual spiritual direction and leading group retreats.

Cost: $240, deposit: $80

Contemplative Young Adult Retreat

Tuesday – Friday, March 11 – 14
:: Led by Corey Krupowicz and Br. James Michael Dowd

This retreat is an opportunity for young adults to experience Contemplative Prayer. The Contemplative young adult retreat will offer an introduction into different techniques of prayer that we can practice in order to deepen our relationship with the Divine. Through the practices of Silence, Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina and the Divine Hours we will learn how to bring the ancient practices of contemplative prayer into our lives in a deeper way as young adults in this modern age.

Corey Krupowicz has been a practitioner of silent prayer for the last 15 years. He appreciates the importance in cultivating a contemplative path. At 34 years old, Corey is a member of the Episcopal Church, and an Associate of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. Corey is active within the Contemplative Outreach Young Adult advisory group, and will be completing his presenters training within the coming year in order to help young adults gain access to Contemplative prayer.

Brother James is the Guest Master at Holy Cross Monastery and has been practicing Centering Prayer and lectio divina for more than thirty years.

Cost: $195, deposit: $80

Lenten Contemplative Days
Praying alongside the Monastic Community

Tuesday – Friday, March 18 – 21

A completely silent time with the monks as we observe our Lenten “Contemplative Days.” During this period we are in complete silence, no programs or spiritual direction are offered and there is a reduced worship schedule (Matins, Eucharist and Vespers). This will be limited to 15 guests who would like to enter into deep silence with us.

Cost: $225, deposit: $80

Grounded
Finding the Spirit of God in the Spirit of the Age

Tuesday, March 25 – Friday, March 28
:: Led by Diana Butler Bass

In this retreat, Diana Butler Bass will share from her book-in-process, “Grounded” (forthcoming from HarperOne in 2015), a spiritual theology for what she calls “earthy” faith. Each day, she will present themes from different chapters, including reading in-process bits of manuscript, to reflect upon where we find God in the world around us — themes might include “roots,” “dirt,” “food,” “love,” “technology,” and “neighborhood.” This retreat will be a unique way to engage an author as she writes, to share our own stories of everyday life, and find hope by exploring new forms of emerging culture and congregations. The goal will be to open our eyes and see what is good in the world and how God is with us in the changes all around. A good time to gather ideas and inspiration for sermons, for those who love to write to support one another, and to engage the practice of the presence of God in all things.

Cost: $375, deposit: $80

Harp Gathering

Friday – Sunday, March 28 – 30
:: Led by Sue Richards and Brother Andrew Colquhoun

Attention harpers! Come join us at the monastery for a weekend of sharing tunes and playing together. Sue Richards will be here. Sue is a great and well-known performer, composer, judge and a member of Ensemble Galilei. We will keep the format fairly loose so that it does not bind us but leaves the music free to flow. Bring your harp, some tunes to share if you want to, and join in the rhythm of life here at the monastery on the Hudson.

Cost: $190, deposit: $80

Lent Individually Directed Retreats

Tuesday – Friday, April 1 – 4
:: Led by the Monastic Community

*short written assignment before the retreat begins
*limited registration

Some time with a director and a good deal of time with silence this Lent. This is a retreat in which prayer and silence will be practiced as an invitation for deeper union with God and in which each participant will work with a spiritual director chosen by the monastic community.

Cost: $310, deposit: $80

The Three Great Days
Holy Week at the Monastery

Thursday – Sunday, April 17 – 20
:: with the Monastic Community

Join the monastic community in a distinctive observance of the central event of the liturgical year – from Maundy Thursday with the washing of the feet, through Good Friday and the procession of to the Cross, and onward to the exaltation of the Great Vigil and the sunrise celebration of Easter Sunday.

Cost: $275, deposit: $80

Easter Week Clergy Retreat
Re-Joice, Re-Plenish, Re-Create, Re-Lax

Easter Tuesday, April 22 – Easter Thursday, April 24
:: Led by Rev’d Gwyneth Murphy

God saw fit to rest after a week of intense productivity, so why shouldn’t clergy rest after the intensity of Holy Week and Easter? This retreat is a Sabbath of spacious time in the peace of the Monastery and the beauty of the Hudson River. The brothers and staff will see to leaflets, music, candles, coffee and people’s needs. While there will be opportunities to reflect, pray and have fun with fellow clergy, you can also just nap, sit by the river, read a book or knit. (Fun includes social hour, hiking, exploring local towns and who knows what else …)

If you have been “meaning to get to the Monastery one of these years” this may be the time. There are jigsaw puzzles to complete, a Labyrinth to walk, a library to peruse, chanting at the Daily Office, exceptional food, places inside and out to sit and read …all in the context of Benedictine Spirituality and Hospitality.

Led by the Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy, Retreat Leader and Spiritual Director

Cost: $225, deposit: $80

Spring Library Retreat

Tuesday – Friday, April 22 – 25
:: Led by Brother Bernard Delcourt

Join enthusiastic volunteers for a labor of love – and balance work, prayer and recreation – as we continue the rewarding tasks of caring for and cataloging over 20,000 volumes.

Cost: $200, deposit: $80

Come and See
Monastic Living as a Vocation

Tuesday – Friday, May 13 – 16
:: Led by the Monastic Community

A program for single men, aged 20 to 48, interested in exploring Benedictine monastic life as a possible vocation. Discover what this ancient yet modern way of life can offer you today.

Cost: Free-will Offering

Loving the World
Photography as Spiritual Practice

Tuesday – Friday, May 13 – 16
:: Led by Mr. Paul Kimmerling

Is it possible to see the world anew, with wonder and curiosity? To re-present our surroundings as we find them, without judgment…indeed, with love?

Join us as we take an “inside-out” approach to seeing the world and taking photographs. In this weekday retreat, you will engage in contemplative practices as well as digital photography, to strengthen the connection between our inner lives and our capacity to see the world as we find it. Such a connection — between our outer vision and inner being — has been explored by photographers, philosophers, and poets through the ages as well as mystics such as Rumi, Meister Eckhart, and St. Francis.

This retreat is ideal for those who would like to refresh their love of photography, as well as those who are new to making digital pictures. No level of proficiency is required. It is also ideal for those who want to revitalize their spiritual practice through the pursuit of an artistic medium.

Come and explore the grounds at Holy Cross Monastery, including our shoreline on the Hudson. Take pictures with your digital camera or smartphone camera. Engage in photography as a contemplative practice.

Paul Kimmerling is a retreat and workshop leader, spiritual director and practitioner of contemplative photography. His current programs include “Live the Questions”, a weeklong retreat on the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare, in Assisi, Italy, and “Loving the World: Photography as Spiritual Practice”. Through 2012, he was a lay leader at Christ the King, Stone Ridge, and St Andrew’s, New Paltz, where he contributed programing and preaching. He is a board member of the Companions of Mary the Apostle, a religious community of Episcopal women, in West Park, NY. Read more about Paul, and his offerings, at http://soulintentionblog.com/welcome/.

Cost: $300, deposit: $80

Standing at the Tomb
An Easter Season Retreat for Women

Tuesday, May 13 – Friday, May 16
:: Led by: Sr. Elizabeth Broyles, CMA and Sr. Shane Phelan, CMA

We celebrate Christ’s resurrection as the keystone of Christian faith, but what does it really mean for us? How do we encounter resurrection, and let ourselves be transformed? What might we do to join in Christ’s renewal of the world?

Join us for some time standing at the hinge between death and life. Through Bible study, group activities, and individual reflection we will come to a deeper awareness of how Christ is making all things new within and among us.

All women are welcome.

Cost: $300, deposit: $80

Easter-tide Contemplative Days
Praying alongside the Monastic Community

Tuesday, May 20 – Friday, May 23

A completely silent time with the monks as we observe our Easter-tide “Contemplative Days.” During this period we are in complete silence, no programs or spiritual direction are offered and there is a reduced worship schedule (Matins, Eucharist and Vespers). This will be limited to 15 guests who would like to enter into deep silence with us.

Cost: $225, deposit: $80

Writing Your Life

Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25
:: Led by Beverly Donofrio

Discover the consciousness-expanding potential of memoir in a weekend-long writing workshop designed to take you deeper into your hearts, your souls and your pasts –to discover and depict the transformative movement of spirit in your lives. Instructor Beverly Donofrio creates a supportive environment in which to mine your own experiences, ask questions of it, and contemplate the mystery. You will create raw material then craft it using the narrative techniques of scene writing, reflection, and summary to bring your story to life. Telling your story can be profound and fun. All that is required is a strong desire and the courage to write the truth.

Beverly Donofrio has published three memoirs: her first, the New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie; her second, Looking for Mary was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Book; and her latest, Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has published two children’s books, with a third on the way in 2014. Her essays have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Spirituality and Health, Oprah magazine, Huffington Post and Slate. Her NPR documentaries can be heard through Sound Portraits. She has taught creative nonfiction workshops across the United States and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Donofrio lives in Woodstock, NY, where she is writing the libretto to a musical based on Astonished. You can read or access some of her essays at her website, beverlydonofrio.com.

Cost: $290, deposit: $80

River and Mountain Pilgrimage

Tuesday, May 27 – Friday, May 30
:: Led by Br. James Rostron

Join Br. James for several hikes along the Hudson River and in the Catskill Mountains. We will approach these outings as pilgrimage, with discussion and prayer to frame each hike. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear, and other gear (water bottles, sunglasses, daypack, etc.) for hikes ranging in length from 2 to 8 miles, rain or shine. Some hikes may include steep, rocky trails with elevation gains of up to 1800 feet. You are also invited to bring tools for personal expression, such as journals, sketchpads, or cameras. Enrollment is limited to 8 people.

Cost: $225, deposit: $80

Alexander Technique

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15
:: Led by Bill Connington

The Alexander Technique Retreat features three days of intensive yet relaxing study with Bill Connington, a renowned, certified Alexander teacher with more than 20 years experience. The Alexander Technique is a 100-year-old method aimed at improving the way the body is used. A few of the many benefits of the technique are learning how to reduce tension and stress, improve posture, and manage pain. Those who may benefit from the technique are people in pain, those with physical restrictions, those who want to improve their posture; performers, musicians, athletes, and those interested in the mind/body connection. The workshop will be full of hands-on work, dialogue, in-depth learning, and fun. All levels are welcome from beginners to those who have studied Alexander extensively. Why not take time for yourself in a special time, in a special place – and find a healthy mind/bodybalance?

Fees are $375 for tuition, room and board. The fee for commuters is $270. For more information, please visit www.createabalance.org.To register or ask questions, please contact Julie Donato at 845-227-2706 or JulieMB@prodigy.net.

Associates Retreat
“Summer time and the living is easy….”

Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6
:: Led by Brother Robert Sevensky

A gentle summer weekend for Associates of Holy Cross. Associate Probationers and those interested in exploring the Associates program. We will reflect on the beauty of summer and its call to leisure, slower living and quiet, fruitful growth through prayer, poetry, music, and art. Weather permitting, we will schedule a nature walk for those who like that sort of thing and a few surprises. But nothing special: just some time out for God and ourselves…which can be very special indeed.

Cost: $190, deposit: $80

Summer Contemplative Days
Praying along-side the Monastic Community

Tuesday, July 8 – Friday, July 11

A completely silent time with the monks as we observe our Summer “Contemplative Days.” During this period we are in complete silence, no programs or spiritual direction are offered and there is a reduced worship schedule (Matins, Eucharist and Vespers). This will be limited to 15 guests who would like to enter into deep silence with us.

Cost: $225, deposit: $80

Summer Individually Directed Retreats

Tuesday, July 22 – Friday, July 25
:: Led by the Monastic Community

*short written assignment before the retreat begins
*limited registration

Some time with a director and a good deal of time with silence this Lent. This is a retreat in which prayer and silence will be practiced as an invitation for deeper union with God and in which each participant will work with a spiritual director chosen by the monastic community.

Cost: $310, deposit: $80