August 27th is around the corner. I look forward to seeing you at the guided retreat - “Castle or Cottage?”. It will be a wonderful day in the presence of the Lord.
What to expect on that day?
We will have group sessions, time for quiet reflection, restorative activities including journaling, reading, art, walking the Peace Path and Labyrinth. You will also be given an opportunity to meet with a qualified spiritual director. This is a time for discernment, to learn and grow in your own spirituality, deepen your relationship with God, or a time to share in confidentiality that may be emerging during your sacred journey.
The atmosphere of quiet relieves stress, depression and tension, replenishes our mental resources and reduces the risk of disease. When our brain is relaxed current ideas are connected with prior knowledge and this process gives birth to new ideas and solutions to problems.
When we set time aside to quite in the presence of God we are open to the possibility to hear Him speaking within. Solitude is not simply escaping the outside world but an opportunity to enter in deeper communication with God. It allows Him to bring increased self-awareness, healing and resolution.
Spiritual disciplines such as silent meditation on the word of God connect the body, mind and soul. Our system changes during those quiet moments of prayer. We come out of the retreat more likely to respond wisely to social interactions with greater compassion and empathy.
On Saturday during our guided retreat you will have the opportunity to prayerfully walk the Peace Path and the outdoor, Tau Center labyrinth.
Beautiful native grasses, flowers, variety of shrubs and trees surround the winding Peace Path. You will find many spaces to sit in prayer, enjoy the nature, read scripture or walk in quiet contemplation. Along the path you will find prayer bells where intentionally you can ring the bell and as the sound echoes so do your prayers in the presence of God.
Tau Center’s labyrinth is based on the design of the well-known labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. The most famous prayer labyrinth constructed in the thirteenth century in the cathedral of Chartres, France.
The first historical record of Christians using the labyrinths in churches dates back to 324 A.D. They became quite popular across Europe during the Middle Ages as Crusades made the journey to Holy Land dangerous. Designated cathedrals built labyrinths often referred to as “Journeys to Jerusalem” where the faithful set out on pilgrimages as a spiritual discipline. Thus the winding path of the labyrinth became a metaphor of our spiritual journey, a pilgrimage to a sacred place, a prayer.
You will also have an opportunity to meet with a qualified spiritual director. A Christian spiritual director is trained to help you process the complexities of life and circumstances by deepening your ability to find God's presence along the way. It is a ministry that respects confidentiality and is grounded in biblical truth; a safe place where one's thoughts and feelings are expressed freely revealing the authentic self in God.
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4 NIV
You haven’t reserved your seat!
There is still time!!!
My prayer is that this will be a place where you find hope and nourishment for your soul.
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