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 Camp and Retreat Center. Half-day retreats are held monthly, and there is a weekend retreat every fall. 


Friday Retreats (8:30am-1PM)

Fridays of each month (summers excluded), women of all faiths are invited to St. Columba Camp 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. 

September 6, 2019

October 4, 2019

November 1, 2019

December 6, 2019

Please fill out the registration form below for EACH registrant. Multiple people cannot be registered simultaneously. 

Call Mary Fortin with questions at 901-359-0894


Weekend Retreat 

The St. Clare Silent Retreat Weekend returns for its 25th year with opportunities for you to receive even more blessings from the silence and time in the sacred woods at St. Columba.

We offer you:

…The Reverend Bee French as our retreat facilitator. Bee has led and been a participant in St. Clare Retreats for many years. From her special attention to everything from the beautiful presentation of the altar to being led to discover just the right words and meditations, Bee’s passion for women’s silence in community is a gift. She often says, “These retreats are her breathing hole.”

…Guided silent tours throughout the beautiful acres of St. Columba

…Nightly yoga and meditation

…A new retreat schedule with even more time for silence

We invite you to register now to join us for this very special weekend October 17 through October 20, 2019, at St. Columba Camp and Retreat Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The cost for the full weekend includes a private room with SHARED bathroom, all meals, full access to St Columba’s beautiful property and all sessions. This year we are featuring a two-night or three-night option, or a commuter option. If you have questions, please email stclareweekend@gmail.com or call 901-335-4001. 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.

Your Options:

Arrive Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 5:00 pm for 3 nights: $350

Arrive Friday, October 18, 2019, at 5:00 pm for 2 nights: $260

       Commuter option for arrival Friday October 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm: $150

 “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.”