What to Expect: A Weekend Spiritual Retreat at RCS
The Center offers spiritual retreats focused on presentations and discussions on the Twelve Steps and related spiritual topics. Opportunities for confidential group and one-on-one sharing, and recreation are also provided.
In the first years of its operation the Renewal Center will be open on weekends (4:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 Sunday) and some three-day weekends (4:00 p.m. Thursday to4:00 p.m. Sunday).
Retreat topics and themes include:
— Three to four hours of daily structured presentations and discussions on the 12 Steps and related spiritual topics.
— Communal meeting each morning for spiritual reading, comments, and meditation.
— Plenty of free time for recreation and trail walking.
— Time for individual study and/or writing (e.g. Fourth Step).
— Individual time with staff members.
— Opportunities for Fifth Steps.
— Use of audio and visual tapes, CD’s and an print library.
— Three meals served daily.
Although the retreats are focused on topics or themes, participants have ample opportunity to discuss their personal concerns and spiritual needs.
Topics or Themes covered in the focused weekends include:
— Powerlessness and Unmanageability
— Powerlessness / Acceptance
— Hope belief and Trust: The Spiritual Base
— Decision & Action
— Written and Oral Self-Analysis
— Willingness to be Changed
— Making Amends
— Continued Self-Evaluation
— Prayer and Meditation
— The Spiritual Awakening
— “Ego-Deflation at Depth AND Self-Esteem”
— Recovery from Shame and Guilt
— “An Attitude of Gratitude”
— The Serenity Prayer
— Psychological Journaling — an Experiential Approach