Lenten Retreat: How to Connect with God in Our Busy World
“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35
Connect with your friends on Facebook! Connect on LinkedIn, Twitter, email, text messaging, Snapchats, Instagram, etc… In a world where we are encouraged to be constantly connected with each other, how connected are we to the One who created us? God’s desire is to have a deep connection with His children. A deeper connection results in a more authentic relationship. Our ability to listen for God in our daily lives encourages this deeper, more authentic relationship.
During Lent we are called to:
- serve others
- meditate on God’s holy word
- self-examination and repentance
In this Lenten retreat, you will explore and experience the following:
- Learn how prayer practices can facilitate a deeper relationship with God by practicing Lectio Divina Breath prayer and centering prayer.
- Learn how meditation can change the connections in your brain, allowing you to become more loving and compassionate and less fearful and anxious.
- Use the process of self-examine.
- Explore the lives of the early Christian desert mothers and fathers who followed Jesus’ example from Mark 1:35, “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.”
Lent is the time to develop a consistent habit of prayer disciplines which will make it easier to put God first in our busy lives. When we do this we begin to live from a place where our prayer is God’s prayer and our activity is God’s activity.
Guided by Kathy Anderson and Susan Boruff. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner follows at 6pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm.
Kathy Quinn Anderson has over 15 years of experience as a retreat and workshop leader and planner. She completed the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreat Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2011. She currently leads a weekly centering prayer group at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia. She is a Dale Carnegie Graduate and Stephen Leader. Kathy holds a degree in Institutional Management from the University of New Hampshire. She has two grown children and currently resides in Reston, Virginia with her husband, Dana, of 35 years.
Susan Flynn Boruff is a certified Spiritual Director, retreat guide and meditation practitioner of 17 years. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2006. Susan has completed training in Bio-Spiritual Focusing Therapy, Stephen Ministry and studied with a Zen Buddhist for two years in Paris, France. Susan holds a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She currently is a hospice volunteer for Mercy Care in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she resides with her husband, Brian, of 27 years. She also has two grown daughters. Please visit their website for more information: www.TakeTwelveToday.com.