5 Steps to Planning a Private Silent Retreat
“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants longingly for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When will I come and see the face of God?”
(Psalm 42:1-2 Amplified)
“Come away to a secluded place and rest a while.” (Gospel of St. Mark 6:31.)
If away, research Hermitages in your area, where you can safely enjoy the Beloved.
If at home, set aside a space and time where you can minimize distraction. Allow as much time as you are able. Whether an hour or a full day, the intention of your soul is what matters most.
Sample schedule: wake, eat, read/ponder/pray a little, walk a little, eat, rest. Repeat.
Prepare in advance by reviewing some of the many wonderful resources available to you.
- Pray as You Stay prayer support series
- Craft the New Story of Your Business for the Year Ahead by Hiro Boga
- Quest: A Guide for Creating Your Own Vision Quest
- My Personal Pilgrimage with Mary DeJong
- The Pilgrim at Home with Lacy Clark Ellman
- A Wealth of Articles about Discernment, Guided Imagery Meditation, Spiritual Questions, Transitions.
As you prepare to return to your “normal life,” allow the return to be as slow and simple as possible.
Special Invitation: For parents, care-givers and others who cannot get away for retreat, consider Visio Divina, listening to the Divine through images, with the lovely photo gallery below, gleaned from my personal silent retreat.