Retreat Prep Form

1) Self-Assessment
Rate yourself (on a scale of 1-10) in these areas:
a) Physical (exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc.)
b) Mental/Academic (personal or professional development)
c) Emotional (appropriateness in assessing situations & responding)
d) Spiritual (energy & passion for life)
e) Social/Relational (how you engage with others)
f) Professional (where you are vs where you want to be)
g) Financial (make more than you spend)
h) Economical (how you manage your life, household, possessions)
i) Familial (family relations that you want to improve)
j) Prayerful (daily conversations with God)

In what ways are you satisfied/dissatisfied with your current status? What are you willing to change in each of these areas, e.g., transfer 20 minutes/day to exercise?
a) Name one action you are willing to do to impact physical health for the next 7 days
b) Name one thing you would like to do differently regarding your spiritual/ prayer life
c) Name one area (a-j above) that you want to make top priority in the next 30 days

2) Primary Needs in our Pursuit of Happiness
At this moment in your earthly existence, rank your primary needs (1-10):
a) Need to be needed
b) Need to be loved
c) Need to be liked
d) Need to be important
e) Need to be of service to others
f) Need to be competent
g) Need to be successful
h) Need to be faithful
i) Need to be comfortable (taken care of by others)
j) Need to be on the right side of things

3) Prayer
Though each mini-retreat will be different because each person is at a different place in his/her spiritual journey, you can bring a particular focal point to the hours of retreat if you want. For example, if you want to look at Christ’s expectations for us, you could read (or re read) His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, Chapters 5-7). Some suggest that it summarizes His message of the entire Gospels and that the Gospels summarize God’s message of the entire Bible. If you want to focus on putting faith into action, The Epistle of James might be a worthy preparation; if you want to ponder your role as a disciple, consider The Acts of The Apostles. If you have never read a book of the Bible but would like to become a bible-reader, maybe The Letter to Philemon because it is the shortest book in the scriptures and not a bad place to start. Similarly, The Gospel of Mark is the shortest and earliest written gospel offering a foundation for the others. If you’d like to take an “Emmaus Walk” while here, maybe read the brief story (Luke 24:13-35). None of these are necessary preparation—only if you’d like to direct our time together for a particular purpose.

When you are here, you will receive a booklet containing prayers and quotes from various saints and mystics. They may also be helpful to our conversation as you identify with some of them or want to develop your spiritual pursuits according to their guidance. The booklet will also contain a reading list if you want to continue to pursue particular spiritual ways or become interested in particular guides.