The Springs Retreat-Central California
Held at St. Anthony's Retreat Center in Three Rivers, CA
A three-day contemplative retreat for Christian women
Join us at the Springs retreat $255
November 8-10, 2017
The Springs Retreat is flexible as it is intended to be a private retreat with various options so that you can design your own retreat. When we spend time with the Lord, we come to know His love more deeply and find out that His love is all we really need. Register and join us in April and/or November each year. Cost: $255, includes 2 nights, 5 meals, private room and private bath.
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New this November!
Opportunities to meet with a Spiritual Director
Few things are as helpful in someone's spiritual development as having a place to safely consider experiences, thoughts, beliefs, doubts and feelings without fear of judgment, advice or misunderstanding. Spiritual Direction is a conversation intended to create just such a safe place. We are pleased to be able to offer women the opportunity to meet with a Spiritual Director during the Springs retreat in November. LEARN more about the Directors.
The primary relationship in Spiritual Direction is between the one seeking direction and the Spirit of God. In Spiritual Direction, it is assumed God is at work in the life of each person in significant ways and that reflecting on what is going on in each one of us can be helpful in the process of spiritual growth. It is called "direction" not because the director will discern what is going on and tell the one seeking direction what they should do. Instead, direction refers to the Spiritual Director drawing attention to where it seems God is moving. This is done primarily through providing a safe space for the Spirit of God to work and the Director reflecting what she notices in the conversation.
Why do people talk with a Director? Some seek spiritual direction because they have a decision to make and they want to be aided in discerning where the Lord is leading. Others come because their spiritual lives seem stuck; what used to help them grow is not having the same impact any longer. Others come because they have heard Spiritual Direction can open up new areas of spiritual development and they want all God might have for them. Many meet with a Director every month just to help them stay attuned to the movement of God in their lives.
The best way to decide if you are at a place in your walk with God where direction could benefit you is to meet with a Spiritual Director and see if it is helpful. At the Springs in November, we will have two trained Spiritual Directors with us: Dr. Luisa Johnson and Alicia Alegado. These women will be available to meet with up to seven women for one-on-one conversations. Sign up sheets will be available when you arrive. How could reflecting on what God is doing in your life not be worth exploring?
April 18-20, 2018 and October 24-26, 2018
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What Past Participants Say about their Time at the Springs
“God is showing me that I must live intentionally for I am easily distracted by the good and urgent tasks of my life. I want to treasure each moment and not let them pass unnoticed and uncherished. “Lord, open my eyes so I can see You in these every day moments. More importantly, let me see You as You really are – “good!” Develop in me a grateful heart.” - Pam
“I came to the Springs feeling guilty because I didn’t have the funds. So our church put in money so I could go. And my thoughts were, “someone else deserves to go more than I do.” I felt like someone who had never had the opportunity should go. But Wednesday night in the conference room, my heart felt a nudge. I knew I was right where I needed to be. I so needed to take a look at the goodness God hands us and learn to be thankful for it. I pray I will take this heart of gratitude home to stay! And live fully each moment.” – Julie Ann
“He is so good! I’ll start with that! He spoke directly to my heart and soul and lifted burdens off my shoulders that I have been carrying around. I feel healing starting in my heart and attitude... I know my heart is full of His love and strength as I go back into routines of life. He has filled me with a sense of peace and joy that surpasses my understanding!” Heidi
“Even being away for 48 hours wasn’t enough for me to relax. I need to learn to rest in Him and totally surrender. I am too concerned about what people think of me. I want to receive from the Lord that my identity is that I am one who is deeply loved by God. I want to rest in that and let that be enough.” -- Anonymous
“The Lord used the Springs to help me slow down and truly know God has a plan even though I want to see the end result now and how he redeems what is wrong into something good. I know I just have to leave it there with Him. I love to have quiet time with the Lord and I realized I need more of it, especially now that I’m back in ministry after some time away from it.” – Karen
If you had to boil everything down to one main idea –
“God knows the longings of my heart!”
“God is always good. I am always loved.”
“Gratitude – being thankful so I can live fully in the moment.”
“Slow down” is my theme! I want to not be so rushed and busy that I plow through life missing all the beauty and blessings God has for me!”
“Continue to pursue relationship with Jesus. Practice meditation on the Gospels.”
“To take time and leave that rock symbolizing our burdens (or boulder as it seems some times) at the foot of the cross and separate my thoughts away from it in order to closely focus on God, more often than I do.”
“As a pastors wife I appreciate the freedom I have here to share my heart and thoughts and not have to be concerned about what others might think or how that reflects on our church.”
“My life is so blessed to be a part of this amazingly simplistic time with God….my heart is full.”