What is an online retreat?
An online retreat with Colette is a way to engage in spiritual reflection on a specific theme within a community of spiritual seekers. However, rather than having to travel to a distant retreat center, you can participate from your own home or from whatever place or space that allows you to retreat from the busyness of your everyday life and go within to connect with Spirit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Online Retreats:
Every morning during a 7-day retreat (and every other morning during longer retreats), you’ll receive an email that will send you to our retreat website, where you’ll find a new: reflection on the retreat’s theme, contemplative prayer practice, journal prompt, and invitation to share any thoughts, experiences, or realizations you’re inspired to 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’s 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’s convenient for you. If a retreat has a Zoom gathering built into it, we’ll let you know in the retreat description.
Not at all. It’s really as simple as opening an email and clicking a link. 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 might spend anywhere from 20-30 minutes on each reflection and prayer practice. Any level of engagement has something to offer you. You can go online whenever 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. Sharing is always optional and will happen in a safe space that’s facilitated by Colettte.
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.”
"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.”
"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.”
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