Seven Day Centering Prayer Retreat

April 1st– April 7, 2019

Intensive -Post Intensive Retreat

The Intensive-Post Intensive Retreats provides an opportunity to deepen the practice of Centering Prayer in an atmosphere of profound silence and community support. There are six 30-minute Centering Prayer periods daily. An established centering prayer practice is high recommended. The retreat begins Monday April 1st with dinner at 6pm and ends Sunday April 7th mid-morning with the closing session. The fee of $680 includes the retreat, meals and overnight accommodations.   Reservations are limited and will be taken in the order in which they are received. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required with registration.


    Contemplative Outreach North County Event

Contemplative Outreach of North San Diego Presents:

Fr. Vincent Pizzuto

Becoming Prayer Contemplative Discipleship and the Interior Life.  

St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church

16275 Pomerado Road

Poway, California 92064


Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D. is Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Mysticism at the University of San Francisco. Ordained to the priesthood in 2006, Fr. Vincent  founded New Skellig, a contemplative community rooted in the Celtic Christian tradition. In 2017 he was appointed Vicar of  St. Columba Episcopal Church and Retreat House in Inverness, California. Working for the advancement of contemplative Christianity, Fr. Pizzuto has reinvigorated the mission and ministry of St. Columba’s through the introduction of Celtic Christian liturgies, contemplative workshops, public lectures, directed retreats, and weekly meditative sits. In addition to various articles, Fr. Vincent is the author of two books, the latest of which was published in April 2018 with Liturgical Press. Entitled, Contemplating

Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life, Fr. Vincent seeks to bring his readers, the affirmation that through the Incarnation, we have all be made partakers of the divine nature.



For 30 years Contemplative Outreach has been dedicated to transmitting the living tradition of the Contemplative Christian Heritage through the teachings of Father Thomas Keating and through programs and offerings that support the contemplative life. The primary purpose of Contemplative Outreach of San Diego is to teach the method of Centering Prayer and its immediate conceptual background. If you are interested in having a Centering Prayer workshop at your church, community, or organization, contact Karen Downs, We are available weekends and weekdays.


The purpose of the Half-Day of Prayer is to provide spiritual and moral support to members of the COSD community who have attended a Centering Prayer introductory workshop and are actively practicing this prayer form. This activity is generally sponsored by a COSD prayer group and is provided in a facility during a three hour period on Saturday mornings. The format includes two periods of Centering Prayer and a spiritual presentation with group discussion.


Retreats provide an environment conducive to spiritual growth for persons who have attended an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer. Generally the retreats are three days of silence with five to seven periods of Centering Prayer each day. Personal spiritual direction is provided and a group dialogue is held on the final day.

In a retreat setting the length of the periods of Centering Prayer can be extended. Lengthening or multiplying periods of Centering Prayer can help to deepen the experience of interior silence and promote the grow in intimacy with God.  There are 3-day, 5- day and 8-day retreats offered locally and nationally.