Since our first launch event three years ago, Retreat House Chester has hosted numerous retreats and activities serving many visitors. Now, we are very glad to be offering our first mini ‘Individually Guided Retreat in Daily Life’. We hope that this retreat in daily living will appeal to both those who are new to individual retreats and those who are familiar with them.
The aim of the retreat is to find time within the few days to ‘touch base’ with your spiritual life, through conversation one-to-one with an experienced guide, who may make some simple suggestions to help you get the most from these days. In addition, the shared opening and close events mean that we are able to enjoy the retreat as a community as well as an individual experience.
This extract from the Retreat Association leaflet ‘Retreats in Daily Life’ (www.retreats.org.uk external website) may help you decide if this is for you...
“Traditionally, a ‘retreat’ has meant an extended time of silent prayer and reflection, away from everyday life. Usually such retreats have been made in a setting such as a monastery or guest house.
“Although anyone might welcome a time of prayer and quiet reflection, not everyone can spend time or money on a residential retreat away from home... [so now] ‘daily life’ retreats have become widespread. These retreats, which are accessible to more people, offer some of the elements of traditional retreat, but – as their name implies – the prayer and reflection take place within the context of ordinary daily living.
“Retreats in daily life are simple and adaptable. They are designed to fit in with participants’ daily commitments, such as to their partners, families or jobs. Instead of going away from the ordinary realities of daily living, retreatants bring these into the retreat, praying with them and looking for the connections between their faith and their living.”
Thursday 9th 7 - 8.30pm Welcome Evening, introducing the retreat (in both practical and prayerful ways) and meeting your guide
Friday 10th 30-minute individual session with your guide, between 10am – 7pm (You are able to indicate your preferred session on the booking form.) Our Front Room will be available to you throughout this time to use our space and resources if you wish.
Saturday 11th 30-minute session with your guide, between 10am – 4pm
Sunday 12th 3 - 4.30pm group gathering and close of retreat
9 Abbey Square
introductory cost £35
Please complete the booking form (click here) and email or post to us - thank you. We will acknowledge receipt of the form.