“Sought through prayer and meditation…”
These opening words of the 11th Step remind us that the journey of recovery is, in so very many ways, a journey of seeking for spiritual growth and development. We are reminded in the Big Book, “What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our activities.”
Join us as we set aside a weekend to dive into practices of prayer and meditation. Some will be familiar, some new. We’ll sing, laugh, learn and more as we gather with other committed women in recovery to deepen our “conscious contact” with the God of our understanding – and each other.
Retreat leader Trish Sullivan Vanni, M.Div., PhD will offer two talks on prayer and meditation that will draw not only on her experience of the past 35 years in the fellowship, but also draw out the wisdom of the gathered community. We’ll look not only on the ways in which we are invited to make these practices central to our lives as women in recovery, but also where we have experienced both impediments and successes. Our hope is that by the end of the retreat, we each will have discovered ways to nourish our “spiritual condition,” as well as new horizons of what is possible for each of us as spiritual beings journeying together, one day at a time!
We will have three experience sessions available.
Centering Prayer, which is actually a meditation practice, emerged from Christian monasteries in recent decades. It is not denominationally grounded and can be used by anyone, including agnostics and atheists. Come learn about this meditation practice, experience it, and reflect together on its value
Many people in recovery use a practice of daily reading, as recommended by the program’s founders, to start the day. This session will offer a framework for contemplative reading as well as a path for bringing it into the day.
Many people turn to creative outlets as a way of accessing stillness and peace. In this silent gathering, you will be given a coloring book on the prayer of St. Francis that includes reflections written by retreat facilitator Trish Vanni. Discover how color and relaxation flow out of you through artistic self-expression.
Many people in recovery use a God box as a place in which to put concerns, fears, hopes and dreams. This gesture of physically placing something in God’s hands, using a designated container, can support us in remembering that we have literally “turned over” something. Decorate your God box in a way that reflects your spiritual beliefs using materials that will be out throughout the retreat in a designated area. We will bless these God boxes in our closing prayer.