About the Retreat
A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat is a weekend 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. See upcoming retreat dates.
What does the name “Rachel’s Vineyard” mean?
In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, Rachel is a woman who is weeping for her children “who are no more”, but the Lord says, “there is hope for your future!”
In John 15, the Vineyard refers to Jesus being the life giving vine and we are the branches. Whoever remains in Jesus will bear much fruit, for without Him we can do nothing. “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love.”
Who the retreats are for
Anyone: single, married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. Hear about the experiences of past retreatants.
What to expect
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 5 pm and ends on Sunday around 5 pm.
The size of our retreat varies between 8-14 participants 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 will be 2-3 trained team members, a license professional counselor, and 1 or 2 priests on the weekend team. The majority of our team members are past retreatants themselves who joined us after experiencing healing on their own retreat.
Regarding more practical matters, the retreat is held in a comfortable, confidential location within or near the Twin Cities area. The cost is $180 and covers your room, all retreat materials, meals and snacks. If you are unable to pay, please let us know and we will work with you. No one is ever turned away for financial reasons.
The retreat process
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 meditations, which allow retreatants to help each other to grow in their understanding and acceptance of God’s love. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.
Built on Christian tradition
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 with a priest and 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.
To learn more about Post Abortion Syndrome or Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, please see the national website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.