What is an online retreat?
An online retreat with Colette is a way to engage in a spiritual time of reflection on a subject of interest on your own time.
You will receive original content and prayer reflections created by Colette through email, and you will be invited to participate in a facilitated online discussion group to share your personal reflections with a supportive community.
Frequently Asked Questions About Online Retreats:
You will receive an email reflection every morning during a 7-day retreat, and every other morning during longer retreats. Each email will offer a reflection by Colette on the retreat theme, a contemplative prayer practice, a journal prompt, and an invitation for written sharing in the online discussion group. Contemplative practices may include: breath awareness, audio guided meditations by Colette, Visio Divina (praying with images), and listening to music.
The online retreat is not live, but participants move through the retreat together over the 7 or 14 days, so there is a sense of community to the experience. The prayers and reflections are in a written and pre-recorded format that can be accessed at any time that is convenient for you. If a retreat has a zoom gathering built into it, we will let you know in the retreat description.
Not at all. It’s really as simple as opening an email. We use a platform called Ruzuku, which you will receive access to after registration. Ruzuku offers amazing technical support, so we are always available to help.
You may spend anywhere from 20-30 minutes on each reflection and prayer practice. Any level of engagement has something to offer you. You may go online when it’s convenient for you—as a way to start your day, at your lunch hour, or at the end of the day. If you want to go at a slower pace, the retreat material will remain available after the official retreat time ends.
I encourage you to always do what’s right for you. The sharing is always optional and will happen in a safe space that Colette will facilitate.
Reviews from Past Online Retreat Participants:
"I had a wonderful dance with this faith community and a big thank you, Colette, for making this online retreat such a success. Your reflections, prayers, deep questions and visio divina were all so rich that I am sure this retreat will continue on its own course for a long time to come. THANK YOU!"
— Participant in “Being Love, Becoming Whole.”
"I have loved being a part of your retreat! I think I have found what I have been searching for! I know that my ’spirituality’ had changed some time ago, and not knowing which ‘road’ to take, I was unable to move forward. Now, during this retreat I have discovered all that I couldn’t find when I was searching on my own."
— J.G., participant in “Being Love, Becoming Whole.”
"Thank you Colette for your leadership with this retreat during these days with numerous challenges. I appreciated it so much."
— H.D., participant in “Being Love, Becoming Whole.”
"This has been an incredible, awesome retreat. Your presentations have included a gentle, feminine touch. Shalom, my friend."
— M.M., San Jose, participant in “Being Love, Becoming Whole.”
"From this retreat experience, I came to realize that I can take God anywhere, anytime and anyplace. I was reminded that God is always a breath away. Thank you, Colette for presenting a beauty-filled and beautiful retreat."
— N.J., participant in “Being Love, Becoming Whole.”
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