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Directed Retreats

What is a Directed Retreat?

Stone archway of main house (photo: M. Cabrera)A Directed retreat is a time spent in silence with your God. The title can be misleading because it may give the impression that a retreatant will be told what to do during the retreat by someone accompanying them. In fact it is a time when God takes me where I am in my personal relationship with Him and leads me deeper into intimacy with Him.

A Spiritual Director (sometimes called a Prayer Companion) will support you to be sensitive to what God is doing and encourage you to follow God's promptings.A Directed Retreat is usually eight days.

It is a time of profound silence, interiority and stillness.

"You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever."
Psalm 16:11

The program usually follows this format: participants meet daily with their spiritual companion; celebration of Eucharist daily; and the opportunity for the individual celebration of Reconciliation with one of the Team.

Your retreat begins with the 6.00pm meal on the evening of the first date, followed by a brief introduction and Eucharist. It usually concludes after 2pm Eucharist on the last date shown.

 

Guided Retreats

What is a Guided Retreat?

A guided retreat is a silent retreat with a morning presentation to help provide guidance for the retreatant. A time of coming aside to be with God, to listen to what God is saying in the depth of my being. Guided retreats are times ofr prayer and so much of each day is free for the retreatant to use for prayer. Guided retreats are usually 6 days thought his may vary depending on the purpose of the retreat.

possum capital on Mitchell  House colonadePresentations on retreats follow the advertised themes and cover such topics for example as; prayer; relationship with God, with self, and with others; spirituality; Liturgical Seasons of the Year; or the mystics. Themes are provided to support the retreat not dictate the retreat; retreatants are always encouraged to follow God's lead.

Guided Retreats begin with the 6.00pm meal on the evening of the first date, followed by a brief introduction and Eucharist. They usually conclude after 2.00pm Eucharist on the last date shown.

The usual daily program follows this format: meditation; morning input session; opportunity for spiritual accompaniment (encouraged); celebration of Eucharist; sacrament of Reconciliation is also available by arrangement with one of the Team.

 

Prayer Weekends

What is a Prayer Weekend?

a focus for prayer ... trinity prayer room Jesus' invites you to come aside and rest with Him for the weekend. To take quiet time with God in the midst of your busy life. It is a time of guided prayer, which may be focused on themes like; prayer; relationship with God, with self, and with others; spirituality; Liturgical Seasons of the Year; or the mystics. Themes are provided to support the retreat not dictate the retreat; retreatants are always encouraged to follow God's lead. .

Guided Retreats begin with the 6.00pm meal on the evening of the Friday, followed by a brief introduction and Eucharist. They usually conclude after 2.00pm Eucharist on the Sunday.

The usual daily program follows this format: meditation; morning input session; opportunity for spiritual accompaniment (encouraged); celebration of Eucharist; sacrament of Reconciliation is also available by arrangement with one of the Team.

 

30 Days with a Mystic retreat

(photo: M. Cabrera)In the 30 days with a Mystic retreat you can choose a mystic that you find engages you. You enter the text through praying with a lectio divina way of reading the words on the page, meditating, pondering and taking the insights deeper into the heart, engaging the heart and resting in contemplation. As this deepening of wisdom unfolds you engage with the meaning and relate it to your prayer and personal experience.

During the retreat you meet every day for up to an hour with your spiritual director to share and enter more deeply the experience of prayer.

Examples of texts that would nourish and support the retreat are: Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich, The Cloud of Unknowing, the poetry of John of the Cross, the Letters of Clare of Assisi, The Spiritual Exercises of Gertrude of Helfta, and the spiritual writings of Teilhard de Chardin.”

 

Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of LoyolaMonth-long (32 days) Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Ignatius and his followers knew that anyone seeking God was not meant to wait for visions, but had only to seek God in an intelligent and humble way and then with God's grace could "find God in all things". His method involved Spiritual Exercises of the mind, memory, will and imagination. Analogous to physical exercises to improve the body, these exercises would enable one to find the divine will and to conform one's will to the will of God.

 St. Ignatius of Loyola at Rome's Jesuit Collegio at the Gesu'.  The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola begin with one day of preparation (disposition). The Exercises are personally directed by your spiritual director over the duration of the entire 32 days. The Exercises are made in an atmosphere of complete silence.  A day for appropriation concludes this powerful experience.

St. Mary's Towers is an ideal place for those wishing to make the full Spiritual Exercises. The silence of this sacred space is at the service of a serious commitment to a spirit of prayer. In this context the Retreatant is led to meditate upon God's love for them and their relationship with God.

The retreat commences with the evening meal at 6pm, and ends after the appropriation time.

Applications close one month before starting date (May 30)
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Life's Healing Journey retreat

As a Month-long Retreat

Journey into a more peaceful living (photo CC)

A month of renewal and healing for your life's journey, opening and building a deeper intimacy with your God.

A Program of Renewal

1. 8 Day Guided Retreat - this retreat draws on particular themes opening the retreatant to the action of grace over the coming weeks.

2. Life's Healing Journey - drawing on the spirituality of the Heart of Jesus.  Any hurtful life experience, or loss, is within the scope of this retreat.

3. Contemplative Directed Retreat - deepening my covenant relationship with God.

As a sabbatical the format of the first two stages is; daily input session; group prayer; daily meeting with Prayer Companion; daily Celebration of Eucharist; Celebration of Reconciliation; Celebration of Anointing (Healing Retreat).
The format for the third stage is; daily meeting with Prayer Companion; and Celebration of Sacraments.

Accompanied by the Retreat Team

Applications close one month before starting date
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Life's healing journey 8 Day Retreat

Open the doors of hurt and let the goodness of God's light shed new warmth upon your pain.

Open the doors of hurt and let the goodness of God's light shed new warmth upon your pain. (photo CC)The Healing Heart

Life's Healing Journey is a silent retreat, which draws on the Spirituality of the Heart of Jesus.  Any hurtful life experience, loss, or painful memory can be healed and transformed through the grace and power of God.  There is no hurtful or limiting experience of ours which Jesus has not shared.

The Life's Healing Journey Retreat is a blend of: daily input session; daily meeting with Prayer Companion; daily Celebration of Eucharist; Celebration of Reconciliation; Celebration of Anointing.

The Life's Healing Journey retreat begins with the 6.00pm meal on the evening of the first date, followed by a brief introduction and Eucharist. It usually concludes after 2.00pm Eucharist on the last date shown.

Accompanied and Presented by the Retreat Team.

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Day only bookings

Only got one day ?

Wanting a day of quiet rest and prayer?

Need a bit of quiet?We all need space and quiet in our lives, but often we can't afford a whole week, because of commitments. Give yourself the time now, before things get more serious - God will help bring rest to your heart.

Meals are available for day bookings, just have a chat with our administrator. Arrangements can also be made for you to speak with one of our Spiritual Directors if you need.

Give your soul the space it needs to heal you from within.

 

Spiritual accompaniment

Need Regular Spiritual Accompaniment?

spiritual direction with a prayer companionSpiritual Accompaniment is the art of supporting people in their growing awareness of the presence and action of God in their lives.

It is not counselling for fixing personal problems or supervision of ministry, but focussed on a person's prayer - the relationship between them and their God.

The Retreat Team and visiting directors are available for spiritual direction by arrangement. Contact the Retreat House Director to discuss options for spiritual direction that meets your needs - (02) 4630 0230

The recommended stipend for Spiritual direction is set by The Council of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) & the Australian Bishops.

 

external Bookings

Want to book the Retreat Centre for your group ?

We welcome requests for booking by external groups. However, commitments to our own annual program always take precedence. Enquiries can be made with the Retreat Centre Administrator as to spaces in the annual programme when the Centre is available.

Please note there are no special tariff deductions for group bookings.

 

Or want someone to give Retreats at your place ?

We welcome requests for members of our Retreat Team to give retreats in places other than St. Mary's Towers Retreat Centre. They may even be able to recommend other retreat givers who can assist you.

Commitments to our own annual program always take precedence. Please ensure all arrangements with Team members are cleared with the Retreat House Director.

Tarrifs are negotiable with the Retreat House Director.

Enquiries:

The Administrator
St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre

Postal Address: P.O. Box 19a
DOUGLAS PARK NSW 2569
Residential: 415 Douglas Park Drive
Phone: 02 4630 0233 [answering machine operates after hours]
Fax: 02 4630 9364
Email: towersretreat@bigpond.com