Retreat Theme: Resilience
“God created humankind in His image. God blessed them. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” Genesis 1:27-31
“You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others.” Matthew 5: 13-16
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9
Theological and Pastoral Focus
Your students will be invited to explore how to be their best selves, armed with strategies to develop their skills in spirituality, relationships and resilience. The input and activities are designed around wisdom found in Genesis, Catholic theological anthropology and Dr Brene Brown’s research on wholehearted, resilient living. Your students will reflect on their own stories and connect in with God’s story. Your students will enjoy a deeper experience of prayer together and individually.
Your students will be invited to:
- Play and reflect on confidence-building team games
- Reflect on stories and lessons from the facilitator and their own life experience
- Sing a fun, gospel-themed song or two together
Prayer and Craft Activities
Individual Craft Prayer Activity: In pairs, each of your students will create a special candle holder for the other person with beautiful acrylic paint and a glass cup. The symbolism will be derived from listening attentively to the other person’s stories and chosen Noble Gospel Values. You can source your own glass cups, acrylic paint and brushes yourself or purchase them here.
Individual Wellbeing Activity: Your students will create Peace Bands to take them through evidence-based wellbeing strategies to increase peace, confidence and resilience. The students will be able to take these beads home along with the accompanying Wellbeing Booklet with details on each strategy. You can source your own materials or purchase them here.
Group Prayer Activity: Your students will silently anoint each other in an oil blessing ceremony to offer healing, affirmation and gratitude to one another and/or pray one decade of a Mystery from the Scriptural Rosary with blessed beads. Your students will receive a blessing to finish. The oil ritual requires small bowls, olive and lavender oils and cotton circles (makeup wipes). You can purchase bulk Rosary Beads here.
How will this work?
You will receive the link to your password-protected dedicated website and your unique username and password via email.
You will then be able to access every resource at that website for a year from the date of purchase.
You will enjoy email support for that year.
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked.