Personal/Individual Retreat Days
What is a personal retreat day?
“It is the temporary disengagement from your daily routine to place yourself before God so that you can re-engage your life and work with greater insight, energy and purpose.” ~ Time Away by Ben Campbell Johnson and Paul H. Lang
Kavanna House believes that a personal retreat day is a time of intentionally pulling yourself away from all that distracts you. It is time spent moving towards God, offering your time and attention. We also believe that there are no hard and fast rules, other than being intentional and open to where the Holy Spirit guides your day.
A personal retreat is…
- Space for you to be with God
- Time for rest
- A place where things below the surface can rise
- A chance to focus
- Time for discernment
- A chance to be present
A personal retreat is not…
- A place to focus on others’ needs or desires of/for you
- A place to create ‘to-do’ lists
- Time to catch up on emails or social media
When is it a good time to consider a personal retreat?
- When you desperately feel you need it
- When you need a time of discernment
- When you desire to renew your intimacy with Jesus
- When you feel stuck
- When you want to spark your creativity
- When you have committed to make it a part of your personal life rhythm
What does a personal retreat day ‘look like’?
Kavanna encourages individuals to “retreat”, to take time out to just be with God. This isn’t a time to catch up on work or even do Bible study. It is a time to rest, renew and recognize that our relationship with God is not based on what we do or how much we know but just because we are. You can do your retreat in the privacy and comfort of your own home or look for a quiet space away.
Ruth Haley Barton says:
“Going on retreat is like a boat entering into the lock in order to rise to new heights…
There is simply no substitute for this,
Nothing I could do for myself even approaches what God can do for me in the context of retreat.“
Retreat in a Box...Kavanna offers Retreat in a Box, which has the elements to help you move into your day. It includes so items to help you set up your day as well as a variety of reflections that can be used to help guide your day, particularly if a personal retreat is a new experience for you.
During your retreat, we suggest that you set up a quiet, peaceful place to spend your time. Put your phone on “do not disturb” and let people you know that you won’t be available. Dress in comfortable clothes and surround yourself with the things that help you become aware of the presence of God. We suggest that you open you retreat box right before you begin your retreat.
We will be holding you in prayer as you spend your day in retreat and our desire is that you have a deep sense of God’s presence. If you have a focused intention for the day, please let us know and we will hold you in prayer around that particular issue, as well.