How long are retreats?
They range from one to ten days depending on participant’s desire and retreat experience…
What do you do on a retreat?
Your retreat guide visits with you once or twice a day. The retreatant can share their experience from the day or life situations that are getting their attention as they wish. The retreat guide is expert in offering gentle “next steps,” options in framing experiences, and spiritual practices (“games to play with the universe”) to optimize the life-changing learning of the retreat experience. Below are some of the things a retreatant can do on retreat.
It’s a time for what you want…
- Time out and time away…from everyday life, habits, concerns, and ways of being—
- Time to just “be”
- To rest, be with nature, reflect
- Allow things to move on that are ready to go
- Recharge your battery, walk, meditate, pray, sing, move, dance, do art, read.
- Be present to the moment, nature, and one’s five bodies—the physical, emotional, and mental bodies, our connectedness and the spiritual body from which deep comfort, intuition, inspiration, and realizations come.
- Let things go that are ready to go
- Explore spiritual practices (games to play with the universe) to enhance spiritual life
- Share insights with retreat guide as desired
- Finding a new way
- Get renewed
- Get new perspective and inspiration
- Allow time for stillness and inner guidance
- Do yoga, polarity yoga (energy exercises)
- Have sessions with Angela (coaching, Raphaelite sessions, individualized healing sessions)
What is the retreat place like?
Light of the Mountains, our retreat center, is a 104 acre pastured and wooded farm with sheep, dogs, chickens and peacocks in the Sandy Mush community northwest of Asheville. We have two retreat places to choose from, each wonderful in its own way:
Deluxe retreat house
- General: A Swiss chalet-looking house where many babies have been birthed (its original purpose)–with a mountain view and a talking creek by a sheep pasture
- Accommodation description: 2 level house with bedroom, full bath, and patio with picnic table downstairs and upstairs meditation/living/meeting area with 1/2 bath and full kitchen
- Retreat accommodation, bed and bath linens, and meeting once or twice a day with Angela are included in retreat cost
- Food: Retreatant brings simple foods desired.
- Healing sessions and various personal growth/learning experiences with Angela are available on request. They are arranged with retreat reservation.
Glade primitive retreat house
- General: Simple one room cabin in a glade in the woods
- Accommodation description: Power in cabin, 5 gallon water cistern for water needs, camp stove and small refrigerator
- 5 minute walk to bath house with full bathroom and hot running water, composting toilet by cabin at glade, picnic table, very private in undeveloped part of retreat center
- Retreat cost includes accommodation, bed and bath linens, and meeting with Angela once or twice a day
- Food: Retreatant brings simple foods desired
- Healing sessions and other learning/personal growth experiences with Angela are available on request and are arranged with retreat reservation.
A big step it was for me to take my first five-day retreat completely away from the world. I resisted the idea but was intrigued at the same time. Leaving my historical self behind for a few days, Angela guided me through reflections and exercises and quiet times that a helped me to blend mind, body, nature and Spirit. The beautiful retreat home was a place of simple grandeur. The pasture, the creek, the mountains, the birds, the sheep, the dogs come together to create a scene of quiet inspiration. Every day of my retreats, I have enjoyed watching the picture change – the early morning moving into noon into mid-afternoon and opening into the huge starry sky surrounded by the beautiful mountains. Retreats with Angela are long-lasting and life-changing.
~Crissy Maynard, Greenville, South Carolina