When we halt to clarify it is a religious Retreat, not one where I ‘m being pampered and massaged, as in a health spa; but, instead, one that’s a ‘working’ escape. By all reports it may truly be similar- in some ways, it’s massaging and the pampering of the spirit.
In Catholic groups, we were required to go on retreat. I recall that retreat. We likely did, although I don’t remember spending the night in the dorms. It was intimidating because I didn’t understand what to anticipate and those nuns, whom I ‘d just weekly contact with through catechism course, actually made me nervous.
I also felt a sense of prevalent peace; and a profound sense of fear for the rite and routine. I didn’t understand it at the time how important refuge would become in my life.
I ‘ve friends who ask what it’s that I do since I attend retreat often, as part of my religious practice. The underlying question is, “What’s a refuge?”
Anyone can go on a retreat, and it will not need to be at a special position or with a special organization. One can only determine that they’d like to establish a specific period to get away for religious contemplation.
Second, there isn’t any set time that’s unique to being on escape. Their time program will order, based on the home accommodations if you join up with a specific organization. A brief getaway could be a one day ‘get ’ away into a secluded place near the ocean, woods, or the mountains. I’ve been on week long ones, weekend getaways, and even more.
One can join an organized religious retreat-many are offered through churches, or there in many cases are organizations that welcome individuals interested in experiencing retreat. Some ‘retreat facilities’ hold retreats at specific times of the year for specific groups of people, i.e. girls, or single women, etc., and there’s a focus or topic that’s followed.
The focus of any spiritual retreat will be to deepen your spiritual experience that is individual. Thus, whether you are going to be listening to a spiritual teacher, at some point, together with special teachings, or sitting in quiet during meditation or prayer, it is necessary to remember the goal isn’t primarily a social gathering or time to read the most recent novel by your favorite writer.