Experiencing God: Our interior movements are understood using St Ignatius’ Rules For Discernment.
This guided retreat will make use of Ignatian contemplation, imaginative prayer, and the senses to engage in conversation with God. The focus will be on understanding our interiority using the model of Internal Family Systems (IFS) as a means to intimate prayer with God/Jesus/Spirit. We all have parts of us that are sad, joyful, anxious, discouraged, happy, funny, and many more. Having such parts are a natural aspect of adult life and sharing such interior movements in a familiar way with God/Jesus/Spirit is what Ignatian prayer helps us to do.
Our days will consist of multiple talks and Mass, and there is ample time to pray. This retreat is practical, encouraging curiosity, connection, and compassion with ourselves and with God!
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.
Rev. Jeff Putthoff, SJ is a Jesuit priest. He is deeply interested in creating communities of healing, empowering young people, brain health, and finding God in all things. He has worked as a high school teacher, associate pastor, executive director and high school president, and educational consultant using his unique experience in organizational dynamics, leadership, brain health and Ignatian spirituality, applying it to youth education and organizational life. He is a retreat leader and a director of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola deeply desiring to help others connect to God. He has directed over 75 directed retreats and 180 preached retreats nationally. He is a gifted, national speaker on trauma-informed care, organizational dynamics, youth formation, Ignatian spirituality, and leadership.
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