The Regional Synod of New York

Encouraging the Nurture of a Listening Heart

Encouraging the Nurture of a Listening Heart

February 13-16, 2023

Linwood Spiritual Center, Rhinebeck, New York

“And don’t we all, with fierce hunger, crave a space of deep listening-full of quiet darkness and stars,

until finally we hear a syllable of God echoing in the cave of our hearts.”

– Macrina Wiederkehr


Cost: $390.00 per person

Meals include Monday dinner through Thursday lunch

Three-nights single occupancy lodging

To retreat is to step outside our normal lives in order to reflect on where we have been and where we might be going; to catch a glimpse of how we might live differently; and to listen for the still, small voice of God. The much-needed retreat is almost always placed squarely in the midst of life’s demands.

During the retreat, there will be opportunity for meeting with spiritual directors to reflect on God’s presence and movement in one’s life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in one’s life, and the response to God that is being made by the retreatant. Worship times will focus on spiritual practices to encourage the desire to become more aware of the presence of God in one’s life.

Guides: Martha Andrews, Spiritual Director

Kate Sampson, Spiritual Director

Beth Williams, Spiritual Director

There will be space during the retreat for silence (including most of the meals).

Rest will be honored…Renewal encouraged

  1. To register, contact Lori Gross, Admin/Reservations at the Linwood Spiritual Center, 845-876-4178 ext. 301 (or email and tell her you want to register for the “Listening Hearts Retreat”, February 13-16, 2023. Lori will take your contact information and instruct you to send your $50.00 deposit check to confirm your reservation.  The $340.00 balance may be paid up to two weeks prior to the retreat.   
  2. When your registration is confirmed, please contact Beth Williams at or text/call me at (518) 461-8557 to receive updated retreat details.

“When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord.”  Jeremiah 29:13-14

Grace and Peace,

Beth Williams

“The real ‘work’ of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me.” Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved