Start: Oct 28, 2012 @ 7:00 PM
End: Oct 30, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
includes meals and accommodation.
Are you searching in your spiritual journey? Do you experience an emptiness longing to be filled? Are you struggling with one of life’s big questions and need to gift yourself with some peace and quiet? Are you curious about spiritual practices?
Whether you are discerning, seeking or are simply in need of some rest and renewal, you are invited to come and deepen your spiritual journey in the quiet of a Five Oaks Silent Retreat.
The program offers lots of time for silence, in which you can be present to Divine Presence and to your own soul. A silent retreat is about experiencing stillness. The retreat allows us to simply ‘be’ and offers a space to attend to the spirit within. Silence can be welcoming… comforting… freeing… healing… inspiring. Silence offers a safe place to experience our emotions, to reflect, to remember. Silent retreats allow time for inner growth. A silent/contemplative retreat at Five Oaks offers an easy schedule of rest, meditation, reading, journaling, drawing, dancing, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature along quiet trails or beside Whiteman’s Creek and the Grand River. Every aspect of the retreat is invitational, which means that you are free to choose how you will spend your time during the retreat. Five Oaks also offers good food and comfortable accommodation.
The retreat is open to everyone, whether or not you come from a particular faith tradition. Spiritual guidance is available daily in the tradition of ancient Christian practices. There are no expectations other than being yourself. Come and experience the Spirit, nurture your soul and treat yourself to some healing silence.
Leadership for these retreats is offered by the Five Oaks Listening Ministry Team. These spiritual guides come from a variety of backgrounds and training, and represent several denominations. Their practice is shaped by guidelines and expectations developed for this specific ministry by Five Oaks and by the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct as published by Spiritual Directors International.
Spiritual accompaniment, also known as spiritual direction, is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the Divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of their encounters of the divine, or how they are experiencing spiritual issues. The spiritual guide listens and asks questions to assist the one being guided in their process of reflection and spiritual growth.