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2018 Cardoner Summer Retreat

Silence, Simplicity and Soul Force:

Lessons in Leadership from Mahatma Gandhi

"You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything."

 ~John C. Maxwell

There is an Ignatian tradition of making a yearly retreat - of setting time aside principally to reflect upon one's life and work, as well as to attend to the subtle movements of the soul.  Retreats provide the container for us to sift what is trivial from what is vital, and to recalibrate ourselves to what is most essential and enlivening in our lives.  This contemplative orientation is what the Jesuit theologian Walter Burghardt called taking "a long, loving look at the Real."  

This year, the Cardoner Summer Retreat will be drawing inspiration from the life and contemplative leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.  Through the lens of his writings, we will explore the impact of silence, simplicity and satyagraha (soul-force) upon our own life and leadership.  Through dedicated periods of silence, reflective practices, meditation, yoga, and the natural beauty of Lake Huron's unobstructed horizon, the Cardoner Summer Retreat will create the conditions for contemplative leaders to attune to what matters most to them, and to harvest from the silence the soulful nourishment that vivifies their life and work.  

The retreat will be held at the Lake Huron Retreat Center in Burtchville Township, MI.

  • Retreat Leader:

  • Friday June 29, 2018 - Sunday July 1st

    • Arrive Friday at 10am​.  Depart Sunday at 12noon.