By definition, “retreat” as a verb means to withdraw to a quiet or secluded place; as a noun, it means a period of seclusion for the purposes of prayer and meditation. Seeking the Spirit Within seeks to clarify what is meant by the various forms of spiritual retreats.

  • Directed Retreat – Personal retreat with access to a spiritual director one hour a day.
  • Silent Retreat – Extended three- to five-day period or longer when you move slowly into grand silence and slowly emerge from that extended period of silence.
  • Guided Retreat – Focused on a theme, with some education offered, and guided individual time for reflection and prayer.
  • Taught Retreat – Input and information from the retreat leader; must include true periods of prayer and meditation.

All of these retreat forms will be opportunities for spiritual growth.