The lovely and inviting grounds of the Retreat House are always open. You are welcome to walk among the diverse mature trees or to sit on benches in various locations.
The cemetery is a peaceful and contemplative place to walk and honor the family headstones.
Nestled in the meadow of the Retreat House is a traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol found in many traditions around the world.
A walk in the labyrinth is a deeply personal experience. Used as a form of walking meditation, the labyrinth may help you find inner peace, manage stress or move forward on a path of discernment.
One of the great benefits of walking a labyrinth is the freedom of knowing that there is no right or wrong way to walk. Each walk is unique to the person walking, moving as quickly or slowly as each may choose.
The labyrinth is always open for individuals or groups to pray and walk unless marked otherwise.
St. Paul’s Church was founded in 1858 and has been an important part of the Hillsboro community for many years. Home to a thriving congregation through the 1910’s, it was quiet for several decades, changed hands of ownership several times, and revived for a time in the 1970’s, ‘80’s and early ‘90’s. When the then-rector moved away in 1994, the church and grounds fell quiet again.
With the completion of work on the parish house in the spring of 2014, the church has seen the return of occasional services. At the Retreat House, the focus is less on Sunday worship, but that does not mean the church is left fallow. Morning and noon-day prayer are read when individuals are inclined and Celtic and Taize worship find a welcome home at St. Paul’s. As individuals may express an interest, other services are welcomed in the beautiful old sanctuary.
The church is open for quiet personal prayer and meditation whenever the Retreat House is open so please come in and rest and pray. It is a beautiful place to be still and wait with God.