What is Retreat and why should I go?
The aim of Retreat is a complete disconnection from the usual status quo bias bubble life we have accustomed ourselves with, and a connection into the Unknown Wilderness we are called to, as Christ did, to face the false that is within us, as we open up and invite an awakening of the real, the true, the Omnipresent reality. It is a total dedication of intense inner work in way in which our entire being is focused on the task of unraveling into Union. Presence at retreat facilitates an experiential transmission to get in touch with what St. Francis referred to as, ‘What you are looking for, is what is looking,’ the sentience, presence, awareness that is always inherently available but often overlooked. Developing a period of getting in touch with this is like preparing the drop of water of true identity for its submergence into the vast ocean that is underlying all appearances, and learning to be present to this Omnipresent original Home.
The true retreat is the retreat to realize the unreality of the illusory mind and to rest nakedly in and as the sentience that remains, creating a purity of surrender that facilitates the entrance into the Soul’s Union with God. We leave behind that baggage of the personal self so that the Grace of God’s omnipresence pulls us into the centerless portal of the Soul.
Structure of the Retreat
Retreats are held in a vow of verbal silence and, to the best of one’s ability, a silence of the mind as well. Retreat structure includes around 4-5 hours of sitting meditation per day and 2 walking meditations done in fellowship and depending on the use of the grounds of the facility. Additional support consists of Q&A sessions for clarification on the practice and one-on-one meetings.
For dietary restriction, please e-mail using the submission form. St. Columba’s Retreat House offers an open kitchen if practitioners prefer to bring and cook their own meals, however there will be a fellow practitioner at the retreat preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner on site.
A $120 Deposit to reserve your place is required, the full sum due by registration on Thursday, November 30th. Retreat commences Thursday evening November 30th, and concludes Monday morning December 4th. Total cost $480 includes Dinner Thursday Night, three square meals Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and Nightly accommodations: Bed,(sheets, pillowcases, & towels) for individual/group retreats. Breakfast on Monday the 4th also also included before our final Meditation of the retreat. Some guests bring a sleeping bag and their own pillow, plus a flashlight. Retreatants are expected to place used linens in the hall next to the washing machines. We have only twin beds each with a blanket, comforter, and pillow.