Personal Retreat Boxes ~
Kavanna House offers a variety of personal retreat boxes. Each box has the elements to help you move into your day and includes items to help you set up your day as well as a variety of reflections that can be used to help guide your day.
Personal Retreat 101 ~ For those new to the practice of a personal retreat day, this box includes all the essentials to help you get started including an overview of a personal retreat day and journaling basics. The reflection sheets within this box are focused on attention and presence, also described as ‘letting go’ and ‘just being.’ This box also includes an overview of the visio divina practice and some images that you can use to help with your discernment process.
One Word ~ Based on the book, One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page, this box provides information and reflection questions helping you to discern what your ‘one word’ will be for the coming year. This box also includes an overview of the visio divina practice and some images that you can use to help with your discernment process.
Grand Examen ~ The Grand Examen is the process of looking closely at your past year to see what has happened and to notice where you sensed God’s presence with you ... and perhaps where you didn’t. This box includes materials to help you do this by walking you through different ways of looking back, looking through, looking forward and looking around. This box also includes an overview of the visio divina practice along with some images that you can use to help with your examen.
Preparing for Your Retreat Day:
During your retreat, we suggest that you set up a quiet, peaceful place to spend your time. Put your phone on “do not disturb” and let others know that you won’t be available. Dress in comfortable clothes and surround yourself with the things that help you become aware of the presence of God. We suggest that you open your retreat box right before you begin your retreat.
Cost and Ordering:
You might want to consider offering a Personal Retreat Box to anyone you know who might enjoy a day retreat. We can send it out in your name letting them know it is a gift from you. Kavanna House can also send a gift certificate indicating a box has been reserved for them if you’d like them to choose their theme.
What is a personal retreat day?
“It is the temporary disengagement from your daily routine to place yourself before God so that you can re-engage your life and work with greater insight, energy and purpose.” ~ Time Away by Ben Campbell Johnson and Paul H. Lang
Kavanna House believes that a personal retreat day is a time of intentionally pulling yourself away from all that distracts you. It is time spent moving towards God, offering your time and attention. We also believe that there are no hard and fast rules, other than being intentional and open to where the Holy Spirit guides your day.
A personal retreat is…
- Space for you to be with God
- Time for rest
- A place where things below the surface can rise
- A chance to focus
- Time for discernment
- A chance to be present
A personal retreat is not…
- A place to focus on others’ needs or desires of/for you
- A place to create ‘to-do’ lists
- Time to catch up on emails or social media
When is it a good time to consider a personal retreat?
- When you desperately feel you need it
- When you need a time of discernment
- When you desire to renew your intimacy with Jesus
- When you feel stuck
- When you want to spark your creativity
- When you have committed to make it a part of your personal life rhythm
What does a personal retreat day ‘look like’?
Kavanna encourages individuals to “retreat”, to take time out to just be with God. This isn’t a time to catch up on work or even do Bible study. It is a time to rest, renew and recognize that our relationship with God is not based on what we do or how much we know but just because we are. You can do your retreat in the privacy and comfort of your own home or look for a quiet space away.
Ruth Haley Barton says:
“Going on retreat is like a boat entering into the lock in order to rise to new heights…
There is simply no substitute for this,
Nothing I could do for myself even approaches what God can do for me in the context of retreat.“