Retreat at Dayspring is a time to be silent and open to an encounter with God in the interior and exterior silence. We believe that our world provides too little time and space for reflection, prayer and contemplation. The silence of retreat is a gift we give ourselves and others who are with us. As Elizabeth O’Connor wrote in Call to Commitment, “Dayspring is a place where each person’s aloneness with God is respected and protected.”
We make a clear distinction between silent retreats and other gatherings such as conferences, lectures and planning sessions. The primary purpose of silent retreat is to foster an atmosphere in which retreatants may be led to a personal encounter with God.