Recently I received information about a women's retreat for healing from sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has designed a retreat that creates the opportunity for the Holy Spirit bring healing to one's soul. There are work periods to examine groups of the Stations of the Cross (the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus). Then journaling and prayer will follow. Conferences on abuse and its effect on a victim, prayer, sacraments and healing, and what to expect when you return home. An opportunity for one-on-one dialogue is available. It is $200 with scholarships available, will be held outside Atlanta, GA, and will take place on December 6-8, 2013. For more information, view their flyer.
After I heard about this, it prompted me to see what else like this was out there. One in particular caught my attention. Grief to Grace seems to be a very indepth and comprehensive experience. It is another Catholic retreat.
Taken from the web site: "This retreat is a journey into the heart of suffering. It is a passage of surrender into the cross of our own afflictions. It is a voyage directly into the outstretched arms of God himself. Jesus has removed the barrier that has separated us from the almighty "I AM." The curtain has been torn and there is no longer any divide between God and his chosen people. He invites us to learn who we really are. He welcomes us. He longs to comfort us. He encourages us to come close to him, and thereby discover our own true selves. His mission is a cry for justice, until all forms of violence are conquered through the power of Love. He invites us to new life!"
I urge you to check out their information packet if this is something that remotely interests you.
The next retreat is February 23-28, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Prepare for sticker shock: $1,500 to attend. If I had the money to spare, I would be there in a heartbeat. This looks like a phenomenal opportunity to dig deep and let Jesus touch you like he cannot do in therapy or prayer.