Center for Spiritual Wisdom & Mepkin Abbey


Contemplation On the Cooper: Journey to Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Spirituality Learning Series + Retreat

September-October 2022

* REGISTRATION NOW FULL; waiting available *

Center for Spiritual Wisdom and Mepkin Abbey invite you to discover the renewed wisdom of an ancient, time-honored tradition. Join us this fall for a journey to Mepkin Abbey, which begins with a 3-session exploration series and culminating in a weekend retreat at the beautiful Mepkin Abbey on the Cooper River in South Carolina. Immerse yourself in the spirituality that monks and nuns have practiced for many hundreds of years.

Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery located north of Charleston, S.C., established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation. The monks at Mepkin Abbey draw on a Christian monastic lineage dating from the 4th century. Following the Rule of St. Benedict, they devote their lives to contemplative prayer, spiritual study, work, hospitality, simplicity, silence, and community.

While on this spiritual pilgrimage  to Mepkin, we will study the spiritual practices still followed by present-day monastics, and discover how these practices can inform and enhance our own spirituality. CSW will host three weekly online sessions that break open monastic spirituality and how such spirituality fosters spiritual awareness and presence. After the online sessions, the journey will continue to Mepkin Abbey for a weekend retreat. At Mepkin, we will join the monks in prayer, delve further into their contemplative practices, bathe in the beauty of the abbey grounds, and spend time in personal reflection and prayer, as well as engage in community discussion. We hope the journey will be transformative and on-going for all who take part.

The 90-minute weekly online sessions will be held on Sept. 26, Oct. 3, and Oct. 10 (all Mondays) starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. The retreat will begin Friday, Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. and will end Sunday evening, Oct. 16. Check out will be the following morning, Oct. 17. Registration is $425 per person, including all presentations, study materials, overnight accommodations for three nights, and meals at Mepkin Abbey (transportation to and from Mepkin Abbey not included). Registration per couple is $800 (a discount of $50). Note: all rooms at the Mepkin Abbey Retreat Center are single rooms with twin beds; when 2 people are registered, they will be assigned to adjacent rooms.

This series is open to women as well as men, and is recommended for Christians and individuals open to the wisdom of Christian spirituality from its monastic heritage.

Questions? Ask team leader Tony Gillman by email HERE.

Please note: all rooms at the Mepkin Abbey Retreat Center are single occupancy, and registration is limited to 15 individuals. Two adults registering together will be assigned to adjacent rooms, all of which have twin beds.

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($425 for 1 person; $800 for 2)

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Mepkin on the Cooper CROP