“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)
“It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts.” –Henri J.M. Nouwen
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.
For millennia, Christians have known and practiced silence and prayer as a means for listening and discerning God’s voice in their lives.
Mo-Ranch is excited and blessed to partner this year with St. Peter Upon the Water: A Center for Spiritual Direction & Formation located in nearby Ingram, TX. Their retreat leaders and spiritual directors will guide the process of this weekend at Mo. 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.
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.
On Saturday afternoon, each retreat participant will be offered a hour of spiritual direction from one of the trained directors from St. Peter Upon the Water. Learn more about the trained directors and St. Peter Upon the Water on the leadership tab!
Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 800.460.4401 ext. 246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retreat Leadership will be facilitated by the talented and trained spiritual directors from St. Peter Upon the Water: A Center for Spiritual Direction & Formation located in nearby Ingram, TX
The Center offers individual and small group spiritual direction for any Christian believer who seeks guidance on his or her journey and we are blessed to partner with them to provide this retreat. For more information about St. Peter Upon the Water, click here.
Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or email@example.com.
Cost and Housing
All participants will be housed in hotel room lodging. Costs of two nights of lodging, retreat meals, tuition, supplies and meeting spaces are all included with retreat pricing.
Single hotel room occupancy: $615
Double hotel room occupancy: $475
Commuter rate: $320 (Excludes housing at Mo-Ranch. Includes tuition, lunch and dinner during the retreat.)
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.
Full refund minus $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.