2019 Living the Values Retreats

Open to adult members of Trinity congregation, staff, friends, and partners of Trinity.

Take some time away from the daily busyness to contemplate Trinity's core values—faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship—and how you express these values in your everyday living.

We'll begin with thought-provoking teaching, then spend time in prayerful introspection and quiet exercises with poetry and art, meditation, and natural woodland beauty, all fueled by delicious, wholesome farm-to-table meals.

You'll come away renewed and inspired, and ready to live your values more fully in the world.

Retreat Dates and Topics

Please note: deadline to register is 10 days before the retreat begins.

January 11-13, 2019
What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Faith?

In the darkest month of the year, we will take time to contemplate faith. The English word has many meanings and connotations, and when we look at the ancient terms that lie behind it, the story and the possibilities for transformation become even richer. In this weekend we will create space for silence and contemplation in order to support reflection on faith in scripture, tradition, poetry, and science. We will ponder and experience the vital connections among faith, belief, and practice. —Bob Scott and Toni Foy

March 22-24, 2019
Integrity in Silence & Poetry

Give yourself time and space for a deeper understanding of your life in God and the value of integrity to ground it.

With plenty of silence and time for creative journaling, the retreat will focus on invitations to grow in integrity from such poets as Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Rumi, Padraig Ó Tuama, Mark Nepo, Jane Hirshfield, and others.

An opportunity to learn principles of mindfulness meditation and contemplative practice in community. —Kathy Bozzuti-Jones and John Deuel

May 3-5, 2019
Freedom through Compassion

“It is compassion that removes the heavy bar, opens the door to freedom, makes the narrow heart as wide as the world.” –A Heart As Wide As The World: Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness, by Sharon Salzberg

Compassion is an ability that can be practiced and developed. Our own peace and freedom, and that of this world, depends on it.

This weekend retreat is offered to help you develop your ability to live with compassion. We will learn from the wisdom teachers of the past and present. In a place of natural beauty, we will be immersed in conditions that support compassion: rest, silence, curiosity, meditation, and prayer. —Kristin Miles and Donna Riley

July 19-21, 2019
Inclusiveness: Learning in/with Creation

Inclusiveness is, at its core, the awareness that “everything belongs.” There is no better teacher of this awareness than the world of nature, and the retreat center offers a compelling environment to experience this naturally inclusive and evolving reality. This retreat will ground participants in immersive practices of awareness (prayer), using the natural environment, the body, journaling, and communal silence. Solitude will be balanced with group reflection, shared home-cooked meals, and participatory worship. Come with your curiosity and your willingness to deepen your participation in the dance of Creation. —Daniel Simons, Keith Klein, and Felicia Eve

September 13-15, 2019
Channeling Social Justice

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” MLK

We explore the relevant social justice issues of our day and explore how we can deepen our commitment to this value. Come and see how our Christian faith calls us to be channels of social justice. Come and explore how Trinity (or wherever you live and do community) can live more deeply this core value, through our ministries and strategic areas of mission. —Joel Gibson and Roz Hall

November 15-17, 2019
Stewardship in Song, Food and Nature

Explore the meaning and significance of stewardship in our faith while connecting with the Spirit moving through the New England woods in late autumn.

Nourished by a variety of simple, healing meals made with ingredients from the retreat center’s farm, participants will be invited to delve deep into stewardship’s role in modern life through the music of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, John Coltrane, U2, Evie Tornquist, Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye, Woody Guthrie, Eddie Vedder, and other contemporary artists.

The retreat also offers an opportunity to learn the principles of walking meditation and how a kitchen serves as a second altar in a contemplative community. —Joseph and Heidi Rose



(based on double occupancy)
  • $50/night for adults
  • For a single-occupancy room, there is a $35 surcharge per person, per night, based on availability.

Reservations are not final until payment is received.

Make check payable to Trinity Church Wall Street with “Core Values Retreat, (Date)” in the memo line and mail to:
Keisha Joseph
Trinity Church Wall Street
120 Broadway, 38th Floor
New York, NY 10271


The retreat center operates a shuttle bus to pick up and drop off guests who take Metro-North to Wassaic Station. Free parking is available for those who choose to drive.

Information: Keisha at kjoseph@trinitywallstreet.org.