New for 2013 is the Full Spiritual Exercises in two
stages. Following on the success of the Full Spiritual Exercises in
three stages we are hoping that the full Exercises in two halves will
be even better.
The idea is that the dates will fit into a two week holiday break.
The retreat will break during the second week of the Exercises which
will allow you to take a leisurely year praying on the life of Christ.
We hope this will be a very natural place to break the retreat and enable
you deepen your retreat and come back to the second half refreshed after
We began these retreats thinking they would be particularly helpful
for those who cannot afford either the cost or the time of one month
at St Beuno's in one year. However, we are finding that these retreats
offer something of the best of both worlds: They enable the Exercises
to interact with daily life. The second week's following of Christ can
be done in part in St Beuno's and then completed in daily life. Whereas
this retreat might not have quite the intensity of the 30 day experience,
it makes up for this in its integration with life.
We attempt to keep the same retreat giver over both
years, although with natural staff changes this cannot be guaranteed.
Because, unlike the full 30 days, this retreat doesn't
have a lead-in of a couple of days we do suggest that you try to arrive
as rested as you can.
As the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius was written
as a book of suggestions for the guide (not for the retreatant) we don't
encourage a study of the book before you participate in the Exercises.
The original 16th Century text is more likely to put you off than help!
The underlying dynamic is as helpful as ever based on unchanging human
characteristics and the person of Christ, but each generation has to
make adaptations to the presentations.
We expect participants to apply for this retreat with
the intention of continuing the process for two years. The sense of
the joint venture and companionship along the way is a significant part
of the retreat, even though it is done in silence.