Male Spirit Retreat 2024

Male Spirit

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.


Male Spirit Retreat 2024

"Be Strong, Take Heart"
Integrity and Courage, qualities of an authentic maleness

A Male Spirit Interfaith Retreat for Men

Directed by Br. Joe Kilikevice, OP of Shem Center, Chicago
and Rev. Steve Miller, UCC, Jaffrey Center, NH

November 1-3 2024
LaSalle Manor Retreat Center
12480 Galena Road, Plano, IL 60545

Integrity, respect, kindness, and courage – qualities of authentic maleness – are often conspicuously absent today in men holding public office and other positions of responsibility. Often shadowy and fearful, a reluctance to speak out in opposition to clearly observable wrongdoing dishonors maleness itself. Men acting fraudulently are assaulting the dignity of men, calling for a robust rejection from us. Instead of complying with this departure from a principled maleness, we claim a shared hopefulness in authentic maleness worthy of the name.

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality offers you a weekend retreat for men guided by Joe Kilikevice and Steve Miller, with years of Male Spirit retreat experience. Offered at a much-loved retreat center, LaSalle Manor in Plano, Illinois. A forest setting, including a lake, hiking trails, and simple, comfortable accommodations, where a stone-and-timber meeting room with fireplace awaits us. (

Men fearless and aware of their inherited male dignity know the value of joining together in taking their place in a world in need of integrity and truthfulness. Consider joining the company of other men in exploring our birthright, an honorable maleness. The sacredness of every man’s narrative will be respected and honored. All men are welcome.

Retreat Details

Date and Time:
Check-in beginning at 5 PM,  Dinner 5:30 PM on Friday, November 1.
The retreat concludes at Noon Sunday, November 3.

Car pooling encouraged: ask if you need/offer a ride.

Commitment to Entire Retreat:
It is important to commit to the entire retreat from beginning to end. The delicate balance of trust and intimacy are jarred by late arrivals and early departures.

$350 by 10/1/24, then $375. Includes room, meals, spiritual guidance, materials.
All reservations appreciated by 10/1.

The actual cost of the retreat exceeds $414.09 per man. Financial support by the sponsors and fundraising efforts reduce your fee, above. If you can afford the full cost, please consider making an optional contribution to help some who cannot.

If you desire a tax deduction for an optional contribution, simply make a separate donation.

Financial Aid:
We do not want cost to prevent any man from attending.  Limited Scholarships up to 50% of the cost may become available – all held in strict confidence. Please submit your Registration with a note requesting consideration.

Full refunds will be made until 10/11/24.  50% refunds until 10/21/24.  After then, funds have been committed.

This retreat includes nutritious meals and vegetarian options.  If you have special dietary needs, please indicate on your Registration.

Fathers and Sons:
This retreat is especially powerful for fathers and sons.

Call Jeff Barbalics, 216-396-5461,



LaSalle Manor Retreat Center
Male Spirit
An Interfaith Experience
Retreat Leaders

Male Spirit Retreat 2024

Registration and payment for Male Spirit Retreat 2024

Price: $350.00
Installment plan available - inquire. All reservations appreciated by 9/15, final reservation date is 10/15/23.
Price: $375.00
Payment Method
Supported Credit Cards: MasterCard, Visa

If you wish to make an optional contribution to the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, your gift is tax deductible and can be earmarked for Male Spirit scholarships. Go to the donation page.

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
708 North Harvey Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 848-1095

Photo Credits: Emory Mead, Stephen B. Starr, Joseph Kilikevice

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