The Gift of Time: Benedictine Values, Music, and the Expressive Arts (on-site)

October 13-14, 2023 | Friday, 7:00 p.m.—Saturday, 3:00 p.m., CDT

facilitated by Renee Bhatia and Sr. Susan Barber
Registration is limited to 15
Cost: $225 ($50 non-refundable deposit to secure your seat, includes room, meals, and supplies)

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard

Consumer culture has warped our sense of time. It is something we all relate to, and often struggle with. We talk about spending time, not having enough time, or time management. Benedictine spirituality, from The Rule of St. Benedict and lived through the centuries, offers us a different relationship with time. In this retreat, we will explore some of the values of Benedictine spirituality through music and the expressive arts, which help us to be present in unique ways, and open us to a greater understanding of our own relationship with time. This experiential retreat will offer time for prayer, private reflection, creative expression, and discussion. No music or art experience is needed – all are welcome!

Please register by October 6. Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the retreat. Please know we have scholarships available; if you would like to make a request, email S. Carol Ann at We strongly encourage you to add to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of emails regarding your retreat.

Renee Bhatia, is a spiritual director and expressive arts facilitator with an interest in spirituality and creative expression. Her work explores contemplative spaces and practices that support healing, growth, and transformation. She is also involved in the formation of spiritual directors and expressive arts facilitators through teaching, supervision, and mentoring. Renee believes creativity is an inherent part of being human, and we make the world a better place when we allow it to flourish in everyone.

Sr. Susan Barber, OSB, is a member of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas. S. Susan currently serves as the community’s liturgist and director of music. She graduated from Souljourners in 2018 and has offered days of retreat centered on Teilhard de Chardin and The Divine Milieu, Handel’s Messiah, and Music for Advent. She is a staff member for the Souljourners program and writes intercessions and blessings for Give Us This Day.


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Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica
801 South 8th Street
Atchison, KS 66002
(913) 360-6200