These are just a few of the lives that have been impacted by our mission.
A weight was lifted
In the five days I spent on the retreat, I made more progress in healing than I had in five years of counseling. I feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. My husband is very grateful too to have a happier, energetic wife. On the retreat, I was able to clear out the trauma that had been with me for years. Most important though, through it all I could connect with myself and God in a new way. I loved the meditations on the retreat. I loved being able to pray again. I cannot thank you enough for your support to me in attending and for caring enough about my healing and others on the retreat so as to pledge such concrete, helpful support.
For someone who has experienced such profound sexual abuse across all my childhood, to have a safe place to reveal all of the horror, the shame; to be so loved unconditionally and provided an encounter with the true healer, wow – I was so safe, so seen, so affirmed, and so redeemed. The collective experience enriched at the process and is what makes this life-changing.
I’ve done many years of psychotherapy and quite a few healing ministries. This retreat process and structure is the perfect combination of both. What makes it so powerful, I believe, is the power of community joining their suffering together and with Christ – transformative!
Grounded, life-giving truth steeped in the very human experience of Christ and a practical course on how to unite with him in the Paschal Mystery. This is the hope that I desperately needed at this time. I love that this retreat allowed me to explore my trauma.
Safe and affirming
For someone who has experienced such profound sexual abuse across all my childhood, to have a safe place to reveal all of the horror, the shame; to be so loved unconditionally and provided an encounter with the true healer, wow – I was so safe, so seen, so affirmed, and so redeemed.
Incredibly powerful and healing… the simplicity and depth of the sessions, the stories and activities is incredible. I don’t know of anything other than this retreat that would have given me the space to heal and uncover the trauma.
Prophetic witness, facilitation, formation of peoples’ lives to the Paschal Mystery, evidence-based trauma recovery process, spiritually grounded in Word and Sacrament and our lived experience of abuse in all its manifestation. Structured and well-balanced. Beyond my expectation. What I came to do was achieved.
The retreat responds beautifully to the needs of survivors of all kinds of abuse. It was God’s holy, sacred, divine love in all its forms to welcome, nurture, listen, validate and affirm. It was tender, supportive, compassionate and so much more. The communal experience of healing, seeing and feeling each other’s pain was profound. Validating was so powerful. I felt that our safety was considered at all levels.
The depth, heights and trauma of abuse and neglect as exposed to me and others allows recognition and ways to express the pain in a safe, secure, holy, and divine place in ourselves, other participants, team members, leaders which brought deep, wide, high healing opening for God, Jesus and Holy Spirit and many other supportive, safe interventions for us to enter.
I could be real
An amazing week, nothing could have prepared me for this. It surpassed anything I have ever experienced or known about. It was so grounded in Christ, yet we did not have to hold back. We could rage and swear and be real and I loved the structure and the journey we went through.