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A Spirituality Retreat

By July 12, 2016 Events, Retreat

Invitation

“Once we have made the choice to say, ‘Yes, I want to follow Jesus,’ the question is What disciplines will help me remain faithful to that choice” [A Spirituality of Living, Henri J.M. Nouwen, p. 15].

A Spirituality Retreat invites adult disciples to explore historic prayer methods; reflect, and experience practices used throughout history to grow closer to God’s transforming love.

You are invited to attend this retreat at Camp Walter Scott, Dieterich, IL (July), or at Chiara Center, Springfield, IL (September). Two “Sunday +” options will be offered at each location:

  • Sunday + 3
  • Sunday afternoon/evening (Orientation/Introduction).
  • Monday (Discussion of A Spirituality of Living1 by Henri J.M. Nouwen).
  • Tuesday (Historic methods of prayer).
  • Wednesday (Prayer tools). & (“Sun. + 3” Closing & Sending forth).
  • Sunday + 5 (Continues this retreat with the additional sessions below).
  • Wed. afternoon/evening (Learning to pray with the Psalms).
  • Thursday (Silent Day of Prayer using a 1 day retreat pattern, “The tension between Doing and Being,” developed by Rueben P. Job).
  • Friday (“Choose & Pursue at Will” options). & (“Sun. + 5” Closing & Sending forth).

 

1Each participant is expected to have read A Spirituality of Living (52 pages). This book is available from Upper Room Books (1-800-972-0433), Amazon, etc. [I do have 12 copies of this book. These are available @ $13.33 — interested? Check the “wish to purchase” box on your registration.]

Please feel free to copy and share this invitation and registration sheets  (Camp Walter Scott, and/or Chiara Center). Your help to share this information and invitation will be deeply appreciated.

“Grace & Peace,”

Arvil Bass, Retreat Director

3007 W. Romany Ct. – Peoria, IL 61615

(309) 573-5250 — [email protected]

  • retired Disciple pastor, currently serving as Regional Elder for the Illinois Valley Cluster.
  • member, Spiritual Directors International.
  • completed 2013-2015 “Preparation for the Ministry of Spiritual Direction” course at Chiara Center, Springfield, IL.

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Schedule

Camp Walter Scott – Dieterich, Illinois

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REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

  • July 24 – July 27 (Sunday + 3, close after Wednesday lunch.)
  • July 24 – July 29 (Sunday + 5, close after Friday lunch.)

 

Sunday – July 24, 2016

3:00 p.m.  Check in Begins (Dining Hall).

  • Check-in/Move-in.

5:30 p.m.  Supper (Dining Hall).

7:00 p.m.  Opening Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • Welcome/Nuts & Bolts/Group Check-in (how are you coming to this event?).
  • Book and Resource Table (Browse, Borrow, Bring back).
  • “Holy Listening” (Each evening following closing devotion: conversation about the day, insights, observations, Q&A regarding Spiritual Direction for groups and individuals … “etc.”).
  • “The Practice of Reflection” (hand-out).

7:30 p.m.  Break

  • Introduce A Spirituality of Living.
  • Discipline and Discipleship (review/discuss pages 13-18).

8:45 p.m.  Gathering for “Sounds & Silence” closing devotion.

(Fellowship/Free Time/”Holy Listening”)

 

Monday – A Spirituality of Living

7:00 a.m.  Gathering Prayer & Day 1 Briefing (Dining Hall).

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Dining Hall).

9:00 a.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • A Spirituality of Living.
  • Solitude (review/discus pages 18-31).
  • Exercise/Reflection/Journaling.

11:00 a.m.  Break.

11:30 a.m.  Lunch (Dining Hall).

1:00 p.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • A Spirituality of Living.
  • Community (review/discus pages 32-42).
  • Reflection/Journaling.

2:45 p.m.  Break.

3:00 p.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • A Spirituality of Living.
  • Ministry (review/discus pages 43-52).
  • Reflection/Journaling.

4:45 p.m.  Break.

5:30 p.m.  Supper (Dining Hall).

7:00 p.m.  Debrief Monday/Closing Devotion.

(Fellowship/Free Time/”Holy Listening”)

Tuesday – Methods of Prayer

7:00 a.m.   Gathering Prayer & Day 2 Briefing (Dining Hall).

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Dining Hall).

9:00 a.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • Examen.
  • Practice
  • Reflection/Journaling.

11:30 a.m.   Lunch (Dining Hall).

1:00 p.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • Lectio Divina (praying with scripture).
  • Practice
  • Reflection/Journaling.

3:00 p.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • Imaginative Prayer.
  • Practice
  • Reflection/Journaling.

5:30 p.m.   Supper (Dining Hall).

7:00 p.m.  Debrief Monday/Closing Devotion.

(Fellowship/Free Time/”Holy Listening”)

Wednesday – Prayer Tools

7:00 a.m.  Gathering Prayer & Day 3 Briefing (Dining Hall).

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Dining Hall).

9:00 a.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall).

  • Prayer Starter Box.
  • Music
  • Breathing
  • Silence

BREAK

  • Objects
  • Mandalas
  • Labyrinths

11:30 a.m.  Lunch (Dining Hall).

  1:00 p.m.  SUNDAY + 3 OPTION CONCLUDES:

  • Closing & Sending Forth: A Spirituality of Living/The River (Dining Hall).

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1:00 p.m.  SUN. + 5 OPTION CONTINUES: Finding Your Voice In The Psalms – 1 (Loft).

2:30 p.m.  BREAK.

2:45 p.m.  SUN. + 5  OPTION: Finding Your Voice In The Psalms – 2 (Loft).

4:15 p.m.  BREAK.

5:30 p.m.  Supper (Dining Hall).

6:30 p.m.  Debrief Wed. & Review Resource for Silent Day of Prayer.

7:30 p.m.  Closing Devotion.

(Fellowship/Free Time/”Holy Listening” )

Thursday – Silent Day of Prayer  “In Between Doing and Being.”

7:00 a.m.  Gathering Prayer & Day 5 Briefing (Dining Hall).

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Dining Hall).

9:00 a.m.  Gathering (Dining Hall) – Begin Silence.

  • Follow printed RETREAT PATTERN resource (choose and use the space where you will feel most comfortable).

 

Remember to Keep Silence!

11:30 a.m.  Gather for a Silent Lunch (Dining Hall).

  • Continue RETREAT PATTERN resource.

5:30 p.m.  Gather for a Silent Supper (Dining Hall).

6:30 p.m.  BREAK SILENCE & Debrief Thursday.

7:30 p.m.  Closing Devotion (Dining Hall).

— FREE EVENING —

 

Friday – “My Day

7:00 a.m.  Gathering Prayer/Review “Choose & Pursue …” options (Dining Hall).

7:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Dining Hall).

9:00 a.m.  Begin “Choose & Pursue at Will” Options.

  • Lectio Divina (Choose from the lectionary for July 31: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 … or, your choice.)
  • Finger Labyrinths.
  • Examen (1 Day or 1 Experience this week).
  • Take a Nap.
  • Read a Book.
  • (Enjoy the grounds.)

 

11:30 a.m.  Lunch (Dining Hall).

 

  1:00 p.m.  SUNDAY + 5 OPTION CONCLUDES:

  • Closing & Sending Forth: A Spirituality of Living/The River (Dining Hall).

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