The Retreat

Retreat Meaning:

  The noun RETREAThas 6 senses:

1. (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy’s superior forces or after a defeat
2. a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
3. (military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
4. (military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset
5. an area where you can be alone
6. withdrawal for prayer and study and meditation

The meaning of a Spiritual Retreat in Wikipedia is that:

The meaning of a spiritual retreat can be different for different religious communities. Spiritual Retreats are an integral part of many Buddhist, Christian and Sufi (Islamic) communities.

In Buddhism, retreats are seen by some as integral for reconnection to one’s self.

Retreats are also popular in Christian churches, and were established in today’s form by St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), in his Spiritual Exercises. Ignatius was later to be made patron saint of spiritual retreats by Pope Pius XI in 1922. Many Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox Christians partake in and organise spiritual retreats each year.

Meditative retreats are an important practice in Sufism, the mystical path of Islam. The Sufi teacher Ibn Arabi‘s book Journey to the Lord of Power (Risālat al-Anwār)[1] is a guide to the inner journey that was published over 700 years ago.

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    • Yes I think they are of great value. Last year I made some great spiritual psoergrs and this year I actually got to help others who are going through the things I went through. It’s not just fellowshipping with others, although that is important, it is fellowshipping with people who know what you are going through in your life and know how to help you. It is also used for some like a sabbath. If it is a weekend retreat then it is a weekend of sabbath(rest and worship in the Lord). Life gets very stressful sometimes and people need a weekend that is peaceful. Not everyone likes them but if you haven’t been to one I suggest you try it and see if you like it. I, personally, find it refreshing both in worldly and spiritual terms.

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