Sample Questions to Ask

A few things to consider as you search for the right place:

  1. What are you seeking?
    Rest? Play? Spiritual renewal? Counseling? Marital enrichment? Family time? Time for planning? Silence? Solitude?
  2. How soon do you wish to go?
  3. How far do you wish to travel?
  4. What is your budget?
  5. Do you need to gain approval from your church's governing body for this retreat?

Often monasteries and convents welcome others for quiet retreats and may offer spiritual direction. These places often provide hospitality very inexpensively. A call to a local priest may provide options that you hadn't known of before.

Allow yourself enough time. A rushed retreat isn't helpful.

Rest. When asked what a good retreat schedule would be, a nun once replied, "Well, you sleep for the first two days." This time is for you. You won't be able to pray well, plan well, or play well if you are exhausted.

Ask others to be in prayer for you during this time. Your elders, pastor-church relations committee, friends, colleagues, family members could all serve as intercessors during your time away. They will be aided in their prayers if you give them specific things to pray for (e.g. physical rest, good ideas for future sermons, guidance from God about a particular matter, marriage renewal, reaffirmation of your call, etc.)