St. Clare Silent Women's Retreats

St. Clare Retreats, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, was founded in 2002 to provide silent retreats for women of all denominations and faiths. St. Clare retreatants follow the Psalmist’s invitation to come away for a time, to experience God’s presence in silent community. Retreats are held monthly at beautiful St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center. Half-day retreats are held monthly, and there is a weekend retreat every fall. 


First Friday Retreats (8:30am-1PM)

On the first Friday of each month (summers excluded), women of all faiths are invited to St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center for a half-day silent retreat. After greetings and coffee, a brief meditation and communion are offered; then a peaceful, reflective two-hour period of silence begins. During this time, retreatants walk on beautiful wooded paths, sit by the fire, relax in a chair on the patio, knit, read, write, pray or just quietly commune with God. At the end of the silence, a short service proceeds lunch and conversation. 

November 3, 2017  

December 1, 2017

Call Mary Fortin with questions at 901-359-0894


Weekend Retreat 

Information for 2018 not available yet...

One weekend each year in late October, just as the trees begin to turn from green to gold, we gather in a lovely lodge nestled in nature’s sanctuary to more fully experience the blessings of silence. It is there in those sacred woods that silence invites us to be led deeper into the awareness of God’s presence in our lives.

We invite you to join us for this very special weekend  at St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The cost for the full weekend, Friday 5 pm through Sunday 12 pm, includes a private room with SHARED bathroom, all meals, full access to St Columba’s beautiful property and all sessions.  A commuter option is available. If you have questions, please email stclareweekend@gmail.com or call 901-335-4001. Each participant will have a single room with shared bathroom; the schedule is carefully planned; meals are delicious, and above all, God’s holy healing presence seems most especially present to everyone.  Give yourself this priceless gift and join us in the fall.