A Silent Directed Retreat is weekend of rest and intentional time to listen for God in a new way away from the busyness of life. Time will be spent daily with scriptures, exploring walking paths, journaling and simply being with God. During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to meet with Gail Pitt and Kathy Koellein, both spiritual directors from Dovehouse Ministries daily to discuss what is surfacing in your prayer, your heart and your relationship with God. Click the leadership tab to learn more about this year’s retreat leaders’, Gail and Kathy.
This is your opportunity to take time away from the noise and distraction of everyday life, to rest and listen for God. God longs for relationship with us—a loving, growing relationship. Prayer is relationship, and silence is simply making a space in silence from each other for us to listen to God, but not be silent with God. When a retreat is silent and directed, it means the retreatant spends time alone with God in prayer and silence.
Mo-Ranch’s Silent Directed Retreat is for anyone who is an adult who wants to grow in relationship and intimacy and closeness with Jesus. The weekend will begin with a gathering meeting where you will meet one another, and the directions for prayer are given and any questions are answered. Then we enter into silence—not with God, but from each other. During this retreat, you will meet with a spiritual director daily to process times of prayer and to mutually discern the movements of the Holy Spirit, what is coming up in prayer and in your relationship with God. The retreat will adjourn on Sunday with a time of sharing of the graces that have been given.
This is one of the most luxurious gifts one could give to oneself—coming away to a place of beauty with God to rest and play, to have someone else cook for you and not to have to make small talk, but to find Jesus near in the quiet and to be surprised by His love. Please bring your Bible and a journal, but no extra books. Books can be a distraction on this type of retreat.
Lodging, meals and daily spiritual direction are included in the cost of the retreat. In the beginning of Lent, you are invited to come away and rest in the quiet wide-open spaces of the Texas Hill Country.
Register now, space is limited!
Gail Worsham Pitt
Gail Worsham Pitt has been a follower of Jesus since 1972, and has a great desire to work with those who long to know Jesus and grow in relationship with Him. She has been a spiritual director since 2003 and a therapist in private practice over the last 27 years. She has a master’s in counseling from the University of Pennsylvania at Shippensburg and a master’s in biblical counseling from Colorado Christian University.
She holds a certificate in spiritual direction from The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and works with individuals, small groups and church staffs in spiritual direction, spiritual direction groups and directed silent retreats. Gail has led many people over the last eight years through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, and began a three-year training program for those who are called to the ministry of Ignatian Spiritual Direction in 2015. She lives in Nashville, TN, and is the mother of four adult children, six grandchildren and has twin grandchildren due on their way in October.
Kathy is a lover of Jesus, a wife and a mom of three lively boys. She loves long walks, good conversation, time on the porch, a cozy fire and homemade ice cream. Her interests include health and wellness, good food and all kinds of people. Kathy holds a certificate of spiritual direction through Dovehouse Ministries in Nashville, TN. Over the past ten years, Kathy has led quiet days for her church and spiritual direction groups, silent retreats and individual spiritual direction for Dovehouse Ministries. It is Kathy’s joy and passion to journey with women in their spiritual walk, and to witness people becoming alive to themselves and to Jesus and all the ways He is loving them.
2018 schedule coming soon!
All participants will be housed in Nicklos Place, with group occupancy retreat pricing.
Cost includes housing, all meals and retreat tuition.
Retreat rate: $600 per person
*there is not a commuter rate because of the nature of this retreat.
For help or questions about registration, contact the registrar at email@example.com or 800-460-4401 x 246.
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee 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 deposit toward other charges or future deposits.
Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
What to Bring
Linens are provided. Bring sturdy shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain, casual clothing, jacket/sweater, flashlight, insect repellent, water bottle, Bible and a journal. Please do not bring extra books—books can be a distraction on this type of retreat.
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.