5 Night Group Sacrament Retreat
July 17th-22nd: Deadline to Register is July 1st
Do I need to be a member of Psanctuary to attend the retreat?
Do I need to attend Sunday Services?
How many other members will be there?
How many other Psanctuary clergy / staff members will be there?
Is there any preparation or integration coaching included?
Is sacrament factored into the cost of the retreat?
If I'm flying in, where is the closest airport?
How many sacrament services are there during this retreat?
How do I know what my sacrament dose will be?
What meals will be provided?
What is the cost of the retreat?
Can I choose the room I'll be in?
When can I arrive to the retreat site?
When does registration close?
One thing that was great about coaching with Courtney and Eric was the level of trust and confidence I had in their knowledge and experience. The fact that they've seen so many other people through it all really helped me feel comfortable, because I could tell that there wasn't really anything I could do or say that would "throw" them. Their own humility and willingness to share their own struggles is a real connecting force -- the total lack of "guru" energy and the feeling that we're all in this together, being human and doing our best really set the stage for sharing on a heart level. There was very much a sense of non-judgmentalness that allowed me to feel more comfortable being vulnerable and talking about hard things.
To be in the company and care of dedicated and compassionate people allowed me to feel at ease before, during, and after taking the sacrament. The small group setting encouraged camaraderie and the sharing of personal stories. Integration before and after helped prepare for, and more fully consider the experience afterwards. The meals were ample, varied, and so delicious. I cannot think of a single need that wasn’t thought of and provided. I would and most certainly hope to return for another retreat.
Sample Retreat Menu
Healthy, vegetarian meals are provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the retreat (we encourage you to bring your own snacks for service day where there will not be lunch).
On the first day of arrival we will have dinner ready for you, and on sacrament service days, a very light breakfast available (a morning of fasting prior to sacrament communion is encouraged).
A healthy dinner is provided following sacrament services. On integration days between sacrament services we will have healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
See our sample menu here (meals will vary but will be similar to those listed).
What you expect to get from the experience and what you end up experiencing can be in opposition. For me, the mushroom gave me what I needed, not what I expected. And, it was more meaningful than I expected in what it showed me. To have someone there who has experience, can provide support, who knows what questions to ask, and introduces a community to grow with makes it much more than a destination vacation spot.
In my previous experiences I didn't do anything so it was easier for it to slip away as time passed. Coaching and attending Psanctuary helped me realize the importance of continuous practice and the need for community in order to reap the full benefits.