One-Day Silent Retreats

One-Day Silent Retreat

Fall 2019
Dates to be determined

Grafton, IL

Have you longed for a sacred day dedicated to feeding your soul? That’s the focus of each of these one-day Silent Retreats. You can do any solo activity that feeds your soul in silence, like:

  • Meditate
  • Read
  • Study
  • Pray
  • Journal
  • Take Dictation from Grace
  • Listen to a podcast or music (by yourself)
  • Watch a video (by yourself)
  • Yoga
  • Walk along the river
  • Draw
  • Nap
  • Sit on the deck and take in the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers

This is a variation on the “Inspired Solitude Days,” as we will be together in one place, physically. Of course you can take a silent day at home, but many of you have told me that you get easily distracted if you stay home.


“Silent” Retreat activities offered by Educare (both are optional)

  • Coaching session with Sandy Wilder: optional (1 hour max). This could be combined with a walk, or split into two meetings at the beginning and end of the retreat.
  • “Listening Walk” with Sandy and any who want to join him: optional. In the mid-afternoon, we will drive 15 minutes to Pere Marquette State Park to take a hike on one of the trails. We will be in silence except for when someone may speak when they notice something in nature that is a metaphor for life. They can briefly describe what they see and share the metaphor. No one will respond verbally to them. We will return to silence. (maximum time including driving = 2.5 hours)



Educare Unlearning Institute
711B Wind Rivers
Grafton, IL 62017


You can arrive at and leave Educare within these hours (your choice):

  • 7:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m.


  • To be determined

Maximum Number of Retreat Participants

  • Six (no minimum)


Quiche, fruit, nuts, and sweets will be available all day and night, as will water, tea and coffee. You can also bring your own food, or we will order lunch and/or dinner from a near-by restaurant and bring it back to Educare to eat (in silence).


You may want to stay the night before and/or after in Grafton or Elsah to dedicate more time to inspired solitude.

Sandy will be offering these retreats independent of the number of people attending. He will be sharing in the same “silent” activities.

Preparation and Logistical information will be sent upon Registration.


Ask away!


Registration: You need to register for EACH One-Day Silent Retreat by clicking the above button.

The Educare Unlearning Institute has a discounted sliding scale for all our offerings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what he/she feels is appropriate.

Discounted Sliding Scale of $135–$85/ per day/person. You choose the amount within that range. Payment information is at:

The fee includes and optional coaching session with Sandy, and optional Listening Walk with Sandy and others, a continental breakfast, and drinks and snacks throughout the day. Lunch and/or dinner is on your own.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one month before the program date, your full paid fee will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel two—four weeks from the program date, 50% of the program fee will be refunded. If you cancel within two weeks of the program date, the full program fee is nonrefundable and non-transferable to another date.

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