Why invite AJ for your retreats and recollections:
1. AJ makes sure that the spiritual retreats (or recollections) that he facilitates is strongly guided by the teachings of the Church. AJ is constantly in touch and seeks guidance from his priest-consultants and theologian-academics to make sure that his retreat modules are in consonance with Church teachings.
2. AJ will not only focus on the spiritual aspects but also the psycho-emotional well being of the retreatant. He will utilize scientific tools in the retreat like Meta-coaching, Neuro-semantics and Neuro Linguistic Programming so that a clearer and better result will be achieved by the retreat.
In its simplest definition, the word ‘retreat' means ‘to withdraw or to drawback.’
Throughout the years, we come to realize that a retreat is very important part of our total well-being.
This is the time where we, together with our colleagues, consciously set aside for ourselves and for God, having a change of focus, a deliberate act of stepping outside of normal routine by withdrawing (not running away) from the noise and pressures of our daily lives.
We temporarily leave the immediate and demanding claims of our social, domestic and work responsibilities in order to be in a quiet place where all our senses are open and ready to listen to God.
A retreat refreshes and revitalizes, gives the opportunity for more time spent in prayer and reflection, and rekindles and deepens one’s relationship with God. One may take this opportunity to more clearly hear God’s call and to seek God’s healing grace and thereby attain a degree of spiritual renewal that can be brought back to their families, schools, or workplaces.
Allow AJ to guide you in achieving your principal aim in going on a retreat – to stop, listen, reflect, pray, and share experiences with others. After being refreshed by the retreat, we hope that you can see with new eyes, think with new minds, and feel with renewed hearts so that even though you have to go back to your present realities after the retreat, you can go back with a fresh sense of purpose and hopefully, a new sense of mission.
What are the benefits of a retreat? Lots! However, here are some benefits that we aim for when we do our retreat:
1. You Need to Think About You.
Life is demanding, and we give more of ourselves up every day. Living a good life, helping those around you that need it. From family and friends to goodwill and beyond. It all adds up and takes its toll on us.
There is nothing wrong with taking a step back and saying to yourself, "I need to go do something for me! I need to recharge and refresh myself."
Retreats offer you the perfect way to do this, in a serene setting that will allow you to return as a stronger, better person as a result.
2. Reassert your Faith
Faith is tested on a daily bass. Just read the news, or browse through Facebook. You will see a stream of reports and findings that stretch our faith to its limits.
That is not to say there is no good left, there is plenty. But as a society, we are flooded with the negative, because that is what sells. The shock and sensation of it all.
Going on spiritual retreats is one manner in which you can push aside the negativity and reassert your faith. Replenish your soul, so that you can face the world head on again.
3. Spiritual Retreats Breed Happiness
It's also been proven that going on spiritual retreats can have a healthy affect on your brain.
The time spent at the retreat is focused on finding peace and reconnecting with your spiritual side. A time of actual contemplation and relaxation. With that comes several effects on your body's chemistry that can have a long-lasting impact.
Serotonin and Dopamine levels have been shown to decrease during time spent on a retreat. The result of this means that your neural transmitters are freed up. This plays a direct role in combating things like mood, fatigue, and general energy levels.
4. A Retreat Will Improve Your Quality of Life
We all know that feeling you get when you come back from a vacation: refreshed and energized! Yet, often, that feeling is gone pretty quick. Normally, before that first meeting back at the office.
When coming back from a retreat, you are not only relaxed, but your eyes are open to the life you had been living and the small changes that can be made to get things running smoother.
Spiritual retreats are about contemplation and reflection. Recharge and realign your soul with your faith. Through these practices, you will gain a clearer understanding of how you can keep that feeling running once you get back home.
Ultimately, the core goal of any retreat is to help you work on you. So why not get in touch with AJ and plan together the best retreat program for you or your company.
Here are some of the areas AJ can greatly help your organization with
AJ is one of the most renowned lay retreat facilitators in the country today. With more than 10 years of experience under his belt, he has helped many individuals, organizations, schools and companies achieve refreshing renewals with his retreat programs. Listed below are some of the kind of retreats AJ was able to facilitate successfully with organizations before and also has still many retreat programs available that are not listed below. Get in touch with us and let's talk, so that we can identify what retreat program you or your organization really needs.