Retreats for Spiritual Seekers
“Live the Questions: A Journey with Francis & Clare”
September 23-29, 2018
What will you hear in 13th-century Italy?
Join us for a week of learning, exploring and reflecting.
“Live the Questions: A Journey with Francis and Clare” is an immersion experience in Assisi, Italy - a unique opportunity to contemplate your spiritual path in companionship with Saints
Francis and Clare.
The retreat highlights their life events and significant choices, explored through morning talks and questions for contemplation. These are followed by escorted visits to Assisi’s
sacred sites. Then, lunch at selected local restaurants.
We typically start with dinner and orientation at our guesthouse on the evening we arrive. Beginning Monday morning, through Friday morning, we gather for our talks and walks. Afternoons are unscheduled, affording ample time for introspection, or further exploration of this remarkable medieval city. In the early evenings, we gather for group reflections.
There is a mid-week break, on Wednesday. Structure the day as you wish! I can provide suggestions for activities, if desired.
Check-out is Saturday morning, after breakfast.
This retreat does not adhere to, or promote, any specific religious doctrine or set of religious practices. Francis and Clare were clearly Christian, but their lives provide many learnings for all who walk a spiritual path.
This is not a guided tour in the traditional sense. Nor do I act as a tour guide. You will receive ample assistance - from me and printed resources - to ensure your enjoyment and successful navigation.
There are many hills and stairs in Assisi, which some may find challenging. Though we do walk almost everywhere, cabs and buses are available.
Photos from previous retreats:
What others have said:
"This was a life changing experience!! Paul is a gifted retreat leader; the group provided a wonderful context for exploring the questions we were given to consider. Assisi is breathtakingly beautiful and palpably spirit-filled. My hope is to go back next year."
Ellen Oler, LCSW, 2016
"The morning talks & evening reflections were wonderful - far superior to any meditations I had been offered before. I continue to ask the questions that you posed to us, and I am very grateful."
Millicent Browne, 2016
"Overall, it was a wonderful experience to go deeper into my Franciscan vocation. ..I found the talks to be very beneficial...
a good way to "frame" what were doing each day. Site visits were organized...we had plenty of time to explore.... "
Br. David Rutledge, OSF, 2015
"Paul was excellent at balancing his program with our needs and taking advantage of being in Assisi. It was great having his experience...The retreat had the perfect tone for Assisi...going to the spots where the lives of St. Francis and St. Clair were lived...made the retreat come alive."
Larry Quirk, 2015
“Loved the idea & the place...they were both mutually nourishing!”
Drew Minter, 2013
“It was a rich experience.... My prayer life got an infusion of energy..."
Sarah Gardner, 2013
"Beauty and Peace.”
Ann Fowler, 2013
Schedule and Pricing
(subject to adjustments)
You may download the Retreat Schedule and Pricing using the PDF, below.
You may view the Retreat Schedule and Pricing document, on screen, below.
This program is ideal for those who enjoy the freedom to make their own travel arrangements. Often, travelers add time to the front or back of this pilgrimage – for example, in Rome, or Florence.
I can consult on various options regarding travel, including flights, connections between cities in Italy and other logistics in Italy. I have made this trip many times, and am happy to offer my personal experience.
Air Travel/Flights and Rates:
To/from Fiumicino Airport and Rome:
If your arrival or departure airport is Rome Fiumicino, there are several options for getting to/from this airport and Rome proper.
1. A shuttle van
2. Leonardo Express – to/from the airport at Fiumicino and Rome Termini (main train station). This train usually is found at tracks 24-27 at Rome Termini.
By Rail, within Italy:
If you are traveling by train between Rome and Assisi:
Please note that the train from Rome Termini station to Assisi may leave from track "1Est", which requires a long walk past platform #1.
N.B. Train tickets must be validated before boarding the train. To validate your ticket, insert your ticket into a ticket stamping machine (which looks like a metal box). These are found attached to walls, and or/columns, on the train platforms.
To/from guest house and the Assisi train station:
You may take a cab directly to the guest house, Casa del Terziario, Piazza Vescovado, 5.
You may also take a bus, line C (“Linea C”), which runs every 30 minutes from the train station. The bus stop is at the front of the Assisi railway station. Buy a ticket at the station newsagent for 1.30EU. It is about 10 minutes to the top, where there are two main stops - first at the Piazza Unita d´Italia (near Basilica of St Francis) and then the terminus, Piazza Matteotti. I suggest that you exit at the first stop, otherwise known as the John Paul II Parking area, and follow the map, below:
(map from bus stop to Casa del Terziario, our guesthouse)
N.B. Bus tickets must be validated while on the bus. To validate your ticket, insert your ticket into a ticket stamping machine found attached to a vertical metal post, usually a few feet behind the driver.
Online Resources About the Region
Key to Umbria
Assisi History, from 1000 B.C.
Assisi Online: Tourist Guide to Assisi
Sacred Destinations: Online Overview of Assisi
Weather In Assisi:
Favorite Restaurants in Assisi
Trattoria da Erminio
Hostaria Terra Chiama
Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba
Taverna de l'Arco
The following are great for "grab-and-go"
La Piazzetta di Agnese
Web links are provided for informational purposes. Links do not represent an endorsement of Amazon, nor an inducement to utilize their services.
The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis
by Paul Sabatier, translation and notes by Jon Sweeney
by Nikos Kazantzakis
Clare of Assisi: Her Spirituality Revealed in Her Letters
by Claire Marie LeDoux, translated by Colette Joly Dees
St. Clare, A Short Biography
by Joan Mueller O.S.C. and Joan Mue O.S.C.
Join us in Assisi, in 2017. All inquiries are welcome.
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