The Regional Synod of New York

Listening Hearts Retreat

   Listening Hearts Retreat

April 4-7, 2022

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:          $360.00 per person (includes $50 non-refundable


Meals:        Monday dinner through Thursday lunch

                 Three-nights single occupancy lodging


Guides:               Kate Sampson, Spiritual Director

                            Beth Williams, Spiritual Director

                                 Martha Andrews, Spiritual Director

                              Ellen Ratmeyer, Spiritual Director

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 a spiritual director 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.  Morning and Evening Prayer times will focus on spiritual practices to encourage the desire to become more aware of the presence of God in one’s life.

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

 Rest will be honored…Renewal encouraged

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”, April 4-7, 2022.  Lori will take your contact information and instruct you to send your $50.00 deposit check to confirm your reservation.  The $310.00 balance may be paid up to two weeks prior to the retreat.   


When your registration is confirmed, please contact Ellen Ratmeyer ( to receive updated retreat details.