What is the silent retreat like?
The Retreatant does not talk from Friday night until Sunday morning. No one talks but you are friendly to each other. You can “smile, nod, or wave” when you see each other in the kitchen or outdoors.
It’s easy to not talk because everyone comes for the same purpose. They come to be alone. Therefore, everyone respects each other’s personal space. Actually, not talking is a relief. You don’t have to “put your best foot forward” or “hold up your side of the conversation”. You can just relax, and take a break. It’s really nice.
The Friday night meal and group worship help you to get to know each other. It helps you to feel safe, knowing that other people are there if you should need anything. Please note that you can at any time talk to a director.
Feeling safe is especially important for women. Men can go off to a motel and feel completely safe, but women can’t do that. Women feel more vulnerable and need people around them in order to feel safe. A person can relax only when they feel safe.
What is the Schedule ?
Check In 1 – 5 pm
Supper 6 pm
Orientation/Group Worship 7 pm
Saturday – “hermit day”
Counsel, 50-minute appointments (optional)
DVD showing “Be Still” on Contemplative Prayer (optional)
Room Check Out 10 am
Ending silence at Group Worship 10:30 am
Lunch 12 noon
Depart by 2 pm
What do I Bring?
||Your PILLOW may help you to sleep better
||Dress is casual: sweats, jeans, sneakers, light jacket, hat, etc.
||FOOD you wish to eat for Saturday`s lunch and supper. Microwave, refrigerator, and coffee pot in each room.
||BIBLE, JOURNAL, and a good pen. We will provide study helps.
||Two-page Reflection Paper (instructions sent to you prior to the retreat)
Available for a donation: Journals
Who is this retreat for?
GodQuest is a Christian retreat open to all people everywhere.
However, we are “gender specfic”. Meaning there are separate retreats for men and women. We use the same lodging and eating facility but all our meetings are separate. The rational behind the decison for the separation is to eliminate as many distractions as possible.
GodQuest retreats usually appeals to two kinds of people:
1. The young mother with small children or the harried father with demands of a high pressure job who is stressed out and feels like running away.
2. The mature Christan who sees the value of taking a “Sabbath Rest” to become closer to God.
This type of retreat is not for everyone. It appeals to a small population of people who understand the value of getting away to do nothing.
What do you do while on retreat?
· read scripture *
· take long showers
· take walks in nature
* Read a whole book of the Bible or just meditate on a single verse.
You can meet with a Director. He or she will listen to you, share some scriptures and pray with you.
There is written material to guide you through Prayer, Scripture, Creation, and Community (Church or Friends). There are also written helps for Journaling and Fasting.
We emphasis reading the Bible over other literature.
The Program offers group worship, Christian counsel, and written helps.
How do I prepare myself spiritually?
We ask that you bring a two-page description of yourself and what you are asking of God in this retreat.The purpose of this exercise is that you will begin reflecting upon your life, where you have been and where you are going. It will help you to begin to journal (if you choose) while on retreat. It also helps the directors to know you better so that they may pray for you more intelligently. If you decide to meet with a director he or she will have read your paper ahead of time. This will help familiarize him or her with you.
Immediately upon registration, your name is sent to a group of prayer partners who will pray for you daily before, during, and for two-weeks after the retreat. In anticipation, we ask that you pray as well.