Engaging the Body in Prayer

Friday, October 13, 2017  -  Sunday, October 15, 2017

GilChrist Retreat Center 56265 Day Rd Three Rivers , MI

During certain seasons of sojourning with God, we find our prayer lives get stale and dry. Most of us are very familiar with prayers that are cerebral—words uttered, but sometimes with little conviction and connection to our hearts. There are other times when we keep praying for the same issue over and over again until our words begin to fail us. Are there some other ways that we can continue staying in prayer without being disconnected relationally with God? Is there a way prayer can be re-nourished in us and be revitalized?

Join us at the beautiful and serene retreat grounds of GilChrist Retreat Center in Three Rivers, Michigan. In a silent retreat format, we will seek to discover forms of prayer that engage our bodies and senses and that connect us to God and express the desires of our hearts. We will experience God with our breaths. We will use movements, gestures, postures, sounds/chants, sight, taste, touch, and smell to explore ways to communicate our hearts' desires and commune with God in deeper and more intimate ways. We enter into grand silence on Friday evening and break silence on Sunday after our last session that morning. Except during our designated meeting times, participants are asked to maintain silence throughout the retreat.

Lodging & Meals
Each attendee will stay in a personal one-room, air-conditioned cottage with a twin bed, sitting area, desk, modern bathroom, kitchen, fireplace, and a porch or deck. Cottages are located in private settings on the beautifully tended 67-acre retreat center property. Our gatherings will be held at the WindHill house on top of a small hill. Personally prepared meals are included with registration, including dinner Friday evening, three meals on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday, plus snacks and beverages. Please specify if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions.

What to Bring
Comfortable clothing that allows for free movement, shoes for unpaved or gravel walking trails, paper and pen for personal notes, bug spray, small flashlight. Towels and linens are supplied. Limited mobile phone service.

About the Facilitator
Soul Tending Retreat series host Wai-Chin Matsuoka graduated from Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. She is the former coordinator of Christos’ Tending the Holy program, an Immanuel prayer facilitator, and a facilitator for contemplative retreats for small and mid-size groups.

Cost & Registration
The cost of $300 includes includes two nights' lodging in one of GilChrist's private cabins, all programming and materials, communal meals at Friday dinner and Sunday brunch, snacks, and use of the main gathering place. For reservations, please email Wai-Chin by September 21, 2017. Checks payable to Wai-Chin Matsuoka can be mailed to 619 Hawthorne Circle, Lombard, IL 60148 upon reservation.