“The quieter you are…

The more you hear.”

Silent Retreat

Overview

For Adults

Come to the Gilmont Silent Retreat. In these simple words, deep calls to deep, the lyrical voice of the psalmist captures an intimate eternal moment with God. This short simple phrase connects us with our desire to feel the waves and billows of God eternally wash over us.

We are living in the end of an era, all around us we see constant change and the accompanying chaos. We desperately need to absorb what is peaceful and sacred into the depths of our individual and collective soul. Embracing long moments of silence is fundamental to receiving peace and being in communion with God.

During the Silent Retreat, participants will be given space to create a spiritual connection with the living God in our midst. We will be provided with daily scripture readings, one-on-one time with a Spiritual Director, hands-on prayer exercises, and wide-open spaces of silence with God. Each participant has the freedom to decide how to engage the retreat schedule and how to spend the hours of their day.

Ultimately, the Silent Retreat at Camp Gilmont challenges participants to meditate on the question:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
What are humans that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them? – Psalm 8:3-4 NRSV

More information

The retreat begins with a brief time of verbal sharing and setting intention for the retreat. Throughout the retreat, participants experience space for quiet and reflection along with space for creatively encountering God through optional, self guided prayer stations.  Silence is broken for scheduled scripture readings, and participants are given the option of meeting with a spiritual director for 30 minutes daily, if they would like to verbally process anything that is stirring that needs to be spoken to a trusted listener.

Retreat Facilitators

Fran Ayers, Gordon Blackman, Clay Brantley, Betsy Lockhart, Marie Nelson, Lil Smith, Kenny Rigoulot, Laura Vaughn

Your Encouragement

You are in charge of your own practice at the retreat.  You are encouraged to take this time to lean into the practice of silence and to avoid the temptation to fill the time with study, catching up on a good book, or whatever else might vie for your attention. 

The retreat begins Sunday, March 2 with check in starting at 4 pm.

We will gather for dinner at 6 pm followed by a conversation around the rhythm of the retreat and our time together practicing silence in community. Participants will be invited to consider signing up for sessions with a spiritual director during this time as well. Following that conversation, we will enter into silence together.

The retreat ends Ash Wednesday, March 5.

We will gather for the worship following breakfast and then we will break silence during communion.

Lodge Rooms (Price includes lodging, linens, meals and program)

Single Occupancy $375 per person
Double Occupancy $275 per person (If you are choosing Double Occupancy this means you are coordinating with your own roommate. Please list your roommate’s name on your registration form. Gilmont will not assign random roommates.)

Cabin Community Space (Price includes lodging, linens, meals and program)

$225 per person (Up to 6 guests share sleeping space and a rest room. Depending on retreat attendance, cabin guests will be more spread out.)

Full payment is due two weeks prior to the retreat start date.

Cancellations and Refunds

Full payment is due two weeks prior to the retreat start date.

24 hour grace period:

Cancellations occurring within 24 hours of registration are eligible for a full refund of all payments, including the registration deposit. 

More than 15 days:

Cancellations occurring 15+ days prior to the retreat start date will result in a refund of all payments except the $75 non-refundable registration deposit. 

Less than 15 Days:

Cancellations occurring within 14 days prior to the retreat start date will result in forfeiture of the entire tuition including the $75 non-refundable registration deposit. You will be given the option to apply all payments to a future retreat in the same calendar year.

Retreat Cancellation:

If Camp Gilmont is unable to host the retreat for any reason, all payments, other than the $75 registration deposit, will be refunded in full.

The details

Dates:

March 2-5, 2025

​Lodge Rooms

Single Occupancy $400 per person

Double Occupancy $300 per person

(Price includes lodging, linens, meals and program)

If you are choosing Double Occupancy this means you are coordinating with your own roommate. Please list your roommate’s name on your registration form. Gilmont will not assign random roommates.

Cabin Community Space

$225 per person

(Price includes lodging, linens, meals and program)

Up to 6 guests share sleeping space and a rest room. Depending on retreat attendance, cabin guests will be more spread out.

Activities

Whether coming for summer camp, day camp, a retreat or your own facility rental, Gilmont has a lot of activities to offer. Here are some of our most popular.

What’s the
next step?

Take your next step to get involved at Gilmont! We are excited to have you and look forward to having you experience the community and reconnection with nature here.