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Franciscan Hermitage Experience

The Franciscan Hermitage Experience is a weekend retreat hosted on the wooded grounds of Alton Collins Retreat Center in Eagle Creek, Oregon. We will gather for 3 nights, 9 delicious meals, thousands of trees, time together, and time alone in the presence of God.

This is a long-running retreat experience originally developed by Sr Mary Jo Chaves as part of her post graduate work in Franciscan theology. It has gone through several changes over the past 20 years (including inviting in three co-facilitators to join Sr Mary Jo), but the heart of the retreat remains St Francis’ Rule of Hermitage. Abundant time will be reserved for prayer, time in silent solitude, some sharing and reflection time as a group in response to key readings from and about St Francis and St Clare.  


For November we can offer some double occupancy rooms. Sign up with a friend or let us know if you are willing to allow us to pair you with another person. (We will keep men together and women together.) Single rooms remain available, too, for those who want to re-create their own “hermitage hut” as did Francis in his times alone for prayer.


Our facilitators for this retreat are Sr Mary Jo, Connie Isgro, Terry Cappiello, and Michelle Kroll.


The Franciscan heart grows through attentive cultivation. When we regularly cast a long deep loving look at the world around us, we will find our opportunities to discover again the core gospel principles.


Register now ~ space is limited

November 22 - 25,2024
Friday, Nov 22 (beginning at 5pm) through Monday, Nov 25 (ending at 1pm)
Alton Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek, OR

Single Room Occupancy $700
Double Room Occupancy $600

We will offer some partial scholarships as funds allow, so please inquire if you need assistance. Please know, too, that any donation you make beyond your registration fee, will be used toward that scholarship fund.

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