By Rev. Cora Glass, Guest Services & Program Manager
“The retreat helped me intentionally be present before God through scripture and prompts.”
Fifteen participants gathered at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center in February for the Introduction to Contemplative Prayer retreat. They immersed themselves in a number of creative prayer practices including a Taizé worship service, sacred imagination, visio divina, praying in nature, and centering prayer. The participant quoted above appreciated the exploration of spiritual practices and time set apart for prayer. Another said the retreat offered a space to experience contemplative practices together.
In April, 10 retreat attendees met at Lake Huron Retreat Center for Pray and Paint: Inquisitive Painting Retreat. Times of worship were scattered throughout the three-day retreat, which focused on teaching inquisitive (also called intuitive) painting. Rev. Cora Glass and Patty Glass lead the event, encouraging participants to paint from a place of curiosity and intuition. Some participants had not painted since grade school, but remarked that the painting process allowed them to try something new. One participant shared that the encouragement to paint over what wasn’t working on their canvas and try something new was a revelation. Each participant left with their own unique piece of art, but greater than the art was the reflections and new learnings for the time together.
Experience these sacred practices for yourself at the next Introduction to Contemplative Prayer retreat Oct. 16-18 (Monday – Wednesday) at Lake Huron Retreat Center. This retreat will be led by Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez, Rev. Cora Glass, and Lisa Batten. This is a great retreat opportunity for individuals or small groups. An option to arrive early on Sunday afternoon for additional time along the shore of Lake Huron is also available. Register online or call 810-327-6272.