The celebrated spiritual writer Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential voices of our day. His many books are considered modern spiritual classics as he is credited with introducing the riches of the monastic tradition to many. Here, Esther de Waal devises a seven-day personal or group retreat program using excerpts from Thomas Merton’s writings and a selection of the photography for which he was also renowned. She creates a retreat that can be made at home, at a retreat center, on vacation, or over a week or longer. The focus of each of the seven days is: The Call, Response, The Solitary Within, Encounter with Christ, The Demands of Love, Ordinary Things, and Integration.