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Yoga for Gratitude: Sin, Grace & Acceptance

February 1-3, 2019
An Ignatian, Semi-Silent Weekend Retreat for Women

Retreat Title: Yoga for Gratitude: Sin, Grace & Acceptance

Ignatian Yoga is a collaborative ministry of Jesuits and lay people that integrates the spirituality of St. Ignatius and the practices of yoga and meditation. Ignatian Yoga invites participants to reflect on God’s presence in their life experiences, connecting mind, body, and spirit with a diverse array of old and new practices. The semi-silent retreat will offer an explanation and experience of Ignatian spirituality and yoga.

The Ignatian Yoga retreat will include five Ignatian Yoga sessions: Friday night, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and Sunday morning. Sessions include a talk from one of the teachers, a yoga class (varying styles), quiet reflection, and group sharing. There will be an optional meditation session on Friday at 5:30PM for those who have checked-in at that time. The retreat will start with dinner being served at 6:30PM. Mass and reconciliation will be offered. There will also be some leisure and social time built into the weekend. Bring your own yoga mat.  Any yoga props you prefer - strap, block, pillow, blanket - are all optional. Feel free to reach out to with further questions. 

Groups Attending: Individuals, Meet Me in the Silence

Please call the office at 847-381-1261 to register for this retreat.

Retreat Masters:


Bobby Karle, SJ

Bobby Karle is a Jesuit from the Midwest Province and the founder of Ignatian Yoga.  He began practicing yoga in 2009, in between serving as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize and entering the Jesuits in 2010. He is a 500-hour yoga teacher, has a Masters degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, and Bachelors degree in Anthropology from DePaul University.


Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ

Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ is a retreat director and spiritual director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington.  He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. He is the founder of Charis, a national Jesuit retreat ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and has trained spiritual directors at Loyola University-Chicago.  

A prolific writer and speaker, Fr. Michael has published books, CDs, and DVDs on prayer, discernment, and the sacraments with Franciscan Media, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, Loyola Press, and Heart to Heart. He is seen regularly on Shalom World Catholic Television and is heard regularly on Sacred Heart radio in Cincinnati and WSFI Catholic Radio in greater Chicagoland. 

His latest co-authored book is What’s Your Decision?  An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making and is published by Loyola Press.  

Fr. Michael’s weekly video homilies can be seen online at www.HtoH.US.


Carol Gibney, LMSW

Carol Gibney, LMSW, is a spiritual director, certified yoga teacher, and retreat leader who has been leading retreats at Fordham University in her role as a campus minister for the past 17 years.  She is delighted to offer this retreat as a way to integrate Ignatian Spirituality with the practice of yoga and meditation.


Carolyn Swabek

Carolyn Swabek is the Assistant Director of the Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University, a graduate fellowship program that develops emerging leaders for social and economic justice.  She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with additional training in yin yoga, yoga nidra, and Ayurveda. In Carolyn's weekly yoga classes, she focuses on building community, making the practice of yoga accessible to all, and honoring the spark of divinity within each person.