In Celtic cultures the role of the anam cara, or soul friend, was to offer encouragement and vision for the pilgrimage of life. 

Following that time honored tradition, Anam Cara Retreats offers both individuals and communities wisdom and companionship for the journey.

From retreat planning and leadership for individuals and faith based communities to journeys through sacred landscapes with kindred spirits, let us help you discover and deepen the movement of the spirit in your life, your community, and the world.


Online Portion:  Friday, December 30 - Sunday, January 1
In-Person Retreat:  Saturday, December 31, 9 am - 1 pm, Washington National Cathedral

No matter where you are or what your schedule, join us for an online retreat to help move us mindfully into the new year.

Just as the evocative language of poetry opens us to a fresh way of seeing, so do threshold times and places invite us to look at our lives from different perspectives. Join us on this on-line, at home retreat as we explore poems that shed light in the darkness, expand our field of vision, and carry us across the threshold into a new year.

Retreat materials sent to you ahead of time include readings, meditation suggestions, and questions for you to explore according to your own rhythm. Periodic emails will prompt times to pause for reflection.

For those in the DC area, there is an in-person retreat option the morning of Saturday, December 31 for a time of guided reflection and ritual to let go of the year that is passing and welcome the year to come. The content of this is separate from the online retreat materials.

Click here to register.

Lives, Legends and Landscapes: A Pilgrimage to Southern Wales
May 19 – 27, 2017
Offered through the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at Washington National Cathedral

The roots of the church in Wales were planted in the sacred soil of a Celtic community formed by inspiring landscapes, ancient legends, and dedicated people of faith. Tap into this rich tradition with a pilgrimage to southern Wales.

Travel the enduring pilgrimage path to St. David’s Cathedral. Explore the coming together of cultures that shaped early Britain at the ancient Roman site of Caerwent. Worship in the rolling green mountains at Brecon Cathedral. Visit abbey ruins and holy wells where praise and petition have been offered through the ages. In Wales, pilgrims will stay at the St. Michael’s Centre, conference center for the church of Wales, and a five minute walk from Llandaff Cathedral.

Join us as we travel to southern Wales, seeking to deepen our spiritual roots in the sacred sites and contemplative practices that are our legacy from this branch of Celtic spirituality.

For detailed itinerary and registration form, click here.

Ancient Wisdom for Today's Journey
Spiritual Practices for Samhain
(November 1 - January 31)

  • As the days grow shorter, look for where you find light.

  • Celebrate the gifts the darkness has to offer

  • Honor the wisdom of the ancestors