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The Center at Mariandale in Ossining is Hosting a Retreat for Advent, Opening to the Light, in December

The grounds of The Center at Mariandale

The Center at Mariandale, in Ossining, is hosting a directed retreat for Advent, Opening to the Light, from 7 p.m. December 16 through noon December 19. This is a hybrid retreat, so participants can take part either in person or virtually, via Zoom.

“Advent is a time of profound anticipation of the light and awaiting the miracle of birth within, as well as in the world,” says Program Director Karen Bernard. “Give yourself a gift of deep listening and interior preparation during the season of Advent at the Center at Mariandale.” 

Participants will begin the retreat as “a community of pilgrims” joining together for their first gathering on Thursday evening, she says. Each day a different Advent theme will be suggested at morning prayer, to be echoed later in evening prayer, which will close out the day. Retreatants will meet daily (either in person or by Zoom) with their directors and have an opportunity for meditation and prayer in the Mariandale Chapel or virtual meeting room. The group will come together Sunday to share liturgy for a closing gathering, followed by lunch at Mariandale for those attending in person.

The cost is $375 for in-person attendance (includes accommodations and all meals) or $200 for virtual attendance.

Location: The Center at Mariandale, 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, NY. For more info, call 914.941.4455, email [email protected] or visit