Meditation Retreat 19

What you​ Need to​ Know About Meditation Retreat

Our faith community has a​ ​ group of ​ people that meet on​ a​ ​ weekly basis to​ ​ study and reflect on​ the​ readings that are read each week during the​ Sunday services. the​ group is​ ​ open to​ ​ anyone that wants to​ ​ attend. Some people will show up once a​ ​ month and others a​ ​ few times a​ ​ year. There is​ ​ the​ core group that tends to​ ​ make the​ meetings each week. This core group decided that they would sponsor a​ ​ meditation retreat for the​ members of ​ the​ community. They decided to​ ​ hold ask for volunteers from the​ parish to​ ​ help with the​ planning and organizing.

I am not one of ​ the​ people that are able to​ ​ make the​ weekly meetings. I decided that I would help with organizing the​ meditation retreat because I was interested in​ ​ attending,​ and I have not been putting a​ ​ great deal of ​ time into the​ faith community. I thought this would be a​ ​ good way for me to​ ​ meet new people,​ as​ well as​ grow in​ ​ my faith. I did some research into various retreats and found that there is​ ​ a​ ​ wide range of ​ topics to​ ​ structure the​ time around. I brought outlines of ​ different topics to​ ​ the​ first planning meeting.

Our pastor was opened to​ ​ any ideas that the​ group wanted to​ ​ do. I shared the​ information that I had found. We decided that if ​ we could hire a​ ​ leader for a​ ​ reasonable amount we would do this. We decided that we would focus on​ prayer in​ ​ our day to​ ​ day lives for the​ main topic. This would be less general than simple mediation,​ but would not be too specific. We wanted to​ ​ have the​ meditation retreat opened to​ ​ all age groups and prayer is​ ​ an ageless topic.

The idea of ​ the​ meditation retreat was well received by the​ parish. We decided that we would hold the​ event at a​ ​ retreat center that is​ ​ located on​ a​ ​ small lake about twelve miles from our church. the​ facility is​ ​ very reasonable. They would provide us with a​ ​ light supper on​ Friday evening,​ bedroom spaces with shared bathrooms for sleeping and meditating and meals on​ Saturday and ending with a​ ​ brunch on​ Sunday morning. They have a​ ​ large meeting room as​ well as​ smaller rooms for break out sessions and private reflection. There are paths for spending time walking in​ ​ the​ woods and a​ ​ gym for working out.

The facility was wonderful and reasonably priced. We had forty people attend the​ meditation retreat weekend. it ​ was a​ ​ great time to​ ​ spend reflecting on​ your faith and renewing the​ use of ​ prayer in​ ​ day to​ ​ day situations.

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