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Clay/Straw Building Workshop June 1-2: THIS WEEKEND!

Posted by on May 27, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Clay/Straw Building Workshop June 1-2: THIS WEEKEND!

Click here for full information Join us this weekend, June 1-2,  for the clay/straw building workshop with Thomas Hirsch of Bungalow Builders. Thomas has years of experience building with natural materials and creating earth-friendly and spirit-enhancing homes. He will help us build a small meditation shelter. This will be our “trial-run” for building a home for community staff. We encourage you to consider participating in one of the following ways: Come for the entire workshop, 9:00 am, Friday,  June 1 through 5:00pm, Saturday, June 2 Come for Thomas’ presentation on Friday evening at 7:00 Come for one day or part of a day, get dirty and have some fun in the mud Come to see what we are doing, heckle the workers, and be glad you are not so dirty Most of all, come. We’d love to see you. Your presence is valuable to us. Don’t let the cost of the workshop be a hindrance to you. Consider making a donation toward the cost of building the structure and Thomas’ time. Let us know if you will be here for a meal: lunches at 12:30 and suppers at 5:30. Meal reservations should be made before Wednesday, May 30. We still have a few rooms available for overnight stay. Contact us to reserve a room or bring your tent and camp with Jay....

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Taizé Evensong on Hiatus for 2018

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Taizé Evensong on Hiatus for 2018

We held our final Taizé Evensong service on December 10, 2017. The candles were all lit and the gathered voices ended with “Gloria, gloria, in excelsis deo” to the ringing of the bell. We are grateful to have hosted this sung prayer service for 14 years on the second Sunday of each month (excepting August) for groups from 2-25. We give thanks for the faithful musicians who have given years of service: Jeffrey Keefer, Beverly Schmitt, Verna Troyer, Elisabeth Wenger, Margaret Wenger, Emily Wenger, John Mark Wenger, Karla Kauffman, Pat Farris, Bob Reetz, Zac Bowman Cooke, Naomi Wenger, and David Wenger. May we all continue to be blessed with a perpetual song in our hearts that sings when we forget...

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Annual Letter from The Hermitage Board

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Annual Letter from The Hermitage Board

Deanna Risser, Hermitage Board President, has written a letter to all friends of The Hermitage. Please read it here: 2017 Annual Appeal.

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Spiritual Exercises, 19th Annotation Retreat Offered

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Spiritual Exercises, 19th Annotation Retreat Offered

Spiritual Exercises: 9-Month Retreat September 30, 2017 – June 2, 2018 Every person in the world is so put together that by praising, revering, and living according to the will of God our Lord, he or she can safely reach the Reign of God. This is the original purpose of each human life. This statement frames the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatius’ life-long project, to introduce people to a method of following Jesus that engaged them in looking for God in all things, resulted in what we know as the Spiritual Exercises. While his original design was for a person to complete the exercises in 30 days, he recognized that many people would not be able to leave their work and families for that extended time. So, he also encouraged an adaptation of the exercises that spans approximately 30 weeks rather than 30 days. We are forming a small cohort of folks (limit 6) who wish to embark on the Exercises together using this expanded format. Participation will involve monthly meetings (2.5 hours) with the group and a monthly one-on-one meeting (1 hour) with Naomi Wenger, the Director of the retreat. Persons who want to participate should be able to commit to an hour of prayer and meditation each day for the duration of the retreat and to attend the group and private meetings. Cost for the retreat is $600. A deposit of $120 is due (by July 31) to reserve your place in the group. The initial meeting will be September 30 beginning at 9 am. Subsequent meetings will be scheduled at that time. If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Naomi Wenger (269-244-8696) by July...

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Hermitage Jam Work Day and Feast of the Transfiguration Retreat

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Hermitage Jam Work Day and Feast of the Transfiguration Retreat

Hermitage Jam Work Day and Feast of the Transfiguration Retreat August 4 & 5, 2017 Hermitage Jam, Friday, August 4 The annual jam-making workday will be held Friday, August 4 from 9 am – 4 pm. Join us for a day of berrying, jam-preparation and fellowship. Wresting the berries from the canes is a heroic task that leaves most pickers exhilarated, if a little scratched. It is so satisfying to pick a handful of berries all at once and then see them turned into a glorious black-purple jam. There are tasks in the field or the woods, and in the kitchen for all. If you have ever wanted to learn to make jam, this event is for you. If you love eating jam, just being outside, or hearing the “ker-plink, ker- plank, ker-plunk” of berries in your bucket, this event is for you. Participants can come for the day or for Friday and Saturday. The midday meal will be a salad and dessert potluck. Bring your favorite salad or whip up a batch of brownies to share. Those staying over will be treated to a cookout for supper. The work day will begin at 9 am with Morning Prayer in the Grove. Transfiguration Retreat, Saturday, August 5 The Feast of the Transfiguration retreat on Saturday, August 5, from 9 am to 4 pm, will be led by David and Naomi Wenger on the theme, “Until the day dawns,” exploring the possibility of spying God in the everyday. We will have time for prayer, walking, quiet, and communion around the Lord’s Table. There will also be a covenanting ritual for those choosing to be part of The Hermitage Way, for the coming year. Join us for this retreat, counting our extra- ordinary, daily blessings. A midday meal will be provided for retreat guests on Saturday. There is no cost to participants of the workday or the retreat. Donations are accepted for overnight stays before or after either day. Let us know you are coming or reserve a room: call (269-244-8696) or email ( to let us know your...

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