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"Be still and know."

— Psalm 46:10

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality (WVIS) is dedicated to providing space and opportunities for deepening mindfulness, prayer practice, interior peace, and for integrating moral and ethical values.

WVIS is rooted and growing in the light of God’s love.

The WVIS Retreat House is located in Charleston, West Virginia. Retreatants have the opportunity to step away from their busy lives into the safe (Covid protocols remain in place) and nurturing atmosphere of both the Retreat House and if desired, the Hermitage. While here, you can relax and spend time in silence and be companioned on your spiritual journey with dedicated Spiritual Directors.

Can’t get away? Let WVIS and our dedicated spiritual directors journey with you either in person (see our list of Associate Spiritual Directors to find a spiritual director near you) or via Zoom.

Satellite Locations

The mission of WVIS is fueled by the charism of spiritual direction. Individuals called to be associate ministry directors serve as satellites of WVIS in a relationship of mutual support with the mission of WVIS at their center.

Offerings & Information

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual directors journey with individuals as they discern the invitations of the Holy Spirit.

Certified Supervisors

Supervisors provide a safe space for spiritual directors to reflect on their practice.

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Programs

WVIS offers a variety of programs (many of which include CEU credits) aligned with our mission.

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Training

Training programs include spiritual direction, supervision, and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

Retreats

WVIS offers weekend retreats and individual silent Ignatian directed retreats.

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Resources

WVIS resources for ongoing spiritual growth and prayerful meditation.

News

Taize Prayer Service – March 3

What is Taizé Prayer? Taizé prayer is a simple, meditative form of worship, calling us to dwell deeply on Christ's presence around and within us. Mantra songs, prayerful silence, and short readings guide the focus of the prayer in a candle-lit environment.  The short...

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Staying human…

Rev. Vince Amlin, co-pastor of Bethany UCC, Chicago, and co-planter of Gilead Church Chicago, reflects... Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable...

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WVIS 25th Anniversary Celebration Begins

WVIS kicked off its 25th Anniversary Celebration as friends from across the United States and Europe logged on to Zoom for a time of memories, prayers, and shared gratitude. One participant wrote of the “many happy memories of days and nights spent at the Cenacle”...

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