Prayer Retreat

Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”

Quiet Prayer Retreat Cabin at Lebh Shomea
Retreat Cabin at Lebh Shomea

After 7 years of leading daily prayer online, The Trinity Mission is now offering quiet, prayer retreats centered around the daily offices and daily Eucharist in the Anglican tradition. Please contact Fr. Michael if you would like to register or receive more information.

Intro. to the Quiet Retreat
If you are fairly new to taking a quiet, prayer focused retreat, this is a great opportunity both to experience the practice and to have assistance debriefing your experience. It is truly a venture into a deep quietness – even meals are taken in silence. The day is scheduled around Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, Evening Prayer, and Compline. Additionally, there are one or two short sessions each day to discuss quiet prayer practices.

Lebh Shomea quiet prayer Retreat Center bedroomLebh Shomea Retreat Center is on the Kenedy Ranch just south of Kingsville, TX. Each retreatant will have their own room and bathroom.

2020 DATES
Feb. 5-8 – Intro. to the Quiet Retreat
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Lebh Shomea Retreat Center, Sarita, TX

Mar 30 – Apr 2 – Intro. to the Quiet Retreat (Clergy Retreat)
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Lebh Shomea Retreat Center, Sarita, TX

June 3-6 – Intro. to the Quiet Retreat (Women’s Retreat)
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Lebh Shomea Retreat Center, Sarita, TX

Chapel of the Little Children, Lebh Shomea

EXAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

7:15 Morning Prayer
8:00 Breakfast
10:00 Discussion Session
11:00 Holy Eucharist
12:00 Lunch
5:30 Evening Prayer
6:30 Supper
8:30 Compline

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Location
Retreats are held at Lebh Shomea House of Prayer in Sarita, TX about 30 minutes south of Kingsville, TX. The closest airport is at Corpus Christi. However, you might also be able to fly into Harlingen and catch a ride with Michael up to the retreat.

Times
Unless otherwise noted, retreats begin at 2:00pm on the first day and conclude by 11:00am on the final day.

Agenda
All parts of the retreat are optional (it’s your retreat). The day is sparsely scheduled (see sample schedule above) in order to provide plenty of time to be quiet, to pray alone, and to enjoy the area around Lebh Shomea. We will meet daily to give some guidance as to how to have a quiet prayer retreat with each session building upon previous sessions.

Cost
The $450 retreat payment is all inclusive. It covers lodging, teaching, spiritual direction and other optional pastoral services, meals from supper on the first day through breakfast on the final day as well as snacks, tea, & coffee.

Registration
GO HERE if you would like to register. Your place will be reserved with a $75 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable beginning 4 weeks before the arrival date of your retreat but may be transferred to someone else if you find that you cannot attend.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations occurring more than 4 weeks before the arrival day will be refunded fully. Cancellations occurring more than 2 weeks before the arrival day will be refunded fully minus the deposit (see above) . In the last two weeks before the retreat, cancellations may be refunded partially for reasons of tragedy or emergency.

Please note that beginning 4 weeks before arrival, we have to pay the retreat center for your spot whether you come or not. At the same time, if you are not signed up by that time, we may lose the available space.

COMMENTS FROM PAST RETREATANTS

Signing up for the retreat I did out of a sense of knowing that I needed to slow down to spend better quality time with God. I also expected a time to recharge my batteries. What I didn’t realize was that this retreat would be one of the most intense and special encounters with our personal God that I have ever experienced in my life. To schedule this as a part of my yearly plans goes without saying. Highly recommend!
Stephen • Texas • Physician

A silent retreat sounds like a perfect gift for an introvert raising little ones at home. So while I knew the silent part would be easy for me, the retreat happened to occur the week after my dad passed. Thus, it was the punctuation at the end of a hard, stressful and emotionally taxing season of my dad’s decline in the hospital. In the few days I was given to be silent, I was able to have the space to wrestle with God about the fact that we have mortal bodies. I was able to come to a place of acceptance of what had happened. I was able to be held by prayers and wisdom that have stood that test of many generations. Call it grief.

Michael provided palatable instruction for what an extended time in prayer/meditation with God could look like and then we were given ample time to put it into practice in our own flavor. These tools I carried home, and am reminded of the simple phrases and breaths to come back to when I desire to make myself available to God. I am now a believer that making time for silence each year is a needed and rewarding habit.
Martina • Texas • Mom

I headed off on my first quiet retreat with many questions. Could I survive almost four days away from my family, away from email, away from most of the things that define my days? Could I really be quiet for that long?

The days on retreat ended up being the most spiritually rich time of the year. Fr. Michael constructed a schedule which provided a balance between group prayer and individual time, talking and silence. He and our hosts at Lebh Shomea provided some teaching and guidance on how to be still before the Lord. As I started to slow down, I realized just how tense I was, and how frenetic my mind usually is. As I started to let go of the need to be busy, I discovered pain that I had not had time to feel. I started seeing the created beauty which surrounded me. And I discovered that God was there, eager to listen and to speak, patiently waiting for me. These days of communion with Christ refreshed my soul and provided a foundation for the busy months which followed.

I am grateful to Lebh Shomea and to Fr. Michael for providing the space for me to rest, heal, and rediscover God’s loving presence.
Daniel • Texas • Pastor

We all know our world is far too busy, loud, and anxious. In my life, it’s a constant battle to keep technology from crowding out all my space and time for contemplation. Fr. Jarrett’s thoughtful and prayerful leadership facilitated a retreat that came as a welcomed cool breeze for my stifled spirit. The extended period of liturgical worship, quiet, and rest renewed me and drew me closer to Christ. I highly recommend this retreat.
Kurt • Texas • Pastor