About the Event
Spend the weekend in silence or near silence as you set aside work and outside stimulation to listen for how God is speaking to you beneath all the noise of your everyday life. Give yourself the gift of time to re-connect with God and receive the graces God wants to give.
Beginning on Friday evening and continuing until Sunday afternoon, we’ll be in silence “together,” not speaking, but being in the company of others as much or as little as you’d like on the retreat grounds. There will be an opening session giving tips, suggestions, and resources for how to structure your time and describing some typical patterns that happen on silent retreats. Each evening and morning there will be short, optional, contemplative prayer services. On Saturday there will be optional individual spiritual direction sessions.
You’ll have long periods of time to spend as you wish, praying, journaling, reflecting on scripture, reading, knitting, making art, napping, hiking, walking the labyrinth, or anything else that helps you to settle into yourself to listen to your heart. Mass will be available on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll break the silence Sunday to share the surprises and graces of the retreat.
Prayer prompts and suggestions for scripture reading will be available, as well as a lending library of spiritual books and art supplies.
About the Presenter(s)Ann Naffziger, MDiv, MA
Ann Naffziger, MDiv, MA is a spiritual director, retreat leader, scripture instructor, and writer in the Bay Area. She has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain and lecturer at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. She is the mother of two teenage daughters, and is also a Master Gardener and girls’ softball coach.