“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”   —Anne Sexton

Year after year beheld the silent toil 

That spread his lustrous coil;

Still, as the spiral grew, 

He left the past year’s dwelling for the new, 

Stole with soft step its shining archway through, 

Built up its idle door, 

Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more. 

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Chambered Nautilus"

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Retreats are incubators for the soul. I offer several kinds of retreats.

Group retreats are for groups as small as six people or as large as sixty (or more).  I can help you organize your retreat, plan it, lead it, or some combination of any of that. 

Intergenerational retreats can be great fun. They require a venue that has plenty of space and good options for activities for people of all ages. Most venues are handicap accessible. Make sure that special needs within your group can be accommodated at the site you choose.

A skilled retreat leader, both as speaker and as soul guide, Frank Dunn draws people into processes that stretch their thinking and move them to ponder their lives and vocations in fresh ways.

               The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, Episcopal Bishop of Arizona


Personal retreats can be useful if you wish to do intensive soul work with individual guidance.  Venue and duration are jointly chosen by you and me, but they are not on the turf of either of us.

I offer retreats for LGBTQ persons, either singly, in pairs, or in groups, exploring soul—not necessarily religious—matters.

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Men’s retreats for individuals, small groups, and in the context of Jonathan’s Circle are all possibilities.

Depending on needs of retreatants, silence, conversation, activities, art, games, play, writing, and reflection may figure into any of these retreats. So might teaching.

When Holmes wrote the poem quoted above, “The Chambered Nautilus,” he concluded with the words, “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, as the swift seasons roll,” taking his cue from the mollusk’s life. Retreats are one of the best environments in which to let the soul build its own new dwelling. The soul alone possesses the plans.

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