The Alcyon Center - Cultivating Contemplative Action for the Sake of the World

Welcome to AUTUMN at Alcyon!

Located on Mount Desert Island on the edge of Seal Cove, we are guests of tidal rhythms that teach us to live attentively with earth and each other. To all who visit, the cove slowly reveals her mysteries.

We are also an experiment in practicing community, spiritual hospitality, and theological study for our times. At root, we follow a countercultural notion that Silence encountered in the depth of the human heart is healing medicine for the world. Soul work and practice is where we all start— come join us.

You are welcome here! All our programs offer tastes of a contemplative path for our times and invitations to think about the world in new ways.

For a quick overview of what we offer see our 2019 printed flyer, or go to What We Offer.  You will find coming up:


  • Personal Retreats
  • Courses and Retreats in spiritual practice
  • Contemplative Spiritual Direction Training
  • Fall Volunteer Work Week (sign up here)
  • Weekly Bible Reflection
  • Monthly Quiet Day and Soul Friends

We look forward to hearing from you, and send blessings from the ever-changing Seal Cove,

Kathryn Booth and Joan Jordan Grant, directors

The Alcyon Center is an experience of being welcomed, body, soul and spirit into the life of a small, practicing contemplative community.

The vision for the Center is rooted in a desire for bold and practical ways to meet the spiritual hunger of our times.