Retreat settings provide unparalleled opportunities to focus and be attentive to God, to each other, and to our own hearts as an intentional way to take our discipleship to a new level.
Why schedule a retreat away from home?
Retreats teach people to receive through letting go, to move closer by being still, to hear the Divine Word in silence, to move forward through retreat, to act on God’s behalf by resting, to learn community from solitude and strangers, and to discover ways to be more present at home by taking time away. Jesus’ teaching invites people to release their grasp of their customary patterns in order to discover deeper dimensions of life. This is part of the meaning of his promise – “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24). These dichotomies are part of the reason that faith-based retreats are so dynamic and influential.
The teaching of the Sabbath and Jesus’ example of retreats invites us to enter places apart from our normal surrounding and to embrace rhythms and understandings counter intuitive to our harried culture.
Rabun Manor can provide unparalleled opportunities to focus and be attentive to your spiritual needs. The quiet, stately grounds of the Manor offer many, varied places to walk or sit quietly and reflect upon Scripture. With National Forests nearby there is ample opportunity to commune with God’s creation and renew one’s strength through nature and its beauty.
As devoted followers of Christ, we practice Sabbath weekly and have experienced and shared in walks to Emmaus, as well as other life changing retreats. We look forward to serving you and your group in this important ministry.
Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were used with permission and written by Kevin Witt. Kevin is Director, Office of Camp and Retreat Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tennessee.
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