Madeleine’s masterful sonnet “Word” expresses longing for the “strange patterned time of contemplation” that so many of us crave in a loud and busy world. In this day-long retreat, Madeleine’s friend and former housemate Barbara Braver offers a structured time of reading and reflection inspired by Madeleine’s own approach; and author Sarah Arthur provides several writing prompts for going deeper.

The retreat takes place on Friday, November 15, 2019, the day before the main Walking On Water conference, at All Angels’ Church, located at 251 West 80th Street, New York, NY 10024. Here is a sneak peek at the schedule:

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Registration and Refreshments
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Welcome & introductions
Reflection, reading, and group discussion
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Writing and reflecting prompts; group discussion
3:30 – 4:00 PM
Closing and announcements





By registering, all retreat participants agree to abide by our Code of Conduct and Release Agreement.

The Friday Retreat has been SOLD OUT! But you can add your name and email address to the waiting list here.

All conference and retreat information are subject to change.


Retreat Leader information:

Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker, host of The Madeleine Podcast (on Podbean and iTunes), and co-director of the L’Engle Conference. Her award-winning A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle (Zondervan, 2018) includes a foreword by Charlotte Jones Voiklis. Sarah’s dozen nonfiction books range from popular devotionals to serious engagement with literature, but her first love is writing YA fiction. She lives in Lansing, MI with her husband Tom and two little boys.


Barbara Braver grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where at age 12 she started a one-page weekly newspaper called Neighborhood News.  It lasted for a full summer, to the amusement of several indulgent neighbors. This was the beginning of the writing life. After college graduation she moved to the Boston area, drawn by romantic notions of Emerson, Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott.  Though this might have been an insubstantial motive, she has never been disappointed. By an apparent coincidence she ended up working for the Episcopal Church in the area of communication, first for 11 years as Director of Communication for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts until another coincidence sent her to New York where for 18 years she worked as the communication assistant for the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Since retirement she continues writing, editing and leading retreats. Barbara was also Madeleine’s house mate for 12 of the years she lived in NYC.


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