Experience the rare luxury of silence
—for reflection, renewal, and renovation of the spirit.
The weekend includes time for personal reflection, presentations by spiritual directors, and the opportunity to relish the silence within the natural beauty of the northwest. The subsidized cost of $100 includes 2 nights of single room lodging and all meals; scholarships available. Space is limited.
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) retreat is designed to provide the complete Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over the course of an eight-month period, while one continues with other work and life commitments. This makes the retreat much more accessible as an alternative to the other model for the Spiritual Exercises, given over the course of thirty days of silence. The Spiritual Exercises is a pattern of prayer and mediations developed by the founder of the Jesuits, intended to help persons grow in their Christian faith.
Seattle University faculty and staff members can pursue the SEEL Retreat during the academic year through an off-campus program by the same name. The Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity and the Chaplain for Faculty & Staff collaborate in offering scholarships and supporting SU colleagues interested in this unique experience of spiritual growth. Application is made in June, and the retreat begins in September and ends in May. For more information, contact Jen Tilghman-Havens, or seelpugetsound.org.
Spiritual Direction has a long history in the Christian tradition, and it also has a special place in the life and practice of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a specific pattern of prayer designed to deepen one’s Christian life, includes spiritual direction as an essential component for each retreatant moving through the exercises. The spiritual director must be someone grounded in her or his own life of prayer, and prepared to listen closely to the movement of the Spirit in another’s life. Spiritual direction is a form of confidential sharing of one’s experiences and insights and questions, while seeking the companionship, encouragement and challenge from the director. Spiritual direction has strong roots in the Catholic tradition, and is accessible to all Christians. It also can be practiced in a way that offers guidance and encouragement to those of other faith traditions, since the qualities of heartfelt, careful listening can be nourishing to persons of various backgrounds and spiritual traditions.
If you are interested in exploring spiritual direction, please approach those of us in the Center for Jesuit Education to explore possible resources.