You may just want time for yourself and your God - time to devote to prayer, or maybe tell your story to a retreat guide who is an open and accepting listener.
When you come on retreat you may become aware of conflicts or unresolved issues that stop you from being the person you want to be or the person that God created you to be. Many of us keep troubles, challenges or God at arms-length with television, Internet, work and other distractions. On an individually guided retreat, or a ‘quiet day’ you can put these distractions aside to allow what is more important to surface.
We believe in a God who wants to show his love for each one of us, a God who accepts who we are with our personality and our past. A retreat is above all a time of listening to God at work in the experiences of your daily life and in the prayer of the retreat. The retreat guide or leader may be there to be act as a listener and companion on your journey. People who come on retreat invariably experience God in a positive way and return home rejuvenated, consoled and more confident in doing God's will.
WHAT IS A RETREAT?
A spiritual retreat is a calming break from one's regular environment. It is designed to give a person a chance to slow down and get in touch spiritually, to create inner peace and spend time in prayer with God.
Spiritual retreat is time set apart to be in quiet, rest, and solitude with God. For generations, people have gone on spiritual retreats to encounter God and experience spiritual renewal. It is a way of entering into the presence of God, and allowing him to nourish our soul.
If your life is a busy one with many cares and concerns, then you may well benefit from a time of quiet prayer and reflection. You may find that you return home from a retreat in a more peaceful and consoled frame of mind.