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Silent Directed Retreat

February 4-6, 2022

“It was such a beautiful place! God was all around me, and the silence was filled with love, joy and peace.”

-Attendee of Silent Directed Retreat

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35 (NRSV)

As part of his ministry, Jesus regularly took time away from the demands of his daily tasks to pray in solitude. He offers us a profound model of what it means to tend our spirits and our prayer lives. He consistently balanced the active life with silence and solitude. His relationship with God filled his active life. He was as busy as we are, but He never let God be less than top priority. We often understand the active and serving part, but often neglect the silent and solitude time with God, which is what allows us to act with a loving attitude and have the patience to carry out our duties.

For millennia, Christians have known and practiced silence and prayer as a means for listening and discerning God’s voice in their lives. So, you are invited to come away to a quiet place to pray…whether you approach this weekend as preparation for the upcoming season of Lent; as a way to “get away” from the noise and demands of your life; as a way to engage in reflection; or as a way to explore new forms of spirituality and prayer. Take time away from the noise and distraction of everyday life to rest and listen for God. God longs for relationships with us – a loving, growing relationship. Prayer is relationship and silence is simply making a space from each other for us to listen to God, but not to be silent with God.

As part of this retreat, you will be led on a journey of spiritual direction, which is time set aside with a spiritual guide to discuss God’s actions in their everyday life. It’s an example of what Jesus did with his disciples to help them live out God’s love.

  1. Spiritual direction can help you:
  2. Listen for God’s voice
  3. Grow in knowing God and yourself
  4. Be aware of God’s presence in all aspects of life’s events
  5. Deepen your prayer life
  6. Clarify your vocation
  7. Advance the church’s mission through “the common good, which is prayer.”

After the Friday evening meal and introductions, silence will be kept for the entire weekend until Sunday morning at a designated time. Retreat time will be spent nurturing your individual relationship with God through prayer, scripture and quiet. Guests are encouraged to explore our walking paths, write in journals and spend their solitude in whatever form or fashion allows them to further connect to God. Retreat leadership will be available to discuss what is surfacing in your prayer, your heart and your relationship with God.

The retreat will be facilitated by a team of Spiritual Directors from St. Peter Upon the Water, some of whom live their Christian faith as Roman Catholics. Their approach to the spirit-filled life and this retreat, however, is ecumenical in nature; all will find ample spiritual space to explore solitude in their own way.

What is a Silent Retreat? Click to find out.

Mo-Ranch is pleased to partner with Meg Scott Johnson for this retreat.

You will be guided on a spiritual journey in discussions of God’s actions in your everyday life under the direction of Meg Scott-Johnson and her team.
 
Silence will be kept for the entire weekend, starting Friday after dinner and ending Sunday morning at a designated time.

 

 

  • Price & Housing:
    • Housing will be in Nicklos Place for 2022
      • Shared Room: $460
      • Commuter Rate: $295

Rates include tuition, meals and housing. Please note that after receiving your registration, a member of our team will contact you within seven business days to confirm additional details such as housing requests (roommates), dietary needs, t-shirt sizes, etc. 

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

Cancellation

Full refund minus administrative fee up to $75 per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the amount paid toward other charges or future conferences.

Packing Suggestions

  • Comfortable/casual clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes (close-toed shoes recommended)
  • Flashlight (it is very dark here at night)
  • Bible
  • Journal
  • Toiletries
  • Sunblock, sunshades and hats
  • Rain jacket
  • Water bottle
  • A clean face mask for each day, and or full face shield
  • Please do not bring extra books—books can be a distraction on this type of retreat.
  • Beds are ready upon arrive; rooms do not have mini-fridges, microwaves, TVs or hair dryers, so please plan accordingly.
  • Towel are in rooms, and river towels are at the river and pool.

Transportation

Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event. If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport. Click here for directions to Mo.

Bookstore

Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir!

Questions

We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or registrar@moranch.org.

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