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Retreat Types

Genesis offers several models of retreat. All retreats feature free time for reflection, integration, reading, and walking. Often, silence is encouraged during mealtimes. Mass is offered during most retreats, although not daily. We do offer transportation to nearby parishes for liturgy upon request.  For inquiries about retreats, please call the Genesis office at 413-562-3627.

Guided Retreat is facilitated by one or two leaders who offer daily group presentations, including prayer and ritual, on a selected topic or theme over the course of several days or a week.

Silent Directed Retreat is when an individual meets daily with their Spiritual Director, or Spiritual Companion, for one-on-one sessions. During the session, experiences from the outdoor world, poetry, and/or scripture may be interwoven with the story of God’s activity in your life.

Silent BioSpiritual Focusing Retreat is similar in format to Silent Directed Retreat, with the focus of the conversation on noticing and nurturing feelings held in your body. There is a daily meeting with a director.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are ways of meeting God and discerning in our experience what is of God and what is not of God.” -- William Barry, SJ

These retreats are designed for people who are familiar with praying with scripture, are in an ongoing spiritual direction relationship, or have had an experience of it at some point in their life, and have taken a silent individual directed retreat of at least one week.

The 19th Annotation Retreat – or Retreat in Everyday Life is experienced over a period of 8-10 months through weekly, individual sessions with a person trained in accompaniment.  Call the Genesis office for more information.

Try living one day without any unhealthy thoughts. It may be very difficult, but try another day, until it becomes habitual, and life will move in the direction of becoming healthy, vital, and alive.
- Norman Vincent Peale