Its aim is to lead the retreatant to holistic wellness, a new life of love and freedom. It has four components: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The psycho-somatic, eco-social, religious-spiritual dimensions of life are integrated through yoga, vipasana, ARM (awareness-relaxation-meditation), positive thinking, guided group meditation, contemplation of nature and personal experience of Jesus, the sacrament of new life. One emerges from this retreat-experience, like a beautiful butterfly flying out of its cocoon, with new energy and enthusiasm in his/her life and ministry.
Life in the family is a call to happiness through selfless love and shared life. The course will focus on the meaning and mission of Christian Family today in the light of the Pastoral concerns and hopes, relevant issues and insights of the recent Synods on the Family.
Tom Kunnunkal SJ (Apr 30) [non-res] (Sat: 9 am – 5 pm)
God deliberately chose to create every one of us and has placed us on this planet earth in order to be a winner by making a contribution to life. It is a great tragedy of life that many, if not most, end up as losers by not pursuing one’s mission in life. In workshop format, we will explore practical ways to bring about a difference in our life and experience the joy of winning than the pain of losing, by identifying positive strategies to win and by dropping the negative blocks that make us lose.
COST OF DISCIPLESHIP OF JESUS (Ignatian Retreat for Priests & Religious)
George Peter SJ (May 24-Jun 2) (9 days) [Tue: 6 pm – Thu: 2 pm]
a) Prayer-cum-workshop (2 days)
We identify our 3-Ego states of Parent-Adult-Child through Transactional Analysis (T. A. of Eric Berne). We discover our strengths and weaknesses through various psychological exercises. We become aware of the obstacles in our growth of becoming more humand and humane, life-giving persons. We practice different prayer methods like Lectio Divina, Phantasy-Meditation, Ignatian-Contemplation, Symbolic-Meditation, etc. in order to experience intimacy with Jesus.
b) Retreat through intense prayer (in silence) (7 days)
We try to re-discover the challenges of our vowed commitment as we try to emulate the faith-journey of Abraham, Moses and Mother Mary. To be a disciple means to be “placed with Christ” under his banner of the cross and to become witnesses of counter-cultural values today. We reflect on the invitation of Jesus and try to internalize his values and vision, and commit ourselves with passion and enthusiasm for the God’s Kingdom, by experiencing God’s unfathomable love everywhere.