WVIS Offerings

This page contains: 
Retreat Opportunities; Training Programs; Prayer-Reflection-Meditation Offerings; Other Offerings.


Retreat Opportunities

Almost Heaven Retreats

Individual Directed Retreat

Retreats are available year round at The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality.  You are invited to grow in your personal relationship with God on a personal retreat with a Spiritual Director. WVIS offers individually directed retreats ranging from 3 to 10 days. Silence, prayer and individual spiritual direction sessions are central components of these retreat offerings. You may schedule an individual directed retreat with your spiritual director or contact Sr. Carole Riley at  412-901-4259 or email wviscr@aol.com.
Advent Directed Retreat – Join us-  Advent Directed Retreat Flyer
December 13 – 14, 2019
Almost Heaven Summer Retreats:
 May 24-July 14, 2019 Almost Heaven Retreats    Almost Heaven Retreats WVIS Brochure 2019

 Welcome to The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality



30-day Spiritual Exercises

WVIS offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in a 30 day format. Silence, prayer, liturgy, contemplative prayer, and individual spiritual direction sessions are central components of these retreat offering.  Suggested donation: $2,550.00 with a non-refundable $300 deposit. In addition, “Healing Touch Massage Therapy” is offered at an additional offering.
WVIS 30 Day Retreat Information
30 Day Retreat Forms to download and print:
30 Day Retreat Application Form
30 Day Retreat Recommendation Forms






Sabbatical Program

Nature of the Sabbatical Time:
Rooted and growing in the light of God’s love, the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality provides a quiet, four season setting where individuals can find peace in solitude; savor God’s presence in prayer; delight in the gifts of creation; experience new ways of being in relationship with God, with self, with others and with the world.


Sabbatical Opportunities:                                                                              
This time is a grace-filled opportunity for rest, prayer, and studies designed for those in ministry or in a life changing transition, open to United States and International men and women, clergy and laity of all denominations, and members of religious communities.  Included are opportunities for an eight (8) to thirty (30) day directed Ignatian retreat, contemplative prayer, art, Healing Touch Massage Therapy, hermit experience, counseling and spiritual direction.


Questions answered in the Sabbatical Brochure:        WVIS Sabbatical Program Brochure (click here)
…..When is the Sabbatical Program offered?
…..When must the application be submitted?  (Application forms are listed below.)
…..What programs/offerings/opportunities are provided?
…..Is there community experience?
…..Miscellaneous information


Applications are due two (2) months prior to the chosen Sabbatical start date.
Sabbatical Program Application forms to download and print are listed below:
Application to the WVIS Sabbatical Program  (click here to download and print)
WVIS Sabbatical Recommendation (click here to download and print)
WVIS Sabbatical Medical Certification Form (click here to download and print)






The Retreat in Daily Life

This retreat is an adaptation of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for those who cannot make the 30 day live-in retreat in the context of daily life. The retreatant is individually directed by an experienced spiritual director for review and guidance in prayer and discernment. Offering: $2,100. This retreat is uniquely tailored by the director for the individual. The number of sessions over a 10 month period will vary.  For more information, call (304) 345-0926 or email wviscr@aol.com.


12-step Retreat

Weekend retreat for 12-Step program.  Cost: $85 per day.  For more information, call (304) 345-0926 or email wviscr@aol.com.


Advent Silent-Directed Retreat

For more information call (304) 345-0926 or email wviscr@aol.com.  Contact us for the 2019 dates.



Lent Silent-Directed Retreats
For more information call (304) 345-0926 or email wviscr@aol.com.   Contact us for 2020 dates.



Certification Programs

Spiritual Direction

Associate Spiritual DirectorsEach September a new group of candidates begin a three-part journey of development at The West Virginia Institute For Spirituality. This Spiritual Direction training program is a part time course of study that prepares spiritual directors for ministry in parish communities and religious congregations.  Application deadline:  August 1.
WV Institute for Spirituality Spiritual Direction Certification Information (Revised April 2018)  (Click Here)
WVIS Associate Spiritual Direction Training Program 2019-2020 (Click Here)
Application Form to download and print:        WVIS Spiritual Direction Certification Program Application Form  (Click Here)
Theory of Spiritual Direction
2019    September 6-7              October 11-12                  November 8-9
Dynamics of Group Spiritual Direction
2020    January 10-11              Feb. 14-15               Mar 13-14
Advanced Peer Supervision
2019    September 13-14          October 18-19        November 15-16
2020   September 18-19          October 16-17        November 20-21





WVIS is committed to the formation of competent supervisors in the specialized ministry of spiritual direction. With supervision being such an essential component of any spiritual direction training program it is crucial to have trained supervisors. Participants in this program will receive 75-120 hours of individual and group supervision. Click the brochure for dates, tuition and prerequisites.   2018-2019 Certificate in Supervision Brochure



19th Annotation

This concentrated program will focus on the Grace, the Dynamics, Content, and Process of the Spiritual Exercises and assist those spiritual directors who are presently or who desire to give the 19th Annotation. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the Spiritual Directors as well as the essential elements of discernment. The dates for 2020 are January 16-19.2020.      2020 Retreat in Everyday Life 19th Annotation (flyer with registration information)




Retreat in Everyday Life 19th Ann 2019

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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development:   WVIS offers Spiritual Directors on-going  professional development. Programs are offered once or twice every year to further develop their training and expertise as Spiritual Directors.   To register for the 2019 CPD program:  2019 Continuing Professional Development Flyer and Registration Form

The 2018 Continuing Professional Development program for spiritual directors was conducted October 19-20.    In these offerings, we use a formative approach to the material which  presented.

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CPD 2019:   2019 Continuing Professional Development Flyer and Registration Form








Spiritual Direction – Prayer – Reflection – Meditation

Interested in receiving Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction provides a companion and guide for the journey of spiritual growth. It is the goal of the Spiritual Director to help a person develop a closer relationship with God and to discern the invitations of the Holy Spirit.

Spiritual Direction Brochure (click here)

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality has certified spiritual directors/prayer guides who may be able to partner with you on your Spiritual Journey. You may wish to contact one of the following certified  Associate Spiritual Directors or call 304-345-0926.

          Associate Spiritual  Directors

*Charlie Boll, 11th Step Ministry, (Charleston, WV)
Charleseboll2@gmail.com   304.549.6415
*Eileen Chwalibog, B.A., Spiritual Director, Supervisor  (Huntington, WV)
grace51@a0l.com     304.521.5463
Rev. Mr. Brian, Crim Spiritual Director Intern (Inwood, WV)
crimscout@gmail.com      304.283.7777
Marie Crim, Spiritual Director Intern (Inwood, WV)
luckymama58@gmail.com      304.229.5014
Elizabeth Deal, Spiritual Director  (Huntington, WV)
lizjdeal@gmail.com   610.952.2510

Sister Marie Ann Ellmer, RSM, Spiritual Director (Philadelphia, PA)
marieannrsm@aol.com 215.641.5537
Fr. Dave Glockner, Spiritual Director (Vanceburg, KY)
dglockner@glenmary.org 270.256.8624
Sister Rose Ann Hefner, CSJ, M.S., LPC, LSW, Spiritual Director, Supervisor (Charleston, WV)
rahefner@frontier.com     304.925.8407
Roxanne Kaiser-Antonowich, Ed. D., Spiritual Director (Water Gap, Pennsylvania)
Sister Barbara Goodridge, O.S.F., Spiritual Director (Charleston, WV.)
Donna Manko-Kochirka, Spiritual Director Intern (Pittsburgh, PA)
deemanko@comcast.net 412.722.4539
*Leanna Mock-Lake, Spiritual Director (Waynesburg, PA)
llake0619@gmail.com 814.558.5596
Kathy Lester, B.S., M.B.A., Spiritual Director (Charleston, WV)  
 Kathy Lester Bio Update
kmlester53@yahoo.com        304-610-2852
Margaret Llamas, Spiritual Director (New York City, NY)
verisconsulting@aol.com 917.535.5036
*Sister Molly Maloney, O.S.F., M.A., LMT Spiritual Director, Supervisor (Charleston, WV)
wvissrmolly@aol.com   304.542.1385
Nancy Martin, Spiritual Director Intern (Hinton, WV)

nancyofmadamscreek@gmail.com     304.466.0082
*Virginia H. Masters (Ginny), Associate Spiritual Director (Hilton Head, SC)
vmasters@aol.com    843.785.8550
B. A. Miskoweic, Spiritual Director Intern (Charleston, WV)

bamiskowiec@hotmail.com 304.542.7248V)
LaRee Naviaux, Ph.D., Supervisor  (Charleston, WV)
naviauxld@aol.com 304.344.9091
*Cynthia A. Neely, R.N., M.S., Spiritual Director, Supervisor (Chapel Hill, NC)
neelycynthia@gmail.com    606.923.0437
Carrie Nickerson, M.A., MSN, Ed.D., R.N, Ongoing & Ignatian Retreat Direction; Supervision
(Cresson & Pittsburgh PA)   carolyn.j.nickerson@gmail.com      814.935.6890
Tom Octave, MA,  Spiritual Director Intern (Verona, PA)

tomoctave@gmail.com 412.867.5032
*Paula Osborne,  Spiritual Director (Berkeley Springs, WV)
pfo1125@gmail.com 304.676.9347
Rev. Dr. Robert Osborne, Spiritual Director (Berkeley Springs, WV)
rsosborne7@gmail.com 304.676.2009
*Rev. Bill Petro, M.A., Spiritual Director, Supervisor (Dunbar, WV)          Father Bill Petro – Jubilee_
frbpetro42@gmail.com 304.206.6288

Mary Quick, Spiritual Director (Grandeeville, WV)
quickmar@gmail.com 304.377.1229
Sister Carole Riley, CDP, Ph.D., LPC, AAPC-Fellow      Spiritual Director
wviscr@aol.com   414-901-4259
Sister Ritamary Schulz, A.S.C.J., M.S., M.S.Ed., Spiritual Director, Supervisor  (Hamden, CT)
wvsrritamary@aol.com 304.444.5009
Rev. Diane Shoaf, M. Div., M.Ed., Spiritual Director (Miami, FL)
Shoaf456@bellsouth.net  786.877.8319
Canon Debbie Short, Spiritual Director, Supervisor (Hilton Head Island, SC)
debbishort826@yahoo.com 304.575.5937
Elaine Soper, Spiritual Director Intern (Ronceverte, WV)
elainesoper@gmail.com 304.667.9432
Rev. Mr. Thomas Soper, Spiritual Director Intern (Ronceverte, WV)
thomassoper@shentel.net 304.667.9732
*Bob Sylvester, M.A., Spiritual Director (Charleston, WV)
bsyl@msn.com   304-552-9661
Laurie Thompsen, Spiritual Director Intern (Elkview, WV)

lthompsen@wvcadv.org 304.965.3552
Dorothy Tullmann, Ph. D, Spiritual Director Intern (Crozet, VA)
dftullmann@gmail.com 434.952.3351
*Rev. Dorinda Trouteaud, Spiritual Director Intern (Atlanta, GA)
rindy@trouteaud.com 678.231.7556
Pwintonaj@aol.com     304.549.9533hyllis Vealey, Spiritual Director (Beckley, WV)
pweagel@suddenlink.net     304.228.7780
*Ann J. Winton, Spiritual Director Intern (Charleston, WV)
Geraldine Wright, MAPM, M.B.A. Spiritual Director (Charleston, WV)
gerwright1@aol.com      304.552.3662
Rev. Mr. David Wuletich, R.N., B.A., Spiritual Director, Supervisor  (Charleston, WV)
deacdew@suddenlink.net     304.550.5824

           *Ministry Team Member

Make checks payable: West Virginia Institute for Spirituality
The West Virginia Institute For Spirituality is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Sometimes it is not always possible to meet in person for Spiritual Direction. Once you have selected a director you may decide there are times you would prefer to have your spiritual direction session by Facetime, Skype, Google +, or phone. You can work this out with your director.

 Contemplative Prayer:

Contemplative Prayer is offered on Thursday evenings at 5:00 PM throughout the year from September through May. Centering Prayer is a receptive prayer of resting in God. It is a method of prayer, which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. Though we think of prayer as thoughts or feeling expressed in words, this is only one expression. Contemplative Prayer is a prayer of silence, and experience of God’s presence.  

Check our calendar page for time and dates.


Reflection Opportunities

2019 WVIS Lenten Reflection Booklet (click here to read the reflections)
2018 West Virginia Institute for Spirituality Advent Reflections
 A booklet of reflections and prayers for the month of June:  Reflections and Prayers for West Virginia



Soup and Silence   

For 45 minutes, leave your home/office, let go of all your “to do’s” and launch into the quiet to refresh you body – soul.   First Friday of each month (September through May – beginning at Noon).

Soup 4      soup 41      2019-2020 Soup and Silence Brochure










11th Step Meditation

11th Step Meditation, facilitated by Charlie B., will be offered at WVIS on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.


 WVIS Outreach

West Virginia Institute for Spirituality Staff Members and Associate Spiritual Directors are available to come to churches or synagogues to present workshops on a variety of  topics.

Spiritual Direction provides a companion and guide for the journey of spiritual growth. It is the goal of the Spiritual Director to help a person develop a closer relationship with God and to discern the invitations of the Holy Spirit.




Merton Institute:

The Charleston Chapter of the Merton Institute. Everyone is welcome to join us in discussing all things Merton. check our calendar page for dates and time.

Healing Touch Massage:

Massage therapy is a professional healing art that utilizes various forms of touch to bring about a holistic, integrated sense of well-being.  It works with most of the major systems of the body in such a way that we can sense ourselves as unified and harmonious creations of God.
To schedule an appointment contact: Sr. Molly Maloney, OSF, M.A., LMT at (304) 345-0926.
Click here for more information:  Massage Brochure

Prayer Guidance Opportunity:

Monthly opportunities  in your home community (WV), if there are 5-10 persons, for prayer guidance with Sr. Carole Riley.
Call 304-345-0926.


1601 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia 25311   304.345.0926 (main)   304.345.8206 (fax)

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