Stop what you're doing right now and close your eyes.
Take an intentional deep breath in and slowly exhale.
While inhaling, say to yourself, "Be Still".
While exhaling, say "And Know that I Am God."
Repeat 3 times.
You've just taken a 1-minute retreat
with Psalm 46:10.
What is a Retreat?
You just took one. Didn't that feel good? A retreat is anytime you intentionally take a step back from the noise of the day and go within to connect with yourself and with God. God is everywhere and in all things but that's easy to forget while you're in the middle of a busy or stressful day. Whether you attend one of my day retreats, online retreat, personal retreat, or enjoy a monthly Retreat Moment (subscribe below), the intention is to create a sacred space for you to stop, go within and connect with God, so you can place all that's heavy on your heart into God's loving hands.
What will i do on a retreat?
You are unique and will experience God and process information in your own way. I honor that by always offering four elements in a retreat that are designed to empower you to walk at your own pace and in your own way. This is not a classroom-type setting with a lecture. Instead, you'll find concepts offered for you to reflect and share on your own or with others. Each element will look a little different depending on what kind of retreat you choose. You can expect:
- A short talk or reading assignment introducing a concept that includes scripture.
- Personal time with thought-provoking reflections, prayers, and music.
- Sharing that encourages respect and support.
- Practical tips so you can apply the concepts to your daily life.
Will I feel comfortable?
This is the question people always ask me in a round about way and it's my favorite to answer. I haven't always felt comfortable in the area of spiritual growth. I'm Catholic and I grew up going to church every Sunday but I felt intimidated attending a ministry event or sharing my faith. (I thought retreats were just for the perfect and holy people!) Thankfully, I met amazing women who created a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment for me to grow. Because of that, I am passionate about providing the same for you. So, "Yes!" You will feel comfortable and let me explain a little bit more.
am i ready for a retreat?
Making the decision to attend a retreat can be a journey in itself. In addition to the question above, "Will I fit in?" are the questions, "Do I have time?" "Am I selfish if I take time out for myself?" and "Do I really want to get close to God?!" If these are some of the questions secretly wandering through your head, I hope you'll give yourself five minutes with this reflection sheet. It's kind of like a retreat on whether you should go on a retreat! There are some really good, thought-provoking questions in here that can help you reflect on some of the feelings that may be buried in your heart.
start with little moments of peace
You don't have to wait for a specific retreat to begin the process of slowing down and connecting with God's strength and comfort. Start integrating little moments of peace while you're washing the dishes or driving to work. Remember: A retreat can be anytime you intentionally take a step back to connect with yourself and God. Little moments of peace can build on one another and create a much more peaceful life. Download: 25 Quick Moments of Peace.