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Retreat Types

Genesis offers differing models of retreats from 3-7 nights in length. 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.

Guided Retreats are facilitated by one or two presenters 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 a retreat where each participant 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 daily one-on-one sessions with your Focusing Companion. Your conversation will center on noticing and nurturing feelings held in your body.

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 trained Director.

The 20th Annotation Retreat – or 30 Day Retreat is a month-long, residential experience on-site at Genesis. Sessions with a trained Director occur daily.

"The greatest challenge of the day is to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each of us."
- Dorothy Day