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Check out the article, "Petting a wolf", by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery about her experience with Mohican, a red wolf, in the December 29, 2017 edition of the




"Waking Up



             "My room...

my food,,,

what I learned...

all wonderful"

                        - KD



"I am writing to thank you for a special and meaningful visit to your wonderful retreat center in the beautiful

Smokey Mountains, 

You provided us with everything we needed and more"


"Thank you for the wonderful accomodations.

I was able to get more time for prayer, more "down" time and more sleep.  Above all, I feel so at home!"

                              -Sr E., OP


"I loved the mountains, creek, peace, quiet, people, and all that makes Maggie
Valley, Living Waters, a special place to fill up with God."

                                    - SCR







Taize Prayer

Living Waters Chapel

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm


Taise is a unique form of prayer, silence, and hospitality with all cultures.  The emphasis is on silence, light, and the meditative weaving together of prayer and music.  The approach is to deeply commit to unity and sharing of all believers.  One enters and leaves the prayer session in silence.

April 4, 2018

" I am with you still" Alleluia

                                  May 2, 2018                         

July 11, 2018



Spiritual Storytelling

Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm


The act of remembering and sharing our stories and events that awaken us to God’s presence is an important gift that releases the spiritual energy for the storyteller and for those who are invited to share.  This is a sacred time to enkindle the enlightened message and memory.

April 18, 2018

May 16, 2018

June 20, 2018

August 15, 2018

September 19, 2018


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April 9 - 13, 2018

Paint Your Prayer

Sr. Fran Grady, SCL



Creative experiences invite us to heightened insights into the Spirit dwelling in our lives.  This retreat will use the visual language of transparent watercolor painting to integrate prayer and expression in union with our Creator.


Sr. Fran Grady, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, is a visual artist and director of Living Waters.  She is an experienced retreat and spiritual director.


May 4-6, 2018

Growing in Love with One Another

Growing in Love with God

The Marriage Journey

Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen

$220/person       $300/couple


Married couples find God and one another in our everyday ordinary lives.  Join Retreat Guides and married couple Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen to explore how we discover more deeply our love for one another as we discover more deeply God’s love for us!  It’s a both/and!


M. Bridget Brennan has a B. A. in Education and Sociology and a M. A. in Human Relations as well as a M. A. in Religious Studies.  She is a Certified Family Life Educator, Relationship Skills Coach, master level, and a Marriage Preparation Educator.  She is also trained in the PREP and PAIRS programs.


Jerome L. Shen has a Ph. D. in chemistry.  Jerry was the Director of Research for Ralston-Purina and Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Jerry has also been trained in PREP and PAIRS, and other relationship programs.


Jerry and Bridget have presented workshops on “Living Ignatian Spirituality in Marriage” at several Ignatian Conferences at St. Louis University. 



May 21 - 25, 2018

The Silence of God

Sr. Fran Grady, SCL



This is a retreat designed to encourage and understand God’s unconditional love for us.

Through prayer and conversation, we will explore methods of listening and responding to the spirit’s wisdom and leadership and the fulfillment of our spiritual journeys.


Sr. Fran Grady, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth is a visual artist and director of Living Waters.   She is an experienced retreat and spiritual  director.                                                                                                                                                                                               


                     June 22 - 24, 2018

Seeking Your Soul Friend In Christ

A Celtic Spirituality Retreat

Lynne Larson, MA



 Without destroying the culture and traditions of the people, Celtic Christianity formed a stronghold honoring a way of life that embraced old and new, earth and spirit, nature and the divine.  In this Celtic spirituality, all of life is immersed, enlivened and protected by God. 

Join us as we deepen our spirit through the ancient gifts of Patrick, Brigid, Columba and Columbanus and the poetry and wisdom of John O’Donohue—immerse yourself in the ancient prayer circle and expand your understanding of creation and yourself through the Celtic Wheel.


Lynne Larson, M.A. has been formally trained in spiritual direction and continues her interest in the mystics and spiritual practices.  She offers retreats and workshops on Julian of Norwich, St. Ignatius of Loyola, centering prayer and other spiritual programs.  She sees in the ancient Celtic tradition a modern approach to heal the human condition through the constant reminder that God thirsts for us, loves us without blame and is present in all.  She teaches and conducts dream workshops and works with individuals privately.  She makes her home in Virginia Beach, VA. 



June 25  -  29, 2018

Dream Retreat-Opening the Door to Inner Wisdom

Lynne Larson, M.A.



The Divine Creator formed us as beings who dream with purpose.  Dreams emerge from within us to offer information, insight and inspiration. With access to levels of the unconscious mind beyond ordinary thought, we come to know ourselves better and deepen our relationship with God and the special path He has chosen for us.  Dream wisdom encourages us to let go of judgment and blame and opens our eyes to hope and healing  --and humor.  Join us as we weave together dream interpretations guidelines, effective journaling, prayer, the mandala, guided imagery and the logic of symbols.


Lynne Larson teaches and conducts dream workshops and works with individuals privately.  She makes her home in Virginia Beach, VA.




July 16 - 22, 2018

 Seeking Deeper Freedom

 Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J.



 How many of us feel “stuck” and not really very “free”?  Whether we are starting off in a marriage, in the midst of raising children, facing changing ministry in religious life, or experiencing the challenges of retirement, we all are called to be “free”.  Come to retreat into deep desires to be more free and to learn from our Lord how to put our lives in His hands.  We’ll grow together in a prayer that is relational and liberating.



Andy Alexander, S.J., has served faculty and staff at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for 20 years, helping them contribute to the mission of the Jesuit school.  His background is in Ignatian Spirituality and giving retreats.  He has served the Jesuit community as pastor of a parish. He is the co-creator of Creighton’s popular Online Ministries website.  He has co-authored two books:  Praying Lent and A Retreat in the Real World:  Finding intimacy with God wherever you are.






 August 27 - 31, 2018

Rekindling The Spirit of Hope    


                                                      Ms. A. Therese Sullivan,  M.A.

and Sr. Margaret Jeanne Keller, SSJ


An experiential journey linking Scripture and day to day application.  Embracing spiritual growth through the integration of art, music and reflection using the mandala.  Through reflection on the role of God’s providence in our lives, we will experience a reduction of fear and anxiety in our daily living, becoming more aware of God’s personal care for us as expressed in His tenderness for the “birds of the air and the lilies of the field.”  Could He possibly be less loving of us?  Counseling and Spiritual Direction will be available.

Ms. Sullivan has a bachelor’s degree in English and Latin and a master’s degree in psychology.  She also has advanced studies in Leadership.  Her experiences include many years of teaching and as a principal in the Florida Catholic school system.  Currently, she is a Victim Advocate with the Pembroke Pines Police Department, and a certified Law Enforcement Instructor, Certified Crisis Intervener, and Adjunt Instructor at Broward College, Davie, FL.

Sr. Margaret Jeanne, SSJ has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is also a certified spiritual director and retreat presenter.  Sister has many years of teaching and serving as an administrator in schools and communities.  She is also the former Vicar for Religious for the Diocese of Palm Beach.



August 13 - 17, 2018

Contemplative Conversation with Creation



This retreat is a three day collaborate prayer experience of renewal, reflection and rejuvenation, celebrating the natural beauty of the Smokey Mountains.  It will begin on Monday evening at 7:00 PM, August 13 and end of Friday morning






 October 15 -  21, 2018

October Nature Retreat

Sr. Fran Grady, SCL and Rob Gudger



Celebrate the majestic beauty of the mountains as we prayerfully and reflectively experience God’s creative power and wisdom. Pope Francis has compellingly asked us to revisit our care, responsibility, respect and commitment to all of God’s creative giftedness and our interconnectedness to it.  This will be the central focus of this retreat as we hear God speaking especially in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.


Sr. Fran Grady, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a visual artist, is a retreat and spiritual director and director of Living Waters.


Rob Gudger is a wildlife biologist who has spent the last 25 years educating people about wildlife with a special emphasis and presentation on wolves




2018 Hosted Retreats


  March 16 - 18                               St. Matthew Parish RCIA

 April 20 - 22                             OCDS

 April 28 - 30                             Men’s Retreat  

  June 4 - 8                                The Oratory

 August  7 - 9                            Women’s Retreat

 August  27 - 29                        Spirit of Vatican II

 October 7 – 12                        Priests of the Diocese of Charlotte

 October 12 – 14                      Diocesan Retreat for Gays & Lesbians

 October 26 - 28                       Men of Veritas