A Contemplative Community Experience

Read about our New Weekend Option June 14 to 15-or-16

Come spend a week devoted to “practicing presence”, inspired by a community of kindred spirits, and enlivened by the beauty of nature. Our gatherings make the most of this ideal setting, with a retreat format that balances meditation, nature encounter and community building, for an experience of insight, growth and renewal.

We spend each morning together in silence, following a formal schedule of sitting and walking meditation sessions.  Afternoon is devoted to solitary nature-contemplation and free time.  Evenings focus on theme talks and discussion.  We end the day with a candlelight chapel service.

This retreat is suitable for beginning to experienced meditators, from a variety of traditions and faith backgrounds. Our silent time together is compatible with many forms of meditation, such as Buddhist calm-abiding, Christian centering prayer, and many other simple “be here now” styles.


David Scheuneman


Picture of David Scheuneman

Led by David Scheuneman, an interfaith meditation teacher and spiritual director for over 20 years.

He founded Star Island’s annual meditation retreat in 2008 and facilitates it every summer.

For 2014…

This year we will again be gathering twice.  Come to either or both!

June 14 – 21:  Meditation I, Meditation & Spiritual Direction
August 23 – 30:  Meditation II, Practicing Presence

See our 2014 Themes page for more.

Meditation II is eligible for a 30% multi-conference discount