Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre is pleased to offer a variety of retreats, days of prayer and renewal, and workshops throughout the year. Click on the links below for program information and registration instructions.

Retreats and Workshops

Days of Recollection and Prayer

One Day Workshops 

Overnight Retreats

A PRAYER WITH SONGS OF TAIZÉ

June 30 (Saturday– 2:00PM -3:30PM)

A Meditative Prayer with silence and songs of Taizé Free Will Offering.
For detailed information contact Eunji Kim at Eunji@fountaintree.ca or call St. Helen’s Parish, Beamsville ON.
 

Through the Looking Glass

by group appointment

Cost: free will offering

9am-1pm

Learn the basics about Carmelite Spirituality through the stained glass windows of the Main Chapel.  This program will be a walking tour of the stained glass images of Our Lady and Elijah, the two main archetypes of Carmelite Spirituality.  Time for meditation in the chapel will follow the presentation.  The morning ends with mass .  (Groups can schedule this as a chapel tour during the week)

Lectio Divina Group

by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113

Looking for a deeper experience of listening to God’s word?  Try our new Lectio Divina Group.  Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading,” is a group form of praying with the scriptures.  All one needs is a prayerful desire to know God through God’s word as it speaks to the group.  The structured process of Lectio Divina helps the group to enter deeply into God’s word with the hopes of finding applications for its meaning to life in the 21st century.  The group will pray with the gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday

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Ongoing Activities

DAILY MASS - 11:15 AM

Monday thru Friday

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated on weekdays at 11:15 AM in the Canadian National Shrine of St. Therese the Little Flower. All are Welcome!

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Monthly Sessions

Spirtual direction sessions are available on a monthly basis. Please call Centre at 905-356-4113 for information.

DREAM GROUP

by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113

Cost: Free Will Offering

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.

“IN DREAMS WILL I SPEAK TO HIM”  --Numbers 12:6

DREAM GROUP :Ever wonder what to make of your dreams?  Attend the bi-monthly Mount Carmel Dream Group to discover how God may be guiding you through your dreams. 

 

Through a structured sharing process, the group will examine dreams brought by its members.  Come with an open mind and a dream or two!  

SEPARATED AND DIVORCED MINISTRY - -CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID 19

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A group of separated and divorced Catholics meet every other Monday for prayer, input and sharing. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113 for information. Please note that you do not have to be Catholic to attend. Everyone is welcome!

SUPERVISION for SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS

Sessions by Appointment

Supervision is available for trained spiritual directors and for spiritual directors currently in a training program. Please call Centre at 905-356-4113 for information and session fees.

 

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS-- CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID 19

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

A twelve-step organization composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties.

 

An EA group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 PM. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113 for information.

 

 

Labyrinth Walk

by group appointment

Cost: free will offering

Come and experience the Mount Carmel Labyrinth as a different way to pray!  The Labyrinth as an ancient archetypal form and method of prayer has experienced a resurgence in spiritual circles in the past few decades.  An introductory orientation to the Labyrinth will begin at 9 a.m. with a group walk of the Labyrinth at 10 a.m. (Those who have had the introduction before can join the walk at 10).  Participants are free to stay for mass at 11:15. 

  

TRIVIA DAY! THE SEQUEL

Sunday June 7, 2020

Join us for an afternoon of fun, trivia, food and prizes

FRIENDS OF CARMEL

The Friends of Carmel are a group of supporters and benefactors who assist in the promotion and raising of funds for Mount Carmel.

 

If you'd like information on joining us, please call the Centre 905 356 4113 x4200

 

All are welcome!

All Sunday events will be as follows:

11:15 AM MASS, 12 LUNCH, 1PM MEETING 

SILENT MEDITATION--CANELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID 19

Wednesdays at 10am and Fridays at 6pm beginning Ash Wed 2020

Hosted by: Fr. Thomas Hakala O. Carm.

Meditation will be held in the Niagara room on the 4th floor.

Cost: Free will offering

You are invited to come and experience meditation as a way of bringing peace, harmony and joy to your life. Meditation is a way to assist you live a mindful life, to enhance your day-to-day awareness by living in the present moment.

Being is the capacity of our being: and now, in this moment, we recognize, acknowledge , and submit ourselves. We remind ourselves of this each time we live in the moment. This particular moment this is now making us joyous becomes the continuing moment of every day of every year.

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A Day with Titus Brandsma

Sat April 18 9am- 3 pm

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.

Cost: $65 (includes buffet lunch)

Titus Brandsma was martyred during the Holocaust for his opposition to the Nazis in the realms of Catholic journalism and education.  His cause for canonization is currently in process and he may very well be named a saint by the time of this program.  Titus also lived here in the Monastery for a few weeks in 1935 while giving lectures in North America.  This program will immerse you in the life story and mindset of this heroic Carmelite priest.

The Many Faces of Mary

Sat. May 30 9am-3 pm

Led by: Fr. Kulig O. Carm.

Cost: $65 (includes buffet lunch)

Mary features prominently in Catholic piety and theological history, but she is also prominent in art.  Come see the many ways that Mary is depicted in the parishes of the Diocese of St. Catharines.

LIFE CHANGES – WHO AM I NOW?

Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:30 am.-3:30 pm

Led by: Anna Racine

Cost: $65 – includes buffet lunch

Put more joy and meaning into your life

For anyone going through or anticipating a major life change. We will discover the components of self esteem and self image and find the strength and tools to navigate change. Explore the grieving which may accompany change and the areas that may require healing in order to live out fully who you really are.  Mini-presentations, personal reflection and group work.

CAREGIVER BURNOUT – WHAT IS IT AND HOW TO PREVENT IT?

Saturday, Sept 19, 2020 from 9:30 am.-3:30 pm

Led by: Anna Racine

Cost: $65 – includes buffet lunch

Are your caregiving duties leading to emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion? Caregiver burnout is a common occurrence when experiencing the overwhelming task of caring for another. While caring for an adult or child can be very rewarding, it also involves many challenges.

Explore how to identify and manage caregiver stress, learn tips for managing and preventing burnout, and interact with other caregivers in quiet and peaceful surroundings for personal reflection and relaxation.

Understanding Grief

Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9:30 am.-3:30 pm

Led by: Anna Racine

Cost: $65 – includes buffet lunch

Are you experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one, the loss of a marriage, or the breakup of a relationship?

Grief is a natural response to loss

Understanding the Grief you are feeling is the first step to healing.

Using various methods, we will explore the many facets of grief.

Through group work and personal reflection you will be guided through the stages and the impact that grief and loss have on our lives.

An opportunity to share your grief story in a safe and supportive environment where you will be provided with tools to move forward through the grief process.

 

“Everyone grieves in their own way and at their own pace.”

FORGIVENESS – WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO I DO IT?

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2020 from 9:30 am.-3:30 pm

Led by: Anna Racine

​Cost: $65 – includes buffet lunch

  • Have you experienced deep disappointment, hurt or betrayal in an important relationship?

  • Do you continue to suffer from a conflict or trauma that occurred long ago?

  • Are unresolved issues affecting your health, finances or relationships?

  • This interactive workshop identifies the stumbling blocks to forgiveness, and then provides positive, practical methods to work through the anger, blame and resentment.

    Forgiveness is about letting go of the past, understanding and moving on. Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

    Surviving the Holidays

    Saturday Nov 14, 2020 9:30am - 3:30pm

    Led by: Anna Racine

    Cost: $65 (includes buffet lunch)

    Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Christmas? Are you dreading the holidays, knowing that your life has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

    You are not alone. Holidays are often difficult for many people. The sounds, sights and smells of the holiday season may trigger feelings of sadness, loss, emptiness and anxiety. Traditionally a time of family togetherness, this season may bring feelings of loneliness and pain.

    This workshop will provide guidance and support and an opportunity to share with others. Learn practical coping strategies to navigate the holiday season and find peace and hope for the coming year

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    Training Programs

    DIRECTED and PRIVATE RETREATS

    April 13-17, 2020 CANELLED DUE TO COVID 19

    Cost: $150/day for directed  $140 day for private

     

    Sometimes we need time away from our busy schedules to relax, pray and reflect.

     

    Come take time to refresh and renew oneself with a few quiet days at Mount Carmel.

    Meeting daily with a spiritual director is an option.

     

    Accommodation and meals are provided.

    Holy week / Sacred Triduum--CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

    April 8-12 (Wednesday check-in before 5:30PM to Sunday Brunch)

    HOLY WEEK RETREAT AND SACRED TRIDUUM
    Led by Ministerial Team Cost: $135 per day
    Each year we celebrate the central mystery of our faith, the death and resurrection of Jesus starting with a Seder Meal on Wednesday. Because schedules vary with each individual, this retreat is flexible to allow participants to join or leave as needed. Guests are welcome to spend private days before entering into the Sacred Triduum, or after Easter Sunday. Please call the Centre Office for pricing and to make reservations.

    Seasons of Grief Retreat – Surviving Loss

    Fri May 15- Sun 17, 2020

    Led by: Anna Racine

    Cost: $350

    Are you in a Season of Grief? Grief moves and changes like the seasons. Come and explore grief through the seasons of loss, change, growth and renewal.

    This retreat is for people experiencing loss through death/separation/divorce/lost relationships and ......

    Soul Care Retreat:  Come to the Table -A retreat for women.

    June 5-7, 2020

    Led by Cathy AJ Hardy

    Cost:$450.00

    A soul care retreat is a unique weekend experience that contains both group time and space for the individual. Including music, poetry, contemplative practices, collage work, inspirational messages............

    Soul Care Retreat:  You Restore My Soul - Leaders retreat

    June 9-11, 2020

    Led by Cathy AJ Hardy with Gillian Drader, Fr. Michael Wastag

    Cost:$450.00

     

    - A Journey into Psalm 23  - A retreat for anyone in care-giving /leadership roles;  Spiritual Directors, Clergy, Retreat facilitators, Chaplains, Therapists, Counselors.

     Beginning  4pm on Tuesday June 9th  through June 11 3pm 

     Sessions:   Invitation to Rest/ Invitation to Receive & be Restored/ God in our Darkness / A Table is Set / Receiving the Blessing

    ICON WRITING RETREAT

    June 14-20, Aug 2-8, Nov 29-Dec 5 (Sunday check-in before 5:30PM dinner to Saturday morning)


    Led by Phil Zimmerman Room & Board: $550

    Master Iconographer Philip Zimmerman will guide students through creating one complete icon. Any level of experience is accepted. Each step is demonstrated to students, followed by time to copy what has been taught. Students will learn: filling in, rendering clothes and flesh, 23 carat gold leafing, and varnishing. In addition, students will gain familiarity with ruling pens and ruling pen compasses, and information on preparation of panels for painting. Students will need to pre-order their art boards and supplies directly with Phil Zimmerman at icon53@verizon.net

    PREACHED RETREAT - The Five Teresas

    July 5-10 (Sunday check-in before 5:00 p.m. to Friday departure after lunch)

    – Led by Fr. Chris Kulig, O. Carm. Room & Board: $650

     

    2020 Preached Retreat

                    In the constellation of Carmelite saints, there are five which bear the name Teresa.  Teresa of Jesus (16th century Spanish mystic), the first woman doctor of the Church, also known as Teresa of Avila, led a reform of the Carmelite Order which bears her name and which later became the Order of Carmelites Discalced (OCD).  From this reform, four other “Teresas” would live lives worthy of sainthood:  Teresa Margaret Redi (an 18th century Italian), Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (19th century French doctor), Teresa of Los Andes (20th century Chilean teenager), and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (20th century German martyr and Jewish convert).

                    Come and study the gifts and writings of these saintly women who found their path to holiness in the Teresian reform Carmelite cloisters.

    Rising Strong retreat

    Friday July 17- Sunday 19, 2020

    Led by: Gillian Drader

    Cost: $450 ($300 commuter)

    If we care enough and dare enough, we will experience disappointment, heartbreak and failure. Rising Strong is a unique, hands on learning experience, designed to have us own our own stories of struggle, reckon with emotion, and rumble with the challenges that come with living an authentic and whole-hearted life ~ all in service of writing our own daring endings! It represents Dr Brene Brown’s latest.....

    A WEEKEND OF SPIRITUAL ACCOMPANIMENT

    Fri July 24-Sun July 26, 2020 (Friday check-in before 5:30PM to Sunday departing after lunch)

    Led by Kathryn McMorrow

    Cost: $290 Residential / $130 Commuter

     

    "Come apart and rest awhile" Mark 6:31 

    Open to anyone who has taken a workshop or retreat with Kathryn and is comfortable with extended periods of SILENCE for personal work, prayer and reflection as they explore some of the themes we have covered. There will be a brief opening session Friday evening, an optional listening circle Saturday evening and a closing ritual on Sunday. Meals can be taken in silence or in conversation.

    ​Registration is limited in order for participants to have three individual sessions, of varying length, with Kathryn. There is also the possibility of extending your retreat  (contact the Centre for availability). For more information email your questions to Kathryn at innovationsca@yahoo.ca.

     

    Kathryn McMorrow has Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction and is a popular summer and winter guest presenter at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. Based in Montreal, Kathryn has done social justice work, giving workshops on spirituality, personal development, and the 12-Steps throughout the Americas, Australia, and South Africa in English, French and Spanish.

    REGISTRATION IS THROUGH MOUNT CARMEL

    CHANGE AND TRANSITION: A Psychospiritual Approach

    Sun July 26- Thurs July 30, 2020

    Led by: Kathryn McMorrow 

    Cost: $520 Residential / $300 Commuter

    Check in 3pm Sunday through 1pm Thursday

     

    A gentle, personalized exploration of the nature and dynamics of change and the often difficult period of transition between what we have left or has been taken from us and where we are headed as a result.  This includes the effects on our health, spiritual well-being, relationships,  and sense of self as we move forward with our lives. Of interest to anyone who has experienced major changes that they are still working through or who is anticipating or planning a major change in their life.

    ​Mornings will  consist of opening prayer, mini-presentations, group work and personal reflection.  Afternoons can be spent in quiet time or participating in optional, meditative and prayerful activities.

    For more information or to decide if this retreat is appropriate for you at this time, email Kathryn at

    innovationsca@yahoo.ca. REGISTRATION IS THROUGH MOUNT CARMEL

     

    Kathryn McMorrow has Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction and is a popular summer and winter guest presenter at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. Based in Montreal, Kathryn has done social justice work, giving workshops on spirituality, personal development, and the 12-Steps throughout the Americas, Australia, and South Africa in English, French and Spanish.

    SET YOUR SAILS- A GUIDED PRAYER RETREAT

    August 16-21, 2020

    Cost $650

    We can live for a time without food, or even water, but we cannot survive without air!  In the womb, we depended on our mother to breathe in air to keep us alive and our mother earth provides the.....

    SUMMER STILLNESS: A RETREAT FOR WOMEN

    Sun Aug 16- Thurs Aug 20, 2020

    Led by: Kathryn McMorrow

    Beginning with 5:30 p.m dinner

    Cost: $520 ($300 commuter rate)

     

    Relax, renew and re-energize in the tranquil and welcoming environment of Mount Carmel. This year’s theme is The Three Wisdom Centres: Head, Heart and Hara (our stability zone). We will explore recent findings of neuroscience and microbiology. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how listening to the wisdom of the body and being faithful to our spiritual practices can foster healing, empowerment and compassion for ourselves and others. THIS IS NOT A SILENT RETREAT.  Input sessions will be balanced with meditative activities and periods of silence for prayer and reflection.

    ​Meals can be taken in silence or in conversation. If you wish, bring materials for artwork, a favourite spiritual book and your journal. 

    For more information about the retreat email questions to Kathryn at innovationsca@yahoo.ca

     

    Kathryn McMorrow has Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction and is a popular summer and winter guest presenter at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. Based in Montreal, Kathryn has done social justice work, giving workshops on spirituality, personal development, and the 12-Steps throughout the Americas, Australia, and South Africa in English, French and Spanish.

    12-Step Retreat for Women*

    Fri Aug. 21, 2020-Sun Aug. 23, 2020

    Led by: Kathryn McMorrow

    Cost: $240

     

    Open to women who are members of a 12-step group. The focus is on the 11th step of prayer and meditation with the opportunity for 12-step meetings.  The theme this year is change and transition, and its effects on body, mind and spirit. Participants will leave with tools for navigating the many changes we encounter in working the steps. Registration is limited. For further information email questions to Kathryn at innovationsca@yahoo.ca

    *Due to generous donations from others, we can offer partial funding for this program. Contact the office for details.

     Any donations to this fund, so others can attend, are greatly appreciated; contact the office.

    Kathryn McMorrow has Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction and is a popular summer and winter guest presenter at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. Based in Montreal, Kathryn has done social justice work, giving workshops on spirituality, personal development, and the 12-Steps throughout the Americas, Australia, and South Africa in English, French and Spanish.

    Individual Sessions with Kathryn

    Select dates by emailing or calling the Spiritual Centre

    Give yourself the gift of time away to refresh and renew your spirit. Extend one of the weekends and/or create your own personalized retreat with an optional individual daily session with Kathryn. Or come for a session as a commuter.

    ​Kathryn McMorrow has Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction and is a popular summer and winter guest presenter at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre. Based in Montreal, Kathryn has done social justice work, giving workshops on spirituality, personal development, and the 12-Steps throughout the Americas, Australia, and South Africa in English, French and Spanish.