A contemplative retreat, lasting from 3 to 7 days, is a way of deepening the practice and descending into deeper levels of contemplative experience and insight.
The wholeness of contemplative experience can be achieved at any time in life. It is, however, not the result of our will and our effort, but the pure gift of the Spirit. Yet, without our true effort, there would be no results. This is up to us.
At the beginning of a contemplative journey, we gather initial information, knowledge and experience, we participate in introductory lectures and courses, in regular work with the group, we practice contemplation in everyday life. Over time, we realize that hidden areas of soul and spirit have been opened up to us, that we want to delve deeper into our inner world.
At this point, the time has come to think about engaging in several-day retreats that take place in a peaceful and quiet location where every moment is devoted to one thing – to descend into ourselves and direct all our strength to the source of silence in us. The retreats that we organize can last from 3 to 7 days (but can be considerably longer), and take place twice a year – in May and October. The days begin at 5:00 am and end at 10:00 pm. They are spent in silence and contemplation. The emphasis is on a contemplative exercise that is practiced in two ways: sitting peacefully (20-40 minutes) and walking mindfully (5-15 minute), 5-7 hours daily. Sitting sessions with walking between them are divided into blocks of 2 to 3 exercises. Daily schedule also includes: lectures, meditation in movement exercises (Qigong, Yoga or Aikido), daily work (one hour) and personal interviews with spiritual teachers in order to illuminate any issues that arise during the exercises.
Personal interviews with spiritual teachers help in relieving various blockages occurring during sitting, which hinder inner composure. Interviews, also, give the opportunity to find answers to the questions that arise during sittings.
I just want to sit, be silent, and listen to what God tells me.