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Ignatian Exercises

St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, was the author of the Spiritual Exercises, one of the great classics of Western Christianity. This series of prayer exercises was written over a period of years in the 16th century. It was designed to be undertaken over a 30 day period, with a director as a guide and included 5 hour long specific prayer experiences each day. In a series of annotations or notes at the beginning of the Exercises, St. Ignatius indicated that the retreat experience could be changed to accommodate the individual making the retreat. One of those notes or annotations (the 19th) indicated that if a retreatant making the exercises could not get away for 30 complete days they might make the retreat over a period of about 30 weeks, doing the 5 daily prayer experiences over the course of a week.

SoulFormation is happy to announce that we are creating the opportunity for you to make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola directed over the course of about 9 months, beginning in 2018.

For more information, please contact Bill


  • Monthly meetings with your retreat director
  • Nine half-day gatherings for prayer and reflection on the Spiritual exercises and our experience in prayer (main gathering at Mosaic Church in Portland, Oregon with satellite groups in a variety of places)
  • 5 dedicated hours of time with God each week on the retreat material