This retreat will guide you through a form of prayer called “Ignatian Contemplation”. In this unique practice, you use your imagination to travel back to the time of Jesus, placing yourself in the scene and interacting with the situation at hand. This prayer method will give you a feeling of actually being there, and will deepen your relationship with Jesus as you watch, observe and interact with the scripture passage.
We will use intuitive art as a form of “meditating with a brush in your hand”. This art style invites you to enter into the present moment and requires no previous art experience. It is judgement free, and is wonderfully unique to what you are feeling at the moment.
This form of art can be expressed in any design or color, and allows you to reach beyond the logical brain and to delve into what is going on in the heart as you ponder the scripture passage.
We hope this retreat will open your mind and spirit to encounter the living Christ in a new and creative way.
This is a silent retreat. Guests are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted. There will be periods of discussion and dialogue when prompted by the retreat director.
Michele Berrell, MTS, is a theology teacher at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Ga. and has been at there since 2002. She teaches the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Michele received a B.S. in Education from Georgia State University, and a Masters of Theological Studies and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College.
Her approach to being a spiritual director/companion is a combination of Franciscan and Jesuit spirituality. This approach shares both the intellectual gift of the Jesuits and the simplicity of the Franciscans. Her ministry welcomes people of all faiths and offers workshops for various denominations. Michele is also involved in prison ministry, reaching out to the most marginalized of our society and works with the National Incarceration Association for greater awareness that justice should be restorative and not retributive.
Prior to teaching scriptural theology at St. Pius, she was director of religious education at St. Marguarite’s Parish in Lilburn, Ga. She has served in various pastoral and parish roles and has also worked for Gwinnett Co. school system.
Michele knows that it is through relationship with one another and with God that we truly find our purpose in life, and grow in the love of God. She considers herself more of a companion on the way, and walks beside you in your journey.
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