Contemplative Orientation - Day-2

Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Contemplative Day of Retreat – Day 2

SUNDAY APRIL 7TH

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Welcome and Orientation

Dear Retreat Participant,

Welcome to a contemplative day of retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit! Experience has taught us that guidelines help in creating a fruitful retreat environment and answering some of the common questions. So we offer the following Guidelines Orientation, especially for those of you who will be attending our “Day of Retreat” for the first time.

(For those who are interested, our Sunday Mass is at 7:30 AM which ends at 8:30-ish. Father Martin will be presiding.)

ORIENTATION

  • Arrival and check in at the Visitor Center Conference Room: you may arrive and check in at 9:30 AM, or before. Latecomers will not be seated after the Silent Prayer period begins promptly at 10:00 AM. Check the retreat schedule for start and end times.
  • After our initial check-in, we will cultivate a spirit of silence and mindfulness that will allow the gifts of the retreat to move deeply in us. Please refer to the retreat schedule to see the level of silence and conversation on this retreat.
  • All cell phones and electronic gadgets must be turned off while in the conference room. If you need to take notes, it will be the old fashioned way with pen and paper – we politely insist.
  • Silent Prayer: we begin and end each conference session with a period of silent prayer which will be done sitting in-place on your chair.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing and easy walking shoes. Part of the retreat experience may include some time outdoors on our beautiful grounds if desired. In kindness towards those who are sensitive, we also ask that you do not bring or wear scented lotions, soaps, or perfumes.
  • Coffee/tea and bottled water will be available during breaks. A light lunch will be served with beverages at the café.

Parking is plentiful and free.

Again, a very warm welcome from all of us at HSM Conyers. We look forward to this time together.

Peace and blessings,

The monks of the
Monastery of the Holy Spirit