Citadel 2019 Winter Retreat on Prayer

General Information

What Exactly Is The Basis of This Prayer Retreat?

Not in terms of petition or intercession, but prayer understood as developing a sacramental awareness of God in all of life. The goal of our retreat is to be as fully present as we can be to God, ourselves, and the moment – not elsewhere, so that in ‘keeping company with God’ we take the opportunity to give quality time to re-collect, re-member, re-examine – that which is important and central, so like ‘humpty-dumpty’, we can be ‘put back together again’.


It is a recognition of the need to be with myself for a time to think, pray and reflect on ‘who I am, what I am, where I am’ in relation to God, self, others, world. People go on a spiritual retreat to seek God through time apart which is why it’s important to provide a context and framework for retreat – solitude, stillness, time for prayer and reflection, time for God, time to stop, and time to talk and share, things that are not always possible in the demands of normal everyday life.


This is our principal aim in going on retreat – to stop, listen, reflect, pray, share so that we see with new eyes, think with new minds, so that even though we have to go back into the very same situations, the same set of circumstances, the same roles, responsibilities and relationships that we left behind to come to the place of retreat, we do so having changed inside.


Retreat helps us get everything back in place, not a distorted view that is overblown or grotesquely out of synch (think of fairground mirrors) but a true reflection of what is.

The whole purpose of prayer, pilgrimage and perspective in retreat is to bring renewed hope for the everyday comings and goings of life as it is for us. This can happen because renewed perspective brings us to a place where true priorities are reordered, a sense of direction is renewed and a right kind of action is resolved.

What Is A Retreat?

In its simplest form ‘Retreat’, means ‘to withdraw, to drawback.’ Throughout the ages, the Christian tradition has understood Retreat to be an important part of spiritual formation.  That is, time consciously set aside for God, a change of focus, a deliberate act of stepping outside of normal routine by withdrawing (not running away) from the noise and pressures; the immediate and insistent claims of our social, domestic and workaday responsibilities in order to be in a quiet place where all our senses are open and ready to listen to God. 

Who May Attend?

Practically anyone who is interested may attend.  People of all ages are welcome.  You do not have to be a member of our ministries to be welcomed.  However, please understand that the retreat quarters is communal living so there are multiple beds per room.

What Is The Cost ?

Total cost is now $200 deposit due by Friday, February 15, 2019. The balance of is then due by departure. This includes lodging, materials, and meals, which is everything you will need once you arrive. Transportation to and from the retreat is not included but is generally arranged by carpool. Each rider is expected to offer $10 to the driver for gas cost.



Actual Retreat Location:

  • 1347 Nicholas Drive, Moneta, VA 24121

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For payment assistant call or email Tanisha Richards at 336.266.7176 admin@citadelofpraise.com for more information.