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Your Guide to Local Retreats

A retreat can be as close as your own backyard or experienced at one of these nearby locations, offering individuals and groups a space to explore silence and deeper reflection.   


HIMALAYAN INSTITUTE: A gathering place for seekers of inspiration and restoration, the Himalayan Institute ( located in picturesque Pocono Mountains, includes yoga retreats, workshops and a wellness center with chiropractic, Ayurvedic, and body treatments. 


JESUIT CENTER: A place of natural beauty in Berks County, the Jesuit Center, (, provides day, weekend and weeklong retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignacius of Loyola.  


KAIROS SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Using the 240 rolling acres of the Jesuit Center, in Wernersville, Kairos, (, unaffiliated with any particular denomination, facilitates a nurturing space to deepen relationship with God, self and others during day-long, weekend, and silent retreats. See ad, page 22.  


KIRKRIDGE RETREAT & STUDY CENTER: Spiritual growth, theology, writing, and healing with a mindset of inclusion and sustainability are offered at Kirkridge (, on the Kittatinny Ridge overlooking the Delaware Valley. 

KULA KAMALA FOUNDATION & ASHRAM: Located ibeautiful Alsace Township, Berks County, Kula Kamala Ashram (KulaKamalaFoundation.orgincludes yoga, Yoga Therapy, mantra, meditation, holistic treatments, retreats and yoga teacher trainings. Many of the classes and the healthy café are by donation. See ad, page 8.  


MARIAWALD RETREAT CENTER: Located in Reading, Mariawald Convent (, extends hospitality to individuals and groups of all faith traditions who wish to spend time in retreat and reflection.  


TEMENOS RETREAT CENTERTemenos Retreat Center, in Chester County, (, offers a beautiful setting for private individual and group retreats, along with weekly nature walks and meditation, yoga, drumming, and other events. 


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