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Taking questions to the desert: A Retreat for Young Women


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 “The sun begins to break through the mist and glints off calm waters. I fill my hands with the sand … and watch as the grains slip slowly through my fingers. As the early-morning sunlight warms me, I realize what I had thought of as an escape was really a search … I realize I too have been on a pilgrimage and … I have found the peace and knowledge I was looking for.”  

Tara Austen Weaver, “Shikoku Pilgrimage”, in Pilgrimage: Adventures of the Spirit. 2000.

Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God (Revelation 12:6) 

It will be the midst of winter. A group of young seekers will travel together to the borders of the desert for three days of  companionable contemplation.

These women will be encouraged to bring a question with them, a knot they hope to untie.

Through quite reflection, group activities, wilderness experiences and community living, retreatants will be invited to let their questions loose into the desert, and to look and listen carefully for what happens next.    

While predicated on a belief that the desert enables ‘a renewed relationship with God through the environmental embrace’, the retreat welcomes young women with different experiences of faith, church and religion who wish to deepen their own spiritual awakening.

Cost is $330 waged, $270 unwaged and $240 tented,  Contact us to express your interest and for more information.

A young woman retreatant talks with Anna Killigrew, Spiritual Director and retreat leader.

Earlier Event: July 2
Young Men's Retreat
Later Event: July 17
Teachers Connect to Nature