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Savor a Fall or Spring Contemplative Retreat

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Outdoor journaling at a contemplative retreat. (Photo by Matt Rich.)

Longing for intentional quiet time with God? Lifelong Learning’s Spirituality Program offers two contemplative retreats – one for women, one for men – at nearby monasteries.

“A contemplative retreat allows you to disengage from your daily routine, responsibilities and lengthy To-Do lists and re-engage God in deeper, more intimate and intentional ways,” says Deedra Rich, associate director of Spirituality and Lifelong Learning. “Distractions are put aside, and the aim is to quiet your mind, focusing on and resting in God.

“Among the ways to do this are silence and solitude, centering prayer, scripture reading and meditation, mindful walking or body movement, experiences in nature, and artistic practices.”

The Men’s Retreat is held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. The Women’s Retreat is at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL.

Both retreats include communal prayer, relaxed learning, meaningful discussions, periods of silence, solitude and rest, and optional worship and work with the brothers and sisters.

For details about the Fall 2011 men’s retreat, “Wrestling is Real: Prayerfully Embracing the Journey of Jacob,” with Jim Dant, November 14-18, click here.

For details about the Spring 2012 women’s retreat, “In the Warmth of Love’s Flame: Exploring the Sacred Mystery of God’s Love” with Lalor Cadley, April 30-May 4, click here.