• Carmelite Spiritual Center (map)
  • 8419 Bailey Road
  • Darien, IL, 60561
  • United States
When Jean Vanier speaks about that intimate place, he often stretches out his arm and cups his hand as if it holds a small, wounded bird. He asks: “What will happen if I open my hand fully?” We say: “The bird will try to flutter its wings, and it will fall and die.” Then he asks again: “But what will happen if I close my hand?” We say: “The bird will be crushed and die.” Then he smiles and says: “An intimate place is like my cupped hand, neither totally open nor totally closed. It is the space where growth can take place.
— Henri Nouwen

God Loves Us As We Are Retreat

Love is at the heart of L'Arche. This love is revealed through our brokenness, our gifts, our life together and God's embracing presence. There is always an invitation to discover that each one of us is loved as he/she is. Community is a place where we are invited to live this love.

Join us for a special retreat on October 30 - November 1 at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL. This retreat is for anyone wanting to rediscover God's love and reconnect with a loving community. 

The price of retreat includes 3 Days/2 Night accommodations, meals, retreat leaders, our meeting room, and coffee/tea during breaks, and a very special L'Arche t-shirt.

  • $200 for a double room
  • $275 for a single room

We also have a Saturday Day Only rate which includes 3 meals and all retreat events.

  • $80 for Saturday Day Only



Please RSVP by October 20th