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I’m glad you are interested in registering for a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. My name is Nancy Blom and I coordinate the retreats in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
I’d like to answer any questions you may have, so I’ll go over some of the specifics of the retreat.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is an opportunity for women and men to resolve issues of guilt, shame, pain, grief, and anxiety after an abortion. The retreat provides a safe and sacred place for you to open up to our Lord and unburden yourself without fear. You will be able to grieve, work on any anger, forgive yourself, reconcile with God, and reconcile with your children. There is NO condemnation or judgment on the retreat and everything is kept in the strictest confidence.
The weekend progresses through a series of spiritual exercises called “Living Scriptures”. Each exercise begins with a scripture reading followed by a meditation that is designed to help you place yourself in the story to hear Jesus’ message to you. The meditations help to reinforce the message of the scripture. In addition, we share our thoughts about the mediations, which allow retreatants to help each other to grow in their understanding and acceptance of God’s love. This isn’t a magic weekend where you are instantly healed, but rather the beginning of a healing journey.
Our retreats are based upon Catholic Christian teachings, with our focus upon Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him, not on our denominations. We have Mass each day and an opportunity for confession or some private time with a counselor on Saturday evening, along with Eucharistic adoration. For the non-Catholic Christian we offer a weekend steeped in Jesus and the scriptures. The weekend provides an opportunity for everyone to unburden themselves as the suffering body of Christ.
The size of our retreat varies between 8-16 retreatants and we adjust the size of our team accordingly. Either way, we are able to give each person the time and attention that he or she needs. There are 4-6 team members, a counselor, and 1-2 priests on the retreat team. Most of our team members are past retreatants themselves who have become involved with Rachel’s Vineyard after experiencing healing on their own retreat.
Regarding more practical matters, the retreat is held in a comfortable, confidential location in the Twin Cities area. The cost is $180 and covers your room, all retreat materials, meals and snacks. If you need assistance with the cost, let us know. We never deny anyone the opportunity to attend a retreat for financial reasons.
I would like to share some thoughts from one of our recent retreatants.
“I remember the tension of arriving and not knowing anyone, and the pit in my stomach when it was time to reveal the story of my abortions. For 34 years I had carried a deep isolating loneliness because of the secrets in my life. Then, with a roomful of strangers, I found acceptance and mercy. Through the grieving and healing process of the retreat, I left that isolation at the foot of the cross. Even if I never see the other retreatants again, I know that I have friends who really love me.”
Our ministry is here for you and we understand how you’re feeling; please don’t be afraid to call and talk with us. We hope to hear from you soon.
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The fee for the weekend includes overnight lodging on Friday and Saturday, one meal on Friday, three on Saturday, two on Sunday, and snacks throughout the weekend.
Financial assistance may be available – call or email to discuss.
Make your check payable to Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities or RVTC and mail it to:
Rachel’s Vineyard Twin Cities
2820 – 67th Lane North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
You will receive a confirmation letter closer to the time of the weekend, which will have additional information about the retreat, including a list of what items to bring and directions to the retreat location.
It is important that you make a commitment to stay for the entire weekend. Missing any part of the retreat will interfere with the closure you seek. Consider this weekend a special gift that you are giving to yourself.
Advance registration is very helpful since space is limited. If you’re registering a week or so before the retreat, it would be better to register by email or phone in order to secure your registration and receive directions quickly.
Questions? Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on our private voicemail at 763-250-9313 and a team member will return your call.
The retreat and registration process is confidential and all of your information is confidential!
The retreat is Catholic in its presentation, but you do not need to be Catholic or even Christian to participate in a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat. Mass and the sacraments will be available.