Silent Directed Retreat

2-Night Option A: Friday, Sept 24 (4pm) – Sunday, Sept 26 (1pm): Two Spots Remain

2-Night Option B: Sunday, Sept 26 (4pm) – Tuesday, Sept 28 (1pm): Space Available

4-Night Option: Friday, Sept 24 (4pm) – Tuesday, Sept 28 (1pm): Two Spots Remain

Step away from your busy life and listen to God’s voice.


Retreat COVID-19 Protocols:

Please read our Retreat COVID-19 protocols (including a 10-day symptom log).

*If it becomes apparent that we cannot run a retreat as planned due to COVID-19 considerations, we reserve the right to make changes to capacity, program, or calendar as necessary. Prior to each retreat, we will be in communication with participants regarding instructions and policies to reduce health risks for our participants and staff. Any cancellations related to COVID-19 will be refunded in full.


Pricing 

2021 Silent Retreat Pricing: 

2-Night Options: $130

4-Night Option: $230

(to join the 4-night option, register for both option A & B)

A $25 processing fee will be kept in the case of any cancellation one week (7 days) or more from the start of the retreat. In the case of a cancellation less than one week from the start of the retreat, no payments will be refunded. Any cancellations related to COVID-19 will be refunded in full.

Program

Enjoy a guided weekend of silence, spiritual renewal, rest, and listening to the voice of God. Our guest speaker and facilitator is Rev. Terry Cathcart, a seasoned pastor, spiritual director, and silent retreat leader. He has been involved in retreat ministry for over 40 years. He’ll be accompanied by worship leader Rob Engelhart, as well as a team of spiritual directors with whom participants may meet during the weekend.

In one of David’s Psalms we hear God say, Be still and know that I am God.  Covenant Point’s Silent Directed Retreat offers an opportunity to spend a weekend in prayerful silence with about 25 other people who are also seeking to focus their attention on listening for God’s voice.

The weekend will include a private room for each participant with plenty of space for silence and solitude. There will also be opportunities to meet with a spiritual director. With the exception of the times of worship and spiritual direction, the retreat will take place in silence. Check-in for 2-Night Option A opens at 4:00 pm and the retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 pm (Central Time) Friday and concludes at 1:00pm Sunday. Check-in for 2-Night Option B opens at 4:00 pm and the retreat begins with dinner at 5:30 pm (Central Time) Sunday and concludes at 1:00pm Tuesday. You may also register for both options, and join us for the entire 4-days.

The worship gatherings for the retreat will include the singing of Taize chants and messages. Our worship will conclude with lectio divina prayer. Three Spiritual Directors will also be available for those wishing to have a spiritual direction conversation during the retreat.
 
Serving on the facilitating team for this year’s retreat will be: Terry Cathcart (spiritual director and retreat leader), Rob Engelhart (worship leader), and several other spiritual directors.

Theme 

Retreat Theme:

Our theme for the 2021 silent directed retreat will be Praying With Jesus’ Questions.  Over the years I have come to the conclusion that our questions are at the heart of our spiritual formation.  One of the ways that we grow in awareness of God and in our living relationship with God is by making time to wrestle with questions.

I am a gardener and as a gardener I’ve learned that the quality of the soil in which you plant your seeds or those starter plants that you purchase is an essential part of good gardening.  In our silence during this retreat you might hear some cows mooing in the nearby Ahlberg farm.  I get cow manure from that farm that I use to make compost out of the vegetable scraps and leaves and grass clippings.   I have often said in these silent retreats that cow manure is to garden soil what questions are to the your soul’s spiritual growth.  And that’s why we have chosen Jesus’ own questions as a theme for this retreat.

The four gospels mention over 250 questions that Jesus presented to his followers.  Clearly Jesus’ method of teaching and encouraging spiritual discovery and growth included the use of questions.

Around the turn of the last century, German poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a correspondence with a young soldier who had written to the poet asking for advice on writing poetry.  That correspondence ended up being published as Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet.  I’d like you to hear what Rilke had to say about the value of questions.  Be patient with regard to all that in your heart is still unresolved and try to love the questions themselves like closed parts and books written in an extremely foreign language.  Do not seek for the moment of the answer because you would not be able to live through it.  Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will live thereafter and gradually without realizing it, one day, live your way into the answers.  

The questions we will be focusing on in our worship times during the course of this retreat are:

  • Who do you say that I am?
  • Do you want to be well?
  • Don’t you have eyes?  Why can’t you see?  Don’t you have ears?  Why can’t you hear?  Don’t you remember?  (Mark 8:18)
  • What do you wish me to do for you?
  • Why are you so terrified?
  • My God, my God why have you forsaken me?
  • Can you by worrying add a single moment to your life span?
  • Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, but do not do what I command?

– Rev. Terry Cathcart, seasoned pastor, spiritual director, and silent retreat leader

Packing List

Packing List:

  • Bedding, towel, and toiletries
  • Clothing for all weather
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimsuit for sauna (if interested)
  • Bible, notebook and pen
  • Flashlight
  • 1-2 Face-masks per day
  • Filled out Retreat COVID-19 Screening Form

Registration