Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat

The 2018 Reader's Retreat with Joan Chittister begins Sunday evening, October 7 and concludes at midday, Tuesday, October 9. The retreat is limited to 36 participants who are selected by lottery to give everyone interested an equal opportunity.

We will accept lottery registration requests until midnight EST on June 29, 2018. On July 5, we will select participants by lottery.

You may enter your name into the lottery OR your name and the name of one other person as a pair. If one of the pair is selected, the other will automatically be included.

Lottery winners will be notified by email on July 6. If you are selected, a $150 nonrefundable deposit is due by Wednesday, July 13, to confirm your registration.

To submit your name for the 2018 Reader's Retreat lottery:

Email with the subject line: "Reader's Retreat 2018."

Include your name, address and phone number and, if you are part of a pair, include the name of the other person.

Registration fee for the 2018 Reader's Retreat is
Single room: $685.00
Double room (per person): $635.00

Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat
Joan and participants engage in discussion during the 2015 retreat.

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2018 Reader's Retreat with Joan Chittister, OSB

October 7, 6:00 p.m. until October 9, 1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 West Bay Drive, Erie, PA 16507

How does a Reader’s Retreat with Joan Chittister look? In the one held in 2016 at Peek ‘n Peak Resort in Clymer, NY, it looked like this. Joan read aloud a story from one of her latest books,Two Dogs and a Parrot. One by one participants read aloud from the reflections that followed each story until they came to a place where they questioned the text, needed clarification, or wanted to comment on it. At that point the reader engaged Joan in conversation about the passage while the others listened and then could join the conversation, too. This was the format for the six sessions of the retreat that were centered in Benedictine prayer and included shared meals and leisure time. “You only cover a handful of chapters during the retreat,” Sister Joan explained, “but you really read them. You get under the words and wrestle with the ideas and what they mean in your life, now.”

Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat
Participants interact at Reader's Retreat.


Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat
Joan Chittister Reader's Retreat is limited to 38 participants.


Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister
A different text is chosen for each retreat.