Facilitated Group Retreats
Kavanna House is the perfect place to have a retreat for your group of friends, small group, leadership team or board. We have several retreat themes from which to choose.
Retreats facilitated by Kavanna House staff will have a rhythm of brief teaching, silent reflection and group processing. We only facilitate full day retreats, which begin at 9 am and end at 5 pm. The preferred maximum group size is 8 people.
Our goal is for retreat participants to experience the gift of time and space with God. To that end, we encourage everyone to dress comfortably and to bring their journals. Upon your arrival, we will orient you to the house. We encourage participants to consider leaving their cell phones in their cars (otherwise, turned off while in the house) to allow them and the other participants to move through the day without distractions.
The cost for a group retreat at Kavanna House is based upon the use of the entire house including The Studio, the facilitator's time, preparation of materials and meals. The information outlined below will help you determine your group's cost.
Facility Cost for Use of Entire Property for 8 hours = $225
Facilitator Fee = $150
Meal Fee: Coffee, tea and water are provided at no additional cost. A light continental breakfast and a catered lunch are available for a fee of $10-20/person. Participants are also able to bring their own lunches to reduce total cost.
Payment and Scheduling
Payment Terms: A $100 non-refundable deposit is due four (4) weeks prior to the retreat. The balance of payment is due no later than three days prior to the retreat. Payments can be made by cash, check (payable to Kavanna House) or credit card.
Trust, Surrender and Bless "What is"
- Do you constantly struggle against “what is,” always wanting it to be different? Do you have difficulty accepting where you are in your life or what you have lost? This retreat will provide tools and time for reflection to notice where God is with you in the midst of your circumstances. It will provide a framework to move toward not only surrendering your will, but also being able to bless the difficulties.
Silence and Solitude - Creating the Interior Life for Spiritual Formation
- To be truly intentional about our relationship with God, we need to learn to limit distractions. This retreat will focus on how to control outward distractions and more importantly, how to quiet the thoughts swirling in your head so that you can be fully present to God. We will practice different ways to be “in silence.”
- We are all overworked and tired. We don't know how to slow down and rest. Take time...time to rest, time to get away and time to focus on God. We will reflect on what Sabbath really means, not a legalistic list of rules but discovering the freedom of creating unforced rhythms in your life.
- Do you desire to feel loved? Do you know that God loves you and that God delights in you? This retreat day will revolve around reflecting on the reality of you being God's beloved.
Engaging the Paschal Mystery
- Looking at your life through the lens of the paschal mystery, - Good Friday, Easter, the 40 Days, Ascension and Pentecost - you’ll discover how to live fully in the reality of where you find yourself in this present moment.
The Critical Journey
- This retreat is unlike any you’ve been a part of before. Through teaching, self-reflection and group processing, you will take a concentrated look at your own spiritual journey – where you’ve been, where you are and perhaps where you are going – through the lens of The Critical Journey, the seminal work of Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich. We will look at the stages of discovery, assimilation, serving, deconstruction, surrender and ultimately, deep intimacy with God and others.
- There will be a maximum of eight people in the retreat because it is our desire for each person to have their own private, restful environment for self-reflection and then to have the time to share their story in the group setting. Each person receives personal attention in this format.
- This retreat can tend to be an intense experience. Participants need to be ready to be vulnerable and transparent about difficulties in their spiritual journey.