KAVANNA HOUSE


A Sanctuary for the Soul
Kavanna House is a non-profit spiritual formation organization designed to offer individuals the means to move into deeper intimacy with God. Kavanna is a Hebrew word meaning: Intentional ~ awakened ~ mindful ~ and devoted to prayer.
A year ago, we shared the news that we would be closing the physical location for Kavanna House at 1516 East Market Street. Throughout this past year, we have offered programs including experientials with various spiritual practices, day retreats and cohorts to individuals in and out of Pennsylvania. There have been moments of profound transformation and inspiration. We have continued to be in awe of Spirit’s work and desire for us.

As we committed to a year ago, Kavanna has sought input and insight from those who have journeyed with us and from those we feel called to connect and partner with…we have been doing much listening. From our inception, paying attention to Spirit’s gentle nudges and leading have been paramount to our discernment and decisions. There have been moments when those nudges and leading have made clear sense and been in alignment with our collective thinking, such as the decisions to begin The Intimacy Project and to close the house. There have been other moments when we needed to trust more, knowing that our sensing and intuition were leading us to unchartered waters that would be more challenging and painful to navigate. That is where we find ourselves now.

Declining enrollments in our programs over recent months and very little enrollment in the cohorts scheduled to begin this fall have led us to make the decision that it is time for Kavanna House, as a nonprofit organization, to end… Breathe…. We know this is a lot to absorb. Our efforts and experiences these past ten years have been filled with the essence of the Spirit and so much love. For many of us, hearing that the organization is ending feels like losing a friend. We hold this grief with you.

Some of you are familiar with the Paschal Mystery retreat that Kavanna presents. This retreat guides us through the pain of grieving that is typically followed by the reception of something new, some new life that occurs when we are trusting and brave enough to release what has been and embrace what can be. We remain curious and open to where Spirit leads us individually and where Spirit will take the fruits and seeds of Kavanna’s work. We firmly believe that the “work” and “spirit” of Kavanna will continue through those who have been impacted these past ten years. We are exploring opportunities with individuals who desire to offer some of our programs through other venues and we remain open to all possibilities. The logistics of Kavanna House’s closure are being finalized by the staff and board. Our intention is to continue operations through December 31, 2021.

We appreciate you taking the time to read this letter. If you have questions or wonderings, please feel free to reach out to us. The best way to do that is by sending an email to info@kavannahouse.com. This allows us to forward your message to the person(s) best able to respond.

Peace and Blessings,

Kavanna House Board of Directors
Sam Miller, President
Mike Johnson
Nicole Mills
Roxanne O’Reilly
Diane Sargeant
Adele Seebold
Deb Turnow, Founder