Retreats

 

Ignatian Directed Retreats

 

This is a silent retreat during which a person seeks solitude for prayer and reflection. These group retreats can be facilitated by an Emmaus House staff member or by a member of the group itself. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola is the foundation of the directed retreats. This classical spiritual text contains a variety of prayer experiences intended to foster a conversion of heart and mind so that a person may follow Jesus with greater freedom. Ordinarily this retreat extends from three to eight days in length. Another form of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola can also be made within the context of daily life. This format is adaptable to a person’s circumstances in life and can be made over a more extensive period of time from 24-36 weeks. The retreatant meets at least twice monthly with a spiritual companion during this retreat.

 

Private Retreats

 

This is a silent retreat during which a person seeks solitude for prayer and reflection. Spiritual direction is available upon request for private retreatants.

 

Contemplative Retreats

 

The focus of the retreat is to provide solitude and silence for retreatants to discover the particular way God is inviting him or her into intimacy, prayer, wholeness and holiness at this time in his or her life. Passages from Scripture as well as writings of the saints and other teachers of prayer in our rich Christian tradition are suggested to the retreatant for prayer.

 

Group Retreats

 

We encourage parish groups of 6-12 members to come for a day, part of a day, or an evening for prayer and reflection. These group retreats can be facilitated by a staff member of Emmaus House or they can be self-facilitated by a member of the group.

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Des Moines, IA 50314