The First Spiritual Exercises

Inner Peace in Friendship with Jesus

A guided four-week retreat (plus closing session) based on Michael Hansen SJ's adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

5 Mondays April 9—May 7, 2018

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle

Matt Barmore, Retreat Giver

About the program

In the manual for spiritual directors, St. Ignatius Loyola gave instructions to give the Spiritual Exercises in two ways: the Full Spiritual Exercises (30 days or 30 weeks) and the First Spiritual Exercises. In his innovative book, Australian Jesuit Michael Hansen, SJ presents the First Spiritual Exercises in the form of four different retreats on inner peace accessible to anyone without getting away from ordinary life or meeting daily with a spiritual director. Outlined in great detail in the book, this twenty-four day retreat in daily life involves 50 minutes of structured daily prayer Monday to Thursday for four weeks, some weekend exercises, and recommended Sunday Eucharist.  During the five Monday gatherings, facilitator Matt Barmore will offer you and your fellow retreatants guidelines for making the retreat, experiences of the prayer exercises, and facilitated small groups for sacred listening, spiritual conversation and discernment.   

In 2017, we offered the retreat "Inner Peace in Divine Love". This year, we turn to a different retreat from the book, "Inner Peace in Friendship with Jesus," which has a slightly different format and entirely new content. Whether you are new to or familiar with Ignatian spirituality and the First Spiritual Exercises, join this retreat to give you a rich experience of structured daily prayer with support from the community - and you may receive the gift of friendship with Jesus that gives meaning and real joy in life!



Cost of the retreat is $50 (book included) or $30 (bring your own book). Partial work scholarships available.


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About the retreat giver


As Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Center, Matt manages the daily operation of the ISC and provides leadership and support for the staff. He networks with other Ignatian ministries in the province, and oversees efforts to ensure the ISC’s long-term sustainability.

Matt worked in Jesuit high school ministry for 35 years prior to taking on the role as Executive Director of the ISC. He was the principal at Seattle Preparatory School for 12 of the past 20 years, and currently works part time at Prep as an English teacher and the Director of Ignatian Formation. He graduated from Santa Clara University, holds a Masters in English from San Francisco State University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco. His dissertation focused on the laity in Jesuit ministries.



Call (206) 329-4824 or email Andrea Fontana, ISC Program Coordinator. 

Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center