Retreat in Daily Life

Monday 27th February 2017 - Thursday 30th March 2017

 

What is a Retreat in Daily Life?

Traditionally a ‘retreat’ has meant an extended time of silent prayer and reflection away from home, often in a monastery or retreat house.  However, not everyone has the time or money to make a residential retreat or is attracted to extended periods of silence.

A retreat in daily life offers an alternative.  It is a way of finding support in prayer and reflection with the assistance of a one-to-one prayer guide in the midst of everyday life.  Retreatants are encouraged to bring the realities of their everyday lives into the retreat experience.  Prayer guides help retreatants pray and reflect on these realities and look for connections between faith, prayer and everyday life.

How does it work?

All those making the retreat gather with the prayer guides for an opening and closing gathering.  At the opening gathering information is given on how the retreat will work and some beginning material is offered.  Retreatants meet their prayer guide and find a suitable time to meet over the five weeks.  These weekly meetings last around 30-45 minutes and will take place at the University Inter-Faith Centre.

In between these weekly meetings, retreatants are encouraged to take regular time to pray and reflect as part of their daily routine.  The guide may suggest ways of praying, scripture passages or other material to work with.  The content of the weekly meetings follow the unique thread of what emerges from the retreatants weekly prayer.  The content of these conversations is completely confidential.

Everyone gathers at the end of the retreat for a closing celebration.

Who can participate?

This retreat is open to all.  No particular familiarity with prayer or faith experience is needed or expected.  Each person simply begins from where they are.  So, whether you are new to taking time for quiet prayer and reflection or if this is something you are used to, please feel free to join in this r

How much will it cost?

The suggested donation for the retreat is £25 for students and £50 for staff.  Please do not let finances prevent you from participating, some financial help may be available (please contact the Chaplaincy for more details).

Opening/Closing Meetings

The retreat will begin with an opening gathering at King’s College Chapel on Monday 27th February 2017 at 5.15pm. It will finish with a closing celebration at King’s College Chapel on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 5.15pm.

Applications

The number of places for this retreat is limited.  If you are interested you are advised to apply as soon as possible.  The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd February 2017.

Please complete the form and return to:

Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Inter-Faith Centre
25 High Street
Aberdeen
AB24 3EE

or email: chaplaincy@abdn.ac.uk