Retreat Theme: Self Acceptance and Resilience
“God began a good work in you. And I am sure that He will carry it on
until it is completed.” Philippians 1:6
The LORD said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Theological and Pastoral Focus
This retreat marks your students’ growth into maturity as individuals within a community. The input and and activities encourage your students to reflect on their own stories to build a positive self-image, an appreciation of their noble purpose and healthy spirituality. If at all possible, it would be ideal to have a letter of affirmation written for each student by a parent, caregiver or teacher to incorporate encouragement from their community on the day.
Retreat Prayer and Craft Activities
Individual Craft Prayer Activity: Each of your students will receive a special gift that is based on a theme from your school’s charism to mark their milestone and will create a dream for they type of person he/she hopes to become on an adjoining special card.
Group Craft Activity: Your students will create a ‘Quest for Truth’ Handbook to express their wisdom, encouragement and hopes for their group as they move towards maturity.
Group Prayer Activity: You are welcome to share your message for a few minutes to reiterate the retreat theme in your own way. Your students will follow a guided meditation in the middle session. In the final prayer time, each student will draw symbols of the elements of his/her immaturity he/she wants to leave behind and dispose of the drawings in the artificial ceremonial “fire”. Your students will receive (ideally) the affirmation letter from an adult in their life either at home or school and adding it to their special gift and dream for the future, they will receive a blessing.