Winter Wisdom Circles
Join a winter Wisdom Circle and benefit from the shared wisdom of others.
A Wisdom Circle is a group of 8-12 people who gather to learn, tell stories, listen and pray about a particular subject. Within the safety of the circle, we practice a way of being that connects us in spirit,
drawing us within for a deeper experience.

Being Sanctuary
February 22 - March 8
7:30-9:00pm, via Zoom
With a deep breath I ask: in our noisy world, where is sanctuary? How can I bring the healing of sanctuary into these times—in my home, my work and my community?

Join in this mid-winter pause as we anticipate beginning again in our world. In this Wisdom Circle, we will share in holy listening, and invite a space to hear the sacred rumblings that we each bring. Then, we will shape a blessing of going forth, a Celtic practice when moving from one place to another. 

Our circle will offer the refreshment of listening and reflection inspired by the voices of Brother Lawrence, a 17c. cook and Carmelite lay brother, Macrina Wiederkehr, beloved poet and monastic, and Howard Thurman, philosopher and theologian.

Seeing the Word: Women of the Bible
Mondays, March 1-22
6:30-7:30 pm, via Zoom
This Wisdom Circle is a contemplative prayer practice using illuminations from the St John’s Bible. These beautiful images bring to life passages from Scripture, helping us to engage with the Word, encounter the Divine, and enact the Message in our daily lives.

Journey with us through the Lenten season and explore the often-overlooked women of the Bible. We will get to see their faith, hope, courage, and love highlighted in the St John’s Bible.

Click here to register online.
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On Site Retreats
The Retreat House offers sanctuary to anyone who wishes to get away from the turmoil of these times and to rest, whether for a few hours or a few days. We invite you to come to the Retreat House for a Personal Retreat Day or for a Hermitage Overnight stay.

For a Personal Retreat Day, you set aside all or part of a day to be at the Retreat House by yourself or with a companion.

For a Hermitage Overnight, you reserve a guest room for one or more nights.
This is a wonderful opportunity to be still, to renew your spirit, to open your heart to God.

Enjoy soothing meditative walks on the grounds and around the labyrinth. Beautiful St. Paul’s church will draw you in for prayerful silence. Sip a cup of tea and peruse the Retreat House library, or put your feet up and close your eyes.

Before you arrive, you can arrange to spend time with a Retreat House spiritual director in person or online.

The suggested donation for a Personal Retreat Day is $50, and $75/night for a Hermitage Overnight. But please don’t let finances get in the way! We invite you to take some time for yourself and head for Hillsboro!

For more information, contact us at or call (410) 364-7069.
Day's End
Evening Meditation
Weekdays 5:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Listen, breathe, be still.
A peaceful way
to move into your evening.

Feel free to log in to hear a beautiful prayer or poem followed by just the right amount of quiet meditation time.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 212 677 840
Password: 944568
Call in/audio only: 301 715 8592
The Retreat House Bookshop
Game Changers by Linda Mastro

I discovered Anne Lamott decades ago through her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Promoted as a book on how to be a writer, Bird by Bird is more the gospel of how to live with genuine curiosity and commitment.

Read more
You can find Anne Lamott's book on the Retreat House Bookshop page along with many others we recommend. Your book purchase supports independent booksellers and The Retreat House at Hillsboro.

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Winter Calendar
Thursdays, January 21-February 18
Wisdom Circle: Creative Spirit,
with Heather Hall, via Zoom
(Registration Closed)

Mondays, February 22 - March 8
Being Sanctuary, with Heather Strang, via Zoom

Mondays, March 1-22
Seeing the Word: Women of the Bible, with Heather Hall, via Zoom

Thursday, March 25
9:30am - 1:00pm
Seasonal Quiet Day
with Julia Morris Myers, via Zoom

PLEASE NOTE: All AA meetings will be online only for the foreseeable future. Click here to attend AA meetings through Zoom.
Fridays: 7:30 pm, AA Big Book
Saturdays: 7:00 pm, AA Women's Candlelight
Sundays: 5:30 pm, AA Step 
The Retreat House gates are always open.
Please visit us soon!
All are welcome at The Retreat House to take quiet walks among the beautiful old trees, to visit historic St. Paul's Cemetery, or enjoy a labyrinth meditation. At this time, we are not hosting indoor gatherings. Thank you for observing safety protocols while you are here, by wearing masks and maintaining social distance. Please stay safe and be well!