Centering Prayer and Welcoming Prayer


Arkansas House of Prayer is happy to pass on the information about two opportunities for learning more about prayer and meditation this coming month in Arkansas.  The House of Prayer is not sponsoring these events directly, so please read on and follow the links if you  would like to know more.

Welcoming Prayer Workshop at St. Mark’s Little Rock

Saturday, March 9

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi, Little Rock, will offer a Welcoming Prayer Workshop on Saturday, March 9, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.  Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence in all of the events of our daily life and contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.  Mary Dwyer, the presenter, has been involved with Centering Prayer since the mid-1980s and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.   The cost of the workshop is $25, which incluces lunch.


Meditation Retreat at St. Scholastica Monastery

March 14- 17, 2013

Consider giving yourself the Gift of a Silent Retreat in Fort Smith, AR during this Lenten Season. This retreat is designed to provide a safe and sacred container in which to spend time with God, who Thomas Keating calls: The Divine Therapist. The retreat will be conducted in silence with three sessions of centering prayer each day. There will also be some spiritual teaching provided by Cynthia Bourgeault CDs. Cynthia’s book, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening is recommended (but not required) reading along with Thomas Keating’s, Open Mind, Open Heart.

This retreat is a good way to “jump-start” a centering prayer practice and also a good refresher for experienced practitioners. For information and registration go to and/or contact the retreat director, Nick Cole, at or 970-275-1170. The cost is $225.00. Some partial scholarships are available. The retreat begins at 7pm, Thursday, March 14, and concludes after lunch Sunday, March 17, 2013.