Contemplative Outreach San Diego


          A Half Day Retreat on Teresa of Avila 


Saturday, January 26, 2019

9:00 am – 9:30 am (Hospitality and Gathering) 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Retreat)

Gethsemane Lutheran Church  2696 Melbourne Drive, San Diego California 92123

The morning will include centering prayer, music, chant, and teaching on Teresa of Avila. Oliva Espin, long time practitioner of centering prayer, and professor emerita from SDSU Women’s Studies Department will share her reflections on Teresa of Avila, whom she has studied for over 50 years.

An RSVP to Diane Langworthy at is appreciated.

Contact COSD at 619 955-0962 for questions. A Free Will offering will be taken.




 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.

To preregister for this event click on the spy glass  in the upper right corner  of the home page and type in registration form click on it and print.    For More information, call Kathy DeFide at (619) 749-4141




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.