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.