Are you looking for a retreat center nearby that offers a silent retreat or the ability to rent out a room for a private retreat?
Private Retreats – (CatholicRetreats.net) This means that you may rent out a room for a private, unstructured retreat. If you go on a retreat where no formal schedule is provided it is called a private retreat. You might be staying in a hermitage by yourself. The main point is that there will not be talks given at these retreats – you schedule your days as you wish. There are different approaches you can take to the spiritual aspect of the retreat. You might study a great spiritual book, you may commit to a regular set of prayers each day like the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary, or you might just schedule regular periods of prayer and contemplation without a set plan for structured prayers or readings.
Directed Retreats (CatholicRetreats.net) A directed retreat simply means that you are meeting with a spiritual director regularly over the course of a private retreat. A spiritual director is often a priest or religious sister or brother trained to help guide you spiritually. What is the main benefit of a directed retreat? The spiritual director will monitor your progress during the retreat. They can offer insights about your spiritual life and offer suggestions on how to get the most out of the remainder of your retreat. The spiritual director uses their unbiased perspective to help you find and correct any deficiencies in your prayer life, and to encourage you to foster the elements that are working well.
The spiritual director will likely be a priest, nun, or monk who is on staff at the center. It is important to note that this form of spiritual director is a little different than a spiritual director that you might meet with on a regular basis to discuss your spirituality and everyday life. The spiritual director we are talking about will only be guiding you through the duration of your retreat.
Sister Dorothy has training in theology, including a masters in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, and also in spiritual direction. She has completed a three year training course in spiritual direction and has been involved as a facilitator in training spiritual directors through the HeartPaths DFW Programs in Spiritual Leadership and Spiritual Direction as well as in providing spiritual direction to interested individuals for the past six years.
Spiritual Director: Catherine Eck Bartley
Over 30 years presenting workshops in the Catholic Christian tradition relating to faith and growing one’s relationship with God. Several years directing individuals in the Ignatian 9 month retreat and spiritual direction. Person of Regular Prayer, Prayer with Scripture, Weekly Adoration and Mass attendance many times a week. Led various workshops with Catholics at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Parker, Co. Growing in God, a 4 evening workshop on various ways to pray; workshops and retreats for RCIA and women’s faith development.
We offer special packages for Private and Directed Retreats. Our packages include private room and meals for a Two-Day Retreat. Please contact us.