Various Kinds of Retreats
- The Ruah staff pre-plans several retreats each year and opens them to people who are seriously seeking greater depth in their spiritual practice. We generally offer one 8-day retreat and two 3-day retreats each calendar year with an emphasis either on individual spiritual direction in which each person meets with their own director daily (called a directed retreat), or on centering prayer in which the group meets together several times each day to sit in silent consent to the presence and action of God within them (called a centering prayer intensive retreat).
- A Retreat or Day of Prayer for Your Own Group. Ruah provides facilitated time in prayer, solitude and silence for groups whose purpose is prayer, service, worship, healing, ministry to church and/or community, or spiritual growth and nourishment. Your group will meet together for short periods with a facilitator but input given is minimal and solely for the purpose of assisting each person to listen for God within one’s own heart.
- A Retreat or Day of Prayer for You Alone. Individuals may come for a few hours or a few days of prayer and solitude during which they will meet with a spiritual director.
- For a person’s or a group’s first time to experience a day of prayer or a retreat in solitude we offer one day only, from morning until afternoon. After that first visit, an overnight can be considered.
2018 Retreat Calendar
Lenten Retreat, February 22-25. Time in the “desert” to reflect on this season of prayer, repentance, fasting and service. (Format to be announced.)
Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat, June 3-9, a deepening experience designed for those who already have a well-established Centering Prayer practice (the Thomas Keating method, or Christian Meditation as taught by Laurence Freeman). For those who cannot get away for that long we welcome you to join the group for a mini-retreat June 7-9, or register just for June 8-9 as a regular Centering Prayer Weekend.
Advent Retreat, November 29-December 2. We’ll take a few days to contemplate the Incarnation of Jesus in history, his presence with us today, and the fulfillment of his final coming at the end of time. (Format to be announced.)