Withdraw from the hectic pace of life and take time for reflection, prayer, education, team building, relaxation, celebration or just be.
Since its opening in 1998, Cranaleith Spiritual Center has welcomed and served more than 51,000 guests through its non-denominational program offerings and spirit-rekindling environment of hospitality, respect, and trust.
Our programs and services include:
Spiritual Programs and Retreats
Themed day, evening and overnight programs provide support and safe space for those discovering, probing or nurturing the spiritual issues and relationships at the heart of life. Special emphasis is placed on connecting people of vastly different circumstances in an atmosphere of mutuality and respect. Personal spiritual accompaniment is available to those seeking to deepen the spiritual dimension of life.
Retreats, especially silent directed retreats, allow us to withdraw from the busyness of life and to reflect on and deepen our relationship with God. Directed retreats offer an experience grounded in solitude, silence, prayer and daily meetings with a spiritual director. Directed silent retreats call for receptivity to the movements of the spirit and are adapted to the needs of each individual. Mass is not offered at Cranaleith but is offered at St. Christopher’s Church located adjacent to our property. Times can be found on their website here. St. Christopher’s Adoration Chapel is always available for silent personal prayer. Please call the Parish Office at 215-673-5177 for the Access Code.
Private retreats are designed for each person’s needs and yearning for solitude, rest renewal and reflection.
Work & Spirit Series
Uniquely designed programs led by professional facilitators that enable business leaders to respond to the challenges they face and reflect on their work, life, values, and opportunities to make contributions to society. Master Seminars provide advanced professionals with an in-depth exploration of challenging issues faced in the workplace. Using an active and collaborative format for learning, these programs provide executives with an invaluable resource: protected time, stimulating content, and a supportive group of peers for thinking, planning, and restoration of their vision and energies.
Programs for Veterans
Our “Coming Home, Becoming Whole” program offers retreat opportunities for returning and those that serve vets to address the spiritual dimension of healing from the trauma of war, to unmask the wound and contagion of violence in our society, and to reveal streams of transforming grace through the experience of Veterans. The retreats at Cranaleith provide opportunities to come together in a supportive environment to tend the soul-wounds of war, to rekindle hope and compassion, and to reconnect to the wisdom of your heart. No cost for these days.
Drawing on our 10-acre property, we offer a range of programs that engage and inspire participants to immerse themselves in environmental concerns. Creative and hands-on programs, such as gardening, farm practices, and cooking, are employed to raise awareness about care for the earth and each other. Our Garden Wisdom program provides eco-therapy to clients from local nonprofits.
Spiritual Direction Formation
Drawing from the rich wellspring of the Contemplative Tradition and the Charism of Mercy, this program seeks to nurture and support those who wish to deepen their own spirituality and explore spiritual companionship with others. Our process focuses in a particular, but not exclusively, on the art of spiritual accompaniment with those on the margins of life.
We also offer formal and informal retreat opportunities for marginalized men and women receiving support from human service agencies as they deal with homelessness, abuse, mental illness, poverty, and other trauma. Through a guided process of non-denominational reflection, dialogue and response, we seek to awaken spiritual resources that foster self-esteem, hope, dignity, and peace. Exercises draw on metaphor to tap imagination, creativity, and resilience. With growing recognition of the importance of spirituality in the healing process, Cranaleith is viewed by our partners as playing an essential role in the continuum of social services.