Memorial House, owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, is large and comfortable--a former home of the DuPont family, just blocks from the ocean. St. Alban's has been holding its annual Advent retreat there for 20 years.
The retreat began Friday evening with conversation and dinner, after which everyone went into silence.
The weekend was punctuated by worship and guided meditations. This year, 18 St. Albanites and friends gathered with the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare to consider T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, poems that explore Christian belief and practice. Participants took turns reading the poems aloud during meals.
Many also listened to readings of the poems by Eliot himself or by the English actor Alec Guinness.
There's plenty of open time throughout the weekend for reading, writing, drawing, and walks on the almost-deserted boardwalk and beach. Rehoboth in winter has a special charm.
There's also food, and lots of it.
The retreat includes all meals, which are varied and delicious. Vegetarian options are always available. Coffee and tea are on tap 24 hours a day.