We are a community that believe the sharing of Divine Love in the spirit of peace, service and humility is our highest purpose. Each day the retreat leaders provide a contemplation practice and are available for one on one meditation guidance or spiritual counseling as well.
They are dedicating their time to support each person, with kindness and understanding, to receive the peace of Assisi.
David Nowe-Retreat Leader
David is the oldest of thirteen children from a beautiful Catholic family. He attended a Franciscan Catholic High School and became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis at the age of 14. After attending Columbia University, he explored many cultures and traditions including his years as a Swami in India, living in a Zen Buddhist Monastery in Japan and traveling to 70 countries around the world. David has a unique gift of opening people to unconditional love and helping them build a sustainable foundational spiritual practice.
Brenda Brisch - Retreat Leader
Brenda has been lovingly guiding contemplative retreats for over 35 years. She has devoted much of her life to spiritual inquiry. She is the lead Heartfulness instructor for our team of retreat leaders. She helps people discover their own pathway to inner peace through their heart..
Brenda teaches that life's circumstances are a guide to help us find the stillness within. She has been teaching in Assisi for the past five years and gently guides people into the sweetness & peace St Francis & St Clare inspire.
Rob Stucky -Retreat Leader
Rob Stucky has over forty years' experience helping people grow. His extensive background in spirituality includes a Master of Divinity from Yale University, serving as an Episcopal Priest for 16 years, along with direct teaching from Swami Muktananda in India for 9 years. He left the priesthood in 2002 to dedicate himself to helping people discover and experience inter-connectedness with each other and the universe around us.
He draws on the richness of the world’s traditions to help others discover the common experiences underlying all of them. This perspective enhances the quality of everyday living.
"I have always felt drawn to St. Francis, since my youth. Making my pilgrimage to Assisi and having the opportunity to lead retreats here is truly a gift of grace beyond anything I could have imagined."
Andrea Gademann - Retreat Leader
Andrea, a devoted mother and grandmother. For the past 10 years she has been leading silent retreats in Germany. She has 20 years experience as a body & breathing therapist working with young mothers preparing for birth and terminally ill patients on their way to transitioning.
Her personal path is deep inner self inquiry by meditation, prayer and silence. On the journey to stillness Andrea discovered the beauty of the unlimited universe within. In her retreats she loves to share her experience of the all pervasive presence of the Divine, in the essence of every being, waiting in every human heart to blossom. Andrea sees her gifts in connecting spiritual practice with daily life and awakening the longing for the experience of the inner treasure beyond comparison.
In gratitude, we are honored that David, Brenda, Rob and Andrea have joined us. Their extensive commitment to spiritual practice, community life, and a heart full journey is a gift to everyone.
Non Profit Organization We are a non-profit organization that supports people of all religions, countries and backgrounds to live a deeply satisfying spiritual life. The path of great love and peace is to pursue a life full of heart that includes; devotion, simplicity, humility and service to others.