Br Dennis Gleeson blends guided meditation, discussion, and presentations to help participants to explore the benefit of a silent retreat. A spiritual guide will be available should you feel the need to talk confidentially. Otherwise, just give yourself some much needed time to think.
Rest is probably what you need most, so doing absolutely nothing over these two days is highly recommended. Rediscover the fact that you are great company when you allow yourself to be alone.
However, your circumstances may be such that you need to reflect on things. If this is the case, above all be patient with yourself. Give yourself the space and the time to think.
If reading relaxes you, you may find something in the bookshop to suit your taste. Then there is a little lending library in room 35 and there is also a small selection of books available on loan in the activities room.
Writing and journalling can be very therapeutic and small writing pads are available in the book shop. Let the stream of consciousness flow.
Adult colouring designs and pens are available in the activities room. Colouring is a wonderful way of losing yourself in concentration.
Art pads and crayons are also available in the activities room and you do not need to be an artist. Access the unconscious. Draw your dreams.
If you wish to pray, you can pray on your own, or you can take advantage of a brief introduction to centering prayer in four short sessions spread over the two days.
Each session consists of a 20 minute introduction and 20 minutes silence.
If you want to talk with the facilitator personally, just tick a box on the schedule of half-hour sessions spread over the two days. If you have a friend you want to talk to, please do so discretely so as to maintain the atmosphere of silence.