What is a Retreat?

There are retreats to meet every need and circumstance. Some are made away from home at retreat centres, others in the midst of daily life. Some last a weekend, others 8-days and others 30-days; Some are made individually, others in community. Our lives are filled with demands, choices and information overload. It can be hard to shut down the outer and inner noise long enough to see the bigger picture and to reconnect with what is most important. Like any relationship, our relationship with God needs some protected quality time and space to deepen. When we are tired and depleted a retreat is a chance to fill the well and to be renewed with a greater sense of energy and purpose. Often a retreat is an opportunity to get clarity on important decisions. Most significantly it is the chance for God to gift us with whatever we most need at this moment in our lives. Practically this is what a time of retreat offers.

  • It gives a dedicated time and space to deepen your relationship with God.
  • Someone who is trained to listen to you each day and to help you to sense God’s leading and invitation at this time in your life.
  • Silence on residential retreats to enable you to shut out distractions for a while to tune into God’s voice.