Suzette Fischer has been a spiritual director since 2013. She welcomes a diversity of directees: Christian and non-Christian; those who belong to mainline churches and those who do not; the young, middle-aged and young at heart; those from differing life styles – all are welcome.
This 15-month course is in the Christian Tradition. It is facilitated in Afrikaans, but open to anyone above the age of 34 that can follow. Sharing can be done in Afrikaans or English.
This course is divided in 6 blocks + one guided silent-retreat.
This course is open to anyone who finds him/herself in a position of people coming for guidance, help and support. Pastors receive 150 CPD-points.
What is a retreat?
Spiritual retreats may be individual or involve a group. In its simplest form ‘Retreat’, means ‘to withdraw or to draw back’. For generations, people have gone on spiritual retreats to encounter God, to seek God’s healing grace and experience a degree of spiritual renewal.
The meaning of a spiritual retreat can be different for different religious communities. Spiritual retreats are an integral part of many Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sufi (Islamic) communities. The Christian retreat can be defined most simply as a definite time, from a few hours in length to a month, spent away from one’s normal life for the purpose of reconnecting with God. That is, time consciously set aside for God, a change of focus, a deliberate act of stepping outside of normal routine by withdrawing (not running away) from the noise and pressures.
Although the practice of leaving one’s everyday life to connect on a deeper level with God is as old as Christianity itself, the practice of spending a specific time away with God, on a retreat, is a more modern phenomenon.
Meditation can be practiced during these retreats, daily meetings with a spiritual director, spiritual disciplines such as lectio divina and contemplative prayer. Retreats remove us from noise and distraction, into a place of spiritual refreshing and renewing, with typically overnight accommodations. One thing you can definitely expect from any retreat is silence. It is a way of entering into the presence of God, and allowing him to nourish our soul. As we settle into the stillness, we notice the stirrings of our soul, our deeper longings, and God’s quiet whisper to us.
A spiritual retreat is a breathing space in a setting that inspires inner reflection. The setting, silence and pace of the retreat give the participants the freedom to open up to themselves and to God.
Spiritual retreats help us get away from the constant noise that runs through our head. It creates a breathing space for: