"Here in Italy I was wondering about doing something which might help me feel closer to God. I knew about the retreats in the UK because of family connections, but there were none like this in Italy. I found the online option perfectly suitable for me, in consideration of the fact that I didn’t have to move from my home to reach a fixed place of retreat.
Even though my retreat was in English, not my first language, I found my guide, a wonderful lady, full of contagious joy, and very patient and understanding, the best possible testimony of an authentic faith who helped me to follow a new way of praying. No doubt, I’ll spread this information to my acquaintances wishing to enjoy an experience like mine. Very many thanks. God bless you!"
"It really helped my personal discipline, knowing that I would be accountable each week to share my experiences of the time spend in prayer/reflection. It was a joy to be able to share how God had spoken to me during the week – each week I had a positive experience to share"
"I enjoyed the meditative/contemplative approach, which is different from my normal devotional time. It was also helpful to have suggestions from my guide for specific passages to reflect upon"
"Being really listened to – really heard"
"I think that my prayer guide was especially skilful at keeping her own thoughts and convictions out of our discussions. She was able to listen empathetically to allow me to explore what I wanted to say"
"Quality time with a very helpful Prayer Guide. Most helpful was his remembering and reminding me of insights from previous weeks – helping linking"
"Newer for me has been imaginative prayer and I’ve gained a lot from this. It has enabled me to link ideas from art and poetry with the words of those sections of scripture to which I applied the technique. I have valued being able to make my own suggestions regarding choice of passages".