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 of 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.
Presentations 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.